I caught up recently with local self-published author Nthepo Ranape.
She has recently released her eBook titled "21 Days of Hell" into the Amazon's virtual shelves and I wanted to know how she was finding the digital publishing journey. I also picked her brain for tidbits of information that might help aspiring authors carve out a place online.
Q: Can you summarize yourself in one paragraph?
A: I am an extrovert, who loves reading. A hard worker and a very ambitious goal driven woman.
Q: What’s the best thing about being an author?
A: The best thing about being an author is that you can get a voice, you share your inner most thoughts and are able to cry in silence.
Q: What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
A: Tell your own story, we all have something to share.
Q: What inspires you to write?
A: I am inspired by my environment, there is always something that one can write about, we live in interesting times.
Q: Where did you get your idea for your most recent book?
A: I had a life changing experience which I thought had to be shared to motivate other people to realise that there is triumph over adversity.
Q: What do you like about eBooks as an author?
A: eBooks are easily accessible, we are living in a technologically driven society, everything is readily available online, so why not read online too?
Q: What was your experience getting started as an eBook author?
A: I was fortunate that I could contact a reputable eBook publisher, who made the process easier.
Q: What has been your experience promoting your eBook as the author?
A: Marketing my eBook has been a bit of a challenge, not everyone is technologically savvy, many people still prefer hard copies purely because of not being able to work online, I must confess, I have battled too!
Q: What would you like to see change in our eBook environment?
A: I would like to have more digital publishing awareness sessions, people don't know how to read or purchase an eBook. The sales tracking should be user-friendly.
Q: Advice for aspiring authors
A: My advice to authors, is to be patient, spread the word and keep writing
Nthepo has extensive experience in Marketing and Event Management. She was part of the team that managed an international Anglican Church conference, which took place in February 2007 over a period of five days with over 400 delegates from all over the world. She also played an important role in the Installation of Mandela into chieftaincy event, the Transnet annual results and launching of SAA’s Africa Freighters. She has worked as the Marketing Officer for Africa and Middle East at SAA Cargo and worked on Product Development for the division.
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