Writing and publishing the book is only the beginning…

So, as a self published indi author (I think indi is short for independent), I am learning that there is a lot to learn about writing a book.

In my naivety I wrote a mini-memoir of my travels in Israel and Jordan, bought and read a copy of ‘Publishing E-Books for Dummies’ and clicked publish on Amazon. That is simply the beginning. Apparently the hard work is not in writing the book, it is in promoting it. Well, here are my efforts to promote it.

I have Facebook page, a blog on Google blogger and on WordPress, and as of last night, after resisting all these years, I finally joined twitter https://twitter.com/Noor_DeOlinad. I guess that officially makes me a Twit who tweets? or is it a twitter who tweets? I have no idea. It’s like learning a new language! My biggest challenge on twitter will be to remain within the 140 characters allocated to you per tweet. As you probably guessed already from my blogs, I love to talk so it will be interesting to see what kind of tweets I will come up with…I may have to commit spelling crimes and write things like ‘gr8t’…

So far my book has received 5 star reviews by readers, and I would love to know what you think of it. 🙂

Now I have to try and figure out how to convert this blog post into a tweet…

Why write about travel experiences?

When I wrote my book ‘Not A Typical Tourist in Israel and Jordan’, I briefly and  halfheartedly attempted to submit my manuscript to publishing houses. Deep down I always knew I would take the road of an independent self published author. It appealed to me more than a publishing contract because I felt I could be freer and more honest in my writing. I didn’t want to edit my book so it would become more commercially appealing.

I never intended to write a travel memoir. I have actually only ever read one travel memoir and that was after I published my own. I felt I had to write it. I was compelled to write about what I had seen and experienced because I wanted to capture the moment, like in a photograph, of what the societies of Israel and Jordan were like in 2012.

My view is no doubt influenced by my anthropology studies and training but I believe it is crucial to record experiences of ordinary people in societies. I believe it is crucial because history is often written by the victors or elite members of society, or simply recorded as facts such as ‘ this many people died during World War II…’. But what does that actually mean? More importantly, what does it mean for the ordinary people who have to live with the decisions their governments and politicians make?

I’m not at all interested in the opinions or experiences of the elite or politicians. When I traveled through Israel and Jordan, I was not interested in commenting on the political situation of Israel/Palestine. What I cared about and wanted to know was, how do the ordinary people live? What are their daily lives like? How do they interact with the millions of tourists that pass through their cities each year? How do they interact with each other?

Sometimes I wonder what future generations will think of us. If they look through our news reports and history books most of what they will read is reports of civil and international wars, terrorism, thousands of people forced from their homes and displaced either by natural disasters or man made catastrophes, the extinction of animal species…Despite all this, it would not be an accurate portrayal of our world. This is why I wanted to capture the society of Israel and Jordan exactly as it was experienced by ordinary people in 2012, both the good and the bad.  The reality is, there is both good and bad in our world. It is not all good and it is not all bad. So, to be accurate and to give future generations a more complete picture we must depict both.

For that reason, I included both the good things and bad things I experienced during my trip; the kindness shown to me by some strangers and the not so helpful ones who were a bit mean or who tried to cheat me…

Hopefully my book will show future generations in an amusing and entertaining way, that our society had both good and bad in it.

‘Not A Typical Tourist in Israel and Jordan’ available through Facebook!

Hello readers,

I am very excited to announce the opening of my Facebook store where you can buy my book ‘Not A Typical Tourist in Israel and Jordan’ directly from my facebook page!

You can click the link below or the Products tab on my Facebook page. I would love to hear your feedback and reviews of my book happy reading!


My facebook page site is https://www.facebook.com/NoorDeOlinad

Happy reading!

How I unintentionally became a self published memoir author…

Dear reader,

So far I have posted updates about the release of my first book ‘Not a Typical Tourist in Israel and Jordan’ but I haven’t really give you background information of how and why I wrote the book in the first place. I have posted a blurb of the book under the tab ‘Not a Typical Tourist in Israel and Jordan’ but this post is more of an explanation of how the book came to be.

Up until this year I never considered myself a writer. don’t get me wrong – I have been scribbling stories and reading them out to family members since I was old enough to talk. I always wrote fiction – the usual story line of good against bad and good ultimately always wins (I like happy endings). It never occurred to me that my first published book would be a memoir…

This is what happened: I was bored with my job, desperate for a change. I decided, on a whim, that I needed to go somewhere ‘exotic’ to have a great adventure. I went to a travel expo and before I knew it, I had booked and paid for a trip to Israel and Jordan. My friends thought I was insane considering the constant unflattering headlines on the news about the Middle East.

I came back to my job and my life but I couldn’t stop thinking about my trip. It’s not like I had something spectacular happen like meeting a Prince from the exotic Middle East and getting whisked away to live happily ever after in a palace. I did what every other tourist who books a tour to Israel and Jordan does. I got on and off a bus numerous times, I took many photos, got blisters on my feet from walking too much in non-walk wear appropriate shoes (the perils of vanity…) but for some reason I kept thinking about my trip. Well, to be more specific I kept thinking about the people I met during my trip.

I had booked a holiday but what I ended up with was an eye opening experience. I felt compelled to write down my memories. At first, it was for my own private recollection, for when I’m old in my rocking chair reminiscing about my youth. My friends kept asking me about my trip, they were curious how a young white woman fared travelling in Israel in and Jordan. I gave them my memories manuscript (it was easier than repeating the story over and over). They said they liked it…

That got me thinking. Maybe, if my friends enjoyed reading it then other people might too? I had never considered publishing, but I thought I might as well give it a go.

After receiving some advice from a former book publisher,I decided to self publish with Amazon KDP. I decided to self publish because my book does not quite fit into any particular genre and it would be hard to market for traditional publishers. Despite that, I have received 5 star reviews on Amazon 🙂

So here I am. A self published unintentional memoir author 🙂

Happy reading!


Authors supporting authors – my first book interview!

I love the idea of authors supporting authors – life is so much more pleasant when people are friendly and help each other!

As part of the authors supporting authors program by Megan Cyrulewski, here is my first book interview 🙂


On a related note, I’m very pleased that my little memoir has been getting 5 star reviews on Amazon! I’m very glad people found it amusing and informative, which is exactly what I was hoping it would be!

Author Page on Amazon

Dear readers,

I now have my own author page in the Author Central section on Amazon which can be viewed at https://www.amazon.com/author/noordeolinad

For your convenience, I have placed a copy of my author bio below:

A proud bookworm, Noor has evolved from being a VIP library member to writing her own books. With a deep seated curiosity about people’s stories and how the world works, Noor’s writing style utilises vivid imagery and delicate sarcasm. An idealist and a dreamer (an idealist dreamer), her humour is ready, sophisticated and often cynical. Loyal and caring, Noor is devoted to her family which includes a cat with expensive taste, and a dog who wants whatever the cat is having. When not maintaining the peace between the pets, Noor is turning her scribbled stories into published books for your convenience. Happy reading!

Visit Noor’s blog-site http://ponderingscribbler.blogspot.com.au/
and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NoorDeOlinad

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