BeChange Books [BB]™ is an independent publishing imprint that aims to help creative writers publish inspiring and uplifting nonfiction books.
Why BeChange Books?
Times are evolving, and what used to be the privilege of only a few to be published by traditional publishers is shifting. At BeChange Books, we believe that everyone’s story matters and stories can help us evolve and grow. We also believe writing can positively impact a culture and help create a better world for all.
BeChange Books was founded by international award-winning author Seconde Nimenya to offer up and coming writers who write for a changing world, and aspire to be published authors.
At BeChange Books, we want to help aspiring writers, craft and publish their work and benefit from a network of independent professionals in the publishing industry, alongside a team of writing mentors, as well as coaching on how to craft your nonfiction story by Seconde Nimenya, a five-time published author herself.
How Did We Get Here?
In 2013, leadership advocate Seconde Nimenya decided to write her first book, a memoir titled, Evolving Through Adversity, a story of her life journey, and the life lessons she has learned along the way. In the book, Seconde shares how life was when she was growing up in her native country of Burundi, in East Africa, and her immigration to North America; including fighting to get an education in a culture where education for girls was not encouraged. Seconde became a recognized international award-winning author and that propelled her to become a voice for the voiceless in the world, advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, educational systems and communities where people live, work and play. She went on to write four more books, and her latest is Unlocking Diversity: How to Create Inclusive Cultures in a World of Differences─ all independently published.
After working with a diverse range of independent publishing professionals on her first five books, Seconde realized the shift in the publishing industry, and the power that lies with collaborating with other creatives. She decided to publish a hardcover edition of her workbook, A LEADER’S COMPANION WORKBOOK to Evolving Through Adversity under a new imprint she called BeChange Books. The goal for this new imprint is to allow other creative writers to achieve their authorship dreams.
Publishing through BeChange Books means offering independent authors what they need to publish their stories, and make a positive impact within themselves and in others. We work with experienced creatives in the field of book cover design, book copyrights and professional book editing, as well as writing coaches.
Everything Seconde offers is built from her lived experiences and learned lessons from publishing and launching her own books. She will be the first to tell you that this road is not a straightforward lane to success. Everything worthwhile takes time to accomplish, and may have twists and turns.
At the end of the day, if you are passionate enough and committed to do your best work, you can succeed on your own terms─ and not the measure of success that the world gives you. If you are itching to know what you could accomplish when you put words on a page, we invite you to partner with us, and publish under our BeChange Books imprint.
The first book in the list to be published under BeChange Books imprint is Seconde’s A LEADER’S COMPANION WORKBOOK to Evolving Through Adversity: Strategies for Personal and Professional Success. This list will be updated as we continue to publish more books. Stay tuned!
Frequently Asked Questions
What services do you offer under BeChange Books?
Below are the services we offer at this moment, but as we grow and evolve, we may add more services.
- We offer our new authors to publish under our BeChange Books imprint logo in their print books.
- We offer a unique ISBN and Barcode for your printed book (if author resides in the United States).
- We connect you with a wide range of freelance partners who are experts in their field, and are familiar with the independent publishing industry. *
* Although we will suggest some of our partners, there is no obligation to work with them, and you can choose whoever you want to work with. Our imprint just wants to publish the best quality work, and these partners are the ones we’ve worked with to publish our own books. Also, the fee for publishing with our imprints doesn’t cover the cost you need for writing and creating the book. We will be upfront and transparent with what’s covered in our fee structure.
- We also offer inhouse writing coaching and mentoring with Seconde Nimenya’s JUST WRITE Workshop on Crafting Your Nonfiction Story. ** You can choose to buy a package that includes writing coaching, imprint logo and ISBN and Barcode for print book.
How much does it cost to publish under BeChange Books?
As specified above, we will be upfront about the costs required for each service. Sometimes, buying a package will give the best deal, but we will give you the opportunity to choose the service (s) you need. That’s what you get for being an independently published author, it gives you that much control!
We just want to offer you that extra support every writer needs, especially in their early writing journey.
What if I only want to publish an eBook?
Our BeChange Books imprint can also provide an ISBN for your digital format, when you buy an ISBN for your print book. We usually advise buying them together as a package.
What about book distribution?
The beauty of being independently published is that the author (not us at BeChange Books) gets to choose where their book can be sold. This means, you can have your book distributed through online retailers such as Amazon through KDP and they make the book available on other Amazon sites in other different countries around the world, Barnes and Noble online, just to name a few, and in addition, you can create your own online store and sell your book. Once you sign up with BeChange Books, all this information will be provided, so, no worries!
How do you make money writing books?
The simple answer is: It depends on the author, so, there is no size fits all. Just so you know, we don’t pay advances to authors – which also means, we don’t ask you to share your book profits with us. We don’t have or recommend you to any publicity or promotion. As an independently published author, the effort to sell and promote your book will be up to you. Being upfront and transparent when signing up authors is an important step for us. Our role is to help you tell your story, and be an inspiration for positive change in the world. Writing a book is one of the most satisfying endeavors, and we want you to experience that joy. Can you put a price tag on that? We think not!
So, what are you waiting for? Come Write with us and tell your story, and inspire others. At BeChange Books, we will not only help you in crafting your nonfiction story, we will also help you publish it so you can share it with the world.
As author and BeChange Books founder Seconde Nimenya often says: “For me, there’s no greater satisfaction than that of encouraging others with my lived experiences, while growing in the process.”
Can you publish fiction books under your BeChange Books imprint?
Currently, we are only focused on nonfiction book publishing. Nonfiction stories with a minimum of 75 pages (could be poems or essay collection), memoir, self-help, or leadership books. But since no one knows what the future holds, we could expand to other genres later.
What is an ISBN?
ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number (ISBN), and is a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies a published book internationally. The purpose of the ISBN is to identify a title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, and makes it more efficient to market products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors.
What is a Barcode?
It is the code that appears on the back cover of a printed book and has its unique ISBN, and usually shows the assigned book price embedded with the ISBN. This code is needed if an author wants to sell their book through retail bookstores and chains, online bookstores, wholesalers, and distributors.
What is a Library of Congress Catalog Preassigned Control Number (PCN)?
The PCN is a number assigned by the Library of Congress to a book, while it is being cataloged. By the way, the Preassigned Control Number (PCN) is not the same thing as Copyright registration. The main goal of copyright records is to document the intellectual or creative ownership of a work. The principal intention of the PCN program is to assign Library of Congress Control Numbers (LCCNs) in advance of publication, and that number is assigned to books that the Library may add to its collections. When printed in the book, the LCCN facilitates access to the bibliographic record for that title to make it easier to process by libraries and book dealers who obtain copies of the book. If you would like more information about Copyrights, visit the Copyright Office website: https://www.copyright.gov
How to request our services?
So glad you asked! We are accepting publishing inquiries for 2021 and 2022. To be considered, or to get more information, simply send an email to: info@SecondeNimenya.com and in the subject line, please write: BeChange Books Publishing Inquiry. Please give us enough information for how to connect with you, and we promise to get back in a timely fashion, to learn more about your writing project.
In a world that’s constantly evolving, we believe in the power of story and sharing inspiration to help find a common purpose to solve our local and global challenges. Don’t die with the music still inside of you, sing it to the world!
Seconde Nimenya, MBA
Author | Founder, BeChange Books