About SAWN

About SAWN

The South African Writers’ Network (SAWN), based in South Africa, is a GLOBAL SERVICE PROVIDERThe online company was launched in October 1995 offering writing, editing and publishing services. The incentive to set up a Web presence at that stage was to draw on the Internet as a learning resource to promote ourselves as freelance writers and to market our work to audiences worldwide.

What We Do

What We Do

SAWN works with large companies, non-profit organizations, education bodies, small businesses, online companies and webmasters, as well as individuals from all walks of life. Our aim is to develop long-term relationships with our clients. We work almost exclusively online, communicating with clients by email and occasionally by phone. 

Book Business Plan

Book Business Plan

Any writer who wants to publish their work — whether it is fiction or nonfiction — should develop a Book Business Plan (Proposal) for each manuscript. Book publishers require authors to submit a proposal that introduces the work to the Acquisitions Editor together with three random chapters, list of chapter headings and brief outline of each chapter, a synopsis and an author bio for review. An acquisitions editor and select editorial personnel determine whether the manuscript fits the publishing firms’ book list profile and if it is a viable business proposition.

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Writing For Comics

My childhood was enriched by the comic books I bought with my weekly allowance. These visual masterpieces awakened in me the love of reading that led to a career as a full-time writer and editor. Today people choose to rather watch television instead of reading a book. Sure it’s a lot faster than reading, but this instant gratification is fleeting, and so is the value and memory of the story. Perhaps this preference is due to time constraints, but mostly it’s because the love of reading was not instilled...

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Imagnary House is a boutique publishing house for children’s books and young adult literature in South Africa. Their Mission: Imagnary House is focused on building a larger market for local authors and illustrators  of African children’s books. The intention is also to ignite the love of reading. Imagnary House is committed to engaging with both local and international readers, and literary agents. A Call for Submissions: As of 1 July 2018, Imagnary House opened their Call for Submissions to build their publication list for the next 2 years. Submissions close on 31...

The current “future”-  In a world where privacy is up for debate

The current “future” – by Matthew Smith  In a world where privacy is up for debate and identity is increasingly fading. What do you do when the world begins to resemble the likes of a sci-fi novel? People find Science fiction interesting, creative and thought provoking, but what happens when it is no longer an idea, but part of our everyday lives? “Fiction” has become reality.  Already we see people glaring at devices instead of conversing in the “real”; preferring online personas to real human interaction.  Why be yourself...

Steps to Writing a Novel

Plotting the structure and pace of a novel must not only personify a unique way of looking at the world, the aim should consistently be to bring all aspects of the story together to hold the readers’ attention. While it helps to create a preliminary framework of the story to give you direction, it should be flexible. A good rule of thumb is to write off the cuff for at least the first fifty pages; allow the story to unfold without being restrictive to too many pre-determined notions. Where...

Academic Essay Writing

The purpose of an academic essay is for a scholar to not only demonstrate their understanding of a particular subject and develop their own ideas, but also to understand the ideas of other scholars. Writing an academic essay is also an opportunity for the student to communicate their understanding of the prescribed text and research material, with their lecturer or supervisor.   Enough time Never rush writing an essay. The process to follow starts with fully understanding the topic or questions. Brainstorm ideas that best outline the topic, including...

Tips on writing

Write a book for a ready readership Choosing a topic to write a book manuscript that targets a wide readership is perhaps just as daunting as it is to follow one’s subjective notion of a theme’s importance. On the one hand it might seem logical to opt for a topic that you know well or would like to know more about through research. On the other hand if a published work does not yet exist, it makes sense that you should write it. There is of course the risk...