The birth of a book

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For those who have been here a while, you’ll know that I’ve been working on my book for a number of years – an anthology of what I consider my most meaningful creative pieces (poetry and prose) since I started writing 15-odd years ago.

It’s been quite a journey so far, and after many, many revisions, a lost typographer along the way, and some delving into the world of cover design, I’ve finally completed what I hope will be the final document.

Yesterday – on what turned out to be the 13th anniversary of this blog’s birth – I received my first physical copy of the book, which was a sample I printed in the run-up to the full publication (which I hope will be later this year).

For a writer, it’s an amazing feeling to finally hold a printed copy of something you’ve put so much work into. It looked great, but – being the perfectionist I am – I noted some flaws which I’ll need to iron out before the first bulk print run.

Go pro? Not necessary

Nevertheless, my mind has already turned to marketing and distribution – which is going to be very small scale given that I’m doing this by myself.

I currently don’t have a publisher, but these days, you don’t really need one to get your work out there. I would be open to bringing one on board – on condition that I retain creative control, and they can add significant value in terms of marketing and distribution. If they could do that, I don’t really mind the sizable chunk of the income they’d take for their services, because this project has never been about making money.

But I’m not delaying the project waiting for someone to respond positively.

I’m not a publishing professional, but I do work in the communications field, and I think I’m fairly capable when it comes to the software needed to put together a project like this. The final output would obviously look more polished if a pro were to work on it, but I didn’t have the resources to hire such people, and I think the end result is still fairly pleasing.

If anyone is interested, they can always hop on board later on and work on a revised edition.

Preview available, and orders are (tentatively) open

I’m aiming to make the book available in both print and e-book formats, God-willing. As mentioned, I’ve still got some fine tuning to do on the print version, but regardless of that, I’m ready to start taking orders (or expressions of interest) from anyone who may be interested.

I can’t give a definite publication date as yet, but for now, I can take down names and contact details so that when it’s ready, you can place your orders.

To get a sense of what’s in the book, you can preview it via Google Play books here:

Front cover of

The full version contains 35 poems and 15 reflections, coming in at roughly 180 pages.

If you’d like to purchase, please email me – mentioning which format you’d like, and how many copies. The e-book version would obviously be more accessible for those outside of South Africa, but for many (myself included), print is always a winner. I’ll have to figure out delivery details later on for those in other countries.

I’ve not set the price yet, but tentative details can be shared when you contact me.

Back to work

So with that, I need to return to the final tasks to get this project completed and have the book published.

Thank you to those of you who have supported me on this blog over the years, and all of you who give this book a chance. I hope it’ll resonate with you on some level, inspire you, and benefit you.

I leave you with a graphic I’ve put together for marketing (once I get to that stage). Feel free to download it, share it, and of course, encourage others to get the sample if you feel they may enjoy the book.

Taken from the poem

13 thoughts on “The birth of a book

  1. Mubarak! You must be feeling a whirlwind of emotions right now! Although I’ve given up on writing a memoir, I remember one writer saying how much freeing self-publishing is, especially if you’re not expecting to retire from your day job. Regardless of the method of publishing, putting a book together is something to be proud of. Bravo!

  2. Congratulations!! The cover looks amazing. You must feel a huge sense of accomplishment to see your hard work in physical form😊 And 13 years of blogging? Wow! Well done on both achievements!

    • JazakAllah. It is gratifying, though when I started out I never imagined I’d end up here. Hope the sample gives a good taste of what’s to come.

  3. Congrats! It’s amazing to have a physical copy of your work … to have and to hold! It’s a sense of relief. I hope you’re hitting the local literary circuit in your area to help publicize this work.

    • Actually, the full print run us only later this year iA. But the early interest is showing me the reality that publishing and publicity is a completely different world to the writing. I’m way out of my depth and feel that without a proper publisher (I’m awaiting feedback from someone), this isn’t going to spread much at all. I really don’t have the personality for the usual tours etc anyway, so that’s another difficulty.

      Plus the fact that this genre generally doesn’t sell well (as opposed to fiction, politics, current affairs, self-help etc).

      I’m just adjusting expectations for now, but hopefully things will eventually pick up.

  4. The cover looks beautiful and I’m going to have to download that sample later on. Holding the physical copy of all your hard work feels amazing, even if no one else buys it. It’s still your baby, in your arms. Good job!

  5. This is so exciting! Congratulations and I’m sorry I didn’t see this earlier… It’s wonderful news! I do hope you find a publisher though if it’ll make marketing and advertising easier. Good luckk!

  6. Also I read the sample… And i loved it! It really is inspirational. And it’s written with this tranquility that really does calm your mind… If that makes sense lol. Really. Only love and prayers for this book!

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