The Rise of the Emoryk is out!

 She's here! I will dub her ROTE! The second book in The Kenryk Series is finally here. It was released in August 2022. You're probably wondering, 'Girl, that was ages ago? What is with the old post?'. Well. because this book took my blood, sweat and tears to make.  This book was never meant to happen. The Avaris was supposed to be a standalone, but Korin and the others refused to let me desert them. So, I wrote this one, way back in 2016. I don't know how many revisions to this book I have made. I have never been satisfied with it, but I think that's just that inner critic in me.  Anyway, I had challenges with this book right from the beginning! The funds to get it out were depleted before I could even print the paperbacks. Former high schoolmates rallied around me and raised enough funds for me to print the book. I managed to print 100.  Silly me, I thought that was it. Nope, I now had to print The Avaris because people who hadn't read it and saw ROTE want

What a week I've had!

And it has been mostly an amazing week for me. I have a tick-tock page under the handle @welawrites 
I have received moderate success on it. The video with the highest views is sitting at 1708 as of now. But you know what? I don't mind. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Also, I posted a series on how I self-published my book so if you want any tips on how to self-publish, simply check it out on my tick tock.
Thank you to everyone who has viewed and liked my videos. You're doing the absolute most! Below is a sample of the kind of videos I post

Now, for the hustling news. I realised my book sales had dipped. There wasn't much happening at books stores or on Amazon. I remember thinking back to the time I was ten in the school library reading books and imagining different endings. That was when I started writing my books. Then- Aha!- there are schools across South Africa that have school libraries just like the one I went to.
I, therefore, decided to email them, not expecting much. The responses started coming in. And so far 4 schools have purchased my book. That isn't even the best part. The best part is when a librarian says "Your book looks amazing. When is the next one coming out?". 
Can you imagine hearing such words from someone who deals with all sorts of books every day? I almost wept with joy. My eyes were wet there for a moment. I need to give a shoutout to the schools that were so quick to support me and give me a chance. Merrifield Preparatory and College in East London, Marist Brothers Linmeyer, Camps Bay High School, and Treverton College 

Thank you for believing in me and being the first schools to buy my book. Imagine, I found my love in a school library and I am now in school libraries. It's such a pity the school I went to, the actual library where I found my passion no longer exists. 

This is only the beginning. I am going to keep striving and trying. The worst that could happen is someone saying no. The NO is still not an end. It just tells you to knock on the next door. My social media numbers have grown. They doubled on Twitter (@welakabane) in a matter of 4 minutes of sending out a tweet. I have hit 40 followers on ticktock. 

One day, I will look back at this post and think, look how far how I have come. Anyway, back to writing book two. 


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