Category Archives: Opinion

Once bitten, now wise: finding the right publisher

In my recent article, I discussed the naivety of new writers when launching into publishing. Even though I have handled a number of self-published manuscripts, my advice to a budding author is to always seek a traditional publisher. Many self-published books are normally of poor editorial quality if there is any, and paper quality. However, that does not mean there Read More


Understanding the Publishing Industry: Some Advice for Young Writers

In the last one week, I have read with dismay narrations of how young eager writers were conned by someone they label a ‘rogue publisher.’ This development points to various problems in the publishing industry. One, young or new writers are too eager to cling onto any promise of a ‘deal’ to get published even when all indications show that Read More


the self publishing author

Should I Sell My Manuscript?

Should I sell my manuscript? is one of the most persistent questions I have encountered from authors and would be authors. And I will answer it straight away to the best of my knowledge. For the sake of those who are not familiar with the options in the book publishing industry in Kenya, let me explain the basics.   Royalty Read More


kenya war

Energised Race in the Wrong Direction

Did you hear of the recent race in Venice where the leading pack of athletes, among them favourites from Kenya, who raced like crazy only to realise that they were running in the wrong direction? That’s my visualization of this whole saga that is the fable Kenyan democracy. Only that we have upped our game and instead of running, we Read More


ngugi

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, the ‘Elusive’ Nobel Peace Prize, and the Politics of Silence

That Ngugi wa Thiong’o is a towering literary and ideological influencer venerated by the world without the Kenyan borders is not contestable. Neither is the fact that he isn’t a divisive nor a uniting figure in Kenya, simply because a larger chunk of the youthful population active in sociopolitical discourse does not identify with him. This important segment of citizenry Read More


kenya MPs

Babu Owino Is a Hero and Should Be Treated As Such

I was dismayed to see Embakasi East MP elect Babu Owino being arrested for calling an unidentified person mtoto wa umbwa. First, I couldn’t make out what exact crime the maverick had committed until I heard he had been charged with subversion. Subversion?  What’s that? How can calling an unidentified person mtoto wa umbwa lead to the fall of a Read More