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Gramsol promotes indigenous authors

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BY PRESTIGE MUNTANGA

LOCAL publishing company Gramsol has embarked on a project to promote indigenous writers for primary and secondary education textbooks.

Established as a book distributor in 2010, Gramsol is an independent publishing house that specialises in textbooks.

Speaking to NewsDay Life & Style, Gramsol commissioning manager Courage Mabhodyera said their aim was to produce good quality books to enhance education and promote budding writers.

“Our target is to produce high quality materials that match international standards for secondary and primary schools that will promote our education in Zimbabwe and bring about enough materials for students,” he said.

“This year we are targeting more than 200 authors, especially those who are writing for the first time.

“We include all indigenous subjects that are found in Zimbabwe so that we accommodate anyone who has the ability to write.”

Mabhodyera said publishing was an intricate process.

“As we brace up to delve into this larger journey, publishing is an intricate process.

“It’s not an overnight gourd-vine-affair, he said.

“It is a navigable journey, marked by a solid correlation among commissioning editors and authors.

“The role of editors is to survey the way, while the author clears the ground the editor guides, the author does.”

He urged writers to stick to deadlines.

“Most authors delay themselves by failing to meet publishing deadlines.

“Gramsol markets author’s books to thousands of schools and individuals across the country. Books will also be hung on the company website and they sign contracts,” he said.

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