Writing Books/where to go?


I'm a Nigerian, I've lived in Cote D'Ivoire for 12 years and just written my first novel set in Cote D'Ivoire. The novel is written in English because I'm anglophone, but most of the presumed audience is francophone. Where should I send the manuscript to? France, England, Ivory Coast or where? Would francophone publishers or lit. agents accept a manuscript written in english? Would anglophone publishers or lit. agents accept a manuscript set in a francophone country?


Thanks for the question and sorry about my delayed reply but I have been travelling.

Having had some experience in publishing books set in non-English speaking countries (Morocco, France Afghanistan) I suggest that there is no problem sending it to an English speaking country. In fact I think your first move should be to contact an English literary agent. A francophone publisher is less likely to accept it whereas an English one would possibly consider selling the translation rights after publishing in English.

It sounds fascinating and I wish you the best of luck.


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Author of 22 plays, 12 bestselling thrillers, a memoir and children's fiction.I can work with people on the process of writing, what to expect and ask for from an editor. How to work with the publisher`s marketing and publicity people. And how to survive book launches and publicity tours!


Published author of 22 plays, 12 bestselling thrillers, a young adult and three non-fiction titles. Visit his Moroccan blog at http://www.riadzany.blogspot.com for a look at his blogging work.

St Andrews, Helsinki University and other institutions. Adult Educator of the Year Award, Australia

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