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New womens’ magazine, OSHO, launched in Namibia – looking for writers!

At work on OSHO... At work on OSHO... At work on OSHO...

OSHOOSHO meaning “that’s what it is” is a publication which falls under the Shonga group: www.shongagroup.com.

OSHO magazine is a lifestyle magazine for Women of Africa. The magazine communicates, celebrates and reflects the world of African women from all walks of life. Our readership is focused towards forward thinking African women who are are looking for change and growth. She is looking to network with other women, looking for a platform to help others, and to celebrate all aspects of what it means to be an African woman.

The third issue will be launched at the end of February 2009 at the official launch of the magazine. On the same day, additional initiatives will be launched including the Health and Beauty Sections, Finance, the OSHO book club and much more!

Thus far the magazine has received support from members of the public, partners working in the different sections as well as banks, advertising agencies and many more to whom we are very grateful.

The first OSHO contributors meeting was held on 7th February 2009 at Cafe Zinho.Many thanks to Zita for being such a gracious host! The meeting was held to introduce contributors to staff, begin brainstorming on themes for the next three months as well as to brief contributors on guidelines for submission of articles. Finally, contributors were given some feedback on focus group discussions and an opportunity to ask the research company what kind of information they need from readers.

To view pictures of OSHO magazine staff and contributors, pictures of the cover and much more please visit our page on facebook:OSHO Womens Magazine

For our next issue we are looking for writers from the following countries: Kenya, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. If you are interested in writing for us and are based in one of those countries please email the editor: editor@shongagroup.com


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Nerves about submitting manusciprt to publishers

I’ve been working on a book about my experience of depression for almost two years. I sent it in to someone whom I met randomly that has edited a memoir before. She believes in my book but attending the cape town book fair caused my confidence to take a knock.

Attending the bookfair was really great in terms of networking and getting an understanding of the South African market. However, that understanding also ovewhelmed me, but I achieved the purpose I set out to achieve in terms of learning.

So the next step is to finalise the comments that the editor gave to me and start sending out the manuscript to the publishers to see whether they think it is something that is publishable.

It was a bit disheartening some of what I was told when I spoke to people at the bookfair. In fact I think I may have lost momentum afterwards. One of the publishers told me that books are not published unless they have been written by someone famous or someone that has been published successfully before….that is not me at all, ha ha.

Despite that frightening piece of information I have devided to go ahead with submitting this mauscript to various publishers. I had such serious nerves that I even struggled to write an authors bio.

Well lets see what happens. I’ll keep you posted.


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