A new year is here. 2019 has arrived as a blank book and a pen in your hands for you to write whatever you please. While you decide what to do with this year, we at Words Rhymes & Rhythm Publishers have prepared this list of 9 resolutions we hope you can make yours in the next 12 months. These resolutions, which mainly wish to encourage you to write more, read more and actively promote Nigerian writing/writers, will help you as a writer/reader, as much as those around you and the Nigerian creative/literary industry in general.
1. FINISH OLD MANUSCRIPTS. START NEW ONES. PUBLISH WITH US.
Revisit your old manuscripts and clean them up, finish your pending manuscripts and begin new ones. Whatever you do, just make sure you write more in 2019 than you did in previous years. And then you are done, email us at INFO@WRR.NG to help you publish your book.
2. READ. READ. READ MORE (NIGERIAN) BOOKS THAN LAST YEAR.
Make a conscious decision to read more in 2019, and this is not limited to books – anything with information is good to read. But ensure that you read more Nigerian books than you did in previous years.
3. ADD MORE BOOKS TO YOUR PERSONAL LIBRARY (BUY OR ‘BORROW’😋).
This is the year to add new books to your library and organize the old ones you have. It is a crime to pile up books in one corner of your room like a truckload of sand waiting to be used to fill a hole. Your books will feel more comfortable in bookshelves. PS: growing your books can be done by buying new books (which we recommend) or ‘borrowing’ from your friends, without intention to return (which we don’t recommend).
4. TELL PEOPLE ABOUT GOOD (NIGERIAN) BOOKS YOU’VE READ.
Don’t be selfish when you discover a new good book. Try as much to tell your friends about them. This can be via face-to-face conversations, group chats or social media posts. It can be simple photo and brief comments or full reviews on blogs. Just do it. It helps both the author (in sales) and the readers (in helping them find books).
5. ADD BOOKS TO YOUR GIFT PACKAGES. THEY ARE ALWAYS IN SEASON.
There is no greater gift than one which helps the receiver improve in one way or another and books – more than anything else, can help anyone improve. So wrap up used and new books as gifts to people this year. That way you will encourage them to read (and improve).
6. READ TO CHILDREN. IT HELPS THEM DEVELOP LITERACY SKILLS.
If you are not aware, please be informed that reading books aloud can help children develop key literacy skills and help them develop a love of reading for life… which by extension makes them better than their peers. So, read to children this year.
7. HELP A WRITER WITH CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK.
You can help writers, especially the young ones, get better by giving them constructive feedback on their work. Make time out of your busy schedule to be available. A simple comment (not passing comments like ‘good’, ‘poor’, ‘nice’, ‘rubbish’ or ‘beautiful’) that points out the good or bad in a piece of writing will go a long way.
8. WRITE TO YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR (LETTER, EMAIL, TWEET ETC).
This year, write as many mails as you can to your favorite authors – either as electronic mail, surface mail, tweets, Instagram posts or Facebook comments. Not many people have done this, but this gesture means a lot to the average writer because a writer’s greatest desire is to be read, understood and appreciated.
9. REVISIT YOUR OLD BOOKS, ENJOY THE NOSTALGIA (OR NOT).
This is the year to dig up the old books in your collection, reread them and decide if you still want to keep them or pass them on to others. You will appreciate the nostalgic feeling some of them will give you. You will also discover that you no longer have a need for some of them.
Cheers to a beautiful and positively memorable 2019
Are you are you thinking of publishing your book in 2019? Words Rhymes & Rhythm Publishers is here for you. As an indigenous publishing company with great interest in developing young writing talents and promoting Nigerian literature, we are always willing, ready and able to provide optimal publishing services at pocket-friendly rates. We structured our publishing packages to suit individual author preferences, ensuring that you pay only for the services required in bringing your dream book to reality. Simply send us an email to INFO@WRR.NG today. Attach your manuscript and we will assess it, format it and give you a publishing estimate that will be accompanied by some useful tips within 7-days.
I am a member of the WRR editorial team.