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Children’s Independent Authors do it for themselves.

Children’s Independent Authors do it for themselves.

Independent Authors or Indies as we like to be known, are authors who do not have the backing of a publisher, often because of the country they live in, like us in South Africa, and sometimes through choice.

I love being an Indie. I choose my own destiny. That means hard work, lots of hard work, I mean really lots of hard work, but amazingly rewarding.

A while back there was some chitter-chatter and an author I admire immensely remarked that Indies need to do it for themselves in their own genre. Well, that was it, the seed was sown and I banded together the most amazing group of Indies on this planet – Kim Hunter, Corne Groenewald, Christina Harman, Robbie Cheadle and Fatuma Abdullah to help me. This Saturday we will be hosting our own Children’s Book Fayre, so if you want something for the kids to do come and join us, plus meet some awesome Children’s Authors pop in we’d love to see you.

Look out for the Akiki, Sir Chocolate, Silly Willy, Liam and Polly’s Piralympic Series’ as well as many, many more books.

WIN, WIN, WIN with our raffle and let the kids have a great day out. WHAT BETTER WAY TO START THE HOLIDAYS.

Women’s Day Delight

Today was Women’s Day in South Africa, and what better way to kick it off than with amazing present.

When I checked my Facebook these wonderful drawings awaited me.


His dad and I had a bit of a conversation that went like this:



Check out the treasure map trousers – you will definitely be seeing those in a future book. Well done Logan, absolutely brilliant if you ask me. and here’s that artist himself – crewmate Logan from the UK. I think Stuie you have an awful lot to be proud of with your young man.



J.K.Rowling running scared…

So I hear that J.K.Rowling is publishing two more Harry Potter books in the Autumn. I laughed and told a friend jokingly that,

“She must have heard about my Polly’s Piralympics series and realized she has serious competition.”

I meant it as a joke, but my friend replied with a really serious look on her face,

“Jann, you say that flippantly, but you do realize that your books will seriously change lives, don’t you? You always make light of your books, but they really are good, and YES you could be the next J.K.Rowling, you just have to believe in yourself.”

Talk about a sobering moment.

Yes, I know my books are good

Yes, I know the kids who have read them love them.

Yes, I know the schools are starting to come on board with them because they are different, interactive. “Crossover books,” one head called them, between workbooks and chapter books, I call them, something, “Unique and different.” she had said.

Well, I checked out my sales on Amazon, and sure enough, that graph has started to point upwards, am I starting to believe in myself now? Hell YES. And with suggestions that I should look at Audio Books and a TV series, really YES!

So J.K.Rowling, you had better be writing your fingers off, coz I’m hot on your tail and climbing that ladder, and my books will be right there next to yours on the shelves, so be scared, be very scared, coz POLLY’S PIRATES ARE COMING!

#PollysPiralympicsSeries, #Pollysayitsnotcooltobecruel, #Pollyshatesbullies,




Can you help make a young man’s dreams come true?

As many of you may know I write kids books about Pirates that hold their own Image may contain: 1 person, standing and stripesParalympic Games. Well, a few months ago I met a young friend on Facebook Moegamat Nur Petersen. He is a 19-year-old blind Para-athlete. He told me his story, of how he was a prem baby but he was a fighter and survived. Then at the age of 13 within a few weeks, he went blind, but he didn’t give in he still fought on. He was at Stellenbosch training but because he is a Muslim, of course, stopped to respect Ramadan. I haven’t spoken to him much since then, but today I spoke with him – we voice chat on Whatsup.

It was the first time I have heard the sadness in his voice. His sponsor has pulled out – times are tough we all know that, but for him, it is life changing. He cannot get to training.

He said to me, “I’m not going to give up, we all have challenges and this is mine – to continue in athletics…” “When I think about Tokyo 2020 it puts a smile on my face, I cannot miss it.”

Well, I felt motivated enough to come straight to my laptop and write this blog to appeal for help for him. I do not have the financial means to support Nur, I wish I did. But I can write and I can speak, so if there is anyone out there who thinks they can help him please contact me or Nur directly his phone number is on his FB page. It is terrible to have 7 years of your life put on hold and your dreams dashed before you have a chance to really live them, especially when you are so young and have already overcome so much. But he is a fighter, he just needs some help getting to train under suitable conditions to give him a chance.

I checked out his FB page for a pic and saw that even though for now his dreams are dashed, he has posted proudly other Para-athletes who are currently in London, competing, take a look. So let’s see if we collectively can keep that 2020 smile on his face shall we. I don’t normally do something like this but I feel that his dreams are worth it – Please help him.

Audio Books – More than 2 Billion hours sold last year!

Oh my goodness, the stats were scary. How can One afford not to get into this market?


But I get ahead of myself. Firstly a huge call out and thank you to Gregg Davies for his interesting and informative talk on Friday evening – wow, mind blowing. Gregg is a voice over artist amongst other things and enlightened us about the audio book industry that he is involved with.

2014-2016 saw 20,000 books added to audio platforms around the world, with a 60% increase in readers or should I say, listeners? (as a comparison e-books had a 15% drop over the same period).

2014 = 1 billion audio book hours sold, 2016 = 2 billion.

So where do people listen to audio books and why? Well, they listen just about anywhere, in the car, walking the dog, whilst jogging, in the bath, as I said just about anywhere. And why? Well, time is of the essence these days and for many reading is a luxury they just can’t afford, in a world that expects service delivery to be instant, so readers have needed to find alternate methods to feed their book cravings and be able to perform another task at the same time. Parents don’t read to children as much as they used to so audio books are also a comforting way for children to hear a story still at night before bed, or in the car on the way to school.

Will I be looking at audio books? H*LL YES. So watch out for the Polly’s Piralympics Series on audio.




Audio Books? Hmm not something I thought about…

Gregg DaviesOk, so my path recently crossed that of Gregg Davies at one of my Indie Authors Meetings (IAN). “So have you thought about audio books?” To be absolutely honest, I just about knew what an audio book was, for my books to be made into one? Hmm, that’s not something I had really given much attention to.

Well, I have since thought about it and am now giving attention to it. I write for kids. (Polly’s Piralympics – the Series) and although I would love to live in that perfect world, where parents read to their children at bedtime, after a bath and hot chocolate to make them sleep, we don’t. Parents today hardly have time to speak to their kids let alone read and interact with them. But kids, even today’s kids, still love being read to. PING. lightbulb moment. Audio books.

And here’s where the link to Gregg Davies no enters the picture. Gregg does audio book narration for adult and children’s books (plus a whole heap of other stuff too).

So if you have contemplated turning your book into an audiobook, I think a good starting place would be with Gregg.

Contact details +27(0)72 252 0022 or

An audiobook could change someone’s life.



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