Often people think that getting published is about getting noticed. But actually getting published is about relationships, relationship with yourself and with your readers. Lots of readers.

Did you know that a book is a dialog you have with yourself and your readers? An exchange. A meeting of minds. A conversation.

Answer these questions for your nonfiction message to uncover your relationships waiting to blossom.

Know What Your Book is About

What message are you passionate about bringing to the world?

List 5-12 points. Less than 5 and you may not have a book, but a guide, or series of articles. More than 12 points and you probably have more than one book. Know Who Benefits From Your Book

Who can benefit from your message?

Be specific. Your audience isn’t everybody. Get real. Appealing to everybody is appealing to nobody. Sound familiar? List your audience’s demographics (age, salary, job title, residence, etc) and psychographics (attitudes, beliefs, likes, dislikes, etc.).

Know How Your Book Will Help Others

How will your book help your audience? How will your book benefit them? List the results they will receive and/or the experience they will have from reading your book. Yes, be specific.

Know Yourself

How are you the right person to bring this message to your audience? List your experiences, knowledge, know-how, and personality traits. Brag. This is the place.

Know How You’re Unique

How are your points and approach different from other authors and books out there? Find this out by doing the research. Research your competitors and companion books. Some books will complement yours while other books will seem to compete. Operative word: seem. Know their unique selling points. Make your book different and find a way to stand out from the crowd.

Know Why You Want to Write and Publish this Book

What motivates you? What are you passionate about? Describe the experience you want your reader to have. It’s probably what you want for yourself.

Know the Big Picture

How does this book fit into your personal and professional life?

Know Your Blind Spots

What stops you from moving forward on getting your book done and out into the world? Clarify your weaknesses and get support. Get educated. Get writing.


Call for Manuscripts

Nsemia Publishers Heroes Project aims to capture the unsung, in many cases, undocumented heroes and leaders from a cross-section of African communities. Such heroes, past and contemporary, advanced the cause of communities through positive impact of their leadership, thought, wisdom and vision. They could be warriors, political leaders, seers or simply community sages.

In Gusii community, for instance, there is the legend of Sakawa who, at the onset of colonialism warned of forthcoming forms of wealth (amandegere) and that only those that were prepared could harvest. We also have the fearless Otenyo that led resistance against colonial incursions. Indeed, there are many more that could be documented.

Such heroes could also be more recent as in the case of political and religious leaders that made a difference at one time or the other. Dedan Kimathi is widely celebrated in reference to the Mau Mau; he was a giant! Yet there are many others that worked alongside or preceded him in the search for justice over grabbed land by colonialists. Indeed, there are many, many such individuals in all communities usually captured in folklore and celebrated in songs and dance.

Manuscripts could be factual, based on accurately researched facts; they could also be fictionalized accounts and can be submitted in form of novels, plays or musicals.

Stories must pertain to an African community and be verifiable via folklore, songs, and dance and otherwise. The stories must capture the challenge of the time and how the hero/heroine demonstrated leadership and the impact of that leadership. As well, stories must capture the essence of why the individual is considered a hero in those communities that celebrate the heroism.

In short, Nsemia Publishers hopes to receive manuscripts that:

  • Pertain to African communities
  • Depict heroes and their expression of leadership and inspiration
  • Offer lessons for contemporary society
  • Are well-written in stories, fictionalized accounts, drama or any such form that meets the objectives stated


  • Electronic submission in portable document format (pdf) or Microsoft word is preferred.
  • All submissions should be sent to \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed for suitability for publication and writers notified accordingly.
  • If selected for publication, an editor will be assigned to work with the writer to facilitate publication.
  • Writers whose manuscripts are accepted will sign Nsemia Publishers’ standard publication agreement before proceeding to publication.

Note: that submission a manuscript is not a guarantee that it will be published. Further, Nsemia Publishers reserve the right to reject any submitted works without reservations.


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