Ms Samantha Miller


Office: IT Building 6-63, Hatfield Campus
Tel: +27 12 420 4360

BA Publishing, BIS (Hons) Publishing, MIS Publishing (Cum Laude) (Pretoria)


Ms Miller joined the Department in 2013. She was formerly employed as a Media and Communications Manager at trade publishing houses in the private sector. She is currently busy with her PhD, focusing on the promotion of Afrikaans literature beyond country borders, applying a coopetition business model.

  • Subsidiary rights management
  • Minority publishing (Afrikaans)
  • Translation
  • Paratext and promotion of books
  • Marketing and communication in publishing specifically
Researcher ID profile:
Modules offered
Module coordinator and lecturer:
  • PUB 320 – Publishing: Management in the publishing environment
  • PUB 729 – Editorial practice: List building and acquisition of rights
  • PUB 110 – Publishing: The book publishing environment
  • PUB 120 – Publishing: The South African book publishing environment
  • PUB 311 – Publishing: Commissioning
  • PUB 725 – Research project 2: The international publishing environment
Postgraduate supervisor
  • Honours research reports
Recent publications and presentations
  • Miller, S. (2020). The South African Publishing Gate: Information Keepers and Seekers. Mousaion: South African Journal of Information Studies, 37(4), p. 17 pages. doi: 10.25159/2663-659X/6999.
  • Buitendach (Miller), S. & le Roux, E. (2018). Travelling Stories: Selling Translation Rights of Afrikaans Fiction to Dutch Publishers. Publishers Research Quarterly, April 2018:1-16.
  • Möller, J. & Buitendach, S. (2015). One title, two languages: investigating the trends of publishing adult nonfiction titles in English and Afrikaans during 2010-2014. Communicatio, 41(2):153-174.
  • Buitendach, S. & le Roux, E. (2014). The production and reception of Deon Meyer’s works: An evaluation of the factors contributing to bestseller status.  Scrutiny2, 19(1):18-34.
  • 6th By the Book Conference, Florence, Italy (June 2019), ‘Navigating Afrikaans publishing in a ‘hypercentral’ language landscape.’ (Presentation of paper)
  • 6th Print Culture in South Africa conference, University of Pretoria (May 2019), ‘The Publishing Gate: Information Keepers and Seekers.’
  • Stichting Studiefonds voor Zuid-Afrikaanse Studenten travel grant for purposes of Masters research, 2014
  • MIS Publishing (Cum Laude), 2018
  • PhD Bursary from Die Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns, 2020-2021
  • EBIT Faculty House 2020: EBIT Faculty Lecturer of the Year Awards
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