Self-Publishing In Kenya #2: Business Check List

Technology has made it possible for an increasing number of authors to venture into self-publishing. However, writing a book can be a daunting task. Publishing it even more so.

Here are a few business aspects of publishing to keep in mind if you choose to self-publish:

Budget

You don’t need to be rich to publish a book. You just need to be wise with what you have in your hand. Print-on-demand is a great way to go if you’re just getting started. 

You’d rather have a few book copies (whose quality will market your work) than many badly done books that will be a headache to promote and sell. 

ISBN

International Standard Book Number is a unique 13-digit number assigned to a book for ease of tracking through the distribution chain. Many local and international retailers and booksellers require your book to have one before they stock it. 

Back List/ Author Catalogue

Each new book is an opportunity to introduce readers to your catalogue as an author. These are your older books that a reader who’s new to you and your work may not be familiar with. 

Part of your front or back matter in your book can include brief information on several books that you think the reader would be interested in. 

Record Keeping 

If you want to have a successful writing career, you need to respect your craft as a business. This includes keeping up to date business records such as receipts related to your book writing and publishing, sales records, contracts, etc.

Taxes 

Some of the taxes that potentially impact your bottom line as a book author in Kenya include: 

  • Digital service tax – any digital platform selling e-books is required to pay this monthly; tax rate is 1.5% of the gross transaction value of each e-book sold to a Kenyan user; 
  • Personal income tax – paid on personal income; tax rate dependent on income level 
  • Withholding tax- paid on royalties by the publisher you’re contracted with; tax rate is 5% for Kenyan residents 
  • Shelf tax – required by some physical bookstores in Kenya before they can stock your book; tax rate dependent on store 

We believe Christian content should be excellent in quality. That’s why we offer a variety of publishing services here at Telios. Find out more on our Services page

*Disclaimer: This post is for general information purposes only and does not constitute  professional business or legal advice on any matters addressed.

Book Announcement: Dream Girl By Mary Kamau

Telios Press is excited to announce our first book release of 2021: Dream Girl by Mary Kamau. The Christian romantic suspense novel will officially launch on 22nd February 2021 and is now available for pre-order. 

For any inquiries, you can reach us through our contact form here – it links directly to our inbox and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

How To Pre-Order:

Her father’s death brings them together. The secrets of his past threaten to tear them apart. 

Even when Hope seems lost…

Hope is in her last year of university getting a degree she never wanted but needed to earn. Her father’s sudden death lands her in the middle of a territory war between two drug lords kicking her quarter life crisis into high gear. They’re determined to get her father’s property by any means necessary. But falling for the man standing between them and her could very well be what leads to her downfall. 

There’s love to be found…

From corporate manager to carpenter, Dean walked away from the dream life he always wanted to build the real life he truly needed. A life that Hope would be the perfect addition to. But when unfinished business from his past puts her in even more danger than she’s already in, he’s torn between letting her go and holding on tighter. To save his dream girl, he has to trust the person whose betrayal almost costs him his life. 

But only if you have faith. 

Hope and Dean have to confront their pasts if they want to have a future together. Will their new found love be strong enough to stand the test of time? 

1. LIPA na MPESA

Paybill Number: 714 777

Account Number: 0745 030 395

Amount: Ksh. 1500*

*Please note that the amount doesn’t include delivery fee, which will depend on your location. 

2. Confirm Details

Send a text to 0745 030 395 with your name and desired delivery location

3. Remember To Breathe

Try really hard to contain your excitement as we wait for February 22nd to get here. 

Self-Publishing In Kenya #1: Creative Check List

Technology has made it possible for an increasing number of authors to venture into self-publishing. However, writing a book can be a daunting task. Publishing it even more so.

Here are a few creative aspects of publishing to keep in mind if you choose to self-publish:

Edited Content

No book is complete in its first draft. All the rough edges need to be smoothed out to reveal the masterpiece it is.

Does your book deliver value to your readers in a memorable way? Have you had your draft edited & proofread professionally? Is it formatted in a way that makes the reading experience enjoyable? 

Cover Design 

Your book cover is likely the first introduction a person will get to your book. It informs whether they pick it up/click on it to find out more. Your cover should match the excellence of your content. 

Blurb 

This is a summary of what your book is about often found on the back cover. It needs to be engaging enough to leave a reader wanting more. 

Author Bio 

A brief introduction about who you are. Your bio can have a serious or playful tone depending on what kind of brand you want to have as an author. 

For non-fiction authors, your bio is a good opportunity to establish your credibility in your book’s subject matter. 

Printing

The details matter. Accurate page numbers, text that’s easily legible and aligned, the right colour tones for any coloured pages, etc. 

Finding a reliable printer can be an extreme sport at times but the hassle is worth it. 


We believe Christian content should be excellent in quality. That’s why we offer these and more services here at Telios. Find out more on our Services page

Remember, chema chajiuza, kibaya chajitembeza. When a book is well put together, it will naturally attract attention.