Friday, 11 April 2014

Herbert Wants To Come Home Makes JP30

When I launched Herbert Wants To Come Home on JukePop Serials, I knew I was on to a winner. But I had no idea at all that it would be such a success. In February, it was announced that Herbert Wants To Come Home had entered the JukePop Serials JP30 (the 30 most popular stories on the JukePop platform)

From that time, it began the steady climb, finishing off at Number 4 at the end of March 2014. On the first of April it was at number 1.

Part of this success I must attribute to my own efforts at publicity. But the greatest portion is the fruits of the efforts of people around the world.It would be impossible to name them all, but I acknowledge the zeal of Fadzayi Ruzengwe, Chido Musodza and of course Desmond Mangwiro. And fellow authors, such as R Tendo Tapiwa and Chris Mlalazi. I also have to mention media organisations such as The Zimbabwean and Bulawayo 24 News and 2FeetAfrica. Media specialising in the horror genre have started to take notice too.

I am pleasantly surprised at the interest from Zimbabweans, which overturns everything that has been said about the support of my compatriots for literature. Perhaps it is an issue of delivery. While there are not a lot of Zimbabweans stepping in to bookstores (to be fair, there are not a lot of bookstores for Zimbabweans to step in to), there are many with smartphones and internet access. Clearly, e-books offer a viable publishing option for authors and publishers alike. I hope someone is taking notes and will be working on ideas for this soon! I know there are some Zimbabwean authors who are watching to see how it plays out. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, as the saying goes.

I can't rest on my success. However pleasing the stats from dominating the JP30 series might be, nothing beats a real book. So, plans are underway to roll out a limited edition hardback. There may be paperback rights sales, I have put a few hooks out there, we'll see what bites.

Overall, I am pleased with the way this project is going.