Calling all aspiring authors!

Come along and listen to Sam Cowen, Deon Maas, Douglas Kruger, and yours truly, chatting about our books and our unique publishing journeys at Authors’ Day on Thursday 20th April 2017, during the inaugural Johannesburg Design Week, at the annual Rand Show.

You are encouraged to ask us as many questions as you like, and there will be copies of our books on sale, which we will happily sign for you. This is a great learning and networking opportunity for budding authors of ALL ages, of both fiction and non-fiction. We look forward to meeting you and inspiring you on your own publishing journeys!


Below is a little more about each of us and our work, in order of speaking appearance:

09h00 – 09h45 Maverick indie author Paula Gruben released Umbilicus: An autobiographical novel in 2016. It’s a coming-of-age story based on her remarkable journey as an adoptee, going in search of and reuniting with her biological family. She will take Authors’ Day delegates behind the scenes of a #writerslife, offering first-hand insight and practical advice on what goes into writing, designing, producing, marketing, and distributing your first book. She will spill the beans on the pros and cons of the self-publishing industry, and she will share some innovative ideas on how to ‘use your book as a business card’, to grow your career as an authorpreneur.

10h00 – 10h45 Radio host and author Sam Cowen is the author of bestselling titles Waiting for Christopher and Good Enough Mother, two popular books on motherhood. Her latest book, From Whiskey to Water (Jacana, 2016), is described as a “no-holds-barred memoir” about her struggle with addiction.

11h00 – 11h45 Deon Maas’s Melk die Heilige Koeie (Tafelberg, 2016) takes on everything “from beards and Banting to Zupta and zol”, with the same honesty, controversy and humour that built him a reputation for being a columnist who tells it like it is. Currently working as a film producer, Deon is also the author of Witboy in Africa.

12h00 – 12h45 Douglas Kruger is a professional speaker and business author, who has penned six business books, including the acclaimed Own Your Industry – How to Position Yourself as an Expert. His latest book, They’re Your Rules – Break Them! (Penguin Random House, 2016), looks at how behemoth organisations can become more agile.

Click here to register for Authors’ Day


The R150 includes your conference fee, tea and coffee, parking, and entrance to the Rand Show itself.

After the half-day authors’ event, why not wander around a bit and soak up the Rand Show atmosphere? Perhaps meet the family for a late lunch or early supper? They can take advantage of the Midweek Special (valid Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th, and Thursday 20th April only), where entrance prices are slashed: Adults aged 16+ : R75 | pensioners aged 65+ : R50 | kids aged 6 – 16 : R20 | kids under 6 years: free!





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