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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.

Awards

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

Books

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.

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

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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.

Opportunities

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.

Events

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.

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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

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure/Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on WordPress, 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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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.

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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!”’

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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).

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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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RESOURCES

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

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

Rate Guide for Authors

School and Library visits – a Guide

Copyright

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

Publication Rights for Freelance Article Writers

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

A Writer’s Guide to Permissions and Fair Use

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

A Smarter Way to Price Freelance Projects 

Buying Yourself Time

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

“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)

How not to Pitch Editors

How to become a Professional Ghost Writer

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

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

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.”

“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

Landing Clients

“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

Negotiating tips

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

Spotting Writing Scams

Tapping in to local business

“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

Troubleshooting not getting Paid as a Freelancer

The Ultimate Guide to Recurring Income for Freelancers

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 your publisher goes out of business

When your editor ghosts you

‘While coaching me and my almost exclusively female classmates, Brodesser-Akner declared the following: “Always ask for more money!”’ – from How to negotiate like a Pro.

Why what you write matters more than where you publish

Writing for others – what to charge

Publishing – Books

The 10 Most Common Manuscript Submission Mistakes

An Author’s Guide to Praise and Endorsement Best Practices

The Best Advice I can offer- on getting published

The Best Advice I can offer – Fear of Being Edited

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.

Caribbean Writers Discuss Publishing – Lessons, Breakthroughs, and Rights

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

“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

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)

Publishing-related

Query letter – tips 

Self-Publishing Conference 2019 Materials

Ten Principles of Fair Contracts

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

Publishing – Journals, Anthologies

Formatting manuscripts for submission

The Legal Side of Writing for Anthologies

Submitting Something Somewhere: Things to Consider

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

Connecting with Readers

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

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!

What Facebook’s 2018 Change Means for Authors

You and Your Wiki – Caribbean Writers Edition

Writing

Bad Habits

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

On Writing Dialogue

Three Plot Structures

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)

Xtras

10 Things Every Blogger Should Know About Working With Brands

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

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)

Grants and Artists-in-Residences are Awesome Opportunities

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.”

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

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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