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Saturday, August 3, 2013


How to publish your work share session.

The Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA) will hold a knowledge share session in Durban on August 5.

Cedric Sissing, Business Development Manager of Adams Book Store, together with key speakers, Ginny Porter and Pralini Naidoo, will share the process of publishing, give tips on the best publishing methods and explore self-publishing at the next Writers’ Guild of South Africa Knowledge Share session in Durban.

He will explain the journey of publishing, ensuring that performance writers not only produce their work but also publish in order to reach a wider audience and to obtain copyright of the published work.

Cedric Sissing is the Marketing Manager for Adams Booksellers of West Street Durban, having previously been the manager of Adams Campus Bookshop at The University of KwaZulu-Natal for over 25 years. Over a period of three decades in the book trade, he has built up an extensive network of publishers, authors, writers, editors and related people. The experience of attending conferences, book fairs (The Cape Town book fair, in particular) and festivals such as The Time of the Writer and Poetry Africa, has expanded his knowledge of the variety of ways potential authors can get published. He has experience of how self-published and small publisher’s books perform in the traditional market of bookshops (and libraries) and on-line and other means of selling.

Ginny Porter has worked in the academic environment for more than 20 years and holds a Master’s degree in Education. She is a member of the SA Writers' Circle and for 10 years was their Vice Chairman/PRO. During this time she met Helen Osborne and they started a company called Osborne Porter Literary Services, which operated for seven years. During this time, they represented authors as literary agents and managed to place a number of them with publishing houses. They assisted authors in self-publishing their work, and have published a variety of titles from children to academic. Due to Helen's relocation, Ginny now operates independently and continues to edit, design covers, publish books and produce e-books.

Pralini Naidoo has nearly 20 years of experience in the printing industry. A self-taught graphic designer, she is proficient in design packages such as Photoshop, Coreldraw and Indesign. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama Studies and isiZulu and has a passion for people, the earth and writing. While poetry is her main vehicle of expression, she has also written short stories and articles for environmental magazine, The Greentimes, focusing on the relationship between man and his environment, specifically from communities who rarely have a voice. She is currently working towards publishing an anthology of her poems as well as a book of short stories.

How To Publish Your Work runs at 18h00 on August 5, 2013 ,at Ike’s Book Store, 48A Florida Road, Morningside, Durban.

Bookings for the knowledge share session are essential on 011 888 4349 or email:

Entrance free of charge. This will be the last free session. A minimal cover fee will be charged in future.