The Africa Online Book Fair: Romance Authors & Books is a weekend event, featuring 13 authors and 1 interview with an aspiring romance author. Each day will have a certain amount of authors that will showcase their books and who they are.
The online book fair takes place on Facebook. Here's a link to the event page. https://www.facebook.com/events/372063406523550/
Readers, you can come and go as you please since you don’t have to pay a ticket to enter or register. So come and meet your next favorite author! We’ll have discounted and free books, play games, you can win Amazon Gift Cards. Get a little bit closer to authors you want to chat with in real time and generally see what Africa’s got to offer for your romance taste buds.
There will be a Scavenger Hunt that you can enter and stand a chance to win a prize. You’ll have to go to every author’s post (“booth”) at the event and hunt for the number each author has “hidden” in one of their posts. At the end of the weekend you need to add up the amount and inbox co-host Kathy Bosman with your answer and she’ll draw a winner.
We are also running a sign up for our Newsletters competition that will start running with the Africa Online Book Fair blog tour from 17 to 31 May. You could win a 20$ Amazon Gift Card.
Sign up for as many newsletter as you want, each one is an entry: https://goo.gl/forms/uwdyuFB76kb67rqh2
The Winner will be announced after the fair.
Attending the online book fair and how it works is straightforward, especially for readers who’ve attended Facebook book parties. But also for readers who use the social network site daily.
All you need to do is go to our Event and click 'Going'. It's that easy!
The online book fair is for romance authors who are from Africa and authors who write romances set in Africa.
And don't forget to invite your friends! Also join the group if you want updates on future book fairs from us.
Hope you have lots of fun and discover awesome reads.
Africa Online Book Fair Links:
Facebook Group Page:https://tinyurl.com/ka3ucvl
This is the second post I am doing about the incredible people I have met on my journey. Proof that South Africa has a bright future ahead. This interview is conducted with a young talented media personality who I foresee having a wonderful journey ahead of her in the new SA.
I asked Lebeeqah a series of questions that leans toward an inspirational as well as an informative avenue so for those young voices out there that need to be heard can get a sense of how some people achieve their goals and what lead them to chase their dreams.
I definitely see myself on the big screens so I am patiently waiting for a call from the SABC. I was born to be in the media industry and I am not going anywhere. I do not mind having to put in the extra hours because I know it will benefit me in the end.
Check out the fabulous things she's doing for South Africa, covering stories that change lives....
And then some fun stuff!
Jennifer Withers has been writing since she was seven years old, banging out stories about dragons and damsels in distress on an ancient typewriter. She went on to earn a BA in English Studies at the University of Pretoria. Since then, she has taken writing courses through Writer’s Write, and Allaboutwriting. Jennifer lives in Pretoria, with her husband, two dogs, and an ageing cat. The War Between is her first novel.
The War Between
A human war over dwindling resources has all but
destroyed the world. In a country once known as South Africa, two cities struggle to survive. Toria is believed to contain the final generation of humans, while Jozenburg is inhabited by beings created and born in a laboratory, gifted with abilities both strange and terrifying. The two species have known peace for many years, but with their respective cities surrounding the remaining resources, tensions are rising. The two leaders of Jozenburg are twin siblings Syra and Draiken, and with their first successful conversion of a human to a superhuman, Draiken sets a plan in motion that will bring his kind, and the humans, to the brink of war. The arrival of Dominico in Jozenburg, a girl with unique and dangerous abilities, and a human commander claiming to have saved her life, Syra is forced to reconsider her views of not only herself, but of the beings she considered her enemies.
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by two young talents in the media industry for SAIR event happening this April and was so impressed by what these two youths have accomplished with their lives so far that I needed to get the word out there of what is on the rise for SA youngsters.
I asked him some great questions like the challenges he has faced and sees SA artists face in the industry, where he sees himself in 5 years and how important studies are to succeed in life...
Meet Raymond Ramodisa
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Filmmaker, Photographer
Gift Raymond Ramodisa, better known by his stage name Raymnd, No Typo is a South African recording artist from Giyani, in the Limpopo Province. As the last of five children in his family, where his older brother introduced him to Hip-Hop music, Raymnd fell in love with the genre in the late 90’s when Boom Bap(Hip-Hop sub-genre) was at its prime. His favourite rappers at the time included, Mase, Big Pun, Notorious B.I.G and Treach from Naughty by Nature. He started watching videos on music channels such as Channel O.
My name is Raymnd, I am a musician and filmmaker, born and raised in Limpopo where my love for the media and entertainment industry began. I make Hip-Hop music, growing up with two brothers who loved listening to Hip-Hop got me listening to the genre from a young age. I would always be glued to the TV screen growing up, i could sing along to almost anything RnB and Rap, while doing the dance to the song just as they would, if not better.
In my primary school years i would compete in story telling and acting competitions with schools on provincial level. I began writing my own music in my late Primary school years and would record and perform them throughout high school, then studied Film and Television studies in my tertiary years.
Studies are very important, I believe it should not stop either, i still have a few things i would like to study further. I don't think i would be where i am at this point if i had never studied my profession. Telling stories both visually and vocally got a whole lot better after i gained the Know-How.
In 5 years i see myself having opened doors and broke the ice for many people after myself who have the same dreams and even inspire those with different interests which they would like pursue. I see myself as a respected musician, writer and film maker in 5 years, celebrating 12 years after the release of my first music project and jumping bigger hurdles while I enjoy some fruits of my labour in the industry.
Some of the challenges i face today are reaching bigger audiences, i believe there are many people in the country who would appreciate my music and stories whom haven't ran into any of my work before.
From here, I am recording my second EP for this year, while preparing for my Álbum which will be released in 2017. I am working on short films which are the visual renditions of the music works, people can keep up with my activities on Twitter and my Facebook page... @RAYMND_MUSIC / Raymnd.
Besides being in the studio, or in the field shooting content. I like listening to more music and watching TV, I love keeping up with the world.
Some of my idols include my eldest brother, my former mentor SpaceMunna and Jay Z for the hard work and brains.
All I could ever advice anyone pursuing a career in the media, is to follow their passion and study their field. I look forward to everyday ahead, it's the best feeling to do what you love.
Bringing stories to life is the best part of what i do. I love seeing ideas come to life and meeting inspiring people, but creating is the best part of all for me.
2016 is surely the year to look out for Raymnd’s 3rd music project titled Son Of Man, as well as his U.N.H.E.P. ‘Features from Raymnd in 2016 include songs on Vic-Mash, Token Dagger, PrimeTheGifted, Em-Gee, SpaceMunna, Black Elite(USA), Lekkersweet and many more's albums. To keep up with Raymnd’s activities…
Follow titter @RAYMND_MUSIC
or facebook https://facebook.com/raymndmusic
The Social TV interview he did for SAIR
You can view some of his work here:
Continuing with the theme of the 1000 book pledge SAIR 2016 event is hoping to achieve, we have interviewed one of our attending authors Lisa Bell on why to her reading is important to the children.
If you would like to come and meet Lisa and all out other authors pls see our contact page for ticket information
ABOUT LISA BELL
Why kids should read more by Lisa Bell
But here are my reasons why I think kids should be reading more.
- Fantasy – every child loves fantasy and make-believe, and they are good at it too. Watch any young toddler or junior grader. They are fantastic at making up games and acting them out. Tap into this and show your kids the magic that books can bring them, the fantasy worlds they can escape into.
- Learning – vocabulary, grammar, spelling, punctuation and general good speaking. All this can be learnt by reading more. Having said that, I know a few adults that should read more, in fact!
- Knowledge is Power – true in our adult lives and true in a kid’s world too. Kids don’t need to be nerds to be knowledgeable. Books can give them so much information that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.
- Ideas – kids that read more will have a better idea of what they want to be when they reach adulthood. Books can open up so many possibilities of what there is to do out there in that big bad world.
We just need to convince the kids now, don’t we?
Rebecca finds this out from a complete stranger.
Mysterious Ben literally sweeps her away into a world of magic, danger, and downright craziness. Ben explains that he has been tracking her for quite some time and reveals to her the truth about her parents and what she is.
Rebecca is a Shifter and has supernatural powers that enable her to teleport herself from one place to another, powers that have been lying dormant, up until recently.
Just as Rebecca is beginning to enjoy these newfound powers, she is whisked away again by Ben to a safer place. The Seekers, a group of people whose main aim is to stop the Shifters, are after her.
Rebecca meets Ben’s enigmatic friends and fellow Shifters. She is thrown into a whirlwind world where she learns how to hone her skills and discovers that she has more to offer than she thought to this eccentric group.
As Rebecca starts to learn more about her past and her newfound gift, she also starts to fall in love with Ben. Together they embark on an action-packed race to save themselves and their kind.
A very exciting day for us here at SAIR. I can proudly say that our charity event is going to blow Jozi up for the night.
1000 book pledge donation for the Pavement Bookworm Foundation.
Our event will see local authors, musicians, bloggers and their readers come together in hopes of raising the funds and books to back up our 1000 book pledge donation for the underprivileged kids in Johannesburg.
STAR GUEST ANNOUNCED!
Samm Marshall is a well-known media personality. Who for over a decade has graced radio, print and television media. Samm had a long stint at ETV as morning show host of Morning Edition.
He is currently the host of Morning Live on the weekends on SABC 2 and has recently joined Morning Live weekdays with Lee-ann Mannas and Vuyo Mbuli. He is also a news reader with national radio station SAfm weekdays.
Not forgetting print, Samm is currently Editor in Chief of www.sportsstuff.org.za (to launch in November) a new monthly online sport lifestyle magazine and continues to grace the pages of online magazines as a features writer and has written on the 2010 World Cup.
Our Guest authors for the evening
and Joanne Mcgregor
With the help of Skoobs theatre of books we are also launching a brand new kiddies author hitting SA soon.
Mrs Spiggles hopes to share important money messages with children, regardless of their financial upbringing, with the hope that they are better able to manage their finances throughout their life journeys.
Series name: Mrs Spiggles and her Money Tales
Title of book: Taylor’s Birthday Surprise
Jean Archary is a proud mum to her seven-year-old daughter, Taria Somiah. She is a certified financial planning professional and a certified workplace coach, and financial education is a topic close to her heart. Jean holds a BA in Psychology and Communication, and a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Tax.
Raised in a single-parent home with three siblings, she learnt many money lessons early on in life. Even with an extensive background in financial planning, Jean found it challenging to explain financial messages to her daughter and wondered if other parents were struggling too. And so through their money conversations, the concept of Mrs Spiggles was brought to life by both mother and daughter.
on more about the event head to our 2016 charity event page : here
to purchase your ticket here
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE
Kamo matriculated last year from St Barnabas College where I met the beautiful young lady on one of my library project missions. Since then she has enrolled into Boston media house hoping to hit the journalism track within her 3rd year. Most recently she has submitted her first manuscript to me and I see so much potential. What strikes me the most is that despite our country's struggle in bringing literature to our kids as a career choice, we still have the beautiful minds and spirit's out there that can made a difference.
Join us on 30th of April from 3pm
at skoobs theatre of books
Where we will discuss publishing, marketing, books and our youth with some of the best of local talent JHB and CT has to offer!
Meet our rising star Kamo Modisane
Writing is my middle name! I would refer myself to an organism that is capable of transforming a cup of coffee into a comforting story. Writing gives me the licence of creating puns and metaphors. I live by those daily! I mean what is a sentence without a coat filled with fur for thought. Writing is my first love, It is what I live for and have a passion for. Writing is one of the largest sources one could use to reach out to the society. As a young person I write about myself, the mistakes I have made and with the aim to help someone as young as myself not to do the same mistake but instead they can learn from mine. With my writing comes the harsh exposure of the consequences I had to endure. Doing that gives me freedom, wisdom and peace.
Youth all over South Africa have different challenges regards with to having access to a book to read. For the fancy,bratty young person their challenge could be : "PDF books are not that fun and I am so not walking to the library!." For the girl that lives in a village it could be the sad case of the community and school not having a library. The picky young boy living in a modernised townships barrier could be the books on his bucket list are above his budget. We have given technology the authority to rule our daily schedule. We spend hours and hours reading unnecessary texts while we could be reading a book. We spend time replying with paragraphs in group chats while we could be writing a poem, book or even a short descriptive piece. I bet even couples do not write each other letters anymore. only a handful could still have the time for it. The rest text using a phone. Honestly there is no effort.
Sometimes finding a book to read is not a challenge but the shallow mentality is the barrier. Many young people tend to think ; "Why read a book if I go to school and study using textbooks!" We call such students book intolerant. It takes a person powerfully observant person to understand the difference between the two books and the different imaginative capacities the book entitle you to have.
2015 SAIR EVENT introduced South African authors and publishers to branding guru Janet Wallace. We were over the moon excited that she flew in all the way from the USA to attend and share her magic with us. So it was a no brainer that I needed Janet Wallace to become part of the SAIR 2016 event.
Founder of two thriving businesses, Social Deviants, a social marketing company that helps creative entrepreneurs build online business platforms that profit; and UTOPiA, an annual writing conference and awards ceremony that nurture and celebrate writers of fiction, Janet has a passion for people, books, and dark chocolate-covered almonds. She uses her expertise to help clients grow powerful communities and create top-of-mind brand recognition and authority.
She hosts events and speaks regularly to local, national and international groups about how to effectively attract raving fans, loyal clients and increase sales while building businesses of purpose using your powers for good. She believes in being bold, taking risks, big adventure, and the importance of believing in yourself and embracing greatness, uniqueness and opportunity.
Previously a brand strategist for a London-based, award-winning agency, Janet has worked directly with clients such as ooVoo, Oxygen Women’s Television, Film4/Channel4 London, Elle magazine, and a growing client list of New York Timesbest-selling authors. She has also been an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University where she lectured on Social Media for Authors. She lives in Nashville with her husband, two children, two rescue dogs, and one rescue cat.
A 45-minute audio-only SKYPE
consultation session with
Janet Wallace to discuss personal
and visibility strategy for you, your
business, product or
Head on over to our contact page to reserve your ticket
We are elated to introduce our next sponsor for SAIR 2016 charity event...
To stand a chance to win this awesome prize... head on over to our contact page and reserve your seat for the charity event happening in Johannesburg 2016, Where our main focus will be on bringing books to our youth and inspiring a new generations of readers and writers.
More on the event and all our guest authors here.
What is your message and drive behind your writing career.
Really, I just want to write books that offer quality entertainment and escapism. I unapologetically value absorbing story over literary style, and would much rather have readers than prizes. I’m aiming, ultimately, to support myself entirely on the proceeds of my writing. If I can get anybody, particularly a young somebody, addicted to reading, I’ll be very happy.
Your experience in the publishing industry.
It was hard getting the usual rejections, but I’ve been very well treated by my traditional publishers. My views on my book, the covers and even contracts are taken into consideration, and I have a fabulous editor who is very encouraging. Unfortunately, though, my trad publishers can only bring out my books at the rate of one a year, and I write faster than that – which is why I’m moving into indie-publishing.
Your current Nano project?
This year I again tried to finish a manuscript I’d already started – a standalone YA contemporary romance. But between launching Scarred at the same time (with all its promotions, publishing technicalities and blog interviews) and some stuff which life threw at me last month, I only got as far as 28 000 words. Still, that’s added a chunk to my work-in-progress, so I’m not too disappointed.
Writing schedule and positive habits.
I write and I work in my therapy practice on alternate days and in completely different physical and head-spaces. I don’t have the creativity or energy to write after a day in the practice. I am at my most productive in the morning, especially if I can have the house to myself. I like to write in silence, but Nanowrimo has taught me not to be so precious and now I can, if I have to, write with background noise.
best advice you can give new writers that you wish you knew back then.
The road to publication is a marathon, not a sprint. Take your time, make a concerted effort to learn and practice your craft, and move towards publishing when you know what you’re doing. It’s not a bad idea, especially if you plan self-publishing, to have a few books already written when you start pubbing or subbing. Also (and no-one will believe me on this), I know it’s your life’s dream to have a book published and on a book store shelf nearby, but being published changes nothing very much, and is just the beginning of the work, not the culmination of it!
favorite genre to read?
I’ll read anything, including the corn flakes box! Easier to say what I don’t tend to read – science fiction and high fantasy, which I just can’t seem to get into. For the rest, I’ll give it a try. I will say that my reading, like my writing, tends to favour rocking genre stories over slow literary self-indulgence.
where can we connect?
I love to hear from readers – please feel free to reach out via my website or social media, and if you enjoy my book/s, I’d be extraordinarily grateful if you left a review online (Amazon or Goodreads).
If you'd like to receive advance notice of my latest releases, competitions, giveaways and offers for free review copies, as well as a behind-the-scenes peek at my writing and publication process and useful tips for new writers, then you might like to sign up for my newsletter here: http://www.joannemacgregor.com/newsletter/
Please introduce us to who you are in the writing community. Giving us the history of your reading to writing path.
I’ve always been an avid reader and always tinkered around with writing. In fact I was first published in The Star newspaper when I was seven years old! I am both a hybrid and cross-genre writer. My first book, Turtle Walk (2011) and its sequel Rock Steady (2013) were both traditionally published here in South Africa, are set locally and fall into the Young Adult genre. The third in the series, Fault Lines, comes out in April 2016. Protea Boekhuis also published my adult psychological thriller, Dark Whispers in 2014, and its Afrikaans translation, Skadustemme, in 2015. My most recent book is a Young Adult contemporary romance, Scarred, which I indie-published.
Why did you become a writer?
I don’t think I became one, I think I always was one. But I started writing books and submitting them for publication for two main reasons: I wanted to contribute local books for teens (with kickass female protagonists) to the offering of YA books at our book shops, and I wanted to start a parallel career to offset creeping burnout in my day job as a psychologist.
My published books are:
Turtle Walk (Protea, 2011)
Jemima Jones and the Great Bear Adventure (EKhaya, 2012)
Jemima Jones and the Revolving Door of Doom (Indie, 2012)
Rock Steady (Protea, 2013)
Dark Whispers (Protea, 2014)
Skadustemme (Protea, 2015)
Scarred (Indie, 2015)
Fault Lines (Protea, 2016)
When did you start Nano and why do you Nano?
I wrote and won Nano in 2012 and 2014, using it both times to finish manuscripts I had already started. My 2012 manuscript was subsequently published as Rock Steady.
What happens after Nano?
This time around – more writing, until I finish the story! Usually, I leave the manuscript for a few months and then come back with fresh eyes to rewrite and edit, and rewrite and edit some more, before starting the submissions or publication process.
Is there a trick to Nano?
BOCHOK (butt on chair, hands on keyboard)! Also, the regional write-ins are fun, motivating and very productive. I encourage everyone to give it a full go.
favorite genre to write?
I think YA is my favourite – it has a cracking pace, emotional punch and some of the raw honesty and social militance that precedes the lazy cynicism of adulthood. But I don’t want to be locked into one genre for the rest of my writing career. I’m currently contemplating writing a non-fiction book!
what is your message/ what are you saying to the world.
I tend to say different things with my different books. My titles are usually the clue, as they can be interpreted literally in terms of the story, or metaphorically in terms of the book’s themes. At the end of the day, though, it’s what the books say to readers that matter. I strongly believe that readers complete the story in their own hearts and imaginations, and I’m always amazed, when I read reviews or get feedback, how the same book speaks in such different ways to different readers. That pleases me, because I think (I hope!) it means that my books have layers of complexity and meaning.
If not a writer what would you be doing?
I currently work as a writer, a psychologist and a trainer. But I’ve had a dozen jobs – probably more! – over the years and enjoyed aspects of most of them. If I had a magic wand, I’d be a (successful) actress, acting opposite Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) in Supernatural, before spinning off into my own series.
Carlyle Labuschagne is an award winning South African author working her way into the hearts of international readers .
founder of SAIR
cofounder of Fire Quill Publishing
help build a library project in SA