Last week (March 5 – 12) was a delight. It was the Kingston Book Festival 2016. Spirited discussions took place. There were insightful information sessions, entrancing readings of poetry and prose…and the Kingston Book Fair, bright, noisy and fun. Throughout the week and at every event, there was busy networking, quiet sharing of ideas, mutual enjoyment of the world of books. Here are a few photos I took that I hope will capture a little bit of the week’s activities (in somewhat random order). You will find more photographs on the KBF Facebook page. In addition to these events, there were book donations to a children’s hospital ward, readings at correctional institutions and schools, a Christian book session, and a workshop for publishers and writers. Congratulations to Festival Chair Kellie Magnus and Book Industry Association of Jamaica Chair Latoya West-Blackwood. They worked incredibly hard and at a crazy pace at…
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The Kingston Book Festival is about to spring into action, for the fifth year.
The first public (free) event will be on Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. – Love Affair With Literature 5 at the N1 Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus. Beloved Jamaican author Olive Senior will be reading (and perhaps giving us a taste of her new book, The Pain Tree, which she will be launching here on Thursday March 8). Writer-in-Residence at UWI Vladimir Lucien, whose début poetry collection Sounding Ground won the 2015 OCM Bocas Caribbean Prize for Literature, will also be reading. I interviewed Lucien recently and you can read it here: https://globalvoices.org/2016/02/15/an-unapologetic-independent-thinker-a-conversation-with-st-lucian-poet-vladimir-lucien/ They will be joined by Jamaican writer and winner of the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature A-dZiko Simba Gegele and poet Mel Cooke – both published by the local…
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Some more information about publishing…
- An agent’s role is to sell a novel to a publisher.
- Expect to be edited by both the agent and the publisher.
- The first payment is an advance, followed by royalties if the advance is earned out.
- If it does well in the UK, a novel will be sold again to overseas publishers.
(Alexandre Duret-Lutz [CC / Flickr]) This is a continuation from previous discussions of how to and how not to submit a novel to a literary agent. It’s what I learned when I put thirty eager debut novelists in a room with two long suffering literary agents, Hellie Ogden and Jessie Botterill of Janklow & Nesbit.
If you’ve done everything not only right but also really well, the agent will offer to represent you. There was some confusion about what that means. The agent won’t buy the novel, but they will undertake to sell it to a…
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