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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

How to Keep Writing With Practical Strategies



Introduction to How to Keep Writing

Where do you find the time to write so many books? I have heard this question asked by my peers so many times. The simple answer is that I make the time and I commit to the process.

Since 2009, I committed fully to becoming a published author. Originally, I started out by writing poetry and I have since released more than ten poetry tiles. However, I later released trade books, nonfiction, and fiction titles as well.

Every year, my aim was to improve my writing and book production skills. With hundreds of millions of books on the market – and dozens released every day – the only way to become successful is to learn new strategies and keep up with the latest trends.

If you have followed any of my blogs – the links can be found at the back of this book, How to Keep Writing – you would have seen the transition over the years, as my book writing and production skills improved.


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Books by Denise N. Fyffe

It’s 2019, and in ten years, I have authored more than 30 books across several book genres and I do not plan to stop writing anytime soon. Some of my published titles include:

  1. Be Lifted Up
  2. Jamaican Pebbles
  3. Recount Jamaica
  4. My Grieving Heart
  5. Di Summer of 2015
  6. The Island Journal
  7. The Expert Teacher’s Guide On How To Motivate Students
  8. Learning Management System Efficiency Vs. Staff Proficiency
  9. Sophie’s Place: Career Development And The Disabled
  10. Examining Career Development Jamaica And Australia
  11. The Philosophy Of Education And Work
  12. Thieves In The Workplace
  13. Empowering The 21st Century Worker
  14. Is The Registry Happy: Examining Career Development In Learning Organizations
  15. The Guidance Counselor’s Handbook
  16. The Jamaican Guidance Counselor’s Handbook
  17. Sudden Death: Loosening Foundations
  18. Declarations For My Sons
  19. Declarations For My Daughters
  20. Declarations For My Sons And Daughters
  21. Fibroids: The Alien Assassins In My Body
  22. Tragedy In Chalky Hill
  23. Bitter Exit In Kingston
  24. Deadly Surprise In Portmore
  25. Vengeance In Chapleton
  26. Innocence Lost On Ken Hill Drive
  27. How to Keep Writing
  28. Be Encouraged

During that same period, I have been a working writer, producing more than 10,000 articles, academic papers, website content, and eBooks for dozens of international clients.

In this book, How to Keep Writing, I will share several strategies on how to become an author and a working writer.

Everyone Wants to Know How to Write A Book

Writing is not for the faint of heart.

As many of you – who have actually tried – would realize that it takes more than just a whim to follow through on being a writer. For those of you who are still dreaming about the idea or are in love with the idea of being a writer, the reality is waiting for you.

It is my experience that every other person has some fantastical idea of who writers are, and what their lives are like.

They see famous authors such as Jane Austen, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, J. R. R. Tolkien, Maya Angelou, J.K. Rowling, Paulo Coelho, Nicholas Sparks and Stephen King and they believe that this level of success is easily attainable and that it can be achieved overnight.

News flash that is not the case!

Mind you, some of these famous authors gained notoriety after they died.

Writing Is Hard Work

Thousands of writers who have tasted such success had to work diligently at mastering their craft and have experienced innumerable rejection letters at every turn.

For working writers, such as copywriters, technical writers, web content creators, and even editors, they have to compete with thousands of people across the globe.

In addition, if you do not work for a mainstream publisher or you work exclusively online, you are faced with the reality of accepting a meager payment for your work because someone in the Philippines is charging pennies on the dollar.

Writers Are Taken For Granted

The disregard for writers comes from clients as well; because most are not willing to pay fair market value for articles and website content either. I have been approached by real estate agents, lawyers, doctors and even acquaintances, who are only willing to offer rates at or below minimum wage.

Many acquaintances, try to use my services free of charge.

They begin to look at me side-eyed when I resist. It is as if they wish for me to starve and do not remember that I have bills to pay as well!

There are countless times when that was indeed the reality.

Do You Want to Become A Working Writer

So, if you decide to become a writer, you need to understand that this is not an easy gig.

Get a copy of the book, How to Keep Writing, and learn practical strategies on how to become an author and a working writer.

 

Are you a working writer, an aspiring author struggling to keep writing or interested in the world of online publishing? Share some of your experiences in the field below.

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Check out her book How to Keep Writing

 

This book shares key practical strategies on how to become an author and a working writer. It helps you to get over the everyday nuisances that hinder the writing process. You can follow each strategy, at your own pace until you are writing often. It is geared towards both aspiring fiction and nonfiction authors and working writers who produce content, on a daily basis.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

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Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe

Friday, June 4, 2021

10 Tips for Maintaining the Discipline of Writing



The Passion for Writing

Empowering the 21st Century Worker v2In 2014, I said that I would bite the self-publishing bullet and publish at least one of my manuscripts each month.

It would require maintaining the discipline of writing.

However, I did not publish any ebooks or paperbacks in 2014, because I was dealing with an illness that would have me in surgery by year’s end.

But, in my recovery bed, come January morning, I remembered my passion for writing. I executed my commitment and since then made good on that promise.

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I managed to publish over 33 manuscripts since then. Some of my career development and work titles, which focus on the 21st-century worker include:

  1. Sophie’s Place: Examining Career Development for the Disabled
  2. Learning Management System Efficiency vs. Staff Proficiency
  3. The Philosophy of Education and Work
  4. Examining Career Development in Jamaica and Australia
  5. Thieves in the Workplace
  6. Empowering the 21st Century Worker
  7. Is the Registry Happy

I started importing my self-published paperback books into Jamaica and sold them to my co-workers, acquaintances, and friends. Then, I started to notice that I was asked this question a lot.

Where do you find time to write so many books?

I had a ready answer.

Remember that quote, about there being 24 hours in the day, the same 24 hours that you have, so too did Picasso, Albert Einstein, and many of the greats? But what did they do with their seconds, minutes, hours, and days? What are you doing with your seconds, minutes, hours, and days?

So, it is simple to answer the question, I make the time.

The Discipline of Writing

I am always writing, editing, or proofreading; along with working 9 hours a day and attending school 4 evenings a week for 3 hours. Not to mention the hecticity of teaching practice for 4 mornings at 7 a.m. and one session on Sunday evenings for 3 hours.

(I am so glad that is over).

It requires being organized, proactive, and focused. My phone has seen many poems for my books, chapter sections for my books, and articles for my blogs. My mind is tightly and finely attuned to every experience I face on a day-to-day basis and how I would incorporate that into a self-published book.

The biggest ace that I have got on my side is God. I am obedient to His will, His leading, and His way.

I don’t watch TV so I stream my shows online. This summer, I am on a TV show fast. They are forbidden for Summer 2015; as such, I have a lot of time on my hands, more than ever. And remember, if I don’t watch TV, that means I am not engaged in a mindless activity for hours on end.

Those would be wasted hours for me because I could be drafting a new book, editing a complete manuscript, or getting it ready to self publish on:

  1. Kindle self-publishing website
  2. Lulu.com self-publishing website
  3. Smashwords self-publishing (they have a tedious and discouraging process, recommended for the tech-savvy)

This summer, I also got many book ideas. Numerous!

Sometimes, I wonder when will I be publishing those manuscripts. Those I already have and those not yet written, but God is the author and finisher of all things. I have nearly 20 manuscripts waiting to be published and just as many book ideas, if not book covers of books not yet written.

So, if you are interested in following up your passion for writing; all else must come second.

10 Tips for Maintaining the Discipline of Writing:

So, here are several tips from my  book on ‘How to Keep Writing:

  1. Write, every day.
  2. Write about what interests you. Your passion will motivate you.
  3. Start with a few hundred words a day.
  4. Launch a blog. This will motivate you to maintain a schedule of writing and posting
  5. Research and read materials to better your craft.
  6. Share your writing with friends and family. Listen to feedback.
  7. Participate in writing competitions.
  8. Share your pieces with local newspapers.
  9. Review or revisit pieces that you have done and improve them.
  10. Read other writers work in your genre who are successful.

My books can be found at a number of online websites, including Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Lulu.com, and Amazon.

*****

Check out her book How to Keep Writing

This book shares key practical strategies on how to become an author and a working writer. It helps you to get over the everyday nuisances that hinder the writing process. You can follow each strategy, at your own pace until you are writing often. It is geared towards both aspiring fiction and nonfiction authors and working writers who produce content, on a daily basis.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

Follow her on:

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Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

4 Best Self-Publishing Companies


4 Best Self-Publishing Companies

If you are like me, then as an author, you want to find the best self-publishing companies.

Don’t worry, some are out there.

I have been self-publishing paperbacks and eBooks since 2010. Let’s just say, there was a huge learning curve and I am still learning.

The internet is a vast ocean that seems to be expanding every day. Not to mention, there are some unscrupulous agents out there that are just waiting to rob you of your money.

Where to Self Publish Books

First, you don’t have to pay to self-publish your book.

You do have to pay to ship copies to yourself, at a reduced cost. The best self-publishing companies allow you to publish for free.

  • To access expanded distribution, free.
  • To design your own book cover, free.
  • To upload your manuscript and convert it to any format, free.

1. Lulu.com

This is easily accessible and my first self-publishing website,

Unlike Amazon, Lulu allows you to order proof copies before the book is approved for distribution to other third-party bookstores and catalogs. The distribution option is a prime example of the good service that the best self-publishing companies offer.

The disadvantage is that you must order the copy before you get distribution.

Another advantage, of these self-publishing companies, is that you can decide where your earnings go before a book is sold and you don’t have to wait for a particular limit; Lulu.com offers this.

My option is PayPal and I love being surprised when I get an email advising me of the transfer of funds.

2. Amazon Kindle

That brings me to why I jumped over to the Amazon Kindle Publishing self-publishing website.

Here you will find no delay in getting your self-published eBook to market.

Amazon Kindle’s process is user-friendly and simple. If you are looking for a lot of frills, don’t look here. What I like though, is that I can edit my details, book cover or the inside of the book with no hassle.

Unlike Lulu.com, this portal has an immediate upload to Amazon’s bookstore.

In terms of payment, the limit is different and I am yet to figure out how to get PayPal payments or credit card payments and not check payments which are highly likely to take months in the mail; if they reach at all.

3. Amazon Createspace

I also use Amazon Createspace.

This process is different from both Lulu.com and Kindle Publishing.

Your self-published book must go through an approval process before it goes live on the Amazon bookstore. Whereas Kindle is for the self-publishing of eBooks, Createspace allows you to self-publish paperbacks for the Amazon bookstore.

I dislike the payment options associated with Amazon Createspace, you must reach a threshold of $100 in either the US, UK or CAD currencies. Nothing is mixed. 

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4. Smashwords

Smashwords sucked my self-publishing paperback and eBook mojo.

They are tedious and have a discouraging process. I have never been frustrated so much in my life unless you count my beginner's days in learning programming code C or C++.

This website is recommended for the patient and tech-savvy.

The best thing about the Smashwords self-publishing website is its distribution stream; this goes to quite a few other online bookstores.

As you can see I mainly self publish through:

  1. Kindle self-publishing website
  2. Lulu.com self-publishing website
  3. Createspace self-publishing website
  4. Smashwords self-publishing website

My books can be found at a number of online websites, including Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Lulu.com, and Amazon.

*****

Check out her book How to Keep Writing

This book shares key practical strategies on how to become an author and a working writer. It helps you to get over the everyday nuisances that hinder the writing process. You can follow each strategy, at your own pace until you are writing often. It is geared towards both aspiring fiction and nonfiction authors and working writers who produce content, on a daily basis.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

Follow her on:

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Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe



Monday, May 31, 2021

How to Get Motivated to Write With JK Rowling


How to Get Motivated to Write

I just watched a video by famously renowned author JK Rowling, and I believe that she gets what many authors like myself are going through.

Her speech was about failure and I could tell that she lived exactly what I am now going through.

To have that similarity is a great motivator.

JK Rowling Motivated Me to Write Again

As such, it has inspired me to share posts about the 30 books,  begin offering my copywriting services earnest.

Much of what I wrote – for my books – is sitting on my hard drive gathering virtual dust.

However, as a copywriter, I have sold more 500 articles last year – written over 10,000 throughout my career.

Writers Need Motivation Too

Over the last month, I have come to the full realization that I am different. I cannot sit idly by and watch my life go by, because I have been given a gift; and I won’t waste it.

Every bit of information, research; everything, in this head, will benefit someone else. So, I am going to write and published it.

When I hit 25 books, my next goal was 30!

But, I conquered 30 books so easily, my next target is 100 books. is will require that I push and focus on How to Keep Writing.

Writers Do Not Give Up Your Dreams

I want to encourage someone else, to never settle for mediocrity and only you know what that level is.

If you are given a gift to aim HIGH and THINK BIG, then do so.

There are many gifts, which I have been given. Many things that I can do; many abilities, talents, skills, and interests. I get bored easily; therefore, I should not settle for just writing one book a year.

No, I am going to pour out my soul.

THINK BIG and keep writing.

The Extended version

 

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Check out her book How to Keep Writing

This book shares key practical strategies on how to become an author and a working writer. It helps you to get over the everyday nuisances that hinder the writing process. You can follow each strategy, at your own pace until you are writing often. It is geared towards both aspiring fiction and nonfiction authors and working writers who produce content, on a daily basis.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

Follow her on:

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Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Book Review: The Expert Teacher’s Guide on How to Motivate Students by Denise N. Fyffe



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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Book Excerpt: The Guidance Counselor’s Handbook by Denise N. Fyffe

Credentials of the School Counsellor




Most professionals are guided by ethical standards for which their members may be held accountable and professional practice improved. Relatively young professions such as school counselling, develop these standards over time and they become systematized in codes.

From these standards and guidelines, the responsibilities that govern school counsellors are derived. 

In Jamaican schools, counsellors are guided by the National Guidance Policy developed by the Ministry of Education and school programmes are designed based on the National Guidance Curriculum. Recent developments in the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counsellors in Education (JAGCE) suggest that in time the local professionals will develop an internationally regarded code of ethics, which could become binding for all school counsellors.

The issue of school counsellors being guided by the National Guidance Policy, which was developed by the Ministry of Education, is on the agenda of both the Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counsellors in Education (JAGCE). 

Ministry officials conduct periodic appraisals of counsellors employed in schools with a view of monitoring counsellor activity and performance in the field. The JAGCE has undertaken an initiative to partner with the US-based National Board for Certified Counsellors (NBCC) in developing and establishing a NBCC credential for Jamaica. When this agreement is complete the NBCC will provide certification for suitably qualified counsellors in Jamaica.

Read more in The Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook

3D guidance counsellorThe Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook introduces the highlights of the psychometric movement, the trait and factor theory as well as legislation that impacted the development of present guidelines and ethical standards. It also explores the counselling process, issues of school management, school organisational structure and several counselling techniques which are apt for the school setting. The book also examines the various roles and responsibilities of a Guidance Counsellor and provides a list of resource centers.


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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Book Excerpt: Empowering the 21st Century Worker by Denise N. Fyffe

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Empowering the 21st Century Worker exposes the research, analysis, implications, and findings of on-the-job training for one learning organization. It takes a close look at the processes and infrastructure in place for employee training and whether positive organizational change is the result.

The idea for this analysis was born out of direct contact with the Registry staff of a learning organization. Questions and concerns arose as to the career development exposure of the staff members and the benefits that could be derived from this type of exposure. The overall perspective of the department, from the vantage point of the students and customers, is that there are seemingly too many problems and difficulties. Hence, it is of added value to dispel that notion while increasing the capabilities and outlook of the staff.

Several registry employees are short-term contractual workers. These are school leavers with no prior job experience. They are normally placed at the front desk and many reports have surfaced about the poor customer service experienced. It has been stated by external clients that persons at the front desk are not familiar with the programs and policies. They are also misleading customers, as it relates to the products and services offered at the institution.

Get your copy of Empowering the 21st Century Worker and arm yourself with information and career development strategies, in assisting employees.

Other Books by Denise N. Fyffe:

  1. The Expert Teacher’s Guide on How to Motivate Students
  2. Learning Management System Efficiency vs. Staff Proficiency
  3. Sophie’s Place: A look at Career Development for the Disabled
  4. Examining Career Development in Jamaica and Australia
  5. The Philosophy of Education and Work

For more of Poetess Denise N. Fyffe blogs and articles visit:


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