Daniel Owiti Nairobi, Kenya 2 Questions 2 Answers 1 Best Answers 746 Points View Profile5 Daniel Owiti Iron Asked: March 13, 2019In: Arts and EntertainmentPublishing: Do you think the publishing industries in Kenya are doing enough to publish a budding (read new) writer?5Do you think the publishing industries in Kenya are doing enough to publish a budding (read new) writer?Which best approach can such a writer take to get published?industrypublishingwriting ShareFacebook 6 AnswersVotedOldestRecentOdhiambo Kaumah Nairobi, Kenya 2 Questions 4 Answers 2 Best Answers 757 Points View ProfileBest Answer Odhiambo Kaumah Iron Added an answer on March 13, 2019 at 11:39 am To start with, it is not a question of whether they are doing well or not but rather, a question of whether they are willing to do well. And the answer is no, they lack the will. It is a daunting fact to any budding writer today that you can compile your manuscript and stay with it for another five years looking for financial resources. All publishers are looking for money and not stories or poems. If you are an upcoming writer, you would rather go out there and look for money before settling down to write.But what is their side of the story? I once attended a meeting that brought together a team of publishers, established and budding writers and when it was their (publishers’) time to respond to a myriad of complains raised by the writers, one clear answer was that ‘they too got to eat’. So, the capitalistic world has docked in the book industry and now it is not our stories that matter but what money we (writers and publishers) would want to earn.So what is the solution? Well, I have observed a trend especially with the rise of book clubs. The book clubs are no longer places where people meet to read books and encourage each other to write. Most of the clubs are getting the capacity to publish books. Without mentioning, I have seen many Kenyan authors (budding) whose works have been published by these book clubs without engaging the ‘professional publishing houses’. They also have excellent marketing capacity for their books where should one of a member’s book be published in a group of 200, each member must buy a copy. 199 instant sale of copies! Perhaps what they are now looking for is the printing capacity (which still takes them to professional printers) and soon we will find a solution.Alternatively, other writers especially motivational speakers or religious leaders are taking to self-publishing. While it is a daunting task, many are successful. However, I would recommend it writers of fictions and poetry.Strong book clubs will make a future.3Reply Share ShareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on WhatsApp stephen ngungu kimutu Added an answer on March 13, 2019 at 9:29 am The internet has affected many publishing firms. This is because materials published soon starts circulating all over the internet free of charge. Hence the hard copies are not bought because all the materials can be downloaded free from the internet. The write does not any returns.3Reply Share ShareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on WhatsAppManser Thelua Kenya 9 Questions 161 Answers 2 Best Answers 6,922 Points View Profile Manser Thelua Silver Added an answer on April 3, 2019 at 5:41 am It is the era of self-publishing. Publishers have no idea what they are doing.1Reply Share ShareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on WhatsApp wanjeri_thea 3 Questions 96 Answers 3 Best Answers 3,014 Points View Profile wanjeri_thea Cobalt Added an answer on April 19, 2019 at 4:49 pm Publishing houses can’t work alone, they need support from corporates, media and state corporations.0Reply Share ShareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on WhatsAppDaisy Mwikali Nairobi, Kenya 3 Questions 207 Answers 18 Best Answers 6,974 Points View Profile Daisy Mwikali Silver Added an answer on April 1, 2019 at 10:00 pm This issue with the current publishing industry in kenya is returns. With the expansion of social media and more soft content, more and more people are consuming information form the internet. This reduces the number of people who buy books and all. That is why the Kenyan Publishers are slow to take up new projects. I would advise you to lean towards blogging and self-publishing.0Reply Share ShareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on WhatsAppDaniel Owiti Nairobi, Kenya 2 Questions 2 Answers 1 Best Answers 746 Points View Profile Daniel Owiti Iron Added an answer on March 14, 2019 at 7:58 am I have heard you loud and clear, sir. Thanks0Reply Share ShareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on WhatsAppLeave an answerLeave an answerCancel reply Notify me of new posts by email.