Traditional Publishing

Traditional Publishing – Part Three

This week, Mia Botha continues her interviews with staff members at Pan Macmillan South Africa, who answer our questions on traditional publishing.

This is the third and final post about Traditional Publishing. I hope you have learnt a lot and will be able to make a decision the suits you.

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

And finally, we ended up at traditional publishing:

  1. Traditional Publishing – Part One
  2. Traditional Publishing – Part Two

The End | Traditional Publishing with Sibongile Machika – Video 3

What a privilege to speak to the team from Pan Macmillan South Africa. In the previous two videos I spoke to Terry Morris and Sandile Nkosi. They both shared valuable publishing advice. This week I speak to Sibongile Machika who shares her insights and opinions.

In this video you will meet Sibongile Machika from Pan Macmillan South Africa.

Who Is Sibongile Machika?

Sibongile Machika Sibongile Machika is the Associate Editor at Pan Macmillan South Africa. Her experiences working in traditional and independent publishing houses have given her interesting insight into the publishing landscape. A staunch believer in the power of stories, Sibongile thinks of herself as an activist publisher.

This is what I discussed with her:

  1. Definitions of self-publishing and traditional publishing.
  2. Pros and cons of self-publishing and traditional publishing.
  3. Publishing tips.
  4. When should an author traditionally publish and when should they self-publish.
  5. How does the copyright work?
  6. 2021 Submissions.
  7. What questions do you wish an author would ask?

Traditional Publishing – Part Three

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

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

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If you enjoyed this post, you will love:

  1. Traditional Publishing – Part Two
  2. Traditional Publishing – Part One
  3. 30 Writing Prompts For November 2020
  4. Self-Publishing – Part Four
  5. Self-Publishing – Part Three
  6. Self-Publishing – Part Two
  7. Self-Publishing – Part One
  8. 31 Writing Prompts For October 2020
  9. Publishing

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Posted on: 11th November 2020