African Narratives (AFNA) has partnered with a youth organisation, ACTIVATE! change drivers, to develop new ways of bookselling in South Africa, especially those areas previously ignored by the mainstream book trade. For this initiative we are putting together a catalogue of 200 local books which will be distributed to ACTIVATE! ‘book agents’ to garner sales in their local communities.
The BOOKSDIRECT initiative seeks (i) to strengthen the grassroots groundswell of interest in books and reading, (ii) to furnish affordable local books to new markets via the direct selling model, and (iii) to offer real opportunities for local writers and small publishers. To encourage business growth, the direct-selling ‘book agents’ will deal with the whole ‘local books for local readers’ package, including involving local schools, encouraging home libraries, and holding promotive events (in the mode of ‘book presentation parties’) and linking local readers with their local writers.
A catalogue listing fee of R500 applies. Publishers and authors with more than one title will pay only R50 for every additional title added to the catalogue. Writers, join the AFNA family.
Send an email to Clare-Rose (address below) with subject line BooksDirect Catalogue or AFNA membership to Clare-Rose Julius. Please include the following details; your book cover, short synopsis and example of content so your book can be measured against our quality standards. If you’re a writer, tell us where you live and what you’re writing.
AFNA is registered as an NPO. This means that all revenue earned through BOOKSDIRECT will be retained for further development, including the establishment of a PUBLISHING FUND.