200 review copies (100 prepub, 100 postpub) sent to reviewers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers, others. We will seek early blurbs from graphic novelists. Available as an e-ARC on Edelweiss. Leveled and aligned with Common Core. Teaching guide on website, but the book is divided with 64 pages for the graphic novel and an additional 26-28 pages of additional information for teachers and interested parties. We will nominate Shaka Rising for the American Bookseller's Debut Program. We will seek the creation of unit studies curriculum that includes Shaka Rising as part of it, and/or actively seek the inclusion of Shaka Rising in unit studies curriculum. Marketing to library market begins with galleys in the Baker and Taylor ARC program. Promoted at ALA annual, mid-winter ALA, NCTE, NCSS, and African Studies Association annual conferences. Blog tour with book giveaways. Goodreads giveaway. We will send review copies to relevant organizations such as Teaching History, Teaching Ourselves and TeachingBooks.net and seek features in magazines like Teaching Tolerance. We will seek out book clubs who are interested in the book and offer the chance to win a SKYPE visit with the authors. We will submit the book for all relevant awards. Promotion online via Catalyst's website as well as the imprint Story Press Africa's own website , email lists (in development) and social media (blog, twitter, facebook, instagram, and youtube) with author and publisher interviews, chats, and guest posts. Submission to the Junior Library Guild Simultaneous e-book, trade paper, and hardback print release We will promote and seek ways to promote within the secular, progressive homeschooling community for this and other titles in the series.
Mbongeni Malaba, Ph.D., author of the Foreword, completed his doctoral degree on Shaka as a Literary Theme in 1986, at the University of York, where he studied at the Centre for Southern African Studies. He is currently a Professor of English Studies at the Pietermaritzburg Campus of University of KwaZulu Natal.
"In a land beset by political turmoil and bloody conflict comes the epic saga of Shaka. Ousted by one of his chief father's jealous wives and raised in exile, his destiny is sealed through allegiance to a rival chief. Responding to threats from expanding slave trade in southern Africa, Shaka consolidates a new kingdom through warfare, mediation, and shrewd diplomacy. Deftly written and superbly illustrated by Luke Molver, "Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince" is a truly extraordinary and entertaining graphic novel that will decidedly prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library graphic novel collections for readers ages 16 to 86. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince" is also available in a paperback edition (9781946498984, $16.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99)." Midwest Book Review