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Save the Date: Upcoming Author Events in South Africa

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Book fairs and festivals offer the perfect opportunity for authors to mingle with industry experts and peers. It's a fantastic way to learn more about the industry and about writing as an art. Here are some of the events you can look forward to in the second half of 2017.

 

The Open Book Thundafund Campaign

06-10 September at The Fugard Theatre, Cape Town

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3 Simple Marketing Ideas for Self- Publishing Authors

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One of the major aspects that helps set a successful author apart from the millions of published writers, is how they approach the marketing-beast. Many people spend months or even years writing a book, and as soon as they receive the "Congratulations, you are published!" message from Amazon, they pour a glass of wine and put their feet up.

Serious authors know that the slog begins not when you first decide to put pen to paper. It starts once your writing has been released in the wild. Yup. Your marketing efforts will determine how many people get to see your book. The more people are directed to your eBook on Amazon, the books you sell, the more $ you make.

The commitment required for successful marketing is long term, not a one-night stand.

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Mastering the Amazon KDP Tax Interview - Everything you need to know

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And here we are. A new starry-eyed author publishing our book on Amazon.

We had stumbled upon the the Amazon KDP website after our dad recommended we check it out. But what now? What does one do after entering your email ID into the vast troughs of Amazon's online customer database? Do we do a magic publishing-jig and hope that the God of Publishing smiles upon us? Do we sacrifice one of our dearest paperback-companions as a sign that the Kindle-Deity can trust us?

Once the dust has settled on your brand-new Amazon KDP account you might be wondering why you are now faced by a message from Amazon demanding you spend precious time completing an online tax interview? Why should we? Surely the time taken to complete your manuscript is enough?

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Lost In Translation: How to know which version of English might be best for your book

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The Rainbow Nation of South Africa truly is a unique crowd. We have our braais, sunny skies, traditional greetings, and words that are understood only by other Saffers - no matter which of the 11 national languages they might speak.

It's only natural that you'd want to blend some of that delicious Mzansi-flava into your writing, and we encourage it wholeheartedly. (Un?)Surprisingly, the exact dialect with which you write your book can have repercussions. Have you noticed the ENG-US button at the bottom of Word (and in most other word processing software?) Most people just shrug, thinking "Ugh, what's the difference? English is English, right?"

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2017 South African Childrens Bookfair - JHB - 15-18 June

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For those looking to explore the local market for children's literature this event is just for you.

The 2017 South African Children's Bookfair is promising to be a one-stop event for authors, publishers, illustrators and other industry professionals. Exhibitions, workshops and book launches promise to make it well worth the trip into Boksburg.

Unfortunately, exact details on the speaker lineup, exhibitions and workshops seems to be a bit sparse at  the moment. I have asked the event organizer for a bit more detail and will update this post once I have it. This article by the guest speaker at the event James Murua seems to have the most comprehensive info on the event.

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