Publishing Big Challenge for Writers

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many writers in Botswana are facing challenges of publishing as there are a few publishing houses, which also turn out to be expensive.

This was said by one the most celebrated writers, Lauri Kubuetsile when facilitating at a writers’ workshop organised by Maun International Arts Festival recently. vKubuetsile said publishing was a challenge for every writer locally as writers wete being robbed by some people who claimed to be publishers.

She said there weretwo types of publishing which are contract publishing in which there is a legal contract between a publisher and a writer or author (or more than one), to publish written material by the writer. Kubuetsile said this might involve a single written work, or a series of works and this form of publishing an agent is a must as a go between the author and the publishers.

She added that the writer must not pay even a single cent in this kind of publishing and must not be tempted to pay anything if prompted by the agents as they would be robbing them.

Kubuetsile said with this form of publishing, locals face rejection as these houses are only looking for best publications that can make them big profits.

She said the other type is self-publishing in which the author absorbs some or all of the cost of publication. Kubuetsile said historically, the term self-publisher referred to an author who starts his or her own publishing company, pays all costs of printing, and is responsible for marketing, distribution and promotion.

She said this is hard for local writers due to financial problems.

For her part, the public relations officer of Poetkavango and former Miss Botswana, writer and poet, Juby Peacock said local artistes must unite with their African counterparts noting that this would open doors for them by learning different skills and better market opportunities.

She said the eight day event was organised to connect different arts codes to the outside world. Also, she mentioned that they have brought along international artistes from countries like Ghana, Cameroon and Malaysia as a way of practicing Pan Africanism.

The event that started as Maun Poetry Festival a few years back was only focused on poetry, but as the years went by the organisers noticed that artists are multi-talented doing different arts at the same time.

They then decided to include other arts like painting, music and writing amongst others.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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