1: Self-publishing Fiction e-books in Kenya – Your Story
Self-Publishing Fiction means you’ve sat down and come up with characters, a plot, and one heck of a story that you are going to share. When you choose self-publishing, you’ve made a choice to sell or share (free read) your story with an audience. The most important part of this process is having a complete story.
In business, you require a product or service to facilitate trading. When writing, you aspiring authorpreneur, you, you need a complete story. Note I write complete story more than once. Writers have a tendency to have a multitude of works in progress. I’m guilty of that myself.
Things to remember when it comes to your story:
1. Choose a Genre – Genres are important because they allow you to focus your writing on a particular theme or topic. They also help you when it comes to marketing your work. Genres also allow you to focus your writing on a particular audience. You don’t have to stick to one genre, you can write in different genres if it suits you. You can also focus on type of genre. For example, Kenya’s Peter Nena has a strong following for his horror stories. Uganda’s Dilman Dila is able to write different types of genres from Romance to Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Horror. Find out what type of genre you’ve written or want to write.
2. Invest in Editing – You might be self-publishing for the first time. You read this and want to ask me, how you can afford editing when you’re just starting out. Well, if you have the money from other income-generating sources, find a professional editor and get them to read your work. Editors are the manna from heaven to Writers. Please believe this. If you don’t have the money, get active on various writing sites and forums. You’ll be surprised the number of people who are willing to share their editing skills with you.
If you’re not able to access these sites, nag your family & friends. I know you have one, two, or five, maybe more. Print out your stuff and tell them to read it. The more people reading your work the better because they’ll catch any mistakes you might have and will point it out to you. Don’t get bent out of shape when they point it out. Remember that thick skin you need to grow. Take it all in stride, if anything, it helps you learn. So, do you have someone reading your work other than you?
3. Write an entertaining tale. – Be unique, engaging, and creative. Writing fiction is extremely personal. You’re the creator and originator of the story. Let your imagination fly.
I emphasize editing because a story might be very good, but if the editing is weak, then people are likely to push it away. If it’s possible, learn to self-edit as well. Know your grammar, whether you’re writing in Swahili or English, or your mother tongue, watch where you put those pauses and full stops. Remember that simple language is better than complicated language. You don’t have conversations with perfect vocabulary and formal languages, do you? People cuss, spit, yell and make-up words in general conversations. Keep it real!
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