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Is Partridge Africa a scam?

Is Partridge Africa a scam?

 

This is a letter I have received from South African author – Francois* - and is published with his consent. It details his experience as a first-time author dealing with the publishing company Partridge Africa. I will leave the letter as unedited as possible and add only comments and clarity where I think they might be needed. (Dave.)

For those looking to educate themselves, click here for further reading on the dubious practices of Author solutions and other vanity presses.

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2016 – The year of the book - A celebration of self-publishing through numbers.

2016 – The year of the book - A celebration of self-publishing through numbers.

 

45 000 , 78, 71 – A code for that safe where you keep the things no one must find? Nah, even better. Our digital publishing startup recently turned four (counting from the evening of its conception). This post is a textual-reminiscence over the year that was and what it meant for the self-publishing author.

I had a wee bit of fun compiling a list of how many writers had been welcomed through our doors to emerge the other side a literary cowboy, an outlaw in the land ruled by the traditional publisher: a serious, self-publishing author.

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I need your help

I need your help

 

I need your help.

Freely sharing (self) publishing advice for authors is a passion. Guess what: blogging is a job that does not pay us. The reward for hours spent behind our keyboards is delivered in the form of comments from our happy blog readers. Totally worth it.

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Authors gone wild – A celebration of self-publishing at the MYeBook fourth birthday bash

Authors gone wild – A celebration of self-publishing at the MYeBook fourth birthday bash

 

What!? Our self-publishing platform turned four? Hell yeah, and it was done in style.

Friday 14th October 2016 will go down in many calendars as a night of celebration and literary debauchery. Wine was uncorked, authors conversed and new friends compared book-sizes. A far cry from the late night business plan birthed from the cavernous-cranium of MYeBook founder Dave Henderson. MYeBook, a literary-startup tottered out of relative obscurity and into the bright lights of the Skoobs bookstore nestled within Monte Casino.

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Death of options for South African authors

Death of options for South African authors

 

Notice of termination of digital books services.

Please be advised On the Dot a division of Media 24 (PTY) Ltd has decided to terminate its services in the e-book market and will shortly no longer be providing digital fulfilment agency services to customers.

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What it means being an African author on Amazon

What it means being an African author on Amazon

 

Africa’s not for sissies is an oft-repeated phrase, but is Africa for authors?

The lists of renowned African authors contain all too familiar names. Why does it seem that the depth of our selection of authors is perhaps less than that of the other continents? Why do we seem to produce less authors, or is that a misconception bred from biased media coverage? Let’s have a look at what it means to be an African author.

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An author book launch - My experience at Skoobs

An author book launch - My experience at Skoobs

 

At Skoobs bookstore, Montecasino, in the heart of Fourways Johannesburg, I find myself attending the book launch of my friend (and now published author) Sonia Killik. Whilst browsing the weighted-shelves at this book-lovers Utopia I recognise several self-published titles. Seeing these books (cover-out, not spine-out nogal) on the shelves and in front of what must be hundreds of readers each day makes me feel warm and tingly.

These authors, are self-published. They have chosen a different route to publish. A lonelier route. Yet, here they are, alongside fellow authors, indistinguishable from their traditionally-published counterparts. F*ck Yeah. (For you Sonia.)

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