Considering self-publishing? Founder of BlackBird Books has some advice

Publisher and founder of BlackBird Books, Thabiso Mahlape, believes that self-publishing offers a different perspective to the industry.

Speaking to 702's Azania Mosaka, she shared her knowledge about what the recent development means for writers who pursue non-traditional methods of publishing.

She said one of the positive aspects that self-publishing offers is engagement with markets that traditional publishers often don't have access to.

The one thing that I did not like about it is how poor the quality of some of these self-published books are.

Thabiso Mahlape, BlackBird Books founder

She said one of the challenges she's experienced is that a book reading culture still needs to be fostered in South Africa to boost sales.

Mahlape emphasised the financial resources required to put a book together and the importance of matching a book with the right kind of editor.

We don't just get any editor. We match books to editors per subject and also looking at the scope of the work that needs to be done.

Thabiso Mahlape, BlackBird Books founder

BlackBird Books has published the likes of Panashe Chigumadzi's Sweet Medicine and Nakhane Tourse's Piggy Boy Blues.

Contact her on thabiso@everapublishing.co.za if you're looking for assistance with your own books.

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