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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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How to apply for an ISBN number from Zimbabwe and other African countries

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Africa is a magical continent. From majestic sunsets through to that wild animal that somehow wondered into your backyard. Simply put, we have a different way of life from the rest of the world. For authors, nowhere is this difference more apparent than when you are wondering how the hell you can get your hands on an ISBN number for your new paperback. This article sheds light on how to obtain an elusive ISBN when you live within the African continent.

My friends and fellow self-publishing authors from the US and UK are laughing at as right now. For those living within Trump’s America or the United Kingdom some distance away, applying for their golden ISBN digits is only a few mouse-clicks away. For those British or American authors who might disagree, lets have a quick recap.

The First-world ISBN application process

Applying for an ISBN number for a US author – Bowker Identifier Services. ($125 for one ISBN)

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How to install and use Amazon Kindle Previewer Software

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This is an article for those authors who need to preview a Kindle eBook before publishing it on Amazon.

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Interview with an author - Paula Gruben

Interview with an author - Paula Gruben

 

Driven, ambitious and not scared of getting her hands dirty. Author Paula Gruben has a wealth of hands-on self-publishing experience that could benefit even seasoned authors. So grab your coffee mugs, take a break from reading NEWS24 and lets pick her brain - See how many times you catch yourself learning something new.

 

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3 Great Reasons To Create An Effective AuthorCentral Page on Amazon

3 Great Reasons To Create An Effective AuthorCentral Page on Amazon

 

Finishing a book is often a labor of love, a bucket list item, for many writers.

Marketing the book? Not so much.

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Dear Author

Dear Author

 

Dear Author, I am not sure what is happening with you here.

I have called you a few times and emailed you a few times more but you are not giving me any response.

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Need a break from writing? Let's chat about Writers Block

Need a break from writing? Let's chat about Writers Block

 

Writer’s block – the bane of writers the world over. Just about anyone can have a dry season where the words just don’t come, but what’s behind the block?

 

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