Traditional Publishing

Traditional Publishing – Part One

In this post, we begin our video series on traditional publishing. Mia Botha interviews Terry Morris, MD of Pan Macmillan South Africa, who will answer our questions.

So you’ve finished your book and it’s time to publish. In the previous weeks we discussed self-publishing and now it’s time to turn our attention to traditional publishing.

A while ago, I wrote a post about 5 Things That Happen After You’ve Typed THE END, and since then I’ve received many questions about all the steps and processes. I thought it may be worthwhile to explore each step in a little more detail.

In ‘5 Things’, we covered:

  1. Step 1: The Final Draft and Rewriting
  2. Step 2: The Appraisal
  3. Step 3: The Edit
  4. Step 4: Proofreading
  5. Step 5: Publishing

Then we moved on to self-publishing:

  1. Self-Publishing – Part One
  2. Self-Publishing – Part Two
  3. Self-Publishing – Part Three
  4. Self-Publishing – Part Four

The End | Traditional Publishing With Terry Morris – Video 1

Wow, ok we’ve spent four very informative weeks learning all about self-publishing.

Now it’s time to learn about traditional publishing.

In the next few posts, we will be chatting to the team from Pan Macmillan South Africa. In this video, Terry Morris shares her advice with us. In the upcoming two posts we’ll be joined by Sandile Nkosi and Sibongile Machika.

Choosing a publication route as an author is a big decision and a very personal one. To help you decide, please watch this first video (below) in the series on Traditional Publishing.

In the video you will meet Terry Morris from Pan Macmillan South Africa.

Who Is Terry Morris?

Terry Morris Terry Morris was born and bred in Johannesburg, a city she is passionate about. After finishing school, she spent a year in Germany as an exchange student, which led her to study languages and literature for her BA degree. Whilst studying she was drawn into the world of bookselling, working on the night staff for Exclusive Books. She completed an MBA in 2002 and in 2005 was appointed MD of Pan Macmillan South Africa. Somehow amongst the financial spreadsheets, other admin, and raising two children she still finds time to devour books, including, to her delight, a whole new world of children’s books.

This is what I discussed with her:

  1. What advice do you have for a South African writer who has finished a manuscript?
  2. When should a South African author approach an international publisher?
  3. Why don’t we use agents in South Africa?
  4. What advice do you have for writers who don’t write in English?
  5. Money: breakdown of costs and expected earnings.
  6. When would you recommend self-publishing to an author?
  7. Advances vs royalties: an explanation.
  8. When is a book considered a bestseller in South Africa?
  9. Literary fiction vs commercial fiction: an explanation.
  10. What happens after the publisher has accepted the manuscript.
  11. How long does the whole process take?
  12. How much say does the writer have in the editorial process?
  13. Contract advice.
  14. Advice in general.
  15. What can we expect from Macmillan in 2021?

This is a simple summary of the chat, but you will find lots of information in between.

Traditional Publishing – Part One

If you have questions, you are welcome to contact us:

  1. Questions for Mia: or visit
  2. And Visit Pan Macmillan’s website

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If you enjoyed this post, you will love:

  1. Self-Publishing – Part Four
  2. Self-Publishing – Part Three
  3. Self-Publishing – Part Two
  4. Self-Publishing – Part One
  5. 31 Writing Prompts For October 2020
  6. Publishing
  7. Proofreading
  8. The Edit
  9. The Appraisal
  10. The Final Draft & Rewriting

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Posted on: 28th October 2020