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Monday, January 18, 2016

Setting and Achieving Goals

One thing that is common in the New Year is to set new goals. Many religious bodies encourage their members to write out their goals and bring them to their places of worship on the last day of the year for blessings. For many, only a few goals on their list get achieved.

As 2015 was about to make its exit, I took a look at my 2015 goals (something I did regularly all through last year) and noticed that, while I didn’t achieve 100%, I went past the half mark, which was a first for me in yearly goal setting. But as I sat down on the last day of 2015 to write my 2016 goals, I knew I wanted to achieve 100%. I wrote down the ten most important goals which covered my spiritual life; my personal life as a wife and mother; my business as a writer and publisher; my education as well as my social, entertainment, pleasure and financial life. Taking a look at them, I knew I left nothing out and whatever isn’t included would be met as a result of achieving what I had put down.

The next question was: how do I ensure I achieve these ten goals? I broke them down. I took goal number 1 and wrote out all I must do to achieve it. I did the same with the other nine goals. When I was done, I flipped a new page and from each activity list needed to achieve a goal, I picked out one activity each for the week. Looking it through, I realised that as long as I do not procrastinate, as long as I kept to working on my weekly task, I just might achieve my ten goals before the end of the year. With that, I have been encouraged to work and with each task done, I tick it off my list. Amazingly, I don’t feel pressured - something that one list of ten goals would have done to me!

If like me you want to achieve 100% of your goals for the year, it wouldn’t harm to try breaking down the goals into smaller to-do tasks towards achieving them.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

'The Call of Ciri' is Now Live on Amazon, Smashwords and Okadabooks

About the book
The Call of Ciri could only be ignored for as long as 'It' permitted. There was a set time for everything.

One woman’s mistake will cost three others their happiness.

Omah’s future was already written in stone until her father dared fate. Death hovered always around her loved ones.

Ada’s life was simple and beautiful until destiny threw her into the path of

Leila, who was tormented by her dreams and visions. Both bear an uncanny resemblance that was difficult to ignore and stirred deep secrets. While Ada wanted answers which her father couldn’t provide, Leila wanted the past to remain asleep but her actions were beyond her control and bound to hurt the people she loved.

Funmi; meant to be the new beginning, was the link that brought all these women together, thereby setting the dice rolling towards the end of their happiness.

Please get your copy here or here or here. Don’t forget to tell someone about this book. If you missed the excerpts, download Entangled Affair, a free eBook here or here and catch up on three chapters at the end of the book. Another chapter excerpt can be read here.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Special N20, 000 Publishing Promo Package!

In order to encourage new writers and get them closer to their dreams, Zayzee Writes has launched a four weeks ‘Special N20, 000 Publishing Promo Package’.

Services rendered under this promo package are:
- Manuscript review of storyline and characterisation
- Proof reading and Editing
- eBook publishing (including cover design and book formatting) on major eBook distribution channels
- Social media promotion (Beginning two weeks before release of book till two months after release of book).

Writers who qualify for this promo will earn 50% royalties off the amount Zayzee Writes receives from sales.

Qualification Requirement
- Have a finished and ready to be worked on manuscript (either a novel or a collection of short stories.

How to Apply
- Send the first 5, 000 words of your manuscript to
-Manuscript should be in Microsoft Word Document, Times New Roman font; font size 12.
This promo offering is on from August 14th till September 11th, 2015

Please Note:
Only writers whose manuscripts meet the requirement will benefit from this ‘Special N20, 000 Publishing Promo Package’.

Realise your publishing dream here. Everyone has a story to tell.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Excerpt from The Call of Ciri - a Novel

Uncertainty and misery smelt in the air around her. Omah Shuwa, still in her work clothes at 9.30pm, sat rigid on a wooden chair next to the window. At seeing Funmi on TV, Omah had been petrified. Not her daughter. Not the daughter she’s living for. The daughter she’s been taking all the risks for, now seem to be the one who would bring the strangers to her doorpost. Strangers, as well as reconciliation with a past she would rather not have.

Omah had left Bayo and his mother. She did not see their faces, nor did she hear what they said to her. She had walked out and was going round to the front door of the main building when again she was gripped by the force that had made her walk out of the school compound earlier in the day, only to learn that some woman had been around making enquiries about her.
And just when she started to enter the house, Bayo had come running to her with a letter he said he found at the gate with her name printed in blue ink...

“Get out of town with your daughter, you are threats.”
…That was all the letter had said.

Monday, August 03, 2015

In Case You Missed It

The free eBook, Entangled Affair by Uzezi Ekere Adesite was released on July 6th. You can download your free copy at Okadabooks if you have the apps or at Smashwords. Don't forget to leave a review or mail me a review after reading. Thank you. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

We are changing focus

Yes, the only constant thing in life is change.

I cannot even count the number of times the focus of this blog has shifted. But what is important is that I have finally come to that turning point; that bus stop, where I know that this is it.

I have always known what I want to do with my life. It is what makes me exceedingly happy and it has to do with books and writing. That in the first place, is the reason why I went into journalism. There is no denying it anymore and chasing shadows which appear to be the fastest way of growing a followership and attracting this and that cash inflow.

In as much as the cash inflow is desired, it gives me great joy when I know I have been able to help someone achieve something.

So, Zayzee Writes is reborn. It is more than a blog now. It's website will be up soon. It is now an organisation of its own and I am so so happy at the direction I have finally turned into.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BuildersHub set to Empower 1000 Local Businesses in the Enterprise Hunt

Builders Hub’s business concept is targeted towards creating a one-stop shop for affordable building, construction, home improvement materials etc. ranging from raw materials, semi-finished and finished products. Our patronage advantage is to offer Nigerians sourced good quality products with low prices and fast delivery.

We are embarking on a nation-wide hunt for 1000 local enterprises from 1000 underserved communities, have them empowered resourcefully and financially to trade on the Builders Hub e-commerce specialty marketplace. The only support needed from you is to actively participate when the Hunters visit your respective locations.