something I am now including as a post script to all
of my books. Allow me to share with you THE ENID
your opinion, right across the generations is the
most successful writer for children ?
Rowling ? NO, I don’t think so.
Dhal ? WRONG AGAIN.
!” I can hear you saying but trust me Enid Blyton
of Noddy In Toyland, The Famous Five and Secret
Seven fame is the most successful write of all time
when it comes to stories for children,
Rowling has written thirty books and sold around
five hundred million copies. Roald Dhal wrote
forty-eight books and sold two hundred and fifty
million copies. Enid Blyton wrote a staggering seven
hundred books and sold, wait for it: SIX HUNDRED
want to measure by quantity, published and copies
sold then Enid Blyton is way out in front but that
is not the measure I want to bring to her success.
Blyton, born 11th August 1987 and died 28th November
1968, is criticised for her stories being sexist,
racist and middle-class. That is really not fair,
you cannot impose twenty-first century values on the
times through which she lived. Things were different
when she was writing and her stories simply reflect
the society she lived in. I am defending her writing
not because of its content, nor just how much she
wrote and indeed without account to the number of
books she sold.
than any other author with stories for children Enid
Blyton inspired children to sit down and write their
own stories. That is the ENID FACTOR.
write for his/her own enjoyment. The enjoyment which
comes from inventing characters then using words to
describe, develop and take those characters through
a story line. It does not matter in any way at all
if somebody actually reads what is written. If
someone does read the story then that is a bonus. If
the person reading the story enjoys what they read
then that is a double bonus.
started writing stories when I was a teenager, it
was not until the 1990’s that I first made it into
print. Today with e-books and Amazon I am writing
every day and publishing new books on a very regular
basis. I guess I am one of the most prolific writers
on Amazon. However, I primarily write for myself. I
hope people will read what I write and I have my
fingers crossed they enjoy what they find on my
Amazon bookshelf. Writing is a hobby for me and will
be until the day I die. There are writers on Amazon
who are millionaires, I am not one of them although
I would not say no.
were to become the wealthiest writer on Amazon I
would give it all up for the ENID FACTOR.
Christie is the world highest selling author with
more than one billion of her books being taken off
the shelves. She was a commercial writer, writing
for money and I doubt any of her stories inspired a
single person to write for themselves.
matter how prolific a writer I become I will never
make the kind of money Enid Blyton, Roald Dhal or J
K Rowling has. But I do not want to. I want to be
Enid Blyton, I want my writing to inspire other
people to write.
someone will say: Hey I like that, I am going to
have a go at writing something similar myself.
care if a reader says: What a load of rubbish
that was, where’s my pen ? I can do better !
the ENID FACTOR in my stories. I want to inspire
other people to write. Have I inspired you ?