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A new book genre for South African books, ‘Diary Chronicles’ – Please support these local books

Two South African publishing
entrepreneurs – Setlhodi Paul and Tiisetso Maloma – have coined a new book
genre called ‘diary chronicles’ or ‘diary-chron’ in short. They say that most
of this type of fictional diary-like stories emerged as daily Facebook posts
around 2013 and 2014.

They define books such as Lesego
Maake’s ‘Diary of a Side Chick Makhwapheni’ and Mike
Maphoto’s ‘Diary of a Zulu Girl’ as one of the pioneering
titles of diary chron. Both these books started
out as Facebook posts. They have since been published into successful books.

“Diary chron stories and books
tell chronicled tales of usually a young adult’s bizarre life. They are fast
paced, written in a diary like sense, narrate intense sex scenes, and contain
shocking twists and turns. It is commonly the main characters chronicling their
misdoings and relationships in the era of social media, blessers, blessees, slay
queens/kings, players, and the consumption of alcohol,” describes Tiisetso.

Diary chron stories usually start
out as Facebook or blog posts and quickly amass a following in thousands. Lesego
Maake’s Facebook page Diary of a Side Chick Makhwapheni
has over 75 thousand fans. Mike Maphoto’s Facebook page Diary
of a Zulu Girl has over 130 thousand followers.

“On average, a good Facebook
diary chron page has a following of above 20 thousand followers,” says Tiisetso.

He further indicates that the other
books that he would throw into the diary chron genre – although some did not
start out as Facebook or blog posts – are Jackie Phamotse’s best-selling ‘Bare’, Mofenyi Malepe’s ‘283: The
bad sex bet’ and Dudu Busani-Dube’s ‘Hlomu
The Wife
’ series. These books can be either novels or true story chronicles.

All the books mentioned here have
sold thousands of copies and some feature on best-selling lists.

Setlhodi states that Maloma
Content started publishing ‘diary chron’ books by co-publishing Lesego Maake’s ‘Diary of a Side Chick Makhwapheni.’ Other titles in this genre
they will publish include ‘Diary of a Cheating Wife,’ ‘Diary of a Slay Queen’ and ‘Diary of a Social Flirt.’ Setlhodi
and Tiisetso say that with great marketing wit on the side of the publishers,
diary chron books can be the country’s next consistent best sellers
overshadowing even political books, and have a chance of penetrating the
international market.

Please add and/or
vote your favourite ‘Diary Chronicles’ book on
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Tiisetso says, “The in thousands
following that these diary chron stories have on social media are a mathematical
validation that people love them and want to read more of them. Moreover, the
books feed people’s inclinations: relatability, drama, sex, and social issues.
In most reading countries, fiction sells more than other book categories. I
think South Africa isn’t selling much fiction because people aren’t putting out
the kind of fiction that appeals to South African’s adjacent majority. Also,
coining this genre of diary chron books is a way to promote local books.”

Setlhodi Paul is a writer, an editor and now a publishing entrepreneur. Tiisetso Maloma has been in the business of publishing for a while, he is also an author – ironically of business books, a founder at www.bulabuka.co.za which is a book and e-book publishing consultancy, and is a publisher at Maloma Content.

Press release by www.bulabuka.co.za

Former Springboks player Gcobani Bobo writes a rugby hero novel. The main character is Xhosa and speaks Japanese – The Rise of the Dagger

Former Springboks player Gcobani Bobo teamed up with Elvis Jack to write a rugby hero novel called The Rise of the Dagger – What Happens in a Rugby Story When Life Interrupts?

It stars Xolile Dalindyebo, a Xhosa rugby player who mysteriously also speaks Japanese.

Xolile comes out of nowhere to play rugby explosively. His history is uncertain but the fans love him. He is small yet very strong, electrifyingly fast with an intelligent sidestep and an instinct for the game.

‘Diary of a Side Chick Makhwapheni’ book one and two released

‘Diary of a Side Chick Makhwapheni’ is a book series by Limpopo born author, Lesego Maake.

The book series started out a blog series and has been viewed over a hundred million times since it started in 2014.

‘Diary of a Side Chick Makhwapheni’ takes us through a life journey of Sharon Letsoalo. Besides dating and sleeping with men of other women, the wind of the city forces Sharon’s life to often sail close to danger.

The series starts with the release of book one and two. The books are reloaded with unread scenes and new twists. They are available at bookstores, or on www.lesegomaake.co.za/shop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.

Free excerpts from the series are available here http://lesegomaake.co.za/category/doscm/.

Lesego Maake started this fictional blog story in 2014. “Unexpectedly, episode by episode, the blog stories started attracting thousands of readers through Facebook. 100 million views later, 450-plus episodes in, the ‘Diary of a Side Chick Makhwapheni’ series has loyal fans here in South Africa all the way to Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, United Kingdom, Lesotho and the USA” – says Lesego.

Besides the series having a great following, and its raunchiness, Lesego Maake has had some interesting encounters as the author of the series. Several Facebook pages of the series were deleted by Facebook. Fans have confided in him about similar incidents – often dangerous – that the main character Sharon Letsoalo experienced.

Born and raised in Limpopo, Sharon Letsoalo makes it to the golden province of Gauteng to pursue her academic ambitions like most young people from rural areas. The lights of Gauteng dribble and turn her into what her mother never raised her to be.

The author – Lesego Lucky Maake – was born in Ga-Kgapane outside Tzaneen in 1985. He is the first of three children. He developed his love for reading and writing while in primary school. Lesego has written other blog stories that have amassed millions in views: My Rich Nigerian Boo, Marriage on the Rox, and, Chronicles of a Playa – Rhulani Chauke.

Follow #DiaryOfASideChickZA  on social media: Twitter –  @LesegoWaMaake , Facebook – Diary of a Side Chick – Makhwapheni.


Email – lesegobooks@bulabuka.co.za

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How to Approach the Media: PR Tips for Authors

By Tiistso Maloma

This is a follow up to this last post, ‘10 Ways South African independent authors can market their books.’

It has been sitting in my computer for over a year. I thought it would be of use to someone out there.

I have noted the points herein since marketing my first book ‘Forget The Business Plan Use This Short Model’.

People get infatuated with soliciting press for their products, in this case books, it eats up more of their time without any results. I was guilty of it. Sometimes I still am.

The media is interested in what will help them sell, i.e. information their audience would love to consume.