Friday, September 9, 2011

Everything You Need To Know About Writing and Publishing

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I'll be co-hosting a radio show with Vera and Chika Unigwe on writing and publishing. I've had a couple of other shows with Vera, one on "Why should I get married, and the other on To hyphenate married names or not. This time, we'll be chatting about the following topics;

- How to get an agent
- How to publish independently
- How to market published books
- How to get a publisher without an agent
- How to keep the writing momentum going
- How to be a disciplined writer
- How to be a writer.

So, for those of you who are interested, let's talk. Chika Unigwe (author of On Black Sisters Street) has been traditionally published and will be sharing more on that. I will be sharing about my experiences of independent publishing (Authorhouse and Createspace) and what keeps me going.

You can leave any questions or suggestion for discussion here in the comments. You can also e-mail your questions/comments to me or to or text 1.443.934.9039 * The show is going to be Live on BlogTalk Radio at 8amPST, 11amEST, 4pmGMT and 4pm Nigerian time. Call 1.646.929.1905 during the LIVE show to join the conversation. Here’s the direct link to the show, and you can share it with as many people as possible; 

You can also participate in the live chat room if you register with Blogtalk Radio. I'll also be running a tweet stream, so follow me @Myne_Whitman

Do enjoy your weekend, and hope some of you can tune in. Mwah!


  1. interesting. i'll try and tune in

  2. Sounds like a great show, very useful!

  3. Nice! well, since i wanna be an author someday, my question is, it possible to publish ur book yourself and still be succesful with it? I've always felt like a book wont get the wide publicity it would have had if it was published with a big publishing agency :)

  4. Hi Myne,
    What I would like to know is why you, personally, decided to go the self-publishing route. I'm in sort of a dilemma because I have always wanted to get a traditional publisher for my debut novel but obviously to get a publisher I need an agent (of course I can get one without an agent but you know the whole catch-22 of the publisher-agent saga). Anyway, all the agents I approach commend my manuscript but they all have one concern - they don't think they'll be able to get a publisher for it obviously because of the subject matter. So now, I'm considering self-publishing which isn't really what I had in mind. Did you try to get published traditionally first before settling on self-publsihing? On what did you base your decision?

  5. Interesting!
    But can't listen cos I blog from my phone.... :D

  6. Interesting debate on the show. I think the decision to use a publisher or go self pub is a personal one. I know that my impatience and preference for flexibility and freedom may push me towards the self pub route but who knows? Which publishers would chance poetry these days anyway. Lol.

  7. For those who have agents - is there an unspoken moral agreement to take new projects to your existing agent first, if they represent that genre, or is okay to jump ship? How do you decide if your agent isn't selling your work because s/he isn't working at it hard enough, or because your work isn't that appealing in the current marketplace?


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