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New Release: Where The Truth Lies

With the December break coming up, many bookworms are looking forward to lazy days spent absorbed in a nice, fat book. Newly released Where The Truth Lies by St Francis Bay author Susan Rae Fox offers exactly that kind of escape. Follow the engrossing tale of a devastated family fleeing from their grief, who escape to a foreboding, gloomy old mansion in Paarl, left to decay to a shell of its former glory. As the family members uncover hints of the rich and tragic history of the house, they all individually confront the darkness in their own pasts. Newly widowed William...

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Bob de la Motte wins an Old Mutual Spirit of Comrades Award

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Quickfox Publishing author Bob de la Motte was one of three recipients to win the Old Mutual Spirit of Comrades Award held on Saturday 13th October 2018 in Durban. Matshelane Mamabolo, Sports Editor for Independent Newspapers, Gauteng, writes: "De La Motte's name will immediately ring a bell given his illustrious history in the Ultimate Human Race. His battles with Bruce Fordyce are legendary, De La Motte having finished runner-up three times to the Comrades King. The man who has since left the country to go and live in Australia was last night lauded for his book "Runaway Comrade", which highlights the...

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Through the Eyes of an African Chef wins “Best in the World”

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Head chef at Africa Meets Europe Cuisine and self-published author Nompumelelo Mqwebu has bagged the “Best in the World” award for Through the Eyes of an African Chef at the prestigious 2018 Gourmand Cookbook Awards. With entries from 205 countries, these annual awards have been likened to the Oscars of the recipe-book world, and bring together chefs, writers, publishers and journalists from across the globe to celebrate the best publications the industry has to offer. To celebrate this momentous achievement, Publisher.co.za is offering buyers a R100 discount on Through the Eyes of an African Chef, so be sure to get...

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Multi-award winner in business shares his knowledge in Mastering Entrepreneurship

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Many of us dream of starting our own business and being our own boss, but where does one start? A sensible first step is to listen to the advice of seasoned entrepreneurs who are familiar with the journey and the pitfalls that can be found along the way. Ismail Hassen, a multi-award winner in business hailing from Port Elizabeth, has just released a handbook for budding entrepreneurs, sharing his knowledge, tips, and practical solutions for building a sustainable business in South Africa. Starting from the very beginning of the entrepreneur’s journey (chapter one aptly titled ‘It all starts with a...

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Get swept away by U.P. Topka’s magical sports fiction novel

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In this newly-released teen novel by U.P. Topka of Pretoria, we follow 15-year-old Eric Robertson on a hero’s journey, starting with the devastating death of his parents that sees him moving to the small town of Carnarvon to live with his grandmother. Reeling from the loss of his family and the life he left behind, Eric struggles to adapt to his new surroundings, an unhappy situation made worse by the cruel school bullies. While fleeing from the school after a traumatic encounter with them, Eric happens upon a magical set of golf clubs, each previously owned by a golfing great...

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“Thabo, the Space Dude: Last Days on Earth” blasts off

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Our newest release on Publisher.co.za  - Thabo, the Space Dude  - has seen some exceptional opening-week sales, with author Lori-Ann Preston having to undertake a second print run mere weeks after her self-published adventure for tweens was released. In this charming book, Thabo’s parents announce to him that the family is moving … to Mars. Through a series of logbook entries, Thabo chronicles his last days on Earth as he struggles to process the news and prepare himself for the sad goodbyes and the new adventure that awaits. His logbook entries are complemented by comic-strip style illustrations by Lindsey Cumming,...

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Distribution vs marketing and the author’s role in driving sales

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Many authors assume that when a book is uploaded for sale in an online store, the book starts selling on its own. This couldn’t be further from the truth. As a self-published author, you are responsible for some of the functions that would normally be handled by a traditional publisher, one of which is marketing. Once in the store, it is up to you to let potential customers know about the book and to drive the book’s sales. Think of your book as a product. Now, think of other products in the market. When you walk into a supermarket you...

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Book awards: Can they boost your bottom line?

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One of the best ways to gain recognition and credibility as an author – and possibly one of the most underutilised marketing tools – is by winning a book award. Book buyers, the media and the book trade are more willing to support and push award-winning authors. Easier said than done. Many competitions have an entry fee, so authors need to choose their competitions carefully, unless they have a lot of money to blow. And to win an award, you actually have to WIN – which means beating a bunch of other people with the same hopes and dreams –...

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Boost sales with discount coupon codes

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Everybody likes getting a good deal and book buyers are no different. If your sales have been dwindling, consider offering a promotional discount of 15%–20% off the normal price – or even more if you can afford it. Online promotional discounts are usually activated through the use of “coupon codes”. Very simply, a coupon code is a code that a seller gives to a buyer that the buyer can use when checking out of an online store, just before making payment. When the buyer inserts the code, the discount is deducted. Discount coupons are a great way to reconnect with...

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The importance of quality

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Building customer trust As an indie bookstore, Publisher.co.za prides itself on empowering all self-published authors by offering them an easy platform through which to sell their work and by eliminating the hoop-jumping so typical of the distribution chain. We are equally committed to building customer trust by protecting book buyers against poor quality products. So how do we do this? How do we make it easy for authors to sell and safe for customers to buy? Simple. We’ve introduced a quality rating system to guide customers in their book-buying choices. If a title in our store features the “Quality Assured”...

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