So many projects over the years, but some of these recent publishing journeys are particularly close to my heart.
A little about what we do.
I don’t teach authors how to write. Or photographers how to take pics. But I am passionate about helping them learn how the various media industries do and don’t function. From training courses on publishing for wannabe authors, to entrepreneurship courses for photographers, to media management training for organizations, I’ve worked with literally hundreds of creatives to help them tell […]
So you’re going indie? You’ve decided to publish independently? Congratulations! Whether you just need an editor or a designer, or the entire production crew, I can help you source the experts you need, and manage this team as they work to help you originate, refine, publish and market your book, magazine or website.
‘Help! I’ve got a book in me.’ Who hasn’t heard that line a bunch of times? I can talk you through your options, from self-publishing (ugh!) to seeking a traditional publisher (which does still have its merits from time to time), to publishing independently (tailor-made options, but they don’t come cheap). From there, you’re free to head off […]
Previously published book extracts, magazine features and mutterings and musings on the state of the industry.
[First published in Divestyle magazine] From the air, a baitball is a patch of bloody water. At its centre is a frenzy of sharks tearing into the sardines rounded up by dolphins. Welcome to the world of those fixated on dropping into the midst of that feast. Welcome to the greatest migration of them all: the KwaZulu-Natal […]
In Search of the Strange – and other tales of South Africans at large is an armchair adventure travel book that I curated. Published by Struik (now Penguin Random House), it is really a list of some of my greatest heroes and their most audacious and authentic escapades – for better or worse. Here’s my introduction: “Out there […]
My years of working side-by-side with German wildlife photographer Michael Poliza taught me much, challenging my thinking about media and technology and how we engage with them, both personally and professionally, both as creators and publishers. I collaborated with Michael and his publishers, teNeues, on a number of books – helping with image curation, project management and the text that would support his iconic […]
[Previously published in Longevity magazine print edition.] Prepare to turn Conventional Wisdom on its head. What you thought you knew about fat, cholesterol and healthy eating might not be quite so accurate after all. We all know that to lose weight and increase health, the average person should eat less and exercise more, right? In the […]
“Scenes so lovely, must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” That famous musing by Dr David Livingstone, after viewing the world’s largest waterfall in full spate, is not an opinion shared by Dominique le Roux. Views of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, have me thinking of dark and […]
[Why backups are great: while searching for something else on an old hard drive, I discovered a folder of feature writing I’d forgotten about. Come travel with me down memory lane.] Squeezed inbetween a vast ocean and the longest mountain range on earth, Chile is over 4 000km long and never more than 175km wide. […]
Can we quit our crowing and our bleating now? And can we plug our ears with beeswax to avoid the sirensong still luring the simpleton to islands of Old or New media? As if the waters were treacherous and we had to pick one safe shore. Enough of the cocksure arrogance of those who’ve crossed […]
[First published in Women’s Health magazine.] Remember when life seemed carefree and running easy? As a child, you’d run around when happy, you’d run away when scared. Recent scientific findings are now endorsing a school of thought that says we should all learn to run in the style we did when we were kids: barefoot. […]
[First published in Out There magazine.] It’s been called the last frontier of Africa, a place of few people, shy animals and great empty places. Its seas have witnessed the shift of history, its forests are unmarked. Paddling to the Archipelago Das Quirimbas, Dominique le Roux is immersed in Northern Mozambique. Advice to would-be writers: don’t send […]
[What a great memory to happen across this old feature I wrote about Bulgaria years ago, published in Out There magazine as their Destinations feature of the month.] Budget-friendly Bulgaria has horse-drawn ski-lifts, an ancient history as colourful as its frescoed monasteries and a drab, sad communist past. Large clods of snow somehow manage to find […]
They’re not seeing the forest for all of the trees. That Amazon focus: they see the books but not the creation. The products rather than the process… “Eco-system”, says Irish Chick, interrupting my musing. “It pisses me off that everyone uses that word. It’s not a god-dammed eco-system if it’s not about the environment.” Irish Chick is the female […]
In response to all the queries I’ve had for a version of the presentation I did at SXSW last month, here’s a transcript of my talk, and copies of my slides. I’d really value any feedback you have for me as I refine this for a broader audience. My aim is to arm creative professionals with the knowledge and inspiration that will […]
First, a publisher and editor have a a huge impact on the creative process. Some would argue that editors have as much creative impact as a movie director has on a film. Manuscripts are not the same things as books. Authors create manuscripts, publishers and editors create books. So says Peter Hudson of BitLit. I’m a fan, albeit a […]
In a weeks old (print) copy of The Week, an article on ‘Russia’s secret game plan’ strikes me as an apt lesson in publishing. “Russia’s campaign to destabilize Ukraine, and the rest of Eastern Europe, is turning conventional military thinking on its head,” the summary states, going on to explain that, though war has not […]