At midday, the sun hits a dry dusty earth;
wind blows lighter dusts, and lighter objects around. Pieces of paper, dusts on
the earth surface, and dried leaves, moved higher and higher, in circle,
towards the sky, you might think they are being signaled to meet the blue clear
Balls of sweat formed on my face, I felt
wetness inside my clothes, making it sometimes sticky to body, and causing
discomfort, sometimes this forced me to unclothe my chest, and use the shirt or
a t-shirt to cover my head as I take courage, and determination to walk through
I felt sweat all over me, I looked
as if I have sprinkled water on me. My feet embraced dust handsomely. Drops of
sweat will reach my eyes. It felt hot when it reaches the eyeballs. The drops
tasted salty when it find its way through my lips to my tongue.
It makes me think that salt we consume never
digestion inside the body; it gets out to the environment through sweat. I had
to prove it. I once had a rest under a tree after walking in the sun, and
sweating recognizably. After a while, my body cooled down and I felt particles
of salt on my skin.
Thirst began to torment me, a wish
to see a source of water nearby came to my thought. I wished it could magically
rain, so as, I be saved from thirst and treacherous hit of the hot sun. The sky
was clear and blue, thin white clouds were seen, in the horizon, in the
direction I was leading to, the blueness had begun gather where I came from. No
one will ever forge hope at the sight of white cloud. The whiteness of a cloud hopelessness.
My father used to tell me that, the
blueness in the horizon, or the blueness above the earth, what we refer as the
blue sky, is end of human eye power to see. He explained farther, that when you
move towards the direction of a blue far hill that blueness moves further from
it, to another hill far away, and real color of a hill reveal itself as you come
near it, and where you came from gather blueness, to mean the distance you have
cover is long.
The inferior mirage looked like
water on the water body surface. It made me thirstier. The air around was dry. I
long to smell, and breath in wet air but nowhere. This is what life is. Chasing
mirage to forge a false hope. Slightly above the short vegetation, scattered on
a dry mourning earth, waves of mirage glitter. It amazed me.
It looked like clean water flowing on land but
it was what the elderly say a lie to the eye. It made me remember the saying, not
all that glitters is gold.
Eyes can be cheated sometimes, and
how will life be without a lie to the human eye?
In place where dusty earth surface
stay long without a drop of rain, taking bath means taking priorities first,
drinking and cooking is more crucial. Sometimes I take bath and become dirty in
minutes, as dust land on my skin, I had to ask myself why I took bath.
Taking bath and leaving my skin dry was a
better option. Smear myself with a Vaseline, I become dirtier as particles of
dust stick to your skin.
My skin and dust were intimate
because I sweat a lot, and most of time, to feet. I could watch dirt on my
feet, and I just say it is okay. The environment where one grew up is what makes
one who he or she is. I had to love dust,
romanticize with dirt and live with it all.
Book authors, for both nonfiction and fiction books, bellow is a list of publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts from both new and established authors. These publishers only need original and well-researched work, submitted to through varies methods. It could be through email, online submission or through traditional method, by post. Choose one method that suits you most, and let your work be published, and begin receiving royalty.
The main office is in London, United Kingdom. Olympia Publisher are thrilled to announce that they are establishing a new office in United States of American and India subcontinent, They are proud to give a golden chance to new authors to be published, from across the world. They describe their books and their authors as very special to their business.
They believe, and wish to publish stories that touch people’s lives, stories that have meaning to the readers, stories that evoke reader’s emotions, stories that can change life of a person reading it, stories that entertain the reader and affect readers emotionally, that make reader want to read more, and stories that make readers cry or laugh.
Most importantly, the sweet feel in the heart and mind of reader, or a pain in heart of the reader, when she or he reads your work, is a platform that puts the author in limelight.
They welcome submission from a wide range of genres, offering new and ambitious authors a rare opportunity available in the current world of publishing industry. They have a well-established market that covers a period of ten years of experience in marketing, producing and distributing books.
They are dedicated to help new authors, in order to give them the best start in life, as they put it. You too, could be one of their valued author!
There are three possible ways to send your work to Olympia publishers:
You can submit your work through an online submission form
You can send your work via email attached as Microsoft word document or PDF format.
Lastly, you can post to their postal address as displayed on website, currently to London office only.
NB: They do not receive academic and foreign language submission.
Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers
They are proud of publishing high quality books from exciting authors for last 15 years. They, with their imprints publish a wide variety of genres, adult fiction and children books included. They offer both traditional and inclusive contract to both their new and established author. The offer equal opportunity to both.
How to Submit Your Manuscript
There are three different ways to submit your work to Pegasus publishers; these include
Submission by email
And submission by post
Send a synopsis and a complete manuscript
Indicate the number of words
Genre and target audiences
Authors name and contact, include and other information about the author for example a short bio
Submit material in PDF format
Your manuscript has to be in one file, in Microsoft word document format. 12pt Times New Roman
On a plain white A4 pages, with large margin all round, at least 4 centimeters using 12pt Times News Roman font.
Novum publishers for New Authors
They called themselves the specialist for new authors. They help, and welcome new author to world publishing. It was started in 1997, and it is a family run business, but they have served renowned personalities in the industry.
To submit your manuscript here are the tips how to;
Name and address of the author
Illustrations if any
Their reply is quicker than many publishers between 2-3 weeks are; you expect to hear from them about the outcome after perusing your manuscript.
Submission is either by email or by mail (CD-ROM, memory stick.)
It is one of the UK leading independent publisher of original voices, and hard to put down stories. For fiction writers, fiction lover, JOFFE BOOKS is your publisher. They focus mostly on crime fiction, thriller, and mysteries. They currently work with crime fiction authors from USA and UK.
How to Submission your Manuscript
You can send full-length book as PDF or Microsoft word document.
Three paragraph, in length synopsis in the body of the email.
100 words about the author, also in the body of the email
Put the word submission in the subject line of your email
Lastly, tell them how and where you heard about JOFFE BOOKS
Listed below are Magazine, websites, and blogs accepting submission from freelance writers. Some accept and receive unsolicited pieces of writing, some accept proposal and a completed work and other need a pitch. The best to do as a freelancer is to go to the website and read submission guideline, read past issue, understand fully what is required of you, then reach the magazine management through the methods they have displayed on the website, on how to reach them. It is recommended so as to know exactly what kind of content they publish. Some publishers are looking photographers and illustrators.
Two plus Two
It is an online website, publishing pieces about poker game. They publish technical pieces about playing the game poker. They accept a well written interview as well as biographies of poker game personality. Pay is $200 per every article they publish on their website
How to submit your work to Two plus Two
First, your work has to be about poker or gambling concept or related concept in a different field, interviews, and biographies of poker personalities, a discussion of advanced level of poker strategy and application of mathematics concepts on gambling.
Two plus two accepts work send by emails, and the email is displayed on their website, to be addressed to the editor. The article has to be between (1000-2000) words, and it has to be related to poker or gambling.
It is a monthly magazine for very intelligent women. The content they publish is more of in-depth article than of typical woman, Editors look for articles that inform and tells a story, not just normal educating, informing and entertaining ones. They offer also to publish persuasive essay and creative non-fiction. Every month they prepare a theme for the next edition. Payment for feature articles up to (2000) words is $100, and up to (5000) words is $200.
How to submit your work
They accept unsolicited submissions from freelance writers. For more information read submission guidelines. Submission is through email only. They don’t accept any other methods. They are also looking for photographer and Illustrators.
The mask magazine
It is a monthly online magazine. It is an online publication, repository of youth culture. It is also packed with interviews, styles in the age of discontent, and editorial news. Mask magazine editor look for expressive, creative prose and personal essay.
NB: Editors determine whether the content is published for free or paid. If is they decide to pay, payment is from $40-$200. They accept submission through email displayed on their email.
It is a lifestyle magazine for women. They accept articles from (500-1000) words non-fiction submission for and about women. These include humor essay, satire and first person involvement. Payments range from $100 to $200.
It is a regular column published by New York Times. They are look for deep personal essays about present affairs, dating, marriage, and parentage. They pay $300 for per piece they accept to use in their publication.
How to submit your essay
• Send a query letter
• Submit an opinion piece
• Submit an opinion video
The Gay and Lesbian Review
They publish non-fiction and poetry. They don’t publish short fiction, personal essay, journals or memoirs. They accept feature articles of about (2000-4000) words. They publish review of books, films and arts work, from (600-1200) words. They publish interviews with prominent GLBT artists, activists, Song writers whose work has made a different. They also accept and publish art memos of about (1000-1500) words. They use article of international spectrum-fight for GLBT rights and culture. They publish correspondence letter to the editor. They take and use guest opinion pieces on advocacy stand on current issue (500-1000) words.
How to submit your work
Submit a well written proposal and a completed piece of writing. They do not accept published excerpt of books or chapters of forthcoming work. They receive both soft and hard copies. And payment is a flat rate of about $100.
If you are freelancer, and you love writing about entertainment and pop culture, listed below are websites, magazines and blogs worthy sending your work to, sending your query, and making a catchy pitch, they are interested good writing, and they pay well. All you need is reading what kind of content they publish, then give exactly what they need, and reach them for consideration; to publish, and use your work. Some require you to fill in tax form before they pay you for your work, tells you that they are a serious, and lawful business and they are trusted.
If you are passionate about pop culture, wish to get paid for your piece writing, and with ability to review movies, video game and television clip, then, Dorkly is for you, and is your fandom. You can stick to them for a pay. For every article they publish, they pay $75, in USA dollars.
Good news, they accept and unsolicited submission from freelance writers, freelance Illustrators, game reviewers, movie reviewers, television reviews and commentary. Submission is done online, and if you have a problem, doing submission online then, reach them through contact of editors’ display on the website. If you live in USA and Canada you may consider applying for a job, they have a job listing even outside writing field.
It is a blog and it publishes comics writing, pop culture and games. They are interested in games that are weird and too bad to get out of mind. They are interested in publishing reviews of fictions. For comics they pay $200, and the pay up to $100 for every article they use.
They are constantly looking for inspiring stories, for example the counter-culture or youth subculture. Huck publishes news, reports, traveling diary, opinions, profiles, documentary, and photography essays. You have to send a pitch to relevant editors, their contact are displayed on the websites. If Huck publishes you articles, you are paid $500 for single piece they accept to us.
It is a very popular magazine with a wider readership. It was founded to explore how technology is changing life now, and the years to come. They pay 30 cent per word. They Kind of article they publish is what I call long-form journalism. They publish Pieces of 1500 words to 3000 words. If you have a piece on transportation; for examples Taxify, or Uber technologies, pieces of science and culture, then do a nice pitch because The Verge is your magazine. They emphasize that, if you are interested in writing for them, and then consider reading what they have published already, that is their past issues, to familiarize yourself with what type of content they use.
It is a monthly magazine, they only magazine publishes about the boy child maybe. It is published by the Boy Scout of America. The piece of writing must be entertaining to boys of 6 –17 years of age. It covers themes like professional sport, American history as non-fiction. It also publishes pieces of writing about aviation, nature, health and music, fiction is only assignment, you can query, if you are a fiction writer. Payment varies from $500 – $1500
No type of communication that is more effective than face to face communication. With rapid development of technology, modern society has option to use to communicate with others, but could be a short message using a mobile phone, a voice call, an email, a letter or a video call, but still face to face communication remains fresh for long, the best since it came into use; and there is no worry of it getting out of date any time soon. This is so because of ability of a communicator to read body language.
Nonverbal language sends messages that the speaker is trying to hide in a verbal communication. The truth lies not in the words spoken but on how the words are expressed, environment, and the body language, portrayed by the speaker.
First and foremost in face to face communication is an immediate response. The response can be understood immediately. Speaker, not only hear responses from each other but are able to read the feelings, and they can guess what is about to happen next, what conversation can lead to, maybe agreement or disagreement.
This will create a room for exchange of messages, leading to common understanding of the parties involved, leading to a successful chat.
A second advantage is reading of facial expression and gestures. It helps to explain how something happen, and how the speaker is feeling and attitude towards the theme of conversation, for example, happiness, sadness, or sympathy on the face of the communicator, at that moment of conversation on the mention of what took place.
Third is immediate feedback from the listener, the speaker is in a better position for adjustment. He or she is able to read a twist of lips, a contraction of the facial body muscles to tell out that the message is not welcome. A frown on the forehead of listener, tells the speaker, the message has been received with surprise, happiness, shock, or sadness.
Forth coordination of our action are mutually beneficial. We transact agreements when we engage in a conversation. We negotiate, persuade, and appeal in favor of something. Conversation is requisite for agreeing or disagreeing upon an issue and coordination our action.
Fifth, face to face helps people express feeling better. Scientists say that, seventy percent of people use body language or verbal language in a communication process
We have many choices to make when we want to do business In this modern age of technologically driven world. It is easy to opt out actual face to face communication and choose electronic device. We send email to friends and loved ones while abroad, but it will replace physical human interaction, it is always the better option while away, and the best option remains Physical human interaction. You are to kiss your partner, or hag friends or family member and you feel attached him or her. Talking on phone, use of social, we use text but we always feel the real common component face to face, human interaction
As a writer, it is important to work on time management. It is crucial. This is so because it will make you meet the deadline for submitting your assignment in time. If you are a freelancer, for example, writing for different clients or media houses, you have to make sure the work is delivered on time to your various clients on time.
Secondly, you must be good at budgeting. Sometimes you need to travel places to get stories, you need to register to a library, and you pay member fee. There are other daily bills to pay. It is important to you as a writer to avoid waste of hard-earned cash.
There is a need to prioritize the use of money you gain from writing. Spending wisely help in meeting the cost of improving your writing business. Writing is a business like any other. It is worth investing time and money.
How you can spend money improving your writing business
It is important to invest in purchasing good books, pay a fee for a short training on a writing course, paying tuition for a professional writing training, attending a workshop, or a writing conference. It is a simple finance management skills, not a complex one, is what I mean.
Seeking knowledge to improve the quality of your writing, and making your work readable, informing, educating and entertaining one, is what sells in the present competitive market. It is advisable to attend even if a short writing training. This will equip you as a writer, with skills to produce work that sells itself in the market. There are a lot of online training, lectures on YouTube, which are of benefit to writers out there.
There are a lot of blogs that provide advice on writing, how to earn from writing, how to make your writing great, how to become a writer, or just type anything you want to learn on the search engine, you will receive a free advice. That is what I do myself. You can also join writing clubs, online book clubs; you will benefits from that, receiving a free knowledge.
Third, read widely. Good, the bestselling and established author read a lot. To produce good writing you must read a lot. Most writing ideas are got from reading work of others. That is where you can get gaps or what other authors have missed, and you can write something new and original. Reading opens up your mind to the world of writing and dips your thoughts into the sea of ideas.
Good readers write and produce good writings, of high quality, that stands out in today dense and competitive writing market. Reading makes you learn, it makes you discover and develop writings styles, it makes you know what writing market you can penetrate, it can lead to possible paying publishers, and it makes you find to hide out paying writing market. It will improve your language skills, grammar, and vocabulary, and gain knowledge about the subjects you are writing on and master its trade.
I am a published author, and I do understand my strength and weaknesses. It is good to know and understand yourself, who you are first, then dive into the world pool of writing. Many writers admit that they have received hundreds or even thousands of rejection letters, some say they were almost losing hope to write, but they kept on writing and submitting their manuscripts till they got published, and are now established authors, and earn well too. I have also received about ten rejections before I got published. I will highlight the worst rejections I have ever received, to me.
I once received a rejection email from a publisher that read, “You have a story to tell, but, you don’t have the language to tell that story”. It said. It was heartbreaking of course, morale killing rejection. I missed being published by a widely read, and prestigious publishers, but still was happy because I had a story tell than having nothing at all. It is the hardest part of writing I have experienced, and I am sure someone else will tell you the same. It is always good to have something to write. The language I can still work on it.
I had to appreciate myself because I don’t suffer from what is called ‘writers block”, or lack of ideas, yes language deficiency! there is room for improvement.
I received another worst rejection that the sender of the email asked me if I have translated the story, from another language. I reply no with the capital “N” and capital “O.” she also complained of vocabulary and choice of words. I learn that the environment where I live, and where she lives are totally different, I am describing a scene in a remote village in Kenya, where we describe houses as huts, while the publisher is in a big city with skyscrapers. I like it because it seemed she was interested but she could just use my work.
As a writer struggling to be published frequently, I so there is a need to converge in my writing career to survive in today’s market. I have to be smart enough to smell stories worth telling and spreading. I have to be creative and innovative of ideas that audience want and long to read.
Tools for good writing include; language, pens and pencils, notebooks, a smartphone, a good laptop connected to the internet of course, or a desktop, audio recorder and a camera. I need also to have a network of fellow writers, and publishers. A good network will earn me a job, I trust, it may lead me to get a contract with a publisher. Networking is a resource to stay in the world of writing and publishing, in simple terms in the world of communication.
A writer has to access to a good library of books, magazine, newspapers and digital library enabled by the internet. Subscribed to blogs and website on writers market, here is where we get alert on writing contest to participate, writing conferences and residence MFA, where you as an upcoming authors, I have a chance to meet established writers and resource persons to help you, advice you on how to survive in the world of writing.
It is important for writers to be well equipped with research skills. Through research you can produce good to read stories, well-sourced stories, research will also help in getting the market for your writings. Good to read stories are produced by good readers and skilled in research authors.
Thirst for knowledge, love to read, love writing, and love to research, to me, is what defines the daily routine of best writers.
As a person I love writing. I love reading too, with a passion. I have my daily work to earn a living; to balance the two is my routine for five days a week. Real me, my consciousness tell me my writing is what is important to me, but at the back of mind, the job that pays my bills comes first than my life plan for writing career. So, life goes on balancing the two, day in day out.
Despite of all these I have life to live. You can remind me that life is short, if there is a need, but my wish is to have enough to pay my bills, I will dedicated my available time to writing, leave my present job and make writing my daily jobs. As an author, I am facing a number of challenges to execute my writing jobs.
First of all, getting real client is a challenge. Who will payment me daily, weekly, or monthly for writing? This will include lack of idea. I can’t really say, I lack something or ideas write on, because what I wish to write is what a client needs. That means the client is with the idea. If a client tells me she or he wants a business letter for example that is the ideas. So, I paying client comes along with an idea. Secondly writing takes long to sell, to be published, and to start benefitting financially. The reason why I must have other side hustles.
Why am I still working and writing only when I have some time?
You may ask me this question. As much as I wish to, I have limitations. I remember about three years ago, when I started writing and getting published, it felt good to be read by many people for example, in a national newspaper or an international publication, but how frequent will you be read, matter a lot, a writer admitted that, it is easy to steal a gun from a police station, than getting published, in Kenya. This is true for upcoming authors, almost everywhere. It is just like getting a job these days; you must at least have 2 years of working experience and for a paying publisher to use your articles, or, your books you must have been published before.
Why am I not getting immersed into the world of self-publishing?
The world of self-publishing is not easy and free as some may think. I have my three books manuscripts with the publisher now, but I haven’t paid the firm to initiate the production of hard copies, eBooks, and paperback so that I begin selling and start earning from my writing, so money is a challenge too.
Who is really me?
I do errant jobs; freelance jobs, to earn, and when it is time for entertainment or to rest, that is when I choose to write or read. I know I can make some cash from writing, and I have ever tasted money for being published before; I have felt great being read, but it will take like three to four years to depend on it, I need just to establish myself as a professional writer before leaving the job that earns money at the moment.
Really I, now need money to pay my bills, and even pay my self-publishing, and earn more and I do hunting for paying publishers at same time. I need at least to move around, to a quiet environment, and concentrate in my writing, let the words flow to the page, I do need to stand alone first before leaving my daily job, and get into self-publishing. When the product of an author, call it his or her writing does not sell, then the writer is crippled financially unless he or she has sides’ hustles.
Some people will tell you how much he or she earns in month from writing, some people are lucky or have a good network the help them to getting writing jobs, but most is struggle and hard work, that pays.
Most people like me put more attention to what is paying them now, and do writing as a side option or a hobby or part-time jobs.
I do hustle every morning, and I read between breaks, when I am waiting for a bus at the station, while on the bus, and when I am out for a coffee or lunch break. My target every day every day is to read at least for about 4-6 hours a day. Weekend, is the time I have scheduled for writing, unless I have a writing assignment on week days, that brings a plate of food to the table or benefiting in any way. Then I sacrifice my reading time for it.
One thing I like about writing and reading is that, it is entertaining, to me. I don’t feel strained writing like any other jobs because you learn new things and Ideas every time you write or research for something new, but for your health sake, give yourself breaks of 15 -30 minutes every two hours before you get back to writing, that is what I do myself. For reading I can read even more than three hours nonstop especially a fine reading or fiction.
What is the future of my writing career?
I am planning to have my own office, where I will report every morning to plan and execute my writing. To write in the same place, in the same position, on the table and on the same chair every day. I will do real serious writing business for at least 8-12 hours a day, this is what I need, and I think will achieve my dream.
Writing can change someone life for good and you can reach masses, and bring change to their life through writing. It is a form entertainment, way of educating masses and a medium to informing the world knowledge you have learnt from others. It needs more patience, patience, and patience. Be Blessed
My curiosity to know, and discover new a thing surrounding me is what made me wanting to be a writer. I know names of things around me in my mother tongue, but I came two new worlds at the same time, when I came to school. In school the language of instruction totally different from my home language.
Since my early school years, I have a desire to know what is written in books. I listened to people speaking in English and Swahili and I wished I could understand what they are talking about.
I wanted to speak like them. I could a hold page of a book or an old newspaper; I admired arrangement words on the pages, white space in the page look friendly in my eyes, and thought I had a skill of putting words the way they are in my exercise, in my handwriting.
I wanted to write letters of alphabet the way they are typed and printed of the page exactly to my exercise book.
Wah! I learnt later that it is not a must to write letters the way they appear on typed page in my hand written exercise book,and it was really hard, from Teacher Rose.
I learn now that shaping of letters is different course from writing course but related in some ways.
That will tell you English and Swahili to me are both my second language. My mother tongue is my first language, which I was fluent even before stepping to primary school. English, Swahili and arithmetic were introduced to at same time, then lived up to now as a language of instruction throughout my education.
Most Kenyans speak at least three languages minimum. We were taught how to read and write in mother tongue in first three years of primary education, alongside English and Swahili.Some Kenyans their first language is Swahili. Today Kenyan urban kids grew speaking English as first home language because of educated parent.
Most children in my class spoke good Swahili than some of us. Sometimes Madam Rose will use them to translate something to us in mother Tongue.Madam is from a different community, she looked like she is not interested in our mother, but she feel its importance when we fail to understand her. In English we were at same level, only teacher Rose, and our mother tongue, John happen to be from our community, who were ahead of us all, and maybe the authors of the books they carried with them to class.
We only knew how to recite letters of alphabets, call it “route reciting” or “route counting” if it were numbers.
Sometimes Teacher Rose will pick on you, provide you with a piece of chalk and tell write letter “S” for example, then you begin to curse yourself why you chose sit in front of the class instead of back class , those at back seem to be safe from embarrassment of reciting what you can’t write on the chalk board.
We knew also a few words like boy, girl, cow, cat which we learnt in nursery school, but what used to put flies in my stomach is when Teacher Rose sketches something one the chalkboard, and she asks one of us to identify what it is, in English, to name it in English was not a problem to most us, for example “cow” names are always easy to say, I always wanted to be the first to put my hand up to say “COW” not to be the second to be told write the word “COW” on the chalkboard, because I didn’t know the spelling.
At the age of seven to ten years, we used one word to communicate, when it was a must to speak in English, for example “yes” “no” “come” “morning” “go” sometimes followed by a node, a beckoning of hands. Even to make a two words sentences, was hard, but we grew with urge to write in English, we had one thing to learn how to read English. Swahili was easy to read. No silent letters like in English. I friend once told me in English you read sometimes what is there to sound what is not there. He gave example of the word “Phoenix” he said “oe” is read to sound like “I”.
Reading a lot helps to become a writer and it is the love to read that leads to the love to write. You can’t hate reading, and love writing impossible, in my opinion. If you love reading you love writing, if love writing you love reading!
I envied Madam Rose for her fluency in speaking, reading,and writing sentence in English. I wanted to read like her, and write like her, she had a good handwriting. The only thing hate about Madam Rose is the voice of a boy who has just broken his voice. Even today I don’t like women with voice like boys, and men sound like girls, Urgh!
Madam Rose read us story in English or Swahili, then explain to us morals and lesson in the story. She made us recite what she termed us new words, though everything sounded new words to us in the first two months, in the first term, in the first year of primary education.
I prayed to myself, I could learn how to read so that I could read those stories myself. I wanted write so that I could write stories my father told us about our community and its origin.
Teacher Rose was reading to us similar stories about other communities. I like Maasai coming from heaven with their cows aboard spread hides and skins of animals, landed in Nairobi River. These Stories were sweet to listening to. I wished I could read them myself, I wished write them down to read later at home.
I had obstacles to practice my reading and of getting stories to read. The village where I grew up had no library. I was in lower primary, and we were not allowed to borrow a few books in the school library. Madam Rose, who taught us all subjects except mother tongue, came to class with few books.
She grouped us into a group of five or seven, per book available, sometimes she reads for us, we just listen, that is when she comes to class with a book in hand, and a class register, and a duster, and a piece of chalk, and if she is not in her good moods, she carries a cane.
The cane made more attentive than without it in Madam Rose hand. She too, does not allow borrowing just as the school itself; the books were little in number to share and to borrow.
What I read after school is what Madam Rose told us write on note books as new words and writing exercises she gave us as home, mostly filling in the missing vowels, to complete words like COW, DOG, DOOR,POT. I was thirsty read but no books to read, so I read what was available.
When I am in the heart of our village, I could pick up pieces of old pages, empty packet of cigarettes to read, thrown away torn pages of books, old newspapers or anything that had writings on it, I read it and sometimes kept it to read in future. I can’t lie that I read magazines. I read the first magazine in life, in my high school library. It was cool because it reminded of picture reading skills in Nursery. It was cool it had fine writings. The graphics made it more appealing to the eyes; the feel of texture was friendly to my fingers, and the smell was accommodating to my nose.
Where I didn’t I understand something, I went on looking for someone to read for me. I had no adult who knew how read in my family except my learned uncle, who is a no nonsense man. You take to him something to read for you, he will first slap you, and then he tells go,and tell your teachers and your age mate to read for you, so I had to safe myself from child abuse.
If I understood something, I told myself, I want to write my own story.
Another thing that motivated me to writing is myth about the creation, about moral, trickery, about clever hare and stupid elephant Madam Rose read to us, and sometimes similar stories told by my mum and dad, both didn’t know how read or write, but they told stories from their clear memory. Despite their illiteracy, they were knowledgeable about African traditions, and culture that was passed to them by great parent. They were store of oral traditions,and moving dictionaries of my home language.
I wanted to learn how write so that can write books enough for every child. Hated sharing books, I wished I could provide books, for each us to have his own book in class. I wanted to know how write so that I could write stories, the ones told by my parents, a different story told every day after evening meals.
The whole year without repeating a story! This is was wonderful, unless there is something happening at moment, they recall the story to remind that, I had learned the moral before it happened. Like a thief who has been still chicken in village without being notices has been caught. And the father would, say, “you see you can only hide your for life if you are dead and buried in the soil.” It mean so long as you are a life, one day your hidden secret will be exposed.
TCK publishing gives authors golden opportunity to be published and make money from writing what they love to write. TCK publishing receives unsolicited manuscripts. It could be from a literary agent and authors. You are required to Submit only for original works. All manuscripts received are passed through radical plagiarism checking software. It runs through software to certify it originality.
They publish both fiction and non-fiction titles. Guidelines are divided into two fiction and non-fiction.
TCK publishing non-fiction books in all markets but your work has to meet criteria list below: First, the writer has to be an expert in the market he or she loves writes about, to submit work for publishing. The message or content submitted has to be worth sharing with readers. Secondly your book must solve a specific problem, for example; “Cancer Treatment”. Your work must help the reader to solve what is affecting them, in their everyday life.
They accept simultaneous submission for both individual authors and literary Agents, but non-fiction only.
Writers and literary Agents can submit non-fiction books manuscripts in the market listed below:
How –To do and advice
Health and wellness
Religious and inspirational
Self-help and personal development
In other markets, not listed above, the author has to demonstrate, or show an active fan based, and a professional marketing plan.For fiction, TCK publishing does not publish receive or accept submissions for the following genre:
Children’s picture books
They consider publishing fiction books in most genres. But, they must meet the following guidelines:
Your work must have a complete full length of a novel. That is (40 000 words) minimum
Your story has to be original. That means it must pass plagiarism software test for it to be considered for publishing.
Your work can be received from individual authors or literary Agents; it means you can submit your work through an agent or as individual author can send work direct to TCK publishing.
TCK publishing.com, accepts submission from the following genres:
Erotica and Erotic Romance
Note: TCK publishing.com does not publishing short stories, poetry or Novella.
Before submitting your work, make sure it is edited. It is free from typo errors and plots holes in the manuscript. It is only the work that stand out, that gets published. You can also receive a free advice to work with an editor, to edit your work before submitting.
Submission is online by filling online form on the website: tckpublishing.com and upload your work as word document, then submit it. After submission you can wait for not more than three months before you informed your work has been published.
The contact form is at the bottom of the page. Give description of your proposed book in 2-3 sentences, and the link to your personal website if possible. All manuscripts are reviewed, and only that stands out are published. You can submit only one book for review that means one book submission at time.
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They have advertised the post of a senior editor, Digital marketing Manager, affiliate Manager, and Graphic Designer for details on to apply, visit TCKpublishing website and do apply online.
Lastly they offer course that authors grow in their career.
If you are a researcher, and you are seeking for publishing firm or organization, below is a list of publishing bodies for academic research papers. Uniqueness of some these journals is that, they have a room to accommodate, and publish articles submitted in any field of study.
The chances your work will be published are higher, so long as it is of required quality. The work to be submitted is purely academics research articles. For more details visit the website to get to know what kind of work they wish to receive from writers. There are more benefits, not just getting published, you can get connected to a very helpful peer groups of writers, conferences, and monetary too.
In full it international Journal of Science: Basic and Applied research. This is a multidisciplinary journal. They published research from any field, be it science, social science, Languages or business. It is reviewed by peer a group, hosted and published by GSSRR, The Global Society of Science Research and Researchers. IJSBAR is open for submission of scientific articles, in any field for 2017 publication.
This is scholarly journal and you are guaranteed that the editor decision within 21 days of submission. This is based on the peer review results. The papers submitted have to be complete, unpublished and not under review in others academic journals or conferences. For more about topics IJSBAR website as more but most important to know is that topics are not limited to on list one the website.
It is an American Scientific Research Journal for Engineering, Technology, and Sciences. It is multidisciplinary Global Journals, and is seeking papers with significant theme, of research contribution in all fields. They accept submissions of manuscripts and published within 2-5 days upon receiving it. Rejection notification will take 2-21 days. They receive the manuscript from online submission only. ASRJETS receive a fee of $105. It’s publishing and processing is easy and faster, with lower cost.
For more on to submit your paper visit ASRJETS websites for instruction and you also download one of their past volumes, to check whether your work meets the quality they want.
The IEEE stands for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It is the largest technical professional society in the world. It has over 400,000 members in 150 countries.
IEEE GLOBECOM 2017, in Singapore Global Hub to Connecting East and West, from 4-8 December 2017.
IEEE is seeking submission for a symposium papers, work shop proposal and a tutorial proposal for authors, in technical program. For industrial program, authors to submit an executive forum proposal and industry panel proposal, and an industry presentations and demonstrations proposal. In case your missed submission this year, it is an annual event you can prepare to submit for 2018.For more on how to register, visit ieee globalcom website.
Twelfth international conference on interdisciplinary social sciences
From 26-28th July, 2017
International conference center in Hiroshima, Japan
This year special focus is on cross cultural and global research interdisciplinary, as a practice as per their website. They are inviting proposal for paper presentation, posters and exhibits, virtual lighting talk, colloquia and virtual posters, to address the following themes: educational studies, Communication, Global studies, Environmental studies, Organizational Studies, social and community studies, civic and political studies and cultural studies.
Norad is seeking submission of proposals for its “Strategic Partnership for Strengthening Framework Conditions for the Private Sector” that is geared to stimulate to business climate, and promotes private sector development PSD. Application for funding is now open to the following countries: Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Myanmar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Colombia.
Area of project priority to include: agriculture, for example agro-processing, fishing and marine incomes, decentralized off-grid solution, and skills scarcities in renewable energy, and lastly, Information and Communication Technology ICT
The call for concept papers could be funded up to NOK 50 million maximum, and NOK 5 million minimum.
Eligible activities for this fund could be for training of skilled labor for an industry. It could be a group of companies with real documented needs.
The project could be at the vocational level, higher technical or managerial levels. Industry associations, chambers of commerce and industry, would be lead applicants for this fund.
Institutions that hope to improve access to SME-finance can apply but not microfinance and rural finance. Initiatives within quality improvement and certification for a sector, qualify to apply for funding. Non-profit institutions are main application for the funds.
Some of the programs funded by Norad includes: Rights of Minority of faith and beliefs, women, peace, and security, job creation, Private sector development, technical and vocational Education and training, Civil society education among others, according to their website.
Application is via website only. For more information go to:
“Norad Call for Concept Notes”
Norad is the Norwegian Agency For Development Cooperation that do quality assurance of Norwegian Development Cooperation. This Agency is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Norad is charged with 5 main tasks, These includes: Quality assurance and monitoring, Aid advisory service, Grants Programs, Evaluation and Communication.
The Puritan is a literary magazine journal. It is one of the Canada’s Premier online literary magazines. It is based in Toronto, and it was founded in late 2006. The magazine is dedicated to publishing the best essays, poetry, fiction, interviews, and reviews. It is now open, and seeks, to receive submission from both local writers, and writers around the world. It has recently published many finest literary talents, both at home and aboard, you too can make to a by-line.
But before you submit your work please take sometimes to read their past issue online.
They pay high bounties for quality work, and their current publication rates are as follows:
$100 per Essay they publish
$50 per published work of fiction
$100 Per Interviews they accept
$100 For a review they use
$15 per a poem they received and accept to published
$60 for poems running for four pages and above.
Puritan’s regular submissions for Fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews free of charge.
For contests entry fee is charged for the Thomas Morton Prize, which is $20. The Winner in fiction or poetry will receive $1000 in cash prizes. Runners-up will pocket $200, and, a generous prize pack of books, plus a magazine subscription.
Submissions received in March 25 are considered for the spring issue. You are already later for this, published in May. Now focus on August issue, and submissions are received by June 25, to be considered for the summer issue. The work they received in September 25 to be considered for the fall issue published in November, 2017. For February issue it is received by December 25. It is the quarterly publication.
About The Puritan
It began in 2007 as an independently funded print journal, dedicated to publishing, essays, fiction, and interviews in Ottawa, Ontario. It was sold in bookstores across the city. In its early times, it was Ottawa’s only quarterly prose journal. The magazine resumed publishing, and now in the form of an online magazine operating from Toronto. Its mandate is poetry and reviews. Now it seeks to publish the best in all forms of writing from all corners of the world.
The international journal of humanities and social studies (IJHSS) is receiving papers for publishing, for their May. 2017 issue. They receive original works in form of empirical studies, case studies, theoretical articles, and meta-analysis, from professors, research scholars, and higher archivers.
The deadline is on 25th of May, 2017.
Publication date is 31st of May, 2017 for May, 2017 issue.
Publication fee is charged, and this fee is to be deposited 3 days after payment is made.
Corporate professionals to pay $80, this will includes publication fee, digital certification, and life time archiving.
For Professors, scholars, and, student they will have to pay $65.
For information on how to submit your paper, go to The International Journal of Humanities and social studies website. They received submission through email only.
What they require most from your paper is originality, and they quality of your work. They love publish work of high quality work, they receive.
About The IJHSS
It is a monthly publication, and review of international journal of humanities and social sciences.
The IJHSS acronyms according to their website, stands for The International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies.
It is a voyage across the world as an academic Journal, and it is distinct in its experimental area. It is wide range of a broad range of leading schools of thoughts, its results, and interdisciplinary.
IJHSS is independent of its kind. It inspires latest research endeavor from research territory.
They encourage all categories of learners, and learned ones from different levels of literary, and social studies to contribute their talent and innovation of social science subjects.
If you are an artist and you are looking for places to submit you creative work, The National Association of Women Artists and The Cube Art Project, are looking for you and your art, for consideration as well as exhibitions. Please apply before deadline. You can submit your work, or share this post with someone you know, who is an artist, and she or he is looking for audience to their art work.
The National Association of Women Artists’ has announced a worldwide online exhibition for innovative crafts. Deadline is May 14, 2017. The show will run from June 1, 2017 through to August 1, 2017.
People eligible for this art exhibition
It is open to all The National Association of Women Artist members. Non-members women can also submit their work so long as they are 18 years and above. All applied arts will be considered. These will include: book arts, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, tapestry, mosaics needle-point, metal work, quilting, wood work, origami, basket weaving and papier-mâché.
Awards and benefits
They only want one winner, who will be featured on www.nawaonlinegallery.org, and her own page. The page will include biography of artist’s statement. There will be several images of her works, plus links to her own website. www.thenawa.org. Links to exhibition on the home page will be shown.
Pay entry fee
Members of the National Associations of Women Artists’ will have to pay $35 entry fee. And non-members will have pay $45 for two entries. For every additional entry up to 5 entries, you will to pay $10.
How to apply
Application is only done online. Every participating artist is allowed to submit up to five artworks. It must be artist original work. All communication will be handled The National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA).
The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) is the oldest women’s fine art organization in USA, founded in 1889. It is a exciting community of professional women artists. It strives to support its members and women artists in general, through exhibitions and educational programs. NAWA members represent all areas of the visual arts. It includes photography, painting, print-making, video art, installations, en-caustic, mixed media and sculpture.
The Cube Art Project
They are seeking, animations, video art, motion graphics, video-mapping and sound visualization projects for screening on their large three dimensional monitor the Cube. This screen is seen by a larger audience, hundreds of people in day. It could reach tens of thousands people in weeks. This submission is open to amateur and as well as professional artists worldwide. It is a curated competition of artwork. It good for a public art audience, extensive latitude in genre and in style will be considered. Consideration is given to artworks that are of a formal, and visual appeal.
Awards to presented to winners
1st prize = $500
2nd prize = $250
3rd prize = $10
participants submitting special project are given a stipend up to $1600 to cover expenses.
How to apply
You apply online only. Just type of Google search “The Cube Art Project” and click on apply online link. $5 entry fee is payable.
For those who specifically love to write about family trends, parenting styles, children up bring, unique family composition; the list bellow gives you, as a writer an opportunity to publish with them your professionally crafted writings. What you need to know is the need of their target audience. For example to inform, educate and entertain their target audience, this is actually what every publisher want get from your writing. Is your writing of benefit to their target audience? It is question in mind of a publisher before using your work.
Simply Family Magazine
It is a monthly publication. It is designed as a free resource for families in areas around Montana region. As the name suggests, Simply Family Magazine, it covers every aspect of parenting steps starting from newborns through college freshmen-and-women. They allow room for plenty of humorous stories. They reserve rights to edit for length and clarity. They publish also how-to pieces are of non-locals origin. Payment is made after publication, and payment differs, depending depth, and length of the work Submitted. For more information access and read writers guideline and editorial calendar.
They run print, columns and online. They do assign features to established freelancers. Pitches must be specifically related to the working moms. It can be geared to her, personal life style, work, family and well-being. It can also be a blend all mentioned above. The length of work they need is about (1000-2000) words for print. They assign Columns to their staff to write, but if one has an idea for their humor back page, they wish to see your pitch. They do assign short features to freelancers and the length online assignment is from 500 – 1,000 words. Payment is about $150. For more information read their submission guidelines.
Metro parent media is always looking for talent to contribute to their regional parenting magazine, which covers Southwest Michigan. It is a monthly publication. The aim is to have entertaining, educative, informative and interesting stories about parents. They offer to pay $350 for feature articles and $35 for other articles. They boast of over 60 000 verified circulation and a readership of about 300 000 readers. Work length range from 100 words to about 2500 words, according to their website. For more about what they publish, read their submission guidelines.
Alaska Parent Magazine
They generally seek articles on parenting styles and family’s life .It also publishes a helpful editorial calendar, and they pay up to $200 for every article they use. Alaska Parent magazine is always looking for talented freelance writers with a fresh, engaging writing style and a keen sense of the topics that matter to parents. They recommend you read more about their publication. This so for writers to get a feel for the type of articles they value and promote. They pay $40-$200 for original articles, and $25-$40 for reprints. For more information read their
Lies about Parenting
It publishes articles that provoke thoughts on all aspects of being a parent. They accept pitches for articles that offer advice and share surprises, a personal story, and self-disclosure. Payment is $50 for every post used. For more information read their submission guidelines.
Adoptive Family Magazine
It is an award-winning resource for adoptive parents. It is also for people who wish to navigate the adoption process; Adoptive Families gives information, and support through expertly crafted articles, personal essays, and advice. They need a query Letter and payment is not disclosed. They have specified for “parents writers only”. “I am thinking if I am not a parent writer”. I just change now and I become one and send my work to them. For information on how to submit your work read submission guidelines.
For authors of novels, science fiction, fantasy, and romance, publisher listed below are partners or imprint of the world well-known big five publishers worldwide. A deal with them is a boost in a life of an author or as a writer. The big 5 includes Macmillan, Hachette, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. You must have read a book by these great publishers, and you must feel the quality of the books, from content to paper quality. It may seem you need an agent to deal them but not true. Go to their website by typing name on to Google search, and then go to website read what they want and submit your work will be surprised to get a response from them.
Dial Books for Young Readers
They publish hardcover books for children of all ages. This includes books for young adults. Dial Books for Young Readers, is an imprint of Penguin. They accept unsolicited submissions and query letters from agent and authors as well, but do not respond to unsolicited submissions unless they are interested in the book, which tells you that they have enough slush pile submission.
Wondering what is slush pile? Worry not here it is explained; In publishing industry, the slush pile is the set of unsolicited query letters or manuscripts sent either directly to the publisher or literary agent by authors, or to the publisher by an agent not known to the publisher
In case you don’t hear from them, just understand that your piece hasn’t attracted their interest, and you try sending your manuscript somewhere else. Before you make a submission, read first their submission guidelines.
They are friendly to new author s. They accept online submission. The link is very easy for author to follow submitting their work. It is a digital first imprint of Harper Collins. Publish mystery novels, including digital editions by most famous mystery writers of all time, for example, Author Agatha Christie. If you ever read her, then you know exactly what they publish. They also publish upcoming new authors. They publish both digital and print edition. They want a synopsis and the best seen first, and they publish a manuscript of about 10,000 to 75,000 words or above. For more read on the submission guidelines as well as their books on the website.
Love swept and Flirt
They are Random House’s digital-only imprints. It is only focused on romance and women’s fiction books. Most readers are reading eBooks and they are seeking to partner with the most forward-thinking and up-and-coming authors, and to introduce them to an avid new audience of digital readers community.
The receive queries online submission of 40,000 words or more, in contemporary romance, erotica, paranormal romance, historical romance, women’s fiction, and new adult, though no strict word count limits for submissions. But work must be at least forty thousand words in length.
They require no agent, they deal directly with authors. If your book does well as an eBook they will consider publishing a print version of it at a later date. The good thing about publishing digitally with Random House is that your book still gets the same serious consideration in terms of editing, marketing, distribution and design. For more visit their website and read their submission guideline.
Forever is a romance imprint of Grand Central publishing, and, it is the imprint of the Hachette Book Group. It is the digital sister of Forever. They focus on publishing established and upcoming authors, and they need no agent. Often publish authors not published before.
They publish eBooks; they can also publish print on demand but the book has to be 50,000 words or more in length. The response in 6-8 weeks and give an offer of 25 percent royalties, and receive but accepts romance submissions from all subgenres, for example contemporary, romance, new adult, romantic suspense, western, category romance stories, inspirational, historical, erotica , paranormal, and time-travel. They receive in queries through email, a detailed synopsis of novel and a complete manuscript formatted in to a RFT file. They publish novellas, and shortest work they publish is 12000 words and the long about 100,000 words.
To submit to them, send them an email that includes a query letter, a detailed synopsis of your novel, and your completed manuscript formatted to be a RTF file. They accept novellas as well as novels. The shortest works they publish are 12,000 words; the longest are 100,000 according to their submission guidelines. For more read their submission guidelines. They have a larger chain of distributorship and market.
Harlequin has many divisions. Each division focuses on different subgenres in romance. It might take you sometimes to figure out what is the best fit for your manuscript. These several division are open to different heat levels, in the context of romance novels, heat level is a scale that measures the amount of romantic or sexual details allowed in a particular division of book.
Submission process is generally user friendly. One has to create an account. That account can be used to submit your work to any of their divisions. Once you have created an account you fill out an online form and upload a synopsis, and a manuscript. In case your manuscript is rejected from one division you are always at liberty to submit it to another division, this is now where the heat level make sense.
Avon Romance is an imprint of HarperCollins. It focuses on romance. Avon Impulse digital is first imprint. They publish new authors. If your book makes good digital sales, and it must be over 25,000 words in length, then it will receive a print run, and receive good marketing and distribution. A book that receives a print run is officially published by Avon Romance for the print edition, and not Impulse. Avon Romance tries to publish books every month.
They are interested in publishing books that fall into the following categories: romantic suspense, super sexy, contemporaries, trilogies and historical Romance with hooks. They have well experienced editors and marketers, to help authors out. They give a lot of personalized feedback and support. Avon Impulse really is publishing e-books that sell well, and they are advanced in terms of online marketing. They emphasize on promotion of books, and authors they have accepted to publish. They do not offer advances for most books, but royalties begin as low as 25 percent, up to 50 percent after a sale of about 10,000 copies are sold. Extremely generous!
To submit your work, you have to use an online form. No specific editor to submit your work. They just need a readable work, no specific format, and you have to be patient enough to wait a little longer for response because all submissions get response within six months.
This is an imprint of Penguin that is open to manuscript submissions from authors direct. No agent is needed. This is not normal with many publishers, but a great opportunity for authors to deal direct with publishers. DAW is the most respected publisher of Science Fiction, and Fantasy.
They have published authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradley and Roger Zelazny. They have published many bestselling books. They have published Hugo award-winning books. It is respected and popular.
DAW novels vary in length. They are rarely containing less than 80,000 words. Their response takes long time in case your book makes past the first reader. For about DAW read the submission guidelines.
It is a digital first imprint of HarperOne, which is an imprint of HarperCollins. They publish eBooks and if it does well then they publish a print edition. If the book is more than 25,000 words, it will be available as print-on-demand book as well. HarperLegend is seeking to publish a very specific kind of book. If they accepted to publish your work, you will be assigned an editor who will be a person with an email address, phone number, Facebook account, LinkedIn account, and Twitter handle, with whom you can communicate with directly. Your editor will tackle all your needs for all things moving forward in the publication process. It is important to go through guideline before submitting your work.
If you are a freelancer, and you want to make money from your writing, then bellow is a list of blogs and magazine that pays contributors for published articles and essays. What you need is only to type the name blog or magazine list below, on Google search, then click on the blog or magazine website for submission guidelines.
Gothamist is a news and lifestyle blog, and it covers New York City. It is good for writers living around New York City. They pay original, heartbreaking, compelling, and enlightening stories that help readers better understand New York City, and the people living in it.
This is according to their submission guidelines. Submit a well source article, up to 1 500 words. They publish true-life mysteries, and well explained stories. The story has to reveal how some aspects of New York City works. Your story should expose injustice and corruption.
Unworthy Publishes original feature stories supporting their mission of “creating a better world.” It is a social-media driven website. It thrives on click-bait articles posted on websites like as Facebook. They pay up to $150 for each article they use plus $50 bonus. Currently they are accepting pitches from freelancers. For more go to their submission Guidelines.
Dorkly: It seeks to publish articles on pop culture, on topic such as movies, television, anime and video games. They pay a minimum of $75 per published article they accept. Dorkly stories are generally short, up to 500 words, but open to ideas that will resonate with millions of their readers. Payment is based on rate with traffic and distribution bonuses. To learn more about Dorkly, visit their website for submission guidelines.
Cosmopolitan Magazine publishes essays about memorable, hilarious and crazy experiences in colleges. They pay $100 per essay published on their website.They accepts essays of not more than 800 words. Learn more by going through read their submission guidelines.
Modern Love is a regular column published and run by the New York Times. It publishes personal essays about relationships, marriages, parenting and dating. They pay up to $300 per essay. For more go through their submission guidelines.
Paste Magazine publishes articles on music, TV, comedies, books, design, tech, drink, all things geeks, and video games. They pay up to $50 per article. They focus on popular culture.
Extra Crispy is a lifestyle blog. It is owned and run by Time Inc. It publishes “opinion pieces, personal essays and reported stories, work of humor, narratives, profiles features, original recipes, and how-to articles. Payment is indicates as a rate of 50 cents per word. To learn more read their submission guidelines.
Polygon publishes engaging stories about on video game artists, fans, and culture. They pay $0.25 per word; that means for a 500 word article you can be paid up to $125. Learn more from their submission guidelines.
Dame accepts and publishes Stories of 800 and 2,000 words length. This depends on the subject matter and the story format. It is a women’s website, they publish a lot, for example essays, news and news analysis, relationships, sex, race, gender, politics, entertainment and arts, business, politics, Internet culture and health. Payment is negotiated upon acceptance. Learn more from their submission guidelines.
Liquid Telecom Kenya takes Internet to Kibera slum. Poa In partnership with Liquid Telecom Kenya has hurled a new Internet model, into the Kibera slums, drawing thousands of subscribers in just a few months.
This is delivered using solar powered hotspots. In addition, the company has also provided free Internet access to Kibera schools, mosques, health centres, churches, and youth centres.
Poa internet was established in August 2015. It is now employing about 25 regular staff, mostly young people. Most of the employees are from Kibera slums selling Internet for as little as Sh10 for 25MB.
The company’ is aiming at bringing millions of East Africans online over the next in the near future, using innovative technology and ‘kidogo’ (small) product pricing.
“We are selling internet to individuals in Kibera at affordable prices, and have also provided free Internet to more than eight health centres, 20 schools, and 20 cyber cafes’ in the area” said Mr Andy Halsall, CEO of Poa! Internet.
Poa! Internet is using Liquid Telecom Kenya’s fibre infrastructure. It is known as a local loop. From a connection near Kibera, to supply the internet to residents of Africa’s second largest slum.
“Liquid Telecom is our partner in ensuring that the less privileged population of Kibera access the same services and quality of Internet as their counterparts in other parts of the country, and at an affordable cost”, he said. The partnership is making a swift and visible difference, he added.
“Internet has made life much better, with more youths engaging in businesses, such as cyber cafes, and shops where they are selling bundles. This has had a positive impact on these individuals and put great potential in their hands”, he said.
The cost of accessing the internet using poa! Internet ranges from as low as Sh10 for 25 MB to Sh3, 000 for 20 GB, in bundles that do not expire.
Kibera residents are ensured that anybody in Kibera wanting to use high speed, high quality Internet can do so for just a few (bob) Kenya shillings according to Andy. poa! Internet also provides its customers with free access to a wide range of digital content. This includes educational, healthcare, and other socially beneficial materials as well as sports, entertainment and news.
“We want to ensure that the people of Kibera can get access to the latest information even when they don’t have cash in their pocket”, Andy explained.
He raised seed funding in the UK to launch the business; on the basis that East Africa still holds huge potential for internet consumption. “We are targeting millions of subscribers in this region, if our plans go as scheduled,” he said.
“East Africa is highly educated but still not everybody has access to internet.”
This vision has seen Liquid Telecom Kenya name poa! Internet, as an outstanding example, of last mile development of the group’s the East African infrastructure.
The launch and rapid rise of poa! Internet in Kibera represents a fulfillment of liquid telecom, own purpose and vision too, after it had invested heavily in the new Nairobi metro network, so that it can provide up to 20 times more internet data across the city with high quality and reliability, according to Mr. Ben Roberts, CEO of Liquid Telecom Kenya.
He added that Liquid telecom was looking forwards to supporting poa! Internet initiative, as their business expands and rolls out to other areas.
About Liquid Telecom
Liquid Telecom Kenya is part of the Liquid Telecom Group. It is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. It supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes. The company has won Multi-awards. It has built Africa’s largest single fibre network currently spanning over 24,000km across borders, and covering Africa’s fastest-growing economies where no fixed network has existed before. The company was named Best African Wholesale Carrier for the last four consecutive years at the annual Global Carrier Awards.
A Kenyan Bakery firm has revealed in a survey, that sugar causes cancer. Broadway Bakery Ltd released a survey of scientific studies showing that sugar is causing cancer. Sugar in hot beverages is linked to increased incidences of colonic and rectal cancer. And sugar recently found to trigger, and accelerator for breast cancer. The company, Broadway Bakery, issued the survey at a time; Kenyans are among the highest consumers of sugar in the developing world. Cancer kills up to 28,000 Kenyans a year.
“Kenyans are becoming more aware of the high risk of diabetes caused by extreme sugar consumption, but we believe that few have yet to realize that sugar is, itself, directly carcinogenic,” said Mr. Bimal Shah, Managing Director of Broadway Bakery.
The firm launched its own privately funded public education campaign to raise awareness in an effort to slow the soaring death toll being caused by too much sugar consumption in Kenya. This claim is reinforced by a number of credible published research papers.
Noble Laureate Otto Warburg first discovered that cancer cells do not need oxygen to survive like other cells do. He stated the cancer cells feed, and grow directly from pure, un-metabolized sugar. History tells us that human beings only absorbed metabolized sugar from fruits vegetables, and other natural sources. Takeoff in confectionary and added sugar leads to arrival of large amounts of un-metabolized sugar in consumers’ blood streams.
How sugar accelerates the growth of cancer cells has since been known as the Warburg Effect. Doctors do advise cancer sufferers to immediately stop consuming sugar, with a 2011 review of Warburg’s work reporting that cancer cells use up to 10 times, much sugar to grow as ordinary cells. This means that the body requires extra sugar to fuel the growth of cancer.
In 2013, scientists in Singapore and Denmark found that “immature sugar molecules aid in the growth properties of cancer cells.” In 2015, research published by the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) in the journal Cancer Research was one of many more studies again that reported that, their data provides strong evidence, that added sugar (sucrose) accelerates the development of breast cancer.
Studies on sugar and cancer have delivered mounting evidence, that sugar does not only accelerate cancer growth, but also acts as a trigger in causing cancer.
In 1993 study in Northern Italy, it found that people, who took sugar in their coffee, or hot beverages, were more likely to develop colon, and rectal cancer than those who did not.
Catherina Steentoft, a scientist in the 2013 AACR study, commented that understanding the link with sugar might eventually help in developing better cancer treatment.
“This is part of how we will proceed in the battle against cancer. When you know a certain process is important for the development of cancer you can start to consider ways to affect this process in a way that stops the cancer cell from taking advantage of it,” she said.
Since, it has seen scientists turn to anti-sugar drugs as possible cures for cancer.
Once such drug is metformin.
Normally used to treat type 2 diabetes, by decreasing the amount of glucose released into the bloodstream. This age-old drug is now being tested as a viable treatment for cancer.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is now sponsoring trials of the drug as a cancer treatment, as is the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the US.
“With now high prevalence of cancer in Kenya at an estimated 39,000 new cases, and more than 28,000 deaths a year, Kenyans should be aware that there is a close link between high sugar consumption and the risk of developing certain types of cancer,” said Dr. Kirtida Acharya, chairperson of Diabetes Kenya.
“We have seen sugar taxes introduced across the world to deter consumers from sugar and pay for the ballooning healthcare costs caused by lifestyle diseases that are the result of excessive sugar consumption. But we believe that consumers are not deliberately exposing themselves to cancer. They simply do not know Explosion of Lifestyle Diseases that cancer cells feed off un-metabolized sugar, which is why we are seeking to raise awareness and put people back in control of their health, especially as almost everyone is affected by cancer either directly or indirectly,” said Mr. Bimal Shah.
Today’s management teams must rely heavily on business charts and business reports to make decisions and run their business efficiently. Management teams are especially crunched for time and need quick easy ways to analyze large amounts of data and information and make informed decisions. Without the support of their employees these management teams would be unable to perform their responsibilities and drive the business in the right direction. Fortunately management does have the support of their employees and are able to take advantage of informational documents, such as a business chart and a business report.
Because supplemental tools like business charts and business reports are so vital to the success of a company, let’s take a minute to review how management can use these documents as they seek to identify key performance indicators and make decisions that will ultimately drive the success of their business.
A business chart can provide management with a wealth of information. In addition to the valuable information a business chart provides, it also presents information in a manner that is easy to view, analyze and interpret. The value a business chart offers can not be overstated. To begin with a business chart saves the management team time. Think about the difficulties involved in sifting through page after page of data and trying to make meaningful decisions based on what you gathered from that data. Now think about the ease of viewing that same information on one single page that offers a graphical representation, like a business chart does, and how much easier it is to not only understand what the data is telling you but also to make decisions based off of the information present by the business chart. As you can see, making use of a business chart allows management to cut down on their time spent analyzing and interpreting information and spend more time making decisions that will drive the company to future success.
Likewise, a business report can offer similar value to the management team. As a manager one is asked to make decisions concerning a variety of aspects within the business. Management is expected to know the ins and outs of every portion of the business. Again, the management team’s time is valuable and they can hardly be expected to spend the time getting to know the business at every core level. Time simply does not permit this. Thus management must rely on business reports from its supporting cast to keep them up to date on the various departments and divisions within the business. A valuable business report will provide a concise yet detailed overview of the condition of the divisions. In this way a business report can keep a manager in tune with his subordinates and ensure he has a firm grasp on the direction the company as a whole needs to take.
If anything, the key to helping management make the right decisions is being able to provide them with valuable and accurate information, whether it be in the form of a business chart or a business report, so that they can make informed managerial decisions ensuring the firm is headed in the right direction.