Thanks to the following people
It is extraordinary how many people have helped to make Modjaji Books work, there are people I haven’t mentioned, but if you are reading this, please know you are acknowledged, those who have reviewed books, been judges on prize competitions, festival organisers who have included our authors, people who have loved one or more of our books and have raved about them; the many, many people who have been in conversation with Modjaji authors as they have launched their books. We have been fortunate to find readers who have been excited by our titles; the people who have come to various fund-raisers and bought books and paid their dues.
All of you have made it possible for Modjaji Books to grow from a tiny speck to a small, feisty publishing house that has always punched way above its weight
We are also grateful to all the authors who have come to Modjaji Books so we have the privilege, joy and pleasure of publishing your beautiful books. Thank you for all you do to promote your own books and the books of others, both within Modjaji Books and more widely. Your passion and commitment is breath-taking and exciting to witness.
Colleen Crawford Cousins – has been an enormous supporter of Modjaji from the beginning, she has helped us in so many ways, from editorial work to strategic planning, counseling, cups of coffee and glasses of wine; she has read manuscripts, produced beautiful cover art work, offered encouragement, done proof-reading, provided small and larger loans, and ongoing friendship to Colleen Higgs as she has worked away getting Modjaji Books off the ground. In 2017 for our 10th birthday she made a clay sculpture of Modjaji – the rain queen.
Gill Gimberg – has read manuscripts, read books, written reviews, edited, proof-read and done cheerleading from the sidelines and generally provided moral support to me and Modjaji. What we have been able to pay Gill has never been even a small part of what she has contributed.
Ben Williams and Book SA, now Bookslive gave Modjaji an online home until we could afford a website.
Bontle Senne, as intern turned investor has put money and thought into Modjaji and came to the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2012, at her own expense to provide support for Modjaji there.
Fiona Adam Ghosh – for investing in Modjaji as an angel investor.
Emily Buchanan for investing in Modjaji and working flat out for over a year on Modjaji.
Corry von Mayenburg – for being such a good friend at the Frankfurt Book Fair every year.
Bibi Bakare-Yusuf – for offering Modjaji lots of advice, leads, connections and useful resources.
Mark Solms – for funding Signs for an Exhibition and for wine in general
These people have believed in Modjaji and bought books – pretty much every title:
Huge thanks to these people who have invested time and/or money and/or energy and/or skills in Modjaji Books (over and above the call of duty and payment):
|Colleen Crawford Cousins
Fiona Adam Ghosh
Life is Awesome Studio
Thank you to these people have bought books faithfully and/or found wonderful ways of supporting Modjaji with leads, features on their blogs, ideas, articles, photographs, letters, introductions to people who have been able to help.
Janet van Eeden
|Phillippa Yaa de Villiers
These booksellers have helped us launch many, many titles and have always been enthusiastic and receptive to Modjaji Books and the work we are doing
The Book Lounge staff and Mervyn Sloman
Kalk Bay Books and Ann Donald
Love Books and Kate Rogan
NELM – in Grahamstown, not strictly a bookseller, but a wonderful and warm launch pad for lots of our titles, special thanks to Crystal Warren who has done most of the organizing.
Mark Hackney and Blue Weaver staff, Natasha Store, Louise Nichols, Waleed Allie, Lorna von Romburgh, Neille Wrigley for teaching me so much about the sales and marketing side of publishing, for your patience and for helping to make Modjaji viable. And of course for selling the books into the bookstores. And for believing in Modjaji enough to take us on as one of your publishers.
Adrian Tromp, Aziza Pillay and the team at Megadigital. Without Megadigital and your excellent and cost effective digital printing, Modjaji would not have been able to survive. Not to mention your patience with us in many other ways too. Sadly Megadigital has now closed down.
Digital Action Printers
Grant at Digital Action is my new Megadigital.
Superstar Artists and Designers
Modjaji Books prides itself on having books that have a distinctive and beautiful look and feel. We source original art work for our covers from local artists, all of them women. We also have a wonderful team of designers who work on our books and make them so visually attractive.
A special thank you to Natascha Mostert, who has worked with Modjaji from the beginning, and she has helped us to achieve the quality of design and the distinctive look for which we are known.
Jesse Breytenbach Colleen Crawford Cousins
Natascha Mostert Megan Ross
Gretchen van der Bijl
|Zanele Muholi (who kindly allowed us to use one of her photographs for the cover of Reclaiming the L-Word)
Life is Awesome Studios
Jacqui StecherFire and LionKirsten Beets
Katherine GlendayJaxon Hsu
|Authors who made the artwork for their own covers:
Colleen Crawford Cousins
Superstar Book Designers
Line van Wyk of Life is Awesome Studios
Fire and Lion
Has enabled Modjaji to participate in Cape Town Book Fairs we have participated in, by providing us with sponsorship to be an exhibitor at the Fair and we were able to participate in 4 International Book Fairs with DTI funding and thanks to the organisation of PASA.
Thanks to Jeremy Boraine who has frequently answered random publishing questions, which only those who are really in the know would be able to answer.