SA Catholic Online Books and Write-On Publishing are pleased to announce a 100% increase in their human resources – from one person (me) to two!
I welcome Alison Bosman to this extremely small family as a proofreader and associate editor.
Alison has a BSc (Hons) degree in zoology and botany from UCT; a PhD in zoology, also from UCT; a BA degree in English and psychology from UNISA; and an Honours Degree in psychology, also from UNISA
She has completed two proofreading/copy-editing courses; the first through the Regent Academy in London, and the second through the South African Writers’ College.
She has spent the past 20 years as a high school teacher in Namibia, South Africa and, most recently, France. She taught at Woodridge College near Thornhill, between Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth, for 12 of those years.
She is also the author or co-author on 25 scientific research papers, published in a variety of scientific journals, both locally and overseas.
As you can see, Alison is more than qualified for the job, and is sure to prove a very valuable addition to the team. Her academic qualifications and experience will enable us to expand our services into the academic field, with thesis editing and the publication of academic papers.
Self-publishing facilitator Write-On Publishing of St Francis Bay, has recently recorded yet another important milestone - 60 books produced under the dual imprints, Write-On Publishing and SA Catholic Online Books, since very humble beginings in 2013.
The first book produced by SA Catholic Online in 2013 was what we would today call a “chapbook”. It was a small, 60-page collection of short stories called “Via Dolorosa”, written by then St Francis Bay poet and author, June Ann Jansen. The stories were fictional accounts by “eye-witnesses” of the events around the Passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
“Via Dolorosa” was followed in 2013/14 by a seven-book series by Johannesburg Catholic lay theologian Michael Mahony called the “One of Us” collection. This series of books represented an incredible editing and typographical challenge and learning curve to fledgling editor and Adobe Indesign typographer, Frank Nunan - interlinear Greek and English text, Hebrew text, complicated tables and graphics, endnotes, and much more! These books were all produced within a two-year period.
The initial focus was on Catholic books, and there followed a string of books by priests, a deacon and lay Catholics, crowned by the production of a book for Archbishop Buti Tlhagale OMI “Pastoral Letters on Mary and Matters Ancestral”. An article in the Catholic weekly newspaper called us “The Priest’s Publisher”!
In this new release from Patrick Noonan, best-selling author of "They're Burning the Churches", he takes a look at attitudes towards reconciliation and social cohesion in a post-apartheid South Africa.
Most of us in South Africa, during the 45 years of apartheid, didn’t notice that we had been programmed, rebooted, reset and downloaded as new creatures: apartheid man – or woman.
Archbishop Buti Thlagale OMI of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg left for Rome during the first week of September, and in his luggage were a number of copies of his new book "Pastoral Letters on Mary and Matters Ancestral".
The book was compiled by the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, Fr Jean-Marie Kuzituka Did'ho, and forms part of the Mother of Mercy Marian Shrine project.
It was published by SA Catholic Online Books.
The homilies on Mary were delivered with the intention of promoting the veneration of Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, and to gather support for the project of building a Marian Shrine in the Archdiocese, the "Mary, Mother of Mercy" Shrine in the Magaliesberg.
The pastoral letters and articles on Catholicism and African traditional beliefs come at a time when many Catholics find themselves at the crossroads between their traditional practices and their Christian faith. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards the building of the Shrine.
However, the wonderful content of this book is not the only thing that makes it special - the book was edited, corrected, produced, published, printed and delivered in just 38 days, which included a delay of five days while certain sources were being checked!
"The manuscript arrived in my Inbox from Fr Jean-Marie on July 27, and the books were delivered to the Chancery in Johannesburg on Monday, September 3rd. This is certainly a record for me," says publisher Frank Nunan. "I understand that the trip to Rome was the reason for the very short time-frame, and I must say that my printers, Print on Demand in Cape Town, pulled out all the stops to deliver on time - especially considering the large number of the 268-page book that was ordered.
"While there is no way I can know what the Archbishop intends to do with the books he has taken to Rome, it would be nice to think that a copy could end up in the hands of His Holiness Pope Francis - but that is indeed wishful thinking!"
The Archbishop had these kind words to say in his Acknowledgements in the book:
"I am greatly indebted to Frank Nunan of SA Catholic Online Books for his meticulous editorial work."
He also conveyed his thanks for the way in which SA Catholic Online Books handled the project."Dear Frank, Thank you for the wonderful work done within such a short space of time! Kind regards. Buti Tlhagale."
"I understand that Parishes, groups and Sodalities will receive a bulk discount for orders of more than 10 books," said Mr Nunan.
The book is also available online at www.sacatholiconline.org.
Everybody, it is said, has a book in them. Frank Nunan’s task is to get these books into print. Here he tells us how.
A South African “publishing facilitator” has just published his seventh book by or about a priest in the past 12 months.