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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)?

Who does SLWS publish?

SLWS will primarily publish Sierra Leonean Writers but will also publish writers of all nationalities whose books address issues, themes and concepts that are Sierra Leonean. If in doubt, please contact the Publisher. SLWS will publish first-time and established authors.

Where are SLWS books available in Sierra Leone?

First, Please note that SLWS publishes primarily electronically. That is, our books are available on amazom.com and copies of it can be ordered from anywhere in the world. In Sierra Leone, we do have an SLWS bookshop at Warima after Masiaka on the Bo Road. CLC Bookshop at 92 Circular Road in Freetown now stocks SLWS books. You can also find SLWS books in the Departures Hall at Lungi Airport. Efforts are being made to have other SLWS outlets in other parts of the country. Watch this space.

What is the target for SLWS books?

SLWS will publish books for schools, colleges, universities and for the general public.

Must I pay to be published in SLWS?

In principle, there is no payment we require from our authors to be published. You should however know that you may spend some amount of money in the following ways:

a) if you want a special book cover and you wish to work with your own artist;

b) if your text needs copyediting; you may have to pay someone to do that; and

c) you must buy a minimum of 10 copies of your book at a 50% discount of selling price on Amazon.

If I am publisher, is it possible to co-publishing with SLWS?

Yes. SLWS encourages co-publishing with publishers based in Sierra Leone or elsewhere. There must be a mutual agreement between SLWS and the co-publisher. The logos of the co-publishers will appear on the books.

How to Install SLWS App on Android Mobile?

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The SLWS app installation requires the "enable unknown sources APK installation" from your mobile. Different android mobile phones have different settings to enable unknown sources. Below are the general settings for you to follow.

Step 1

If installation is blocked, go to your settings - Lock Screen and Security 

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Step 2

Enable 'Allow installation of apps from sources other than the Play Store'

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Step 3

Go to your browser and re-download SLWS app again

How does SLWS work?

SLWS primarily publishes on a print-on-demand basis. However, we try to stock copies in bookshops, especially SLWS Bookshops in Sierra Leone.

How does SLWS promote its books?

SLWS books are promoted on this website and on (inter)national book exhibitions, listservs and libraries.

How do I submit a manuscript?

All authors of any project meant for SLWS must submit a book proposal which can be downloaded by clicking on this red link. The book proposal will be reviewed by the SLWS Editorial Board. If a full manuscript is already available, it is important to attach it to the book proposal to speed up the review process.

How do I order copies on a print-on-demand (POD) basis?

Just let us know how many copies you want, SLWS will order the books from Kenya, USA and UK, depending on where it is most reasonable to do so at a time. We do not have control over delivery times and cost. CreateSpace/Amazon will determine cost of shipping depending on the speed chosen. The publisher can assist and give examples. Please ensure that you bring along time and patience when ordering books. We are trying to have the facility to print in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Does SLWS re-issue books that have already been published elsewhere?

Yes, Books that have already been published elsewhere may be re-issued in SLWS. All such books must go through our review process starting with a book proposal. A written confirmation / permission / acceptance from the previous publisher or a termination of contract must be submitted to SLWS.

Does SLWS pay royalties to authors?

Yes. SLWS will be paid royalties by its distributor CreateSpace based on net sales. Out of these amounts paid to SLWS, SLWS shall pay 60% to the author. For example, if CreateSpace pays a royalty of $100 for a half-year for book X, SLWS shall pay the author $60 for that half-year. Royalties shall be reported on and paid in July for the January-June period and in January for the July-December period. Any royalty amount below $100 shall not be paid for that period. This shall be added to the next reporting period until the amount is $100 or above. However, an author may decide to receive copies of his books in lieu of money paid out. For edited volumes involving several editors and/or several contributing authors such as anthologies of short stories, poems and plays: (a) 60% of the net royalty of an edited Book shall be paid to the editor or the lead editor where there are more than one editors on behalf of the contributors. SLWS shall not deal directly with the contributing authors; and

Does SLWS organise and fund book launches for authors?

We cannot provide financial support for book launches in Sierra Leone. However, we can provide logistical support and tips.

Do SLWS manuscripts go through peer-review?

The manuscript will undergo peer-review in the case of non-fictional manuscripts such as textbooks and academic work. The author will be obliged to revise the work based on comments and give evidence of how the comments have been addressed. This rigorous review process is intended to ensure that SLWS books maintain international academic standards.

Are there templates to use when submitting a manuscript to SLWS?

Yes, the templates are therefore provided below. Please follow the instructions carefully to save cost and time. SLWS will charge for typesetting of technical, scientific texts if the author cannot submit a typeset manuscript.

  1. For NOVELS and POETRY, please download this WORD TEMPLATE1
  2. For SHORT STORIES, please down this WORD TEMPLATE2
  3. For RESEARCH TEXTS, MEMOIRS, (AUTO)BIOGRAPHIES, please download this WORD TEMPLATE3
  4. For all other books, please contact the SLWS Publisher for guidance.