Step1: Prepare Yourself to Get Published…

Is 2023 a good year to publish your book? Here is how you need to prepare.

Have your manuscript ready. If you are stuck in getting it started or finished, get:

a. A writing coach to hold you accountable in achieving your goals and meet your deadlines. There are many options online – I ‘biasedly’ do recommend James Karundu of PassionBiz Academy because I know him and his success rate. I have published several authors who passed through his hands.

b. Join a group writing class. There are also several writers group supporting their writers to finish manuscripts. If you are a Chrstian author, you are welcome to CLC Kenya’s group writing class. It’s 14 weeks of writing and most writers graduate with a publishable manuscript. The next intake is in December 2023 and you can learn more and register at CLC Kenya Group Writing Class 

In the writing class, you will get:

(i) Inspiration and Motivation

(ii) Honest feedback

(iii) Professional development

(iv) Accountability

(v) Emotional support

c. If you have a ready manuscript, you can join our hybrid publishing cohort starting in January 2023 – registration is ongoing. We have three types of publishing:

(i) Traditional Publishing where a publishing house invests financially into your book and pay you royalties, usually 5-12% but can go up to 25% (look out for call to submit in June 2023).

(ii) Self publishing where you manage the entire process – from hiring editors, proofreaders, designers etc (you start on this right away and get it done).

(iii) Hybrid Publishing where a publishing house like Christian Literature Communications (CLC) Kenya or a digital publishing platform manages the entire process for you ensuring all experts put in their weight to your book and you make the financial investment.

c. For pastors who have done sermon series, you can curate your sermons into a manuscript. It will need significant content development as talking (preaching) is very different from writing. In preaching, you have the advantage of your speech/words to emphasise your points. For your book to be great, that has to be translated on paper so the reader will get the same emphasis in your absence. If the sermons are in audio, we can transcribe them to text and clean it up to make a book. You can join our sermons2books 2023 program for pastors and Christan trainers.

d. For busy entrepreneurs and professionals with a great message and tight schedules, you can take advantage of Ghostwriters to develeop your book content. They will take your message and professionally develop it while maintaining your tone and voice.

For more information, contact Muthoni Mercy Omukhango or Jackline Ingasian Lukanu or view the possible options and pathways to getting published at CLC Kenya. 

Next, we will look at the Self Publishing.

Training by: Dr. Muthoni Mercy Omukhango

Publisher in Africa | National Director @CLC Kenya |Authors’ Manager @African Christian Authors Book Award-ACABA | Marketplace Minister | Patron at CLC Kids and Teens | Advancing God’s Kingdom through literature. 

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