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We Had A Chat With Azafi Omoluabi-ogosi, CEO Of Parresia Publishers! by SynCityNg: 2:18pm On Oct 01, 2018
In the beginning, we brought you the #SyncityNGLiteraryLordsandLadies a twitterview dedicated to showcasing the finest literary creatives in our community. Previous guests on the show include Efe Paul Azino, Hadiza El-Rufai, Pa Ikhide, Yejide Kilanko, Romeo Oriogun and others.

Now, we introduce to you the #SyncityNGPublisherseries where we will be bringing you interviews with the finest publishers in our society.

Our first guest on the #SyncityNGPublisherseries is the CEO of Parresia, a publishing company established to publish and promote books of first time Nigerian and African authors.

Before the establishment of Parrésia, she worked as an Editor for Kachifo Limited publishers of Farafina Magazine.

She loves to read and dedicates her self to the promotion of Literature and is married with 3 children.

Ladies and gentlemen, make some noise for Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi!

Welcome to the show, Azafi.
Thank you for having me.

Let’s begin. Why do publishers publish just a few books out of the thousands of manuscripts sent in annually?
Well it boils down to finances. We live in an unfriendly economy. Although we’d love to publish a lot of the excellent stories we discover, we honestly can’t.

Basically, it’s a money situation? Writers don’t get published because of the financial power of the publisher?
Yes basically. On the average, we could get five fantastic manuscripts, we do the maths to have all five published, we sigh, then begin to whittle down. Publishing boils down to our funds and not some major sponsor or investment.

What kind of stories stand a higher chance of being published by @Parresiabooks?
The sort of stories that first of makes me wonder from what planet the writer has come from. There is no template nor expectation. A lot of the time, the manuscript speaks for itself.

Ojoro! We need direct answers.
Would an LGBT/poverty porn theme get published faster than others?
I can’t be too certain. That’s dwelling on a theme. And we don’t look out for themes, it’s strictly the story. So if there was this mind blowing manuscript about an LGBT couple and it was so gripping it crept into dreamscape, yes.

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