Writers Write graduate, Refiloe Moahloli sells world English rights for We Are One.
She says: ‘I struggled to actually write in the beginning. I’d always had concepts floating around in my head, and I would write pieces of stories, but I found my mind would draw a blank at having to put the pieces together. That’s when I decided to do a writing course with Writers Write, and that is one of the best decisions I have made in my life!’
After completing our Writers Write courses, she has gone on to publish How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?, How Many Ways Can You Say Goodbye?, Tullulla, Yes Yanga, and We Are One. She has now sold world English rights for We Are One.
“Pan Macmillan is delighted to announce that World English publication rights for We are One, written by Refiloe Moahloli and illustrated by Zinelda McDonald, have been sold to Amazon Crossing Kids, a division of Amazon Publishing.
The sale was brokered by The Lennon-Ritchie Agency and the African Literary Agency and will allow for the publication of the book, in English, in territories outside South Africa.
We are One is a comforting and lyrical book about friendship and ubuntu that celebrates our differences and similarities. It is also available in isiZulu (Simunye) and Afrikaans (Ons is Een).
- REFILOE MOAHLOLI is the best-selling and award-winning author of Yes Yanga! (also available in isiXhosa as Yheke Yanga!) Her third book with Pan Macmillan, You are Loved, will be published later this year in English, isiZulu (Uthandiwe) and Afrikaans (Jy is Liefde). Refiloe is passionate about writing stories that bring out the best in the human spirit, stories in which children and adults can identify and celebrate themselves.
- ZINELDA MCDONALD has illustrated numerous children’s books and has been the recipient of the Alba Bouwer Award and the Exclusive Books/IBBY Award for her work.
Terry Morris, MD of Pan Macmillan SA, commented: ‘We are thrilled that Refiloe and Zinelda’s delightful story, with its message of belonging and kindness, will now reach children across the world.’
Miemie du Plessis, publisher of the books, said: ‘It is highly unusual for the international rights of South African children’s books to be sold. I hope it will be the first of many deals as the rest of the world notices the quality of local children’s books.'”
Issued by Pan Macmillan SA
Visit Refiloe’s website, www.refiloemoahloli.com