Sometime last week, I received the below message in my Facebook inbox from Oluyemisi.
“Hello. Thanks for your interest in taking budding writers on your wings. I downloaded and read your book “If blogs could speak”. As much as I would love to go into blogging, I think it’s going to be a bit tasking for someone with my health condition. Hence, I will like to explore other alternatives that can earn me some Income through writing. My health has deteriorated so much lately. For the past eight months or more, I have been on hospital admission, in crisis. Most of my Facebook posts are done in the hospital. The doctors know what the problem is but I don’t feel bold enough to mention it here.
I really want to raise money through writing. I am open to writing options that will not be so demanding on my health and will at the same time earn me some money. This is one of the short stories I have published online: Blood Menace: Fiction Story
I actually self-published a novel in the year 2012. Now I want to sell it in downloadable e-Book format so we can raise money to pay my hospital bill which is now running to the tune of 200k.
Oluyemisi A. Adedokun-Oladejo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature from Tai Solarin University of Education and a Master’s Degree in Literature in English from The University of Ibadan. She was working with the Ogun State Teaching Service Commission until health issues got in the way. You can find her on Facebook Oluyemisi A. Adedokun-Oladejo. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I followed up with her via Facebook Messenger and we talked on the phone. Oluyemisi isn’t out to beg for money. She’d rather work for it, by ghostwriting for you or selling her ebook to you. If you read her story, Blood Menace, you’ll understand how wonderful a writer she is.
Please, let’s help this dear lady raise money to cover her hospital bills.
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