I don’t often promote books for kids at the library, but this author’s work intrigued me. The books are bilingual – English and Yoruba, that’s a West African Language spoken by nearly 65 million people. Anyway if you’d like to learn a little more here is some information about the language and people.
Over to you Segilola…
Welcome to Segilola Salami
Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m a Londoner living in London
Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc.
I write bilingual children’s books. My titles so far are:
- Yetunde: The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London
- Learn to Count in Yoruba and English
- Yetunde: An Ode to My Mother
Where do you find inspiration? My daughter
Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? I tend to have an idea of the folktales I want to include in my book, so I do a bit of online and offline research, speaking to friends to see what versions they remember. This way I try to get the version I tell as close to accurate as I can. I also add my own twists to it. I do enjoy this because it allows me to relive my childhood.
Is there a message conveyed within your writing? Do you feel this is important in a book? I think with my stories, there are some moral guides. This is important, as I hope it teaches children that every action we take has a reaction
In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these and if not, what is the reason? All my books are available as ebooks. Only Yetunde: An Ode to My Mother is available as a paperbook. I definitely would consider expanding the formats the books are available in in the future
Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? I do both. When I write my first draft, I take a good few days away from it. I give the manuscript to beta readers to provide feedback. When I go back to the draft manuscript, I sometimes find that with the way I wrote a paragraph, my intentions were not clearly put across, so I have to re-write it. I also apply any appropriate feedback I get from my beta readers. Then I pass the manuscript to the professional editor. When I get the manuscript back, I re-read the editors versions. I find that because I translate some Yoruba words, if the editor changes some key words, the meaning would be lost. So it is important that I then re-edit the editors version.
Do you think indie/self-published authors are viewed differently to traditionally published authors? Why do you think this might be? As a reader, I don’t think so.
Do you read work by self-published authors? Yes I do
What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews? How important are reviews? As a reader, I never bothered reading reviews. The only time I give a review is when Amazon sends me an email asking for a review. As a reader reviews are not that important to me (as I may not have the same views as the previous reviewer) for works of fiction. I like to judge for myself. If I find a book is badly written, I won’t give the author a second go. If I enjoyed the first book, I would seek out other books by the same author. For non-fiction, I definitely check out reviews to see what people think of the content.
As an author, reviews are super important to help me improve and be better at my writing and that’s why I have a network of beta readers and other authors who I call on to get their feedback. In marketing my books, I have been told that it is important to have reviews as there are some people who only check out books that have reviews.
I think authors should not comment on any published reviews s/he gets. If the author knows the person, then they can talk about the review privately.
When buying a book do you read the reviews? Only for non-fiction
Book links, website/blog and author links:
Yetunde: An Ode to My Mother
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1R7OVF3
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1S7GM66
Yetunde: The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1S0AkQ6
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1KJuXDk
Book trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCMv4wU5sHI
Author website: http://www.segilolasalami.co.uk/
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