How I Terrorise My Students

The Chaos

Yes, I sometimes terrorise my students! As some of you may know, my prime function in life is to teach English as a second language to business professionals. Because I live in Europe, where English has become the lingua franca or bridge language between the various languages that are spoken throughout Europe, I have plenty to keep me occupied. Teaching language to adults though, presents a challenge because the acquisition of language is of course something that is assumed to be easier for young learners. However, it is not so much that children learn faster. Adults have advanced skills in reading and writing in their own language, and when it comes to learning a new

How I Sold Some Books

How I Sold Some Books

Oh look, I sold some books! I don’t really know how it happened, but in the past week, a bunch of people spread somewhere across this planet bought some of my books. Mostly ebooks, yet even some real paperbacks versions too. Now I’m not talking millions of copies in seven days, but enough to bring me a great deal of satisfaction. If I compare this past week with many weeks that have passed before it, I would have to say that it was a very, very good week indeed. Being such a good sales week, I thought I should investigate why it was so, and try to find the magic

Paid Book Promotion – Yes It’s Necessay, But Beware

Paid Book Promotion – Yes It’s Necessay, But Beware

Is paid book promotion worthwhile? As many readers may know, I also run a paid book promotion website. Whizbuzz Books has been operating successfully for many years now and has taken a soft marketing approach to both promoting books and authors, as well as itself. During this time, Whizbuzz Books has attracted a large following  on Twitter, Facebook and more recently on Pinterest. With these admissions and disclosures out of the way up front, let me now move on the purpose of this post. This post is not about my own site, but having mentioned it, I suppose you can call that part of soft marketing. However, having access to my own site’s

How To Use Twitter – Tips and Tricks

How To Use Twitter – Tips and Tricks

Learn how to use Twitter, extremely badly. Twitter is the strange animal in the world of social media. It operates on such an undefined set of rules that are so vague; it is even unclear if Twitter itself is sure as to how it all works. The best I’ve been able to calculate is that there are no rules at all until you actually break one, then you get kicked out and suspended. I know it sounds silly but that’s anarchy at work for you. Anyway, Twitter is a forum so full of clutter and textural pollution that it’s a wonder really, why anyone bothers with it at all, yet