8 July 2014

Guest Post ~ Write 2B Read, by Ani Alexander



A few years ago I was still working at the corporate world and had no idea that I would eventually become a writer. I always enjoyed writing and did my share of writing in various shapes and colors – from poems to blog posts to short stories, flash fiction and essays. But at the same time I never thought of it as something more than a hobby. Maybe it was because I never had the confidence I needed.

Then I realized that the corporate world was no longer in line with my life values and decided to resign. That gave me the time to reflect and think things over, to go through a process of self-discovery and find out what I wanted to do with my life. It happened so that at the same time my first novel Highfall came to me.

As a result I, who had never written anything longer than three pages wrote a complete novel. Thinking that no one would be interested in publishing it and also being very impatient in nature I decided to self publish the novel. I had tested the ground with my book of short stories already and knew how to promote on Amazon. As a result both books became Amazon bestsellers.

When I look back, I realize that the amazing journey, which led me to where I am now, started with one thing – making the first step and taking action. I know many people who have stories to tell and would like to write a book but see many obstacles (mainly imaginary) on their way.

I am from Armenia and I am writing English books. I have never gone to any creative courses and I studied business, which was not related to writing at all. But I already have two Amazon bestsellers and now I am signing a contract with a big publisher for both of my books.

And guess what? You can do it too.

When I think of the times when I only started I recall how much support and encouragement I needed. That is why I decided to create a website and podcast for writers, which will inspire and encourage writers write and publish, overcome their fear of failure and writer’s doubts. Both the blog and the podcast are called Write 2B Read. For the podcast I am interviewing writers every week, who share their own journey, success strategies and anything else which can inspire and encourage other writers. I am also sharing my thoughts and reflections about different writing related topics and tips on self-publishing and book marketing. Since personal relationships are very important I also created a closed Facebook Write 2B Readgroup where we can help each other.

I hope you will enjoy the podcast. At least you should listen to the very first interview, which is with Tony Riches (thanx Tony!)

I hope to connect with you soon. Wishing you success with your writing!

Ani Alexander


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About the Author

Ani Alexander is a bestselling fiction author, blogger and podcaster from Armenia. You can find out more about her at her website
www.anialexander.com, where you can also get free resources for authors (www.anialexander.com/free). The Write 2B Read podcast is available on iTunes at www.anialexander.com/itunes and Stitcher at www.anialexander.com/stitcher. You can also find Ani Alexander on Twitter @Ani_LifeProb

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