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Honoring Your Reality: My Writing and Real Me

imagesAs 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

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How I became a writer

hope-house-press-127593 - CopyMy 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.

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One Publisher Helping Authors Earn from Writing What They Love Writing

imagesTCK 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:

  • Gardening
  • How –To do and advice
  • Personal finance
  • Business
  • Health and wellness
  • Relationships
  • Cookbooks
  • 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:
  • Poetry
  • Children’s picture books
  • Fanfiction
  •  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:
    • Romance
  • Erotica and Erotic Romance
  • New Adult
  • Thriller
  • Mystery
  • Children’s books
  • Historical Fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Middle Grade
  • Adventure
  • Fantasy
  • Suspense
  • Science fiction
  • 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.

I wish to conclude this post by the following announcement, please visit TCKpublishing.com for details

TCKpublishing.com is currently seeking to offer jobs as follows:

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.

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    5 travel magazines that pay writers for their travel writing and photography

If you love writing about travel, culture, food and wonderful destination, then bellow are five well-paying magazines that pay writers for what they love to write about. It includes professional photography and blogging to make money writing about travels.

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1.Great Escape Publishing

If you want to earn income through travel then, Great Escape Publishing, is helping writers get paid to travel. They publish articles in a variety of categories. Articles about travel blogging, business importing and exporting, your own tours, photography, and travel writing. They pay from $50 to d $200. The payment depends on the nature of the writing.  To know more about Great Escape publishing, type the name of search engine, this will lead to their website. Travel writing to make money, Great escape publishing, have their own expert to show you on how to earn writing about travels and traveling.

The receive articles submitye in a file word document. It should include a full name of the author, address and a telephone number. The length of articles they accept is approximately 300-600 words.  Your work will be published in The Right Way to Travel magazine and payment is made upon publication of your piece.

  1. Wanderlust Magazine

Wnaderlust is a British travel magazine. They receive pitches from freelance writers, and pay £220 for feature articles of 1000 words and above. They publish both online and print magazine. The accept pitches. For more on how submit a proposal visit the website.

  1. Westjet magazine

It features well-crafted stories meant to inspire travel and enrich trips experiences. It is designed to reach travelers every after 30 days. Writers are advised to read back issues before making pitches. It helps to familiarize with what accept they publish.

A pitch of an idea should be no more than a one-page query letter outlining. It should including its angle, elements, direction, and length or even intended section. The reason why writers need to first read back issues. Writers are advised to provide contact information, that is phone number, and email address with a list of your previous publishers and example of published work. Payment is determine on assignment by the editor.

  1. Cultures and Cuisines magazine

If you love writing about culture and food then Cultures and Cuisines magazine

Is where send your work for publishing and for a pay. They accept article that discuss food and travel.  They brag to publish “informed, intelligent, well-written narratives, about the places. It should be both literal and imaginary. These place be where food and travel come in contact. They pay $200 per article. No bargain in that rate, it is final, nonnegotiable in their own words.

  1. Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine

It reaches over a million readers in a month. They boast of an international audience, and with high expectations. They receive submissions in a diversity of categories. They respond to submissions in a shorter time as 30 days. The have section or department, where writers indicated on their pitches. Long travel features articles 1200 words to 1700 words. Then Short features of about 200 to 550 words, Passport is a roundup of short pieces on global travel lifestyle finds and no number of words indicated and finally Getaway which is and Getaway, and it is about 450 words in length.

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Call for Research or Academic Papers

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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.

IJSBAR

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.

ASRJETS

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.

IEEE GLOBALCOM

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.

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Norad Calls for Concept for Concept paper for funding

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”

About Norad
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.handful-of-cash-1140x641

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Call for paper submission

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.
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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.

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A call for artists worldwide to enter online exhibition

nature-art-wallpaper-1If 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 http://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. http://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.

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6 publishers that are now open to submission

Are you an author, and you are wondering where to send your Book manuscript for publishing? Please give it a try with the number of publishers listed below. You may land an advance payment for your work. They publish books on genre you are writing, or your friend or a relative is working on. I have reviewed these publishers because they have something to share with authors, and they have a good relationship with authors they have served before.

Kensington Publishing
Kensington is currently accepting Book proposal and queries. It is an independent publisher and it is based in USA. They publish a variety of mainstream, and fiction books. They mostly focus on romance. They do publish about 600 books a year. They receive, and accept a lot of submissions compared to other large and independent publishers. They accept query via email to a particular editor, who then editor passes the manuscript proposal to Kensington editorial board, but they do not pass it or resubmit to another editor. The query should be in the body of the email. For more information on how to submit a proposal, or a query letter, please go to their website. If you don’t hear from them, then it means the proposal or manuscript is not fit for their need.

Quirk Books
It is based in Philadelphia and publishes just 25 books a year. They receive query letters through a particular editor or through mail address clearly displayed on the website, submission guidelines. They do publish a range of genre from Children’s books, science fiction to nonfiction. They have an established marketing plan.

Turner Books
It has an established Headquarters in Nashville United states. It has been operating since 1984. Turner currently publishes about 3000 titles. Turner has a broad range of titles in fiction and non-fiction. These include business, cookbooks, romance, young adult, history, design, mystery, health and wellness, and animals, but not limited to the listed above only.
They have grown by acquiring inventive content from existing and new authors all over the world. Turners Books publishes mainly in print with electronic publishing option though. Turner Publishing is accepting submissions of manuscripts, and book proposals. Submissions can be made by agents or authors directly.Note: Turner books will only contact you if they are interested in your manuscript.

Persea Books
It is an independent book publisher established in the 1970s. It has gained a significant reputation since then, it is publishing books in a variety of literary genres. Persea Books are open to both fiction and non-fiction submissions via the post address as well as email from authors directly.
They receive queries regarding novels and novellas, short stories and short story collections, essays, literature, biography, literary criticism, memoir, and anything that would be of interest to the general readership of literary books, as well as educational books used in schools and universities. For more information, on how do you submission go their website.

Chicago Review Press
They are currently in need of Book manuscript Submissions. Chicago Review Press is an independent publishing company founded in 1973. Founders are Curt Matthews and his wife, Linda Matthews. Curt is former editor of the literary journal the Chicago Review. They are independent, and established publisher of literary, non-fiction, fiction, and memoir. They publish children’s books but not pictorial. It has grown over the years into a dynamic midsize publisher. They have more than 900 titles in print. Currently they publish around 60 new titles annually under five imprints: these include, Chicago Review Press, Ball Publishing, Lawrence Hill Books, Academy Chicago and Zephyr Press. For information visit their website for submission guides.

Cedar Fort
Cedar Fort is both print and electronic publisher. They are based out of Salt Lake City and are one of the largest publishers in Utah. They publish more than 150 books a year.
They publish book from cookbooks to juvenile fiction books. They are a Mormon publishing company but publish books by non-Mormons. You don’t have to write a Mormon subject matter at all. And they are not interested in publishing books that contain profanity, violence, graphic, or sexual content. They reserve the right to remove it from your book in case they accepted it for publication.

They are now open to submissions in most genres, but not interested in memoirs, travelogues, and biographies, defenses of Mormonism, children’s picture books, poetry, short stories, erotica, or romance. They are also open to publishing reprints. They offer advances up to $2,000. According their website, their editors are reputable and appear to do a very good job. Cedar Fort accepts submission through online submission form and you can sign up for your free account.

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Nairobi Kibera slum gets affordable Internet connection

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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.