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Carib Lit Plus (Mid to Late April 2021)

A reminder that the process with these Carib Lit Plus Caribbean arts bulletins is to do a front and back half of the month, updating as time allows as new information comes in; so, come back, or, if looking for an earlier installment, use the search window. (in brackets, as much as I can remember, I’ll add a note re how I sourced the information – it is understood that this is the original sourcing and additional research would have been done by me to build the information shared here)

New(ish) Books

Not new(ish) books but a new discussion coming out of Bocas (and linked in this post) on the 100 Caribbean Books that Made us. (Source – Bocas)


Trinbagonian writer and illustrator Danielle Boodoo Fortune has announced the imminent release of Sitting Moon: Colouring Meditations on Motherhood.

(Source – the author/artist’s facebook)


From UWI Press, a number of biographies including Sheer Bliss: a Creole Journey by Michaela A. Calderaro, about Eliot Bliss, Stuart Hall by Annie Paul, and Una Marson by Lisa Thompson, among others. Go to UWI Press. (Source – N/A)

Check this out/Reports

The Ministry of Education (Antigua and Barbuda) has announced its first annual virtual symposium every Wednesday in May 2021, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will be held under the theme ‘Meaningful Research – Enabling, Informing, and Creative Positive Change’. (Source – the Daily Observer newspaper)


The Barbados-based US Embassy hosted Bajan writer Cherie Jones in a zoom for World Book and Copyright Day. Jones is writer of the acclaimed novel How the One-armed Sister Sweeps Her House. U.S. Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean Linda Taglialatela welcomed the participants and Haitian-American creative writer Inga Laurent guided the discussion. The first 25 registrants were eligible to receive How the One-armed Sister Sweeps Her House and the chat was to feature a contest to win additional titles, including Jones’ earlier collection The Burning Bush Women and Other Stories. I don’t know about you but I’m sorry that I missed it. (Source – US Embassy Bridgetown email)

World Book and Copyright Day was pretty busy in Antigua and Barbuda as well. Check it out.


Intersect Antigua and Barbuda, a gender advocacy group with a storytelling platform, has announced a new Caribbean feminist series, featuring two inspiring Caribbean women in history across their social media platforms once a month. The series launched on International Women’s Day in March 2021 and have since featured Una Marson, Mary Jane Seacole, and Amy Ashwood Garvey. There’s also this upcoming event:

(Source – Intersect newsletter)


With the hopeful theme of “The Cure,” the 19th annual St. Martin Book Fair is scheduled for June 3 – 5, 2021.


Volume 35 of The Caribbean Writer will launch this April at the Virgin Islands Literary Festival. ‘The 2020 edition, a tribute to the late literary icon Kamau Brathwaite, will be launched at the upcoming Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair (VI Lit Fest) hosted online from April 30 to May 2, 2021 under the theme, “Diasporic Rhythms II: Interrogating the Past; Imagining a Future”. The volume features poetic and prosaic tributes from award-winning authors and poets as well as not-before published submissions from “The Man Himself.” According to Program Chair Alscess Lewis-Brown, the issue is part of the collective outpourings of gratitude, remembrances and reminiscence lyricized in musings, tributes, celebrations of his life — a continual repast of ubiquitous reminders of his influence.’

The festival line-up includes Edwidge Dandicat, Kwame Dawes, Canisia Lubrin, Vladimir Lucien, Jacqueline Bishop, Rozena Maart, Summer Edward, Yona Deshommes, Chika Unigwe, Shara McCallum, Michela Calderaro, and Mervyn Taylor. Register here. Sign up to present at Book Bacchanal here. (Source – The Caribbean Writer email)


The Bocas Lit Fest Programme

Read it here.

I know you’re looking forward to this list.

(Source – Bocas Lit Fest email)


The Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association now has a website. About time. Here you can find back issues of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books and other scholarly information re Antigua and Barbuda. Start reading here. (Source – email from the editor Professor Paget Henry)


With lyrics penned by St. Lucian writer Adrian Augier, More than Just Islands is a new song and music video promoting marine conservation. It features the voices of several Organization of Eastern Caribbean States musical superstars including Antigua and Barbuda’s soca diva Claudette ‘CP’ Peters and Ricardo Drue. The initiative was spearheaded by managing director of Right Angle Imaging Barbara Jacobs-Small of St. Lucia, who said, “It advocates the singular importance of the OECS marine space to our lives, livelihoods, way of life and the promise of the Blue Economy for our region.” (Source – Barbara Jacobs-Small’s linkedin)


Trinidad born US rap superstar Nicki Minaj and US folk rock legend Tracy Chapman had a copyright dispute that ended with the former reportedly agreeing to pay out US$450,000 to the latter. Is this just an opportunity to link the original version of Sorry/Baby, can I hold you tonight?, which was in heavy rotation back in the day?


But also this is relevant to a site like ours which does try to educate on literary and publishing matters. A previous ruling, reportedly, determined that the song which Chapman had refused requests to license to Minaj fell under fair use. The settlement means that the case won’t be returning to trial (and that judgment won’t be tested). But it’s an opportunity for an always timely reminder to respect copyright, make sure you have permission (from the creator and/or license holder) to use any content you did not create and/or that it falls firmly within fair use if you do use without seeking permission. Read the details here. (Source – The Root) See also Resources including links re legalities vis-a-vis creative works here on Wadadli Pen.

Wadadli Pen News

Judging for the Wadadli Pen Challenge is still in progress. Meantime, check out our patrons.

Congrats are due to

Tekiah Minott, 17, Antigua Girls High School, winner of the Carl Adrian Joseph photojournalist award.


Winners of the Priest Isaac Institute of Holistic Knowledge eighth annual Africa-themed essay competition here in Antigua and Barbuda, Johanna Jacobs, Nyeisha Chiddick, and John Germain. All three won electronic devices – tablets or laptops. (Source – the Daily Observer newspaper)


Halcyon Steel Orchestra, one of Antigua and Barbuda’s winningest pan orchestras, on reaching its 50th anniversary. The Grays Green musical band has 13 titles to its record, and has the distinction of being the only pan orchestra to ever 4-peat in the history of the local panorama. For its anniversary, the group is having a Keeping the Vibes Alive 50th anniversary facebook competition giving pan players domestic and abroad the opportunity to rearrange and present one of its winning panorama tunes. Follow via the #Halcyon50 hashtag. (Source – the Daily Observer newspaper)


Desiree Seebaran, winner of the Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize for Poetry. This prize allows an emerging writer to improve her/his skills through mentorship for an entire year. St. Lucian poet (Canada-based) Canisia Lubrin is the winner of the OCM Bocas Prize with her book length narrative poem The Dyzgraphxst (see earlier post re the prize – below – re the other finalists) (Source – writers and book lovers and Bocas watchers on twitter)


Kevin Jared Hosein, as the already mult-award winning Trini writer lands a major publishing deal. Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Bookseller.com had to say:

‘Bloomsbury is to publish Devotion by Kevin Jared Hosein, after securing the title at auction for a “major” sum.

The novel, set in 1940s Trinidad and inspired by oral storytelling traditions, follows the intertwining lives of a wealthy couple and the poor families who live in the barracks below their farm, after the mysterious disappearance of the husband leads his wife to hire one of the barracks’ farmhands as a watchman. Described as a novel with “a huge moral canvas”, the book interrogates class and the consequences of powerlessness.

Alexis Kirschbaum, associate publisher, acquired UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada) and audio rights to the novel from Chris Wellbelove at Aitken Alexander Associates. US rights were acquired at auction by Gabriella Doob at Ecco.

Hosein lives in Trinidad and Tobago. He was the winner of the overall Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2018, and of the Caribbean regional prize in 2015.’ Read more. (Source – Facebook)


The Bocas Lit Fest and the three writers shortlisted for its main prize: poetry winner Canisia Lubrin (The Dyzgraphxst – a Quill & Quire Book of the Year), fiction winner Maisy Card (These Ghosts are Family), and non-fiction winner Andre Bagoo (The Undiscovered Country). Lubrin is from St. Lucia, Card from Jamaica, and Bagoo from Trinidad and Tobago. More here. (Source – Bocas email)


Jamaican-British writer Leone Ross whose latest Popisho (also known asThis One Sky Day) debuts this month. It is getting a lot of hype (including lots of media coverage – e.g. in Bookseller.com, the Financial Times, and The Guardian). You can join her on any of her current tour stops (e.g. this one – click the image to register).

(Source – Leone Ross’ social media)


Journalist Daphne Ewing-Chow of Cayman who has been adjudged winner of the PAHO/CDB/CBU Award ‘Celebrating Responsible Coverage of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support During Covid-19’. “Ewing-Chow’s winning article, ‘Mental health professionals voice looming concerns for Cayman teens’, earned her a cash prize of US$500 and a certificate. It was the only entry across all three categories that met the criteria of the four-member judging panel. The report, published on January 26, 2021 on the online news website Loop Cayman, featured the personal experiences of teens in the Cayman Islands who were feeling the psychological impact of Covid-19 lockdown measures. It also provided insight from experts and offered tips for supporting teenagers struggling with mental health challenges.” (Source – Loop’s social media initially)


Barbadian writer Shakirah Bourne who has landed a deal for two more books ahead of the summer 2021 release of her first US release Josephine Against the Sea (the Caribbean edition of which has been previously published with Jamaica’s Blue Banyan). See below (Source – Shakirah Bourne’s social media)

Read my recently posted review of the audio book of Bourne’s previously self-published In Time of Need.


The writers, including a number of Caribbean writers, shortlisted for this year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The full line up is here but, of course, we single out for mention Andre Bagoo of Trinidad and Tobago, who was also recently announced as the winner of this year’s Bocas non-fiction prize, Heather Barker of Barbados, Rashad Hosein of Trinidad and Tobago, Sharma Taylor, originally of Jamaica, resident in Barbados, a multi-award winning short story writer whose book deal we announced in a recent Carib Lit Plus bulletin, and award winning novelist Roland Watson-Grant of Jamaica, who previously made the Commonwealth long list back in 2017. (Source – Twitter)


Shabier Kirchner, of Antigua and Barbuda, who recently wracked up awards for his work as cinematographer of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series, is attached to another winning project, Sundance short prize winner, Lizard.

Kirchner served as cinematographer on the project which was directed by Akinola Davies Jr. (Source – Facebook)


Lawson Lewis, local artist and filmmaker, whose ‘Neighbour’, part of an ad campaign for North Coast Hardware, has won a silver award at the American Advertising Federation Awards, through the Caribbean Advertising Federation. “We are the only Leeward Islands Agency to reach this far. Usually, the winners are from bigger islands with well-established agencies, like Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, and Puerto Rico. To be listed among them is a huge accomplishment,” Lewis was quoted as saying in the Daily Observer newspaper. “What the Silver means is that now we will actually move to compete in the Florida segment and if we manage to get a Gold or Silver then we move to nationals to compete against other states in the US.”

The series of ‘Neighbour’ ads created some social conversation around community values.

Lewis’ agency, Tarsier, previously won a Marcom Gold Award in 2019, in the animation category, for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s Cool is Clean campaign. (Source – Lawson Lewis on Facebook initially)

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Carib Lit Plus Early to Mid September 2020

A reminder that the process with these Carib Lit Plus Caribbean arts bulletins is to do a front and back half of the month, updating as time allows as new information comes in; so, come back.


Stephanie Ramlogan, author of Case of the Missing Eggs, is the winner of the 2020 Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival’s Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean American Writers Prize; and Hadassah K. Williams of Trinidad and Tobago, author of Vizay, is the winner of the award for Writers in the Caribbean. The finalists, after the original long list announcement, include several TnT writers, and two writers apiece from Dominica and Jamaica. Details here.  Also the BCLF is in progress, virtually, at this writing with participation from Nunez, Richard Georges, Donna Hemans, John Robert Lee, Katia D. Ulysse, Ifeona Fulani, Vladimir Lucein, Monique Roffey, Elizabeth Acevedo, Imam Baksh, Lasana M. Sekou, Lisa Allen-Agostini, Lauren Francis-Sharma, Shivanee Ramlochan, Karen Lord, Vashti Bowlah, Curdella Forbes, Kei Miller, Christian Campbell, Merle Collins, Ingrid Persaud, Celia Sorhaindo, and Naomi Jackson. Full participant list here. The festival ends on September 13th 2020.

Old News

This article is actually from last summer (Daily Observer newspaper, July 5th 2019) and I haven’t been able to find more recent news re the Copyright Tribunal it reports on, but I just wanted to keep the report somewhere for the record. Given that it relates to intellectual property issues, this seems as good a place as any. Observer 05 07 19 2


This one’s more of a literary magazine: Crop Over Unapologetic. Crop Over is Barbados’ Carnival and most Carnivals were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Coordinator of the lit mag project Nailah Imoja said in her Reflections, “With the Covid-created cancellation of Crop Over 2020, the NCF’s official months-long event, arose the fear that artists and artistes of all disciplines would be left with no avenue for self expression at one of the most significant times (specifically artistically-speaking) in our cultural calendar. Then came GineOn!…And the Freedom Festival was born….Crop Over Unapologetic is the literary aspect of Freedom Festival.” Selections for the publication were made by Adonijah, Shakirah Bourne, Sara Venable, and Andre Harewood; and selected writers (not exclusively Bajans) include Robert Edison Sandiford, Robert Gibson, Linda Deane, Sonia Williams, Opal Palmer Adisa, and others. Download the issue here.


The paperback edition of global anthology New Daughters of Africa debuted this September, following the March 2019 debut of the hardback edition.


Publication of this book, edited by Margaret Busby, made it possible for publisher Myriad Editions to team up with SOAS University of London and International Students House to launch a £20,000 MA bursary for a female African student. The first recipient of the Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award will take up her place at SOAS next year. Myriad has also partnered with The Black Curriculum to donate 500 copies to UK schools. The anthology – described by the Financial Times as “a groundbreaking book…marvelous and also necessary” – is taking its place on several BLM reading lists.


Remember to check the Opportunities and Opportunities Too pages for …well, opportunities. But also …

The 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is open for submissions. It is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction with prizes for each Commonwealth region and one main prize. All Commonwealth citizens free to enter. Read more.


Earlier this year pre-COVID-19 lockdown, a member of Wadadli Plus film production company launched his book and there’s video. Parental advisory for very graphic sexual content. The video is from the Public Library Author of the Month series. Congrats to the author and to the library for the series spotlighting books made in Antigua and Barbuda. Details of the book, Kameshia Grey Sex Tales from 1735 by Kevroy Graham, can be found on the Antiguan and Barbudan Writing and Fiction pages.


2020 is a milestone year for the NGC Bocas Lit Fest: the tenth year of Trinidad and Tobago’s national literature festival, which has grown into the Anglophone Caribbean’s biggest annual literary celebration. It will go down in history for another reason: it’s the first-ever entirely virtual and online version of the festival, with 80 participating writers and speakers (including Trinidad and Tobago’s Shivanee Ramlochan, Barbados’ Karen Lord, part of a panel dubbed back to the future with fellow Caribbean speculative fiction heavy weights like Nalo Hopkinson and Tobias Buckell, sessions on social justice that will include TnT’s Lisa Allen-Agostini and Vahni Capildeo, the latter a Forward prize winning UK based poet, rising stars like Andre Bagoo and 2020 Bocas prize winner Richard Georges, of the BVI, and living literary legends like Haitian-American Edwidge Dandicat, and other likes Dominica’s Celia Sorhaindo, Barbados’ Nailah Folami Imojah, Trinidad by way of Barbados Ingrid Persaud, Trini’s Ayanna Gillian Lloyd and Monique Roffey, St. .Lucians John Robert Lee and Vladimir Lucein, Grenada’s Jacob Ross, Puerto Rico’s Loretta Collins Klobah) and a programme of free events livestreamed via the Bocas website and social media.

All festival events are free and accessible to all, with no tickets or registration. The programme will be streamed live at www.bocaslitfest.com, facebook.com/bocaslitfest, and youtube.com/bocaslitfest

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Carib Plus Lit News (mid-ish June 2019)

Antigua and Barbuda’s Grand Dame of Poetry, Mary Quinn, got front page coverage of her final chapter in the Daily Observer. An article headlined The Nation Mourns An ‘Iconic Figure’ recalled that “She produced a weekly column in The Daily OBSERVER entitled Tales Out of School, through which she reflected on her experiences as a teacher, mother, and patriot observing the goings on in the nation.” Something we forgot to mention in our tributary obit. of Mrs. Quinn (nee Hampson) here on the blog. Go here to read the full Observer article in which youngest daughter Lydia Quinn announces plans for a posthumous publication. Martina Johnson of Observer also wrote a lovely tribute for which I am unable to find a link to share (in which she speaks of Mrs. Quinn’s diligence in keeping the records of the Observer library and serving as not only a historian but a resource for the journalists breaking the news, and the precision she applied to the writing [long hand on yellow notepads with a number 2 pencil] of her column ‘Tales out of School’). It’s worth noting that while I have often checked the media for its coverage of lack thereof of not just the arts but our artistic icons at their passing – they’ve done a great job with the likes of Rick James (also tributed in my CREATIVE SPACE series), and especially Dr. Ramsey (also celebrated here on the blog), and now Mrs. Quinn who also received deserved editorial treatment.


Another passing recently covered in the press is that of Antiguan-Barbudan calypsonian Bambi: ‘To say that he will be sorely missed is putting it mildly. He loved our culture and traditions dearly, and did his best to keep the same alive. Whenever he donned his John Bull costume, he became one with our ancestors – the original John Bulls, many of whom hailed from the Yoruba and Asante of West Africa, and he played the role to the hilt. Then there was his calypso singing – pure entertainment – hilarious, side-splitting songs that spoke to the light-hearted nature of the man. It was almost as if he was saying to us, that our lives can go by in a blur, if not for moments of laughter, conviviality and good cheer. Life would be mirthless and insufferable, were it not for Mighty Bambi moments. For example, his risible solution to our unemployment problem was for those seeking work to “Bag smoke, count dew, dry ice, go-ah dead house fuh count crab louse, and bang dawg wid tick!”’


Out of Barbados, there is this 2018 ArtsEtc list of Indy recs from Bim which includes Elegguas by literary elder Kamau Brathwaite and Anthony Kellman’s Casa de las Americas winning Tracing JaJa; and the announced release of an e-comic book series by the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados. This e-book release is in concert with a radio drama in recognition of a public awareness campaign around the Day of National Significance (re the country’s 1937 riots). ‘NCF Cultural Officer Literary Arts and Producer of this segment of the campaign, Mrs. Ayesha Gibson-Gill, expressed her excitement and satisfaction with the comic series remarking that, “It will demonstrate that we have interesting stories and amazing artists.”’ I know they have their complaints but the energy coming out of the National Cultural Foundation re lit arts – the programmes  I’m looped in to because I’m somehow on their mailing list make me envious (because, Oh Antigua).


In Antigua, one of the discussions leading up to Carnival season has been copyright. It’s a still-moving story but this May 27th 2019 extract from the Daily Observer can maybe help you get caught up. I don’t quite have a handle on the ins and outs of this particular issue (even after reading about it on the media and social media) but, broadly speaking, I can see how for DJs and event planners operating in Antigua and Barbuda being hit with entertainment tax, copyright payment being taken upfront (as a percentage of the gate or estimated gate receipts), and the new notice from Labour Dept re work permits for guest performers all in the same year may have them feeling pressed (and will have patrons feeling it in the pocket – the inflation creep is real in these streets). As a writer, both as a novelist (and creative writer) and as a freelancer (journalist and content creator), I do know the importance of copyright and royalties though (art creators gotta eat) and do feel there is need for continuing education re use of artists’ intellectual property; and do think the conversation is necessary. Which is why I’m sharing it here.

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure; also a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator).

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Over time, Wadadli Pen has added a fair amount of writing and publishing information – from interviews with authors and publishers, to the reading rooms, to the opportunities pages (technically posts not pages). This post-not-page is something slightly different, though there’ll probably be a bit of overlap. Like the reading room, and opportunities and opportunities too page/post with pending deadlines (which you can use the search box to find if the links don’t work), it will be updated from time to time; its purpose is to gather and share information related to publishing that writers need to know – information that too many of us have to learn the hard way. Hope you find it useful on your writing and publishing journey.  Also visit the Writer’s Toolbox. Disclaimer: We don’t take responsibility for the information provided on any of the linked sites. Remember, do your own due diligence and seek the advice of an agent and/or lawyer if you can.

Authors – Getting Paid
On the Hustle – Tips for Freelance Writers 
Publishing – Books 
Publishing – Journals, Anthologies
Publishing – Promotion 
Classes, Services (Writing and Publishing)

11 Frequently Asked Questions about Book Royalties, Advances and Money

The ABCs of School Visits with an Independent Bookstore Some good tips here but worth remembering that we live in the Caribbean where the gumption of an author asking to be paid for school visits (in any form) is often met by a … huh? (and likely some behind-the-back grumbling about the author lacking community spirit). These posts are however a reminder to value what you do (give what time you can and/or choose to, of course, but don’t let anyone shame you for valuing what you do or for not giving what you cannot or can no longer afford to give). Shift the paradigm.

Festival Appearances – Guidance for Authors (UK specific but the principles, especially the breakdown re why authors should be paid, applies to authors everywhere)

How to Set Your Speaking Fees

Is it in poor taste for an author to charge a book club an appearance fee?

Public Appearances

Publishing Paid Me – the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag trended on twitter in 2020 during the Black Lives Matter uprising as what many people of colour (and, as a Caribbean writer, people otherwise off the map) hoped would be a moment of reckoning in the publishing industry related to disparities vis-a-vis access, advances, and everything else (see publicity/promotion etc). Has there been significant shift? Jury’s out. Meantime, we have a databse of advances received by different groups (broken down by race, gender, and sexual orientation) which can at minimum save as a guide re the kind of advances being paid out by the publishing industry and who’s profiting. Here’s a link and here’s a pdf:

Rate Guide for Authors

School and Library visits – a Guide

Selling to a Publisher

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10 common—and crucial—copyright questions for communicators

Antigua and Barbuda Intellectual Property and Commerce Office

Basic Copyright Concepts for Writers

Carib Export webinar
“Don’t assume, ever…definitely register your copyright, definitely sign a split sheet if you’re collaborating with anyone.”

Copyright Information for Writers

Following Copyright Law while Blogging 

The Fuss about Fair Use

Permission Guidelines for Using Copyrighted Material

Two Easy Steps for Using the DMCA Takedown Notice to Battle Copyright Infringement

A Writer’s Guide to Permissions and Fair Use

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On the Hustle – Tips for Freelance Writers

“One thing to keep in mind: Once you’ve been published …, it is almost always worth sending them more ideas, even if they don’t ask for them. You’ve already started the relationship with them, and they know you as a writer, so they are more likely to give your queries consideration.” – How to Write and Get Paid: 11 Cases of Freelance Writing Success edited by Jacob Jans (don’t have a link but worth sharing)

7 Contract Stipulations All Freelancers Should Know About

7 Nudges to work in to your query letters

7 Things You Must Do To Survive A Recession As A Freelancer including
1. Prioritize adding income over cutting expenses
Your first reaction to a big drop in income may be to cut back your expenses. That’s not wrong, but it’s more important to focus on bringing in more work. If you already live frugally, as many freelancers do, there’s only so much you can eliminate from your budget. Earn more and you won’t have to cut as much. When you have a good month—and you will, even in a downturn—save as much as you can to improve your cash flow for the next month. We could devote an entire article to getting more work. But a few ways to expand your roster of clients is to ask your current editors to connect you with their colleagues, update your online portfolios and social media pages, scour freelance job boards, and keep an eye on social media for calls for pitches.

7 Ways to get paid on time as a Freelancer

5 Red Flags to look for in a Contract

5 Tips for Aspiring Features Writers

31 Ways to Freelance Yourself to Financial Freedom

Buying Yourself Time

“The time you spend working for clients who underpay or don’t appreciate you is better spent seeking great clients who love you, understand your value, and pay appropriately.” – Carol Tice

Case Study: How I Get Paid $100 a Week to Write Rants About Video Games

Case Study: Collecting overdue payments and holding clients accountable

Content Syndication

Editing Tests (I’m not a fan of these but they can be part of the hustle – this article debates the value and cost of editing tests)

“Find your minimum…and charge no less than that. If someone comes to you and says ‘…can you go lower?’ just say no… If you’re getting a lot of low paying work, you just need to learn to say ‘no’ more…You are worth a certain rate as a writer and when you go below that you are undervaluing yourself and as a result that paints the wrong picture of you to your clients.” Very good webinar on navigating the freelancing life.

“As a writer, you set the bar for acceptable pay. Don’t settle for less than you deserve and look for opportunities to upsell your services.” – Five Ways to Upsell Your Writing Services

Freelance Fees (insights to how freelancers charge)

Freelance Rates Database

Freelance Writing Rates (at 2020) – “Value your time and skills, and clients will, too.”

How much should book editors charge (or, if you’re looking to hire a book editor, how much should you expect to pay)

How much should I charge for freelance writing services

How much should I charge for freelance writing services

How not to Pitch Editors

How to become a Professional Ghost Writer

How to deal with a Bad Payer without giving in to Anger

How to land higher paying assignments says, “Give your time and your work the value it deserves.” One way to do that: “The best way to filter out poor prospects is to ask point-blank: What is your budget? …Most freelancers are afraid to ask about money, but they should not be. Explain to the clients that you need to know their budget so you can tailor your service accordingly.”

How to Market Yourself without selling Your Soul

‘While coaching me and my almost exclusively female classmates, Brodesser-Akner declared the following: “Always ask for more money!” It was a habit she’d developed after noticing that men did it all the time, without thinking twice about it. People respect you more for knowing what you’re worth, she told us.’ – How to negotiate your rate like a pro

If the client doesn’t budge, it might be time to walk. Being forced to find new clients is often a blessing in disguise—especially if you take it as an opportunity to level up.”

Landing Clients

“If you’re still a little unsure of your abilities, keep telling yourself that you have skills and experience that people are prepared to pay for. You’ve been invited to a meeting for a reason. You’ve won their approval thus far; you now just need to bring home the business by impressing them face-to-face.” – Learning how to sell yourself: how to win over a new client during a pitch by Katy Cowan

Negotiating tips

On pricing freelance projects – “Charge appropriately, and don’t be afraid to turn down projects that just don’t make sense.”

Publication Rights for Freelance Article Writers

“Most freelancers spend about 30 percent of their time completing non-billable work like pitching, researching, interviewing, responding to emails, marketing, networking, and invoicing…That means an eight-hour workday only leaves you with about five billable hours. So when finding your own rate, be realistic with what you can charge and how many hours in the week you can work.” – Rates

Rates (a sample of some freelance publication rates)

“So be bold. Go after the writing you want, keep yourself at the forefront of editors’ minds, ask for fair compensation, and see what happens!” – Reminder to Be Bold when pitching

Should journalists ever work for free?

Should You write a Free Sample to get a Freelance Writing Gig?

A Smarter Way to Price Freelance Projects 

Spotting Writing Scams

Tapping in to local business

Troubleshooting not getting Paid as a Freelancer

The Ultimate Guide to Recurring Income for Freelancers

Use Linkedin to find Your Next Writing or Editing Job

What to do about freelance writing when you update your resume

What to do at every stage of a late payment

What to do when asked to give away your work

When they don’t pay

When to say no to Unpaid Freelance Work

When your publisher goes out of business

When your editor ghosts you

Why what you write matters more than where you publish

Writing for others – what to charge

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Publishing – Books

The 10 Most Common Manuscript Submission Mistakes

An Author’s Guide to Praise and Endorsement Best Practices

“I highly recommend a professional editor such as Joanne Hillhouse (jhohadli.wordpress.com/writing-editing-coaching-services/) or Virginia Hampton (hampton.virginia19@gmail.com) who have provided excellent service to me and other writers in Belize and abroad.” – Belizean writer Ivory Kelly in an article providing publishing tips for authors in Belize which authors in the wider Caribbean and beyond may find a useful resource

The Best Advice I can offer- on getting published

The Best Advice I can offer – Fear of Being Edited

Caribbean Writers Discuss Publishing – Lessons, Breakthroughs, and Rights

Carly Watters – Literary Agent Blog – I’m sharing this here because I don’t really have an agents’ blog on this site but I find, just perusing her comments section that she’s quite responsive and has some insights about the industry that might be useful, whichever agent you pitch.

Don’t Fall Prey to Publishing Scams: 7 New Writer Mistakes to Avoid

Everything You ever wanted to know about Book Sales

GATE opens a window to the world of e-publishing

Guidelines for formatting your manuscript before submission and more guidelines BUT remember to check the publisher website for any guidelines specific to her.

How I got my literary agent – part 1, part 2, and part 3 by Barbadian author Shakirah Bourne,

How to get published

Negotiating an e-book contract

Nine Ways to a Faster Book Deal

The Pros and Cons of Book Awards

The Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing

Publishing 101 with Eugenia O’Neal

Publishing an Ebook

Publishing Contracts 101 (Protect Your Work)


Query letter – tips 

Self-Publishing Conference 2019 Materials

Ten Principles of Fair Contracts

Tips for Querying Literary Agents

Vetting an Independent Editor

What to do When Your Book goes Out of Print

Why You need an Author Platform – and How to get One

Why your blog is your best promotional source

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Publishing – Journals, Anthologies

Formatting manuscripts for submission

The Legal Side of Writing for Anthologies

Submitting Something Somewhere: Things to Consider

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Publishing – Promotion

10 Ways to blog Your Books to increase Sales without being Pushy or Annoying

The Art of Publicity: How Indie Publicists Work With Writers

The Best Advice I can offer – Increasing Exposure

Book Marketing Mistakes

Caribbean Books Foundation has launched (as of summer 2021) a monthly book launch list for Caribbean writers. “On the 15th of every month we will release a list of to-be published works, both self-published and traditional, from Caribbean writers and authors that will be launching the next month. This list will be promoted on our platforms and allow readers and reviewers who wish to view or purchase these works a chance to do so.” Details of how you can get your book listed here.

Connecting with Readers

How to Tame the Social Media Beast (a primer for writers on the use of social media as a promotional tool)

“Consider the topic being more than about the book’s release, and instead more about the impact of the book, a strange intriguing fact about how the book came about, how the book meets an urgent need, how a famous/semi-famous person reviewed your book and what they thought. In other words, the book isn’t the news…something else amazing related to the book is.” – Press Releases: a Blast from the Past by Greta Burroughs

Reaching Readers – Blog Tour Magic

Social Media Playbook for Authors!

“Don’t make the mistake of just replicating your content across platforms.” – Tips for Better Social Media Marketing

What Facebook’s 2018 Change Means for Authors

You and Your Wiki – Caribbean Writers Edition

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Bad Habits

How to write Children’s Books

It’s not about how fast you write but how well

On Writing Dialogue

Three Plot Structures

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Classes, Services (Writing and Publishing) – short sample limited to people who have had some connection with Antigua and Barbuda and especially Wadadli Pen

Joanne C. Hillhouse

Marita Golden

Professional Writing/Writing-related Services (Antigua and Barbuda)

StoryShyft is a media arts company in Barbados that produces audio books.

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10 Things Every Blogger Should Know About Working With Brands

Caribbean Literary Resources

Design Tips for Non Designers: 8 Dos and Donts

Dis ‘n Dat

Dominican writer Lisa Latouche talks about the road to the MFA programme in one, two parts (inspiration)

About your e-signature and how to utilize it as a marketing tool

Guidance Sheet re Recording and Sharing Author Archives – Guidance sheet recordkeeping and transferring archives – “Authors should take time to ensure that they make the right choice of archive service for donation or deposit, and this may require a period of negotiation and discussion. It is important that there is sympathy and synergy between the author’s collection and the archival institution which will be responsible for its care and promotion. Seeking to change archive service once the process is underway can be a difficult process.”

Grants and Artists-in-Residences are Awesome Opportunities

How to do a Live interview on YouTube (You Tube Live with 2+ People) + How to Livestream on You Tube (Complete Beginners’ Guide)– for other tech challenged authors. I linked those two links because of their comprehensive presentation of the options but I found Sara Nguyen’s videos particular helpful for novices though more narrowly focused on comparisons between two browser platforms and a slow walk through one of those. This article might also prove helpful.

How to Hire a Skilled Editor and What You’ll Pay (because some writers really do need to consider what’s involved before pushing back on the rates – negotiating is fine, disrespect and derision is not) – rates and reasons vary but this isn’t a bad guide

How to lose a third of a million dollars without really trying – a lot of this may feel like another world (every author isn’t getting advances of this size, for one) but posting just as a cautionary tale for any writer trying to navigate the publishing world (because it can be very confusing)

How YouTubers get paid

Joanne C. Hillhouse’s musings on Writing and Publishing

The Literary Diaspora

On merchandising fictional characters – a legal primer

Presentation tips from a puppet

This writer says, be professional and do your own research before asking (i.e. respect another writer or editor’s time – which is not to say, don’t ask, but do your leg work)

Writing and Writing-and-Publishing related services (including illustrations, editing, formatting, and more) in Antigua and Barbuda

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As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen, my books, and my freelance writing-editing-coaching-workshop services. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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On Intellectual Property Rights

I had the opportunity on May 22nd to read from my 2012 novel Oh Gad! during the opening ceremony of the Workshop on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights for the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Officials. It was organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)  in cooperation with the Antigua and Barbuda Intellectual Property and Commerce Office (ABIPCO). This two day programme which attracted participation from regional jurists would, over two days, look at issues like Building Respect for Intellectual Property, Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Trademarks, IP Awareness as a Non-Punitive Measure, Copyright, and Patents or Infringements over the Internet.

When Ricki Camacho, the Registrar here in Antigua and Barbuda, invited me to read, I angst’d over what section from my book would be appropriate to read to a group of eminent men and women more used to reading case law. Did they read for pleasure? But Ricki felt it was important that beyond looking at Articles of Law and Case Studies, they be exposed to the art and the artistes they are being asked to protect. Who else would be performing/reading, I wondered? Just me, apparently. No pressure or anything.

In the end, I settled on a combination of scenes dealing with the impact of a land development project on farmers. Was it serendipity that the selected reading ended with this line “…it’s a cause worth fighting for you know, holding on to who you are.” It felt like a good note to end things on and the justices seemed to agree as they quickly bought up all copies of the book available at the event and chatted with me about how much they enjoyed the reading. What an unexpected result.

Ricki emailed me that she’d like to do more of this kind of thing in the future, and she’s found a convert in me; I applaud her for thinking outside the box.

Because, here’s the thing, as a writer living and working in the Caribbean, I clearly am betting hard on the potential of the creative industries (beyond tourism, off shore banking and other industries that draw the lion’s share of the attention). A recent posting by Carolyn Cooper made a similar point. In it, she was responding to a critic of the reggae poetry course at the University of the West Indies. She wrote that the critic did “not appear to understand the principle that knowledge of one’s own history and culture has intrinsic value…the diversity of opportunities in the creative/cultural industries escapes her… (she) clearly has a very old fashioned view of culture. It’s something you do as a hobby. Culture couldn’t possibly be a serious business.”

Usually I’d say that Carolyn’s critic’s dismissal of arts and culture seems pretty similar to the attitude of our policy makers, and that cynical take may hold true in general, but clearly Ricki is determined to help lay the kind of foundation for artists that will help the society at large to see what they do as “serious business”. So, there are, as always, exceptions.

We need those exceptions to become the norm.

Because for those of us in the region, sharpening our skills and often sucking salt, daily, that is the dream: that just as a skilled debater can imagine him or herself as a litigator (or politician), a girl who imagines can dream herself a career as a storyteller whether on film, on stage, or on the page.

I am a writer. This writing takes two main paths.

There’s the writing I do for me which half the time finds its way out into the world as a short story or poem in a journal or a book like Oh Gad! In our market, there’s very little (and that’s being generous) protection offered to creators of this kind of content; in fact, I was compelled to register my manucript with the Library of Congress in the US before shopping it, though often we settle here as writers for the poor man’s copyright – i.e. sending the manuscript registered mail to yourself. Even with the upgrades to the law and there have been upgrades in the time that I’ve been active, not much has changed for writer in this regard.

There’s the writing I do as a for-rent freelancer, and the fresh battle each and every damn time over rights (with respect to the present and future use of the work across all formats i.e. not paying for print rights and then distributing electronically without compensation while effectively cutting into the freelancer’s future earnings).

Creativity – along either of these streams – takes time and application, that’s the case for all content creators. It is not a hobby to many of us; it is a passion yes, but it is also bread and butter (man, and woman, must eat). And that’s why it’s important for our copyright to be protected.

For more on Antigua and Barbuda’s copyright as it exists in law, see the Copyright Act of 2003. And, in case you missed it, here’s an article (one of several around the web) I’ve found useful re freelance writers and rights.

UPDATE: I also wanted to share this article by Kalamu Ya Salaam – ‘Get Published Not Exploited’ – something that we need to be reminded of especially when unpublished and desperate to kick through the door or previously published but desperate to put food on the table. Our work is our art; it is also our commerce; it has value and we need to remind ourselves and those who would exploit it of that.

SECOND UPDATE: This may also be of interest as it addresses double-use of freelance articles and/or use by unrelated entities, something I’m all too familiar with.

THIRD UPDATE: Another one from Writing World. And we can’t stress this enough: “Please note, as well, that an article does not actually have to bear a copyright notice to be protected. Under copyright law, your work is protected by copyright the moment you write it down. However, posting a copyright notice provides some extra levels of protection; perhaps most importantly, it makes it impossible for someone to claim that they “didn’t know” your work was protected.”  The Internet makes sharing an author’s work easier but as someone who has had to deal with infringement of my rights, come on, folks, respect an author’s copyright.

FOURTH UPDATE: I’ll keep posting these as I find them. This one’s on selling international rights.

FIFTH UPDATE: News about intellectual property rights agencies in the Caribbean region.

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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