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Spotlight Read: A Guide to Self Publishing by Lara Tommy Kareem

Ebook and Paperback Available

About Book

For months you’ve worked diligently, dedicated time, stayed up late, overcame writer’s block and finally, you typed the last word and finished writing your book.

Now that you’ve finished writing your book, you’re anxious to know what comes next? You look up publishing firms accepting the genre of your manuscript and query them, hoping they’ll publish your book and you’re on your merry way to the life of authordom.

But, there’s no response from these publishing firms or many apologise but aren’t sure you’re the right fit for the firm and now you’re stumped. Don’t fret too much because there is another way, which is where this book comes in.

Do you really want to publish your book? Self-Publishing is the path to take and this book is filled with all the necessary information needed to get your book ready before hitting the publish button.

My Review

A Guide to Self Publishing is informative, helpful and encompassing. Its divided into 5 parts;

  • The Ways of Publishing
  • Methods of Self Publishing
  • The Publishing Process
  • Before You Self Publish
  • Worksheet

It introduces the reader to basics about publishing. Going further it details everything you need to know about self publishing. Learn how to use beta readers, edit, create author profiles, book marketing, write your manuscript, distribution, find retailers, everything and more!

This book helped me write my Synopsis and Create my Author Bio for Stab Love with Flower Stalks. I was privileged to have Lara host my Stab Love with Flower Stalks book tour. She taught me a lot about marketing self published books. And Gem, did I learn a lot!

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I’ll recommend you buy this book with 4 stars. Or gift your writer friend a copy.

Meet the Author

Lara Tommy Kareem is a huge literary enthusiast, editor, book blogger at naijabookbae.com. She is the founder of Bookish Species, a useful society for readers. Lara is a notable presence in the Nigerian book blogging & publishing industry.

Purchase!

It’s available on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Okadabooks, in Paperback within Nigeria. Visit the website for more info Gem.

Thanks for reading.

Book Cover Reveal of TJ Benson’s ‘The Madhouse’ from Masobe Books

TJ Benson has a novel, The Madhouse, being published in 2020 by Masobe Books. Huge congratulations to TJ🎉

The Madhouse vibrant, mysterious book cover was revealed on Twitter earlier this week. Its stunning art. I can’t wait to read, photograph and review it!

Book Cover Designer: Anderson Oriahi (Brand Consultant, ZBM.

Fun Fact: The Madhouse is (geographical) set in Kaduna state, Nigeria. A calm place I’ve visited a couple of times. I worked with KabaFest (Kaduna Book and Arts Festival 2019) in September. Grateful I met my Queen there. I have family and friends there and absolutely love Kaduna. The book cover reminds me of how the Kaduna weather can switch from bright and sunny to cold and rainy. Books set in none mainstream Nigerian cities, towns or states always excite me.

Book Blurb
The Madhouse chronicles the lives of an unorthodox couple; a young woman, her husband and two children, and an abandoned house which becomes both a place of refuge and a place of torment for them. This richly-written and dreamscape-y novel spans the military regimes of Nigeria in the eighties to the present.

(Culled from their Twitter account)

Visit Masobe Books for more information of book launch dates, book reading events, and more

Poetry Album Spotlight: Swim by Titilope Sonuga

SWIM is a poetry album, talented Titlope Sonuga released on 4th October. She had shared some remarkable teaser videos on Twitter before its release.

SWIM is a soul balm for you. It’s an ocean of healing truths poured out of love and journey through time. You can wade in it until you are soothed or drowned in yourself.

7 Healing Lines from SWIM

“Remember rock bottom is always a good place to start rebuilding.”


“The woman is busy
She is in conversations with god
Translating the blue print of creation”


“Baby, I cannot be your life jacket,
Your panic will sink us both.
But if you’re still enough to listen to me,
I’ll teach you how to swim.”

10 things somebody should have taught me:
1. Do not romanticize suffering. There’s nothing poetic about a love that breaks your spirit.
2. Know when to leave. Some bridges need to be burned. Use the light to find a better way.
3. Practice forgiveness. Start with yourself.4. Say no. Do not negotiate with terrorists. Do not bargain for anyone’s love.
5. Friendships end. Let go. Stay open.
6. Save emotional real estate for the ones that will stay. Be soft. Be a safe space for the ones that you love.
7. Create time for yourself. Create something that will outlive you.
8. Do things that move your spirit. Laugh. Cry. Pray.
9. Love yourself as urgently and as completely as you want to be loved
10. Becoming is hard work. Staying the same is even harder.


‘The woman is not your right of passage’


‘The woman is not your youthful mistake.’


“I haunt the house where we planted roses on the roof,turn our love letters into daggers, I disappear the children we did not have, the ribbon in their hair crumble to dust in my hand…I join the legion of broken heart women who tumble into the earth.”

The beautiful cover picture was photographed by Victor Adewale. I’m immensely proud of his work.

Stream it today on Apple Music today.

I’d love to know your thoughts and favourite lines or poems.

Thank you Titilope Sonuga!