Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who are you?
My name is Sarah Aluko. I am a Nigerian-British Author and Poet. I write poetry on womanhood, being black, love and loss.
2. What inspired you to become a writer?
I fell in love with my GCSE English anthology and knew that I was wanted to write poems.
3. What were the initial steps that you took to publish your book?
I first started off my editing my manuscript over and over again before I even approached any publisher.
4. Can you tell us a little bit more about your book?
My book is a collection of short poems on love and loss. It’s a journey of how I wrote my way back to myself.
5. Who inspires you?
Life. My mum. Other poets.
6. Do you do readings? How can we get you to come read at our school/ book club/ event?
Simple, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the details and we can discuss it, (logistics, time, costs).
7. Why aren't your books available in my country?
Unfortunately, there is a chance that Amazon doesn't distribute it to your country and I (as much as I would love to) cannot ship to every country in the world. However, I have tried my best to find the most cost-effective solution. There is a PDF download of the book or I can ship individual orders to your country if you are willing to cover the additional shipping costs (just send an email to Sarah_aluko@hotmail.com). Alternatively you can find a bookstore that you love and convince them to sell my book and I will be happy to send books their way if they cover the shipping fee and the discounted price for the books.
8. Who’s your favourite writer and why?
This is such a hard one. But I would say currently my favourite poet is Warsan Shire and my favourite writer is Chimamanda Adichie
9. What advice would you give to budding writers and poets?
Keep working on your craft, even when what you’re producing isn’t ‘good’. Remember that you’re developing a skill and that takes hard work and time.
Also go to as many workshops as you can, take every opportunity that you have to learn and grow.
10. Where do you want to be in 5 years time?
To be honest I have no idea, but I would love to be somewhere travelling to the world, sharing light through my poems.
11. What do you know now that you wished you had known before publishing your book?
There isn’t a particular thing that I wish I knew as I did a lot of research before I started my journey. Although, I would say that I have learnt that there are number of resources that are out there to help you, because when I did it I ended up doing a lot of the initial ground work by myself. My advice to any poets looking to get published would be to enter chapbook competitions as the prize usually includes publishing and support.
12. What would you tell your younger self?
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Everything will make sense, it just takes time. Enjoy the journey.