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speak to me


Inspired by the bewitching limerick presented today by Al the Author, I just couldn’t help myself.

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Beloved, look into my eyes

Therein, a staircase to the prize

Freedom we seek

Love’s truth to speak

This way, there can be no lies

©2016 Annette Rochelle Aben

Should you write under a pseudonym? Pros, cons and practicalities in a digital world

A great article, sharing food for thought!

Nail Your Novel

use a pen nameShould you use a pen name? Why might you? What problems might it cause? I rounded up a quiver of authors with noms-de-plume and asked them to answer some practical questions.

First of all, why?

An author name is a brand, of course, and traditional publishing has a long history of strategic pseudonymery. Names or initials might make a writer sound more exciting, more serious, more like an already famous author (JRR Tolkien and George RR Martin, anyone?). Androgynous names might do you favours if your readership is gender sensitive. A new surname might put you at a more visible part of the bookshelves or next to giants of your genre (George RR Martin again).

Even a change of nationality might send interesting signals to the reader. Earlier this year I was at an event with Sophie Schmidt, head of author relations and marketing at Epubli, and she told me…

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RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge #58 Rise & Save


She hid feelings well

Save the rise of an eyebrow

The dead give away

©2015 Annette Rochelle Aben

say it isn’t so


Here I sit hour after hour just watching that wind blow and wondering where do all the tree dwelling critters go when the branches are whipping to and fro…  I may never know.

 (c) 2015 Annette Aben 

Author Marketing – How to Create Posts for Twitter That Sell Your Book

Author Marketing – How to Create Posts for Twitter That Sell Your Book.