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Indie Authors Support Local School Open Day

Indie authors gathered on Saturday 10th February at the Assumption Convent School in Germiston to celebrate their first School’s Reading Road Show

The Headmistress Mrs Debby Zambon was super keen to host the authors as part of their Open Day Celebrations to emphasize to parents the importance the school places on reading. In fact, Jann Weeratunga, author of the Polly’s PIralympics Books Series, says, “These girls devour books, they are copious readers and it was fantastic being able to share our books with them.”

The emphasis on the day was to show pupils present and future that authors are real people, approachable and you can talk to them, ask questions about their books and let them know what you think of their books.

Present on the day were:

Bhubesikazi Sibisi

Corne Groenewald

Christina Harman

Conny Oberrauter

Dolores Oldjohn

Fatuma Abdullah

Hinesh Vithal

Kim Hunter

Leandri Geldenhuys

Robbie Cheadle

Sabina Lehmacher

Soraya Hendricks

Tanya De Villiers and

Jann Weeratunga


The Schools Reading Road Show is available to any school in Gauteng. The authors present their books either through reading, plays or activities for the children and put life into books and reading for children.


Being able to read holds the key to a child’s future, enable them.


They can be contacted at

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.

READERS come and meet some home grown excellent SA authors.

June 9th

I shall be there signing copies of Polly’s Piralympics if you have a child’s birthday coming up – makes an excellent present (bursting with life lessons you want your children to know.)

Kilt wearing, bagpipe playing Scots, yellow turbaned Indians, vuvuzela playing Zulus, tattooed Maoris, Abba singing Vikings and guitar playing, cowboy American pirates all compete for GOLD.

Whilst pirates learn what happens to cheats, and that bullying isn’t cool



So today I walked with a giant, well sat and had coffee actually.

Ashleigh Giannoccaro met with me to share insights into the Indie world when you really believe you can make it. And I believe I can make it.

I now realize that I am not going for a stroll up the local hills opposite my house with my sneakers and a backpack with my lunch, BUT AM IN FACT, climbing Mount Everest, so I need boots, crampons, a proper warm jacket, thermals, an oxygen tank, a backup team and a tent. Oh, and did I mention a backup team? Yes, and I have the best, Ashleigh Giannoccaro, Sian Claven, Deborah du Plooy, Kim Hunter, Tonia Lennox to name a few. I have the A TEAM.

What you can learn from a seasoned Indie like Ashleigh is worth its weight in gold… I shall be revealing more in Indie Authors over the next few days… but needless to say, 3 hours of lessons and questions later I feel so inspired I AM READY TO NOW CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST.

Watch out Bookworld I’m armed and ready.

#Jannweeratunga, #Pollyspiralympics, #booksfor antibullying

The Indie Ladder

If you think I’ve written my book, now all I have to do is put it on Amazon and I’ll be a millionaire,  laughing2  laughing3  laughing  Nope, not happening! If you believe that…

The real world is very, very different and what’s more, it’s even harder for Indies. So the learning curve people talk about is a load of old tosh, it’s not a curve it’s a ladder and it’s pretty upright to that wall we have to climb.

Pieces of advice we were given were:

a) Lower your expectations – OK (tick) I’m not going to be J.K.Rowling today.

b) Don’t give up – OK I’m still going to be another J.K.Rowling tomorrow.

c) Don’t let others discourage you. OK you may laugh, but I AM going to be the next J.K.Rowling.

d) Remember you are a NO NAME brand trying to compete with the leading brands in the field. Johan brilliantly likened it to 3 tins of baked beans No Name (Tesco’s), Farmer’s Choice (Ocado), Koo (Heinz)(=UK) we need to get into the Farmer’s Choice market to deliver Koo standard books.

e) You need to pitch your books to the centre for a middle-class audience if you wish to sell a lot of books – that’s OK middle-class kids like pirates.

f) Remember you get 40-55% when you self-publish, as opposed to 12-25% with a typical publisher, and new names get less publicity with them because we are the no-name brand. Find your niche and do it yourself. – OK (tick).Kids books stressing anti-bullying and it’s ok to be different through story format, got it.

g) In SA you are local, your reader can meet you, touch you, talk to you YOU ARE REAL use that, let them know every time you will be at SKOOBS, come meet with you, but a copy of your book, get it signed, but more importantly dedicate it. OK I’m going to next be at Skoobs on…… I will be at School XYZ on …….

h) Use economies of scale, try to print at least 500-750 books at a time so that you can keep the price of your book down. IF YOU CAN’T FIGHT WITH A FAMOUS NAME FIGHT WITH PRICE.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY SHARE, SHARE, SHARE. If you don’t share, others will stop sharing with you. OH and by the way, we will be reviewing who has shared on this site after 6 months – so if you want the benefits of what we have to offer, you need to share too – IT IS NOT A ONE WAY DOOR.

Ok, so you’ve launched at Skoobs Theatre of books, what next?(part 2)

Ok, so you’ve launched at Skoobs Theatre of books, what next?

If you are looking for a slightly greener location with a lot of grassy garden space then you have found Better (91 Oxford Road, Saxonwold.)

This location has a conference centre, plus numerous smaller rooms for interactive meetings, as well as a huge grassed garden for functions. I would consider it ideal for private yoga retreats, book launches and conferences. or you can just rock up and join in with some of their organised events, as I did with the Friday morning writers group and meet like-minded people.

I had a delightful morning writing with one of their groups last Friday morning in the garden, and although on the main road, the birds, large vegetation and trees drowned out the sound of the traffic.

I met with Andrew, who co-ordinated our writing session, his bubbly character made me immediately feel at home.

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