Pre Preface…. February 2018
I set the following to be published here last September and have no idea why it didn’t appear. Now, I’m writing about my experience as co-editor of So Many Islands Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans and discover the post in my “drafts” file.
Third time lucky?
PS: It’s 2018 and I’m still not up to a blog post per month! *sighs*
Preface…. September 2017
I wrote the following in February 2016. I have no idea why I didn’t complete it or publish it. And no idea what I was going to say in conclusion.
What I can say now, more than a year later, is that attending that workshop was one of the best career opportunities that has ever come my way.
Since then, I’ve expanded my editing, writing and publishing network as well as participated in regional events (such as Bocas Lit Fest) which might otherwise have eluded me.
The effect has been so significant that I feel the need to publish this essay albeit way after the fact of the event….
Back in Dcember 2015 I promised myself that 2016 would be different for me, blog-wise.
In ’16 I would commit to posting at least once per month, myself told myself.
By January 31st, it became clear that wasn’t going to happen.
So I’ve reset my goal and will double up with two posts this month…..
I was going to write one of my mini-book review blogs where I offer some pithy and hopefully witty reasons why you should read whatever I’ve recently read… and I may still write that since I actually found time to read quite a few books over the Xmas holidays and am eager to turn you on to them.
First, however, I must write about my recent trip to Guyana. I visited Georgetown for a week, attending the CaribLit/Commonwealth Writers Fiction Editing Workshop facilitated by publishers Jeremy Poynting of Peepal Tree Press and Johnny Temple of Akashic Books.
The workshop was intensive. Both gentlemen managed to condense a wealth of information into the five days. As well as teaching practical aspects of the business of book publishing, Jeremy and Johnny offered invaluable insights by sharing their personal experiences in the wide, wild world of publishing.
Kudos to CaribLit for conceptualising, organising and executing the event and to Commonwealth Writers for supporting it.
The workshop offered me an excellent opportunity to meet other Caribbean writers as it brought together scribes from nine territories: Belize, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Guyana, St. Lucia, Jamaica and Barbados.
Joanne C. Hillhouse (Antigua) gives an excellent account of the workshop here.
The highlights of my trip? Apart from the workshop (naturally!), in no particular order of preference…
- Being in Georgetown – walking Robb Street; visiting Stabroek Market, The Sea Wall, The National Library.
- Reading from my Crime Fiction novella To Protect & Serve during From the Green Antilles, the pan-Caribbean reading organised by CaribLit and having the opportunity to hear other writers perform some breath-taking work during the same reading.
- Reuniting quite unexpectedly with my “long-lost” “baby” cousin
- Dining at Oasis Café which, with its book room, cakes, coffee and divine cuisine, is superbly named
- Meeting Members of CaribLit and learning more about the network. You can do that here.
Take a look at my pix here.
Nailah is founder of Caribbean Passion, the Caribbean’s premier Romance series. She is the author of the Romance novellas To Star, With Love, Someone To Watch Over Me, Second Time Around, Cruising to Love and her latest (the Rihanna-inspired!), Fantasy Fulfilled. She is also the author of the YA novellas Colourblind, available on Amazon and Smashwords, and Pick of the Crop. She is currently working on the sequel to her first action/thriller novella To Protect & Serve.
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