Self Publishing With Balogun Iyanu

Hello dear writers, here’s a brief introductory to the history of self-publishing which includes my words of inspiration to self-publishing authors an African authors looking to self-publish.

Self-publishing is the publication of media by its author without the involvement of an established publisher. The term usually refers to written media, such as books and magazines, either as an ebook or as a physical copy using POD technology.


The 21st century has seen a feral drive for self-publishing. With self-publishing anybody can now be a published author provided he/she agrees to the terms and conditions of the self publisher. The current wave of discussion among contemporary writers is mounted on the choice of choosing self-publishing to traditional publishing.

What Is Self Publishing?

Self-publishing is the process where the author takes full responsibility of getting the editing, publishing and printing services done by a team of professionals without depending on any traditional publishing company. Yearly there is an increasingly popular spike in the growth of self-publishing.

The number books being published every year has exploded. According to the latest Bowker Report (September 7, 2016), more than 700,000 books were selfpublished in the U.S. in 2015, which is an incredible increase of 375% since 2010.

Without a fear of contradiction or contrary to popular belief, self-publishing history is not a mordern phenomenon, the existence of self-publishing can be traced as far back to 3100 BC. In fact there is a popular phenomenon that pictures self-publishing as old as the world’s first printing press, this however is a great debate among scholars.

The Ancient Egyptian civilization, famous for its pyramids, pharaohs, mummies, and tombs, flourished for thousands of years. copyright: National Geographic

In 3100 BC the Egyptian Papyrus scrolls was the then chief material for keeping records. This incipient of evidence attributed to ancient Egypt. This was the pivotal earliest of writing materials. However this mechanism was adopted by the Greeks and Romans respectively.

Egyptian Papyrus,

The papyrus plant is a reed that grows in marshy areas around the Nile river. In ancient Egypt, the wild plant was used for a variety of uses, and specially cultivated papyrus, grown on plantations, was used to make the writing material. The inside of the triangular stalk was cut or peeled into long strips.
Johannes Gutenberg,

However, according to scholars German Scientist Johannes Gutenberg is known to be the first self-publisher of the civilized world. He introduced printing to the western world in 1440. Gutenberg revolutionized the world of printing world by inventing the “mechanical printing press” which made publishing ample books reality.

To learn more on History of Self-Publishing. You can follow a Step-by-Step explanation published by: on this page, this explanation takes you on a brief introduction to the following:

  1. From Bard to Scribe
  2. From Script To Book
  3. From Trade-Publishing to Self-Publishing
  4. Self-publishing 1.0: Desktop (DTP) and Print-on-Demand (POD)
  5. Self-publishing 2.0: Ebooks and Online Retailer

Treasure Hardwork

So it probably took you a year or two to glue your ideas together for what you thought was the perfect besteller! The autism you felt towards your book was so strong a connection because of the bond it had engaged with your personal life. There were times you wanted to cry, regret the purpose of the books existence, wanted to know what others will think of the book or was infact totally scared of what the world would say about it. You lurked in a personal interview between yourself and your conscience, and you know – The conscience obviously static answers your question with a great fear of contradiction. Giving you a pessimist advice you unfortunately considered worthy enough to be optimist!

Personal judgement always come first. But don’t let the judgement against yourself or writing pin you down. My advice to all self-publishing authors out there is that you MUST be aware that you must be consistent and persistent to be heard. There are already too many writers from different walks of life to learn from, take Stephen King’s and J.K Rowlings testimony’s as an example. Take that draft back from the trash and channel your passion to that stage of inner doggedness and tenacity that will keep you going, take you forward and make your mind a live garden where inspiration flamboyantly flourishes.

Hardworks always pay off if you keep writing and promoting. Keep inking, stay motivated, stay inspired and stay blessed!

Learn Self Publishing In Africa

Self-Publishing is a less easier process in most Africa countries. However, vanity presses with the appropriate needed information to get over with this problem have made self-publishing in Africa a more harder process. I have seen this experts collect an upfront $200+ to assist you in the self-publishing process your book. The good news is here, if you want to know all you need to know to be a self-published in Africa kindly submit your email address below to receive a free copy of my “Step-by-Step E-book on how to be a self-published author in a Africa Part I”. I will publish for download the e-book in my Newsletter while you can purchase the part II and Part III of this E-Book for $1, yes $1 dollar! I added this E-Book process to make writers here in Africa to be never again victims of this vanity press publishers!

By Balogun Iyanu

Balogun Iyanu is a Nigerian poet, a web designer, human rights ambassador and an internationally acclaimed writer who presides as the founder and executive head of The League of POETS.

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