Jalaa Writers’ Collective (JWC) is a new Writers’ publishing and promotional initiative consisting of ten award-winning and notable Nigerian writers.
The Writers’ Collective is the first truly new business model for publishing in about a hundred years. A model based on the premise that until now there’s been a gap between professional, traditionally published books that sell in the thousands and amateurish subsidy and self-published books that sell in the hundreds. JWC was created to fill this gap, to level the playing field between commercially successful traditional and self-publishing books.
Jalaa Writers’ Collective was created in 2009 by ten Nigeria-based writers who came together in an effort to tackle the book production and distribution challenges of the local publishing industry. The business model of Jalaa is based on the premise that there exists “a gap between professional, traditionally published books that sell in the thousands and amateurish subsidy and self-published books that sell in the hundreds”. As such, the collective aims to engage the weaknesses of the industry by pooling the talent, resources and experience of its members in a systematic and profit-oriented manner.The writers who make up the collective are: A. Adunni Adelakun Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo Jude Dibia Odili Ujubuonu U. Peter Umez The five writers cover different literary genres from literary fiction, young adult fiction, children fiction and poetry, to mention a few.
Jalaa is an endangered language of north-eastern Nigeria (Loojaa settlement in Bauchi State) of uncertain (possibly Niger-Congo) origins. It is nearly extinct; the ethnic group has come to use the Bwilim dialect of Cham in daily life, and the few remaining speakers of Jalaa, all elderly, are much more fluent in Cham than in Jalaa.
Jalaa is a name steeped in tradition and history, but it is now endangered. We have all read stories about the endangered flora and fauna of Africa. We should all take a moment to stop and ponder on the endangered publishing industry within our immediate environment and how it is impacting on creativity and writers.
After a couple of brainstorming sessions, the writers who started this collective settled on the name JALAA.
The collective has published four books, three of which can be purchased on the Amazon Kindle.