Writing paid my tuition fees- Chukwu John David

Chukwu John David is one of Africa's youngest novelist of
international repute. Born on 10th October, 1996, David is the author of three books: African Dark Light(USA 2016), It Came From
The West(UK 2016), and Black Clan( Swaziland 2016). His works have been translated into many languages.

WALK THE TALK: Good morning John, you are welcome to WTT with Akor Emmanuel Oche.

CHUKWU JOHN DAVID: Thanks for the opportunity.

WTT: You are an author with three books to your credit. Tell us about these books.

JOHN: my first book "African Dark Light" is a novella which was published in the USA and has gained its way across the globe, seeing
to its potentials which has set the difference between myself and other authors. My two other books "It Came From The West" and "Black Clan" are coming from the Uk under Idriss Publishing House. These three books tend to add to the history of African literature.

WTT: As an internationally published writer, share with us some of your experiences with publishers.
JOHN: There are many advantages and disadvantages with international publishers. A good publisher can help the author to get to the extreme. I have a lot of times, had many good experiences in the journey of being an international author, and I think,
negotiating the deal for my first book was a hard-to-do one, as a lot of ponders and strategies and contacts had to be made to achieve success.

WTT: Would you say that publishing with foreign publishing houses is
more profitable, monetary and otherwise?
JOHN: It depends on the signed contract and the publisher, it also depends on what the author wants and also his capabilities. I think there is more work for the author in publishing overseas, than having his books published in his home country. The task differs.

WTT: What are the challenges, likely to be faced by a writer who seeks to be published outside his home country?
JOHN: In recent times, I have received a lot of friends who complain to
me about getting an international publisher that would invest in their books. So an author who has not published his book overseas
is likely to face the challenge of getting a good publisher, if he is not
fortunate enough. Another challenge is, not having a well
edited and polished manuscript, this alone can get him alot of rejections
from international publishers. Then in negotiating on the royalties and then contract itself, the author will fail if he fails to understand the potentials of himself and his manuscript while trying to sign the deal, the royalties and the contract itself.

WTT: How would you rate the state of publishing in Nigeria?
JOHN: Over the years, Nigeria has had a good reputations in
the area of African literature. But I think the publishing companies in
the country are not working hard enough to create the difference. I
am yet to see many traditional publishing companies in Nigeria. The
publishing state in Nigeria, according to my rating, is still not
enough to achieve the big picture of literature i see. Our
publishers need to wake up.

WTT: What would be your advice to that writer who seeks to
be published outside his home country?
JOHN: A writer should never be in haste to get published,
everyone has their time of manifestation. If you wrote that unpublished manuscript and find it someworth difficult to get published, save it in your
shelf and write another one. Someday your manuscript will get

WTT: What is your next surprise to the world, what should
your fans be expecting from you?
JOHN: A travel tour for my books. I am starting this from
Georgia, then to london and many other places. I am going to the doorstep this time *smiles*

WTT: For a writer out there who wants to follow in your footsteps but
is wondering if writing would pay the bills. What is your
JOHN: The truth is that writing is never as easy as people
may think. But it surely pays. At least, writing paid my tuition fees and
other bills. Writing can be a job.

WTT: it's a pleasure talking to you, and congratulations on the new book
JOHN: bless you!

WALK THE TALK features on NELOC BLOG and is anchored by
Neloc blog columnist, Akor Emmanuel Oche. Oche is a Nigerian poet,
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