This, left, is debut novelist Sade Adeniran - photographed by this blogger at her reading on Thursday 4 October inside London's Harlesden Library. Adeniran packs copies of her book, Imagine This, in this case and rolls it to readings around England - in the hope she can shift a few copies.
Having taken 5 years to write the novel and failing to find a publisher, the author (who began her writing career with a play on UK's Radio 4) put her money behind her talent and self-published. It hasn't been easy and she has had to contend with the stigma attached to self-publishing in the UK. But things are looking up. Carting her books around from reading to reading, Adeniran has managed to sell several hundred copies of Imagine This all due to her own direct efforts. The publishing industry in the UK is beginning to take notice; even a Nigerian publisher has been in touch since the writer's appearance on this blog last week.
Last week the writer read to members of the Harlesden Library Reading Group, shared her publishing experiences so far and sold some copies. At the end of the evening, she put the left-over copies in her roller-case and wheeled off into the night.
- Sade Adeniran appears at the Word Power Book Fair on Saturday 13 October, in a discussion with other writers on 'The Publishing Maze.'
- The Word Power Book Fair holds this weekend, Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 October at The Emirates, Arsenal Stadium Conference Hall, London N7