Race shouldn’t be an issue in publishing, but it is, and I love the possibilities that self-publishing is opening up for authors who have been generally marginalized. Today I talk to Tolulope Popoola about African authors and Nigerian publishing. This topic is also of personal importance as my immediate family consists of people from Nigeria, Canada, Grenada, a Hungarian-Jewish-Kiwi, as well as White British and I’m proud to be multi-cultural.
In the introduction, I mention the lack of diversity in traditional publishing – check out this report on Black and Asian writers in the UK publishing marketplace, & the Salon report on the dominance of white women in publishing. Here’s Idris Elba talking about diversity to the UK parliament.
Here’s the article about The Subversive Women Who Self-Publish Novels Amidst Jihadist War from Wired. Also mentioned, The Times of India on Amazon’s 26% stake in Westland publishing, and that India and China are now the biggest growth market for the Kindle.
Plus, the Feb Author Earnings report and Lee Child’s article on Amazon and bookstores. And, I’m doing a webinar with Joseph Michael, the Scrivener Coach on How to use Scrivener to Write, Organize and Export your Book into Multiple Formats. Thurs 3 March at 3pm US Eastern, 8pm UK and yes, you can get the recording if you sign up. Click here for more info.
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Tolulope Popoola is the author of flash fiction, romance and short stories and she’s also a publishing consultant and coach. She is Nigerian but lives in London.
- How Tolu got started with blogging, writing and moved into self-publishing
- The problem of being labelled “ethnic fiction”
- Why Nigerians have close ties with the UK
- How publishing currently works in Nigeria
- How Nigerian readers find books and read digitally on mobile and devices
- Self-publishing among African authors in Nigeria and Britain and the problems of global payments. The petition for an Amazon store in Nigeria after the launch in India.
- The concerns of African authors and how we can promote diversity in publishing
- It’s time to get away from the single narrative that is “allowed” for African writers. Here are some examples of African genre fiction authors to try out. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor – if you want to read Fantasy/Sci-fi
Kiru Taye (she has several books and series) – if you want to read sizzling Romance
Satans and Shaitans by Obinna Udenwe if you want to read Nigerian Thriller
Making Wolf by Tade Thompson for Crime/Thriller and Speculative Fiction
The Reluctant Dead by Nuzo Onoh for African Horror