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SOUTH AFRICAN AUTHORS

This is a concept dedicated to those creative spirits out there; a celebration if you like of all that is good and wholesome, for truly nothing can halt the beauty and power of the written word, or halt the stroke of an artist's brush.

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SOUTH AFRICAN AUTHORS - INTRODUCTION

This is a concept dedicated to those creative spirits out there; a celebration if you like of all that is good and wholesome, for truly nothing can halt the beauty and power of the written word, or halt the stroke of an artist’s brush.

If for but a moment allow yourself to dream, to allow the mind the freedom to flow uninterrupted by the chaos of life. It is a busy world in which we live and so often this robs us of that inner passion to express ourselves – that secret desire to have something from deep within our souls recorded for posterity. Is there any greater gift than t that of self-expression, the undeniable right to set out the story that we have played in our minds for so great a time?

Sylvia Plath is quoted, “and by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt…”

South African Authors is not about those celebrated souls who have mass published works out there, but a concept dedicated to each and every one who has a story to tell, a piece of verse, or for that matter something as simple as a cooking recipe to share. It is a forum for your words and thoughts to reach others and who knows where such self-expression might lead?

The world of publishing is undoubtedly harder than ever to break into and the internet is filled with professional organisations offering to self-publish your works for a sizable fee. For most of us to be published is but a dream, and even self-publishing is cost prohibitive on our stretched budgets not to mention the self-imposed time constraints we place upon our busy lives.

Our concept is about helping you to express yourself through your inherent artistic skills, we will break through that confidence barrier that so often leads to self-doubt about “putting ourselves out there” and place your work within our publishing “family”. We don’t promise literary awards or a contract from a major publishing House but who knows, there is always a little magic just around the corner and that spirit of expressing ourselves is more important today than it has ever been before.

Enid Bagnold said: “Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”

What Is Of Interest To Us?

Whilst our web page is South African Authors, we believe there is no limit to the creative spirit and we would be delighted to see your expression in any one of the following categories:

  • Full Length Manuscripts, fiction and non-fiction
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Personal Quotes
  • Recipes
  • Humour in cartoon or written form
  • Artworks that epitomise your creative spirit

How Does It All Work?

There are a number of steps to becoming “published” under South African Authors, and yes there is obviously some cost involved, after all –we too need to feed the tummy as well as the creative mind but we are sure you will agree the costs are minimal and infinitely affordable in getting your work “out there”.

When we first came up with the South African Authors concept, much of the deliberation was based around what did the unknown artist not only want, but often need. Firstly, it is vital that your work reflects you as you are the creator of the words that hopefully will last an eternity. This said, Ernest Hemingway put it very succinctly when he said, “my aim is to put down on paper, what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way…” In essence, we often need a little guidance and our written word a little bit of review and amendment. This is one of the aspects we strongly recommend when you list your work with us. We have outsourced English Major Graduates to assist with proofing work and providing an editing service and whilst this is a cost to you, it can transform your words from beautiful to outstanding. Very often we become so immersed in our story that we fail to see the “wood for the trees” and over complicate passages or lose sight of grammatical errors. These are simply remedied and at the end of the day you should wish your work to reflect you, but in the best possible way. Whatever your artistic flair (and believe me we all have this ‘gift” in one form or another), realise the infinite potential that is hidden there, the power of the written word and as Anne Frank once said, “I can shake off everything as I write, my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” How incredible that in times of such menace and crippling hatred and inhumane treatment such a gentle soul can find such peace in her writing, to escape, if but for a time, in a world that is hers and hers alone to share.

There is incredible value in your words, maybe not for all, but if it brings a sense of gratification to your life then it has been infinitely worthy of the effort you have gone to. Let no one quell that inner spirit, the pen truly is mightier than the sword and a vastly more appropriate tool from which to carve a legacy.

W Somerset Maugham once said, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are!” I think this maybe says it all, just trust in yourself and your own creative spirit and see how it flows through your life.

South African Authors is about helping to have the freedom of expression published for as many people to read as are willing– within obvious moral and ethical boundaries (we have a strict code of ethics and are unbending in this respect).

South African Authors offers so many wonderful opportunities for exposure, including peer review and the use of selected Book Clubs to critique books they might select. Obviously we leave the choice entirely with the author – every work has worth even if this vest entirely within yourself and we recognise and respect this completely. There is great merit in having some commentary on your work and this is provided, if sought on a confidential basis. Through objective commentary your skill will grow and you will find your ability evolves and possibly changes your artistic expression for future works.

From a financial perspective we all would love to make money from our talents yet sadly we are dictated to by markets that don’t always reflect the sensitivity and courage of our hearts. This said, by being a part of South African Authors there is always that wonderful opportunity that a Major Publishing House will see the merit and talent inherent in your work – now that would be cause for celebration! There is no reason why this should not happen to that select few, how would you possibly know if your work is a future Best Seller if you don’t take that leap of faith and trust in us to present your work in the best way possible?

For us lesser souls, the promise of large writing contracts may seem elusive and we have to content ourselves in the knowledge our work is “out there” and available to those who may wish to download a version for a small fee (yes – we will offer fully edited and proofed works for purchase via electronic download and the proceeds revert to you as creator/author. It may not be much, but it is a form of recognition for your courage to publish and set your work out there for others to see.

To write is a gift to not only your inner self, but to all those who are blessed to read what it is you have written. Beatrix Potter said, “There is something delicious about writing the first words of a new story for you never quite know where they will take you…”

So, as William Wordsworth commanded, “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart!”