1. Which genres do you represent? Okay, here is the way I see Wordsmithy Media. It is a company that fuses everything what we have done before, what we do now and what we hope to do in future as one. The literary agency bit has not kicked off officially but it soon will. So, I will pass on what genres we represent now. We are still very young in the industry but one thing is sure, we want to support writers especially upcoming ones who are working hard on their craft. So my response to the question is: when we get to that bridge, we will cross it.
2. What plans do you have for marketing the work of your clients? Let’s assume marketing is publicity now. We focus more on online publicity now. And yes, we are waiting for those days when there will be writers’ faces on BRT buses; those days when the writer will get the right place they deserve as a result of proper marketing and not just “empty marketing” here but quality work (and I am not speaking about genres!). I tell you there are writers with quality writing out there who just need some support…that’s where Wordsmithy Media comes in, as a bridge between the writers and publishers on the one hand; and as a bridge between publishers and book lovers on the other hand. At the moment, we do not have the resources to erect bill boards like the comedians but we would create a well-structured PR strategy which we execute to the letters way before the book is released. We help the writers establish contacts necessary for book readings after book release. Then the book reviews, online and in everywhere can start. It is a long road but hey, we have chosen to walk it, one step at a time, one book at a time, one writer at a time.
3. How much do you charge for various services? On charges, we offer different range of services: editing, writing, publicity, so it depends on what package the person is interested in. However a mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org would clear some things.
4. How many publishers will you send manuscripts to? How will you send? This question refers back to one. As per the literary agency bit, we are doing a lot of research and understudying now…however, we can advise on what next steps for the writer to take. Believe me, no one can push your work more than you.
5. What sort of agreement do you have? Written? Oral? Written agreement, that seals it better, doesn’t it?
7. Are you the only agent for the Wordsmithy Media, or will writers have to work with other editors and agents too? Writers work with other editors too. One eye can never see it all. The more you read, the less you see is the golden rule of editing. There are several levels of editing done on the work…so we work with a team of editors.
10. How many authors do you currently represent?
13. What are your expectations of your potential clients? The willingness to work. If you want your work to be excellent, or close to excellence, you must be willing to work. There are usually the back-and-forth, so you have to be ready for it. 2nd point: kill your babies. If you don’t have a reason for keeping a statement, character, setting or anything in your book; kill it! It will have your name and may travel around the world, stop getting sentimental. 3rd point: break all the rules
14. Do you have a list of Do’s and Don’ts for your clients that will enable our members decide if they want to contact you?
- Send us a mail; make sure it is in the best English you can write. That’s your first impression; it can never be made twice.
- Tell us exactly what services you require in the email.
- We get back to you.
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Profile in Wordsmithy Media’s words: Do you have an idea that you would like to execute, on paper or on a website? Do you want the world to know more about your work? Do you have a book to write or have written one? Then, you are in the right place. At Wordsmithy Media, we imaginatively recreate your ideas and get your words for the world. We help you create the perfect words to say what’s on your mind. We transform your work with our words. We use strategic, out-of-the world communication strategies to meet your media needs; acting as a bridge between your words, your work and the world.
Small teams of smart talent make lights shine brighter. We work with a proficient team of writers, editors, photographers, artists and public relations practitioners who make use of world class communication strategies. At Wordsmithy Media, every client, every work is unique.
We currently with Jalaa Writers’ Collective; we are working on publicity strategies for two Nigerian writers later this year. Want to know more? Follow us, everywhere.