After many years of being a successful businesswoman and mentor, she took one step further to empower and inspire the world, with the release of ‘No Fourth River’ a novel based on her life.
Christine’s past holds much pain and abuse, but it did not stop her from being the woman she is today by changing her life and building the future she wanted.
‘No Fourth River’, is Christine’s way to let the world know that despite the pain of your past, YOU have the ability to change your future. YOU can make it happen if you just believe. It all starts with YOU.
Christine Clayfield has achieved recognition as a Bestselling Author for one of her Internet marketing books. She wrote 6 books: 1 novel (her own life story) and 5 Internet marketing related books.
What inspires you to write?
When I first started investigating how to earn money online, I was suffering from information overload. I constantly came across Internet cowboys selling systems and software that would make you a millionaire overnight. I bought several books and programs on the subject but all of them were like jigsaw puzzles with pieces missing.
I decided that once I got my head around this strange new world of internet marketing and started earning the amount of money I wanted, I would write the kind of book that I wish I had found when I started. I wrote my first book “From Newbie To Millionaire”.
I never knew I would enjoy writing so much. Neither did I know that I would enjoy helping others to start earning money or building a better life for themselves. As my first book was a success, I wrote a further 4 books around the internet marketing and working from home topic.
My latest book is “No Fourth River”. It is a novel, based on a true story: my personal life story.
There are three influencing factors that made me decide to write my story.
1) My husband and daughters kept telling me, over the years, that I should write a book about my life and also make a movie about my life.
2) I don’t usually share my story with others. However, sometimes when I unintentionally mention things from my past, people are intrigued. They want to know more about my life. I’ve often been told that I should write a book because my struggles would resonate with others and my life story could be an inspiration.
3) When I spoke on stage during an Internet marketing event, I spoke about some of my past failures and my violent marriage. People would often burst into tears during my speeches and I almost always received a standing ovation at the end. People would come up to me after my speech to thank me for sharing my story and to tell me how inspired they were. That moment was when I decided to write my life story. I didn’t realize until then that my life story was an inspiration to others. Very shortly after that, I started writing No Fourth River.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to write as I would speak. People seem to love my writing style. If I would write a book about “How to publish a book”, I might start like this: “Well, congratulations to you! You’ve written a book. NOW, what are you going to do? Can’t see the wood for the trees? Don’t worry, once you’ve read this book, you will see the wood AND the trees clearly.”
I quickly write what I want to say in extremely simple English. When everything is written, I go over it all again and write everything in much better English, inserting some “intellectual” words sporadically and think a lot more about word choices.
In general, I am not a lover of fancy writing. You know, when you read a sentence and you have to read it again to make sure you understood what was actually said. Being a time management freak, reading the same thing twice doesn’t work for me and I get annoyed with that style of writing. Guess whatever floats your boat is appropriate here.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing! Get your book out there! You can keep tweaking it forever. It has never been easier for anybody to publish a book. You no longer need a lot of money to publish a book with a worldwide audience thanks to the book distribution power of the Internet.
Spend a lot of money on a qualified proofreader.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve self-published all my books. When I was ready to publish my first book, I analyzed the book publishing market and came to the conclusion that self-publishing was the best, taking all aspects into account.
I’ve self-published over 600 informative niche books.
I’ve also self-published my novel but I would love to find a traditional publisher as it is my dream to see my book bookshop windows, airport shops, etc. That is an almost impossible task when you self-publish. I believe that, as a business person, one of your strength has to be to know your weakness. My weakness here is that I won’t personally be able to physically put the book on the bookshelves all over the world and consequently I have to find a company that will do it for me and that is a traditional publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
What I am about to say applies to the novel market not to niche informative books because these two categories target a completely different market.
Book publishing has never been easier. You no longer need a vast amount of knowledge to publish a book. Neither do you need a vast amount of money. This is advantageous for both authors and readers: more authors publish books and readers have more choice than ever before.
The other side of the coin looks less glamorous as it is becoming more difficult for authors to earn a living from their craft. Earning a lot of money from writing is out of reach for most authors, except for the few that make it to the New York Times Bestsellers List or similar lists and the well-known authors, backed by big publishing houses.
Due to the sheer amount of time needed to market a book, the hobby writers are struggling to get their books noticed, never mind selling. An additional obstacle in order to earn money from book sales is that many books are given away for free or priced really low, in order to gain recognition as an author. There is no need for the established authors to sell their books at very low prices.
However, there are indie authors that are outselling authors who are backed by publishing houses. This is thanks to the power of the worldwide distribution channels on the internet.
I believe that, in contradiction to common belief, the demise of print is a myth. There are just as many, if not more people, who prefer reading physical books over digital formats. We live in a digital age but I’ve read reports recently that printed book sales are on the rise again, after having fallen. Every author should publish their books in as many different formats as possible: paperback, Kindle, eBook, ePub, audiobook in order to maximise sales.
One thing is sure: bookselling has changed as we all order books online and the bricks & mortar bookshops are suffering and many are closing down with negative implications for traditional publishers and positive knock-on effects for self-published authors.
Overall I think the book publishing market looks extremely bright, especially for self-published authors as they can publish books faster and at lower prices than ever before.
The most important thing for an author is to write quality as that’s what the reader demands and that will never change.
What genres do you write?: novel, true story, biography, memoir, non-fiction, business, internet marketing, entrepreneurship, money
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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