Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions - I want to be a published author

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Congrats on your anniversary, it actually looks like I've been reading Myne Whitman for like 3 years,

I have been meaning to ask, how do I go about being/learning to be an author, its not like I consider myself much of a good writer, but good or not, I have some little things I write every now and then and I dream of publishing them someday.

I don't want to keep thinking about it all on my own, just said to ask some more established writers like you people.

I work as an Engineer, I speak more with figures and drawings, so English sef na difficult thing. but writing as always been a want to help me start off?



Thanks on your email. It is readers like you that has brought the blog so far, maybe I would have fallen off without supporters, who knows?

To be a writer is not too hard, one just have to keep writing. For this, there are a lot of resources out there on the web and you can also buy some books that help. Personally, I am still taking some online courses and the exercises that come with them have been a great help. Check out some of them here.

To be an author on the other hand, you have to find a publisher. I was able to get enough finances to publish myself but that is not the only possible way in the industry. Usually, you send in your manuscript to already established publishing companies until one of them buys it and gives you a contract. That way they handle all the more time consuming chores of publicity and marketing of your book while you continue writing. Check out

Also, if you can direct me to your blog, I can help by drawing publicity your way. Also I can read and comment on your work. If you want a wider audience, you may check out It is a website I set up for aspiring Nigerian writers and is really bustling. As time goes on, I intend to send out short stories published there for national and international contests.

I wish you all the best.



  1. it's a good topic there because most people start out writing because they want to have a book published in their name too- just like the authors they've been reading and yes blogging helps to fulfill a writer's itch but it's not the destination although it's a good place to practice. Thanks for the article and for the links- will check out the free sites for writing lessons... and what was that about driving traffic to the writer's blog, where do i sign up for that one he he he?

  2. Thanks for the resources :)

  3. Great advice, Myne! Yes, you just have to keep writing. Persistence is key.

  4. Nice lessons here... I like those websites. After PhD, by God's grace, my books will start rolling out.
    Thanks for sharing ma.

    - LDP

  5. This is very sweet Myne.Taking time out to respond to mail and questions of your fans is quite noble,in my own opinion sha.

  6. Great advice! You are indeed an inspiration to many! Keep it up and stay blessed!

  7. Exactly Darbie. Nice one Myne.


  8. I think a lot of writers have this same questions, I know I do. I think writing is by far the best and most important piece of advice you can give. I mean in order to be a writer you have to write, right? That is also the hardest part for me. I blog regularly but I don't spend enough time working on other writing projects, I have to get better!

    I'm a new follower from Book Blogs. Your blog is refreshing and informative. Congrats on your anniversary, you've earned it :-)


  9. Thanks for this - it is very useful as I would like to get published one day :)

  10. How dumb can I get!!! Didn't even know naijastories was ur creation. Great work, Myne!!! Double thumbs (and big toes) up!!!

  11. Myne is an authority i respect so much online from her blogs and her contributions in the Literary section of Nairaland etc.You are an inspiration to us all..

  12. Very nice. Thank you for the advice.


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