Buried Kingdom…

Hey World,

This post is to those wondering about the first book of my series: Raw Kingdom: Written in the Sand. As you may know, Written in the Sand was released to all major retailers on June 13th 2020. But as of the 25th, the book has been pulled due to the following reasons:

Manuscript: Although vigorous editing and proofing had been done to assure that no error were present. After taking feedback from early reviewers and revisiting the direction of the series. It has become clear that more elements were to be added to flesh out introduced concepts and characters

Design: One of the most prominent feedback received was that of the cover design hasn’t managed to represent the story well enough. I concluded that the design indeed does not do the story justice as it looks rushed and basic

With that being said, I will be re-launching my book with a expanded manuscript and a fresh, clean design. Coupled with a brand new title: Buried in the Dust!

The new release date will be announced on my social media accounts which you can follow here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Daher-Publications-104574984596780/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daherpublications/

Raw Kingdom is a young adult coming of age series following the journey of Khadir Daher, an eighteen year old who takes his first overseas trip to the African country of Djadzele, his home country, which also happens to be the most mysterious and hostile nation on earth.

Top five YA books from Africa

Hey world,

Throughout my blog posts, I have realized something; I’m incredibly selfish! Although all my blog posts differed in terms of content, they all related to one topic; MY books. And yeah I know, this is my website so it would make sense that I write about my work. But it makes it seem that I spend all my time on my books, which is far from the case (contrary to popular belief, authors do in fact, go outside once in awhile). Like most authors, I’m a reader before a writer. Whether it be books, comics, news articles, billboards, reading is the innate thing that powers the creative juices in our brain to make our own stories. And in this day and age, they are more than plenty of material to get inspired from.

With that being said, here is my top ten coming of age YA books from my home continent, AFRICA.

DISCLAIMER: This is obviously my opinion so don’t get testy in the comments. But feel free to dish your own list.

5. Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Ok, I’m kinda cheating with this one since it isn’t from an Africa author. But the main reason why I included this book is that unlike the rest of the entry, Red Pencil is based on the real events that transpired the life of 12 year old Amira. A young girl native to the Darfur region in Sudan. What I loved about this book beyond the incredible story of Amira, is the hidden message about the less talked about consequences of conflicts.

4. Lucky Fish by Reviva Schermbrucker

They are TONS of stories revolving around the apartheid era in South Africa. One of the more famous ones being Born a Crime by comedian Trevor Noah. But this tale about 13 year old Stephen coping with his parents convictions brings not only to light the fight for freedom, but exemplifies the concept of maintaining a social movement.

3. Lucky Simelane by Robin Malan

This is another story set in South Africa. It’s main themes however, pertain towards self-identity and finding one’s purpose. The main character, like his namesake is noticeably unique and his mission to find who he truly is sparks a wider debate on what makes south africans who they are. As I was reading it, I realized a lot of parallels between the journey of Lucky and that of Khadir, the main character of my series and although and it showed me how two characters with different origins can have the same concerns and inevitably partake on similar journeys.

2. Now Is The Time For Running by Michael Williams

This one was going to be my number one, but I ended for number two mainly due to the fact that the top spot affected me more on a personal level. But this book, man it was a ride. The story of two brothers from Zimbabwe fleeing their home from invading soldiers. Where the younger of the two having to take the protector role in this tale of survival and human compassion. The thrill of awaiting what happens in the next page cannot be properly described but must experienced

1. Golden boy by Tara Sullivan

This book man. Although this list is filled with those seeking to find themselves in a confusing world, the story of Habo, an young boy that goes through intense ostracization and heinous acts of retribution simply due to his condition of albinism. The story hits deep on the consequences of hate and societal judgements on individuals who don’t “fit in”. But what makes it more special is that it brings those themes and places them in an African contexts in a way that we as a Africans can look at our own culture and ask the same daring questions the book puts out. Out of all the books on the list this the one that made me ponder the most on my cultural identity and to open my mind towards ideas I would never had considered before. Which is why this makes the top of the list.

Well, these are top five coming of age YA books set in Africa. I chose this genre as it is the same genre my series Raw Kingdom is in. And you can pick up the prelude on Amazon today. https://amzn.to/2zQjuDc

Until next time,

Y. Daher

Moar Platforms!

Hey all,

Just want everyone to know that my newest release, Raw Kingdom written in the Sand is also available in the following platforms:

FNAC (France): https://www.fnac.com/livre-numerique/a14842241/Y-Daher-Raw-Kingdom-Written-in-the-Sand

Rakuten: https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/raw-kingdom-1

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/raw-kingdom-written-in-the-sand/id1517079105

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BJ6VKWD?tag=publishdriv01-20&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1

You can also purchase the book in print in Lulu:

https://www.lulu.com/en/ca/shop/y-daher/raw-kingdom-written-in-the-sand/paperback/product-w7dnv8.html

(Lulu is currently offering 15% off on all printing products. ENDS on the 19th!)

Written in the Sand…

Hey all,

At the time of this writing, it has been two days since the release of Raw Kingdom: Written in the Sand. I want to thank everyone who got themselves a copy and participated in the official launch event on Facebook. If you haven’t managed to take part, you can get yourself a copy here https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1026062

Now with that out of the way, let’s have a closer look at the story behind the story (no spoilers).

Obviously, Written in the Sand is a follow-up to the prelude and follows our main character Khadir Daher’s time in his home country of Djadzele. As he recovers from the events that occured in the prelude, he will quickly realize that events prior were just a taste of life in the country’s outskirts.

To start things off, the entire process for writing the first issue, from initial draft to published script took around the same time as the prelude did (9 months). Even though the prelude is considerably shorter than Written in the Sand, They are two main reasons why I managed to finish the two books around the same length of time; patch-notes and planning.

What I call patch-notes, some might call concepts, short manuscripts or brainstormers (probably made up that last one). Essentially, they are ideas that I put in writing as I was figuring out what sort of story I would tell with Raw Kingdom. This process started long ago while I was still in high school when I was still juggling with the idea of becoming an author (more details on my blog post: What I wanted, what I needed.) But after that, I’ve compiled enough notes to dictate what the series will be about from the beginning to end. Then I had to pick and place where each notes belong in the overall story. As usual, there many story directions that didn’t make the end storyline. An example of that would be the prelude. When I started the note placing and even before that, I had no attention to write a prelude to my series. Mostly because at the time I didn’t really know what a prelude was, but I always decided that this series would be six books long. It was only until I started the initial drafts for what I thought would be the first issue. It became the prelude mainly because I decided that since the book is quite short and serves as an introduction to the main characters, it would make more sense for it to be a prelude. Due to this, every book has been redacted by one (Written in the Sand, initially being the second issue is now the first and so on). The now first issue had the most notes out of all the books, so there was less original content to come up with per say which saved a ton of time. Overall, the timeline I take for writing books depends on the amount of time I can allocate and the amount of base I’m able to work with. As I continue the series, I anticipate longer timeframes as the Khadir’s journey expands and he is introduced to fresh dilemmas that he couldn’t imagine. But it would never be as big as more traditional novels as I always strive to provide quality over quantity.

Get Written in the Sand today: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1026062

Until next time,

Y. Daher

Daher Publications: Origins

Hey world,

For those who have already read my book or perhaps are in the process of reading it, then you will surely be aware that the book and upcoming ones are copyrighted by Daher Publications. As you have guessed, I am indeed self-publishing my works and my reasons are simply for the sake of creative and monetary freedom. Because if I’ve learned anything from other new writers is that publishing houses, big or small can be particularly, how do I put it, predatory towards new writers and first time authors. And I’m not saying that’s the experience for every new author but publishers often see authors, particularly new ones as commodities. And commodities are often disposed of. I write stories out of passion, and I feel like working with a traditional publisher would quickly turn into a chore and thus, drain the passion from the stories.

This reasoning may seem dramatical to some, but it was the amount of control that swayed me to go my own way. I think most of us can agree that we do our best work when we have the most contro on how it is done. Now I’m NOT saying that self-publishing is the definitive way to go and that it has no drawbacks. It would’ve been much appreciated if I had a reputable agency or house do all the marketing, editing, design and prep while I just hand over my manuscript. But you can’t never have it all. So if you were to ask for my advice, it would be to choose the way that does not deprive you of your creativity whilst being efficient at what you do.

As for the name itself, I had more let’s say, unique names on the board but I decided on Daher Publications for simplicity.

Thanks again for reading, let me know if you guys have any questions of topics you would like me to discuss. I try to keep my posts short but informative as I try to post more frequently.

Until next time,

Y. Daher

Did someone say, EARLY ACCESS?!

Hello world,

Yesterday, I announced the official release date for Raw Kingdom: Written in the Sand. But who said you have to wait until then to know what awaits our brave but naive protagonist? Oh right… But that was in the past, kinda. But, if you are the impatient type (no judgement) then you can read the first issue right now. Yes, you read that correctly, right now, for almost half the price! I’m not capping you capping (youth lingo). Click this link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/presale/1026062 and get the e-book version for almost half off.

Just like that Y? You are seriously giving us your brand new book for almost nothing?

Yeah, *almost* nothing. I probably should’ve mentioned this at the top. While anyone that stumbles upon my Smashwords page gets access to the presale, only those subscribed to my newsletter get the discount. Because my subscribers are from the Daher tribe, and I take care of my tribe. If you want to be taken care of, subscribe and enjoy Khadir’s journey early. Because I know he won’t!

PS: To enjoy Khadir’s journey so far , you must know how it started. And you can do just that by picking up Raw Kingdom: Prelude for just 1$!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1022072

Special announcement

Hey all,

I am proud to announce that the first issue of the Raw Kingdom series is launching on the 13th of June. To commemorate that, the prelude of the series is now available at 75% off exclusively at Smashwords. This deal will end on the 13th.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1022072

Don’t forget to preorder the first issue so you will be able to get it as soon as it drops 12:00 am Pacific time. But no spoilers 😁

Until next time,

Y. Daher

Raw Kingdom Update

Hey world,

This piece is to inform you all that there’s been a change to the cover of Raw Kingdom: Prelude

The new cover is as below:

If you happen to see a book with the same title but with a different cover image, no worries, those were previous versions that are no longer purchasable. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to remain updated on my projects as I got exciting stuff prepared for you all.

Until next time,

Y.Daher

New Platforms

Hey world,

Just wanted to let you all know that the E-BOOK version of “Raw Kingdom: Prelude” is now available in the following platforms:

Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BF4NL2B?tag=publishdriv01-20&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1

Apple IBooks:https://books.apple.com/book/id1519070668

Rakuten Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/raw-kingdom-prelude

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1022072

The E-Book version and Paperback will be available in more platforms in the near future.

What I wanted, what I needed…

As far as I can remember, I was only interesting in two things: reading and imagining. I would read anything I could get my hands on, and then I would imagine stories based on those readings. Even though I’ve went through many changes in my life, those two things stood the test of time. Yet I’ve never thought about putting my thoughts to paper until I’ve reached the 11th grade. By that time I’ve been indulging into graphic novels (fancy comic books) and was making plots in my head. But I was still hesitant to write something as I thought it what sounded was in my head would only sound good to me. But my urge to write compelled me so I started typing small dialogues and monologues from the many stories I could remember. By 12th grade I’ve written over a hundred of snippets focusing on Bleeding land (which later became Raw Kingdom) and Blood, Sand and Steel. I was gaining confidence that this was going to lead to something but I wasn’t sure how to come about it. That changed the day I handed my last English essay of my high school career. I ended up getting a good grade, but that wasn’t it. My teacher called me in,  I thought she wanted to talk about my work but what she told me instead was that out of all the students she teaches, my style of writing was one that she had never seen before and frankly, impressed her. Now mind you I had this teacher for three years in high school and that was the first time she praised my work that way. She told me she was impressed with since the beginning but didn’t tell me so I don’t get over my head. This exchange changed my entire perspective on my abilities. Perhaps all those years of reading and dreaming were going to get me somewhere. Perhaps I could actually write a book. No, I am going to write a book. Over a year later, I published Raw Kingdom and as the saying goes: The rest is history. So if you enjoyed Raw Kingdom, you could also thank my teacher for making it happen, I know I did.