Why You Need To Take A Publishing Course

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After you finish the first draft of your novel, the next thing on your mind would be how to get a publisher to have it on their list of fast selling titles. But few writers are aware of the fact that most publishing executives, I mean the book editors, book marketers, reviewers and publicists were once writers who later found their voices in the works of other writers. I will highlight in this article five reasons you need to take a publishing course:

1) You can learn some new tricks

Publishing has so many tricks and intrigues, most especially for those who will be interested in mastering one of its numerous units. For instance, you can make more money selling individual territorial rights with or without your local publisher. How? You need to take a course in rights and contracts. Who knows, the next Laura Bradford might just be you. Most publishers have had to employ the services of a foreign rights agent to handle the complexities of rights sales and permissions.

2) Earn an extra income

Even if you are a University lecturer or fully funded writer, you can make an extra income understanding the business of publishing. Academic publishing is always left in the hands of Publishing Executives, while University Dons complain of low royalty from their works. You might not necessarily start a publishing firm, but understanding the business side of the Academics will afford you more opportunity to optimize your income flow.

3) Save Your Editor The Major Headaches

If you are a writer and it is your dream to win some major accolades for your works, then it is recommended you take a course in book editing. For example, taking a course in publishing will afford you the opportunity to see the creative work as a human skeleton and how to effectively fix in the parts to make a beautiful human body.

4) Learn How To Make a Bestseller

Most writers always assume the publishers have a magic wand that turns a book into a bestseller. Yes, they do. But not in all cases. Understanding how the book business works will afford you the wisdom of deliberately writing books that will sell no matter the season. We call them – the book of all seasons! You will learn how to churn out books that will make you and your publishers smile to the bank every now and then.

5) Learn How To Use Pictures To Decorate Your Words

Writers underestimate the power of visuals, because they assume the power in the word is Almighty and cannot be shared. Taking a course in publishing will expose you to how publishers employ design skills to make the book more appealing to the ever buying readers.

As you pen your next draft, you will consciously write words and be able to mentally picture the right visuals that will sell the book to its audience.

Wale Makinde is the Programmes Officer of The Publishing Academy, a newly established publishing school based in Ibadan. To register for a publishing course in The Publishing Academy, visit http://www.publishingacademy.org

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With Love from Abuja

Exceptional article from emerging playwright and writer, Ifedolapo Akinola

THE IFEDOLAPO BLOG

Abuja, the Capital city of Nigeria, is known for many things. Aside the fact that it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities that Nigeria boasts of, this ‘city of varieties’ remains the place to go when you’re NOT only interested in relieving stress but also in dire need of fine treats for body and soul. And not to also mention that just because you’ve decided to visit Abuja, you’re only a half ticket away from dining with the First Man in his very magnificent Aso Villa… (LOL!)

So, a while ago I visited this delightful city courtesy of the Association of Nigerian Authors’ 35th Anniversary International Convention – a four day event in celebration of Nigerian Authors, books and art. And you can guess that from the very moment I stepped into the city, all I wished was to stay for more than four days. If not…

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THE PUBLISHING ACADEMY: CALL FOR APPLICATION

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We are hereby calling for applications from young Nigerians interested in building a career in publishing [Book Editing, Book Design and Typesetting, Book Marketing and Distribution].

Interested applicants are to pay an application fee of One thousand naira only to the following account information;

Account Name: Emotion Press
Account Number:0005158185
Bank Name: Stanbic Ibtc Plc

After payment, please forward the transaction details to thepublishingacademy@gmail.com. You will be asked to follow an application link and finalize your registration.

NB. The publishing course will be held in Ibadan over four weekends and you will be mandated to pay a course fee of N10,000. Discounts for NYSC members. For further enquiries, Please call 07018073343.

Application closes on the midnight of the April 14, 2017.

Introducing: The Crippled Eagle by Doris Malgwi

 

The Crippled Eagle

There is a dark plot among the cabals to eliminate the President of the country. Unknown to them, it was being recorded by the hotel’s CCTV camera.

Kaingchat, fresh graduate and a girlfriend of a journalist, Sunny, is approached by Kola a Colleague in the hotel. He has a Big Story for Sunny. Kola is killed. Sunny is killed. Kiangchat runs to the SSS for help. Then a terrorist group attacks the SSS headquarters and several cadets are killed.

Doris Malgwi’s The Crippled Eagle comes at a very important time when the country battles with corruption in the corridors of power, insecurity and other disasters in the world. It is a must read crime thriller for every one.

Available at selected bookshops and supermarkets nationwide. For direct orders and bulk purchases, please call Dayo 07018073343

FOR FIRST TIME AUTHORS: INTRODUCING THE READING SERVICE

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In the year 2011, Emotion Press was established to project the future ones. Ever since her existence it has provided publishing solutions to young talented Nigerian authors. It will continue to provide effective solutions to Africa’s emerging publishing industry.

Over the few years of our existence, we have received numerous queries from Nigerian authors wishing to get published with our firm. Interestingly, some of these works are really worthy of publication but for some little touches which really matters to our Acquisitions editor.

The Reading Service promises to offer Nigerian authors who are sending in their works to a publisher for the first time, an insider perspective in the preparation of the final manuscript and query letter before final submission to a literary agent or publisher.

We are offering twenty Nigerian authors our reading service for this year 2016 for a one time fee of N30,000 only.

The Service Package covers;

  • Professional analysis of all of your works for the year 2016
  • Proofreading of the final manuscript
  • Corrections and Recommendations For Your Work-in-Progress
  • Guidance In The Final Pitching To A Literary Agent and Publisher

How To Subscribe

  • Send In The First Twenty Pages of Your Work-in-Progress, alongside a short bio and an active phone line to submissions@omojojolo.com
  • Please make the subject line of the mail: The Reading Service. We will regard your mail as unsolicited if you do not follow this instruction.
  • Our in-house reader will send you a text message as soon as possible. If you do not receive any text message from our in-house reader after two weeks of query, please kindly send in complaints via info@omojojolo.com

 

We will be waiting to read your work-in-progress.

PUBLISH WITH EMOTION PRESS

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At Emotion Press, we have over the years improved on our editorial unit and ensured that our editors respond to queries of prospective authors within two weeks of receipt.

Our publisher, Mr. Folarin Olaniyi, has also taken it upon himself to send in congratulatory and acceptance notes to authors whose works have been considered for publication under the Omojojolo imprint.

Before submitting your works for consideration, you must be aware that Omojojolo is the company’s Self publishing imprint and authors are expected to pay a certain amount to cover the cost of publishing the work. The cost of marketing and distributing these works are not to be paid for by the author. You are advised not to send in your works for consideration if you do not have a budget or sponsor for the publication for the work.

Meanwhile, the company has recently launched her traditional imprint, Omiye Books, and is presently considering Children’s Literature and Autobiographies from prospective authors. Kindly send in a mail to the editor, Omiye Books, Ibadan via omiyebooks@gmail.com.

Guidelines

We consider all forms of work, in both the creative Fiction and creative Non-fiction forms of writing. The underlisted are the basic requirements before sending in your work for consideration:

  • Ensure all works are formatted in Calibri 12pt only.
  • For all Prose, Drama works and Creative Non Fiction, you are not expected to send in more than a forty page excerpt of the work.
  • For all forms of Poetry, you are not expected to send in more than twenty poems of the full work.
  • It is mandatory that you attach an introductory note to the entry, which must contain a short biography, your phone contact and physical address.
  • If you are not sure if the work is publishable, please kindly make use of our reading service.
  • It might take up to two weeks of receipt, before we send in a response to your publishing query. Please kindly bear with us.
  • All submissions are directed to the editor, Omojojolo books via submissions@omojojolo.com.
  • For further enquiries, always send in a query to info@omojojolo.com only.

 

They took the moonlit night with them I (A Poem) by Hyginus Ekwuazi

It was the night of the full moon and we were at supper: that was when they came for my grandmother. The birth, they said, was not going too well—and was it everything the eye saw that the head car…

Source: They took the moonlit night with them I (A Poem) by Hyginus Ekwuazi

LETTER FROM AN EDITOR

This is a touching reply from an understanding editor.

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Dear Rasaq,

I just finished reading your concise and lamentable letter. I would like to say I am quite sorry for everything you are passing through. However, it is necessary that I remind you of my own life, my dreams and aspirations, my hope and my failures in the course of reading and selecting poems for this journal. Most times I find it difficult to say “no” to some poems. It is crazy it always happens like that. One recurring fact is that every poem is beautiful. I haven’t read a meaningless poem since I started my career as an editor. It is always fun to read every poem. Also, I always have more than a thousand poems to read and sieve. Now, the best thing to do is to read with a truthful heart, a heart tied to the originality and the powerful language of a poem. Another pivotal…

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JOB OPENING: VACANCY FOR THE POST OF MARKETING OFFICER

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A fast growing publishing firm with office at Ibadan, Oyo State is presently recruiting to fill the vacant position:

Job Details

Responsibilities:
• liaising and networking with a range of stakeholders including bookshop owners, sales reps, colleagues, suppliers and partner organizations;
• communicating with target audiences and managing customer relationships;
• sourcing advertising opportunities and placing adverts in the press or on the radio;
• managing the production of marketing materials, including leaflets, posters, flyers, newsletters, e-newsletters and DVDs;
• writing and proofreading copy;
• liaising with designers and printers;
• organizing photo shoots;
• arranging the effective distribution of marketing materials;
• maintaining and updating customer databases;
• organizing and attending events such as conferences, seminars, receptions and exhibitions;
• sourcing and securing sponsorship;
• conducting market research, for example using customer questionnaires and focus groups;
• contributing to, and developing, marketing plans and strategies;
• managing budgets;
• evaluating marketing campaigns;
• monitoring competitor activity;
• supporting the marketing manager and other colleagues.

Candidate Requirements

• HND in Business Administration or Science related fields.
• Age: Not more than 30years
• Experience: 2-3 years Cognate

All CV must be sent to info@omojojolo.com.

Apply before Monday 25, 2016.

Emotion Press Launches Africa’s First Literary and Educational Television Channel

 

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Emotion Press, Nigeria has launched a fresh literary and educational online television channel, the first of her kind in sub saharan Africa.
According to the Executive Producer, Folarin Olaniyi, ‘Booktv Africa focuses its beam light on African authors of all kinds of books, Fiction and Non Fiction, and their publishers, editors, bookshop owners and the primary consumers of books, which are the schools. We are open to partnerships and sponsorships’

Booktv Africa launched out on Christmas day with an interview with the family of acclaimed poet and writer, Remi Raji, who most interestingly just handed over the mantle of leadership of the Association of Nigerian Authors.
Many months ago, the crew traveled to Ede, Redeemer’s University, owned by the Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s Redeemed Christian Church of God, to interview the award winning playwright, Ahmed Yerima, who is now the Head of Department of the Theatre Arts unit of the Christian based school. The full length interview has been published on the online television’s website.

 

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There have been so many complaints from different quarters about the poor reading culture in Africa, most especially among the youths who are always stuck to the internet; it is our hope that Booktv Africa will be able to re-ignite the fire of reading books in the hearts of the educated African populace.
Booktv Africa will in the subsequent weeks feature award winning authors such as Soji Cole, Toyin Abiodun, Yinka Egbokhare, Akin Bello, Femi Osofisan, JP Clark and established schools and publishers in its different segments.
The online television channel can only be accessed on http://www.booktvafrica.com.

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