Eastmond wants support for local authors

Author and former politician Rawle Eastmond is appealing for more assistance for local authors.

Speaking at Chattel House Books during the signing of his latest novel, Woman, Eastmond highlighted the difficulties local authors face in publishing their novels.

“The cost of publication is sometimes prohibitive, and then after having paid substantial amounts by way of investing in the publication, then market demand is a factor that has to be put into account,” Eastmond noted.

He added that there could be some collaboration with the existence of a local print media house.

“We… have a print media [house] in Barbados that can certainly manage print, and if they establish a link with the publishers, we [the authors] may be able to use existing media to be able to do some local publications, that will help us to get around the very high cost to put out work” Eastmond said.

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Author Rawle Eastmond wants more support for local authors

He mentioned that since the release of his first fictional novel, Helen’s Hound, in 2006 he has realized that Barbadians residing overseas were more receptive of local work.

“Many of my co-author friends…lament the fact that there is not enough local support but somehow Barbadians residing in Florida, Montreal and Toronto warm to the idea of local writers producing work,” he said.

Eastmond added he has found an audience among readers aged 45 years and older, as well as students of the University of West Indies and the Barbados Community College.

His other works include ‘Beach Bums’, ‘Yardfowl’ and ‘Unshackled’. (KK)

 

 

 

3 Responses to Eastmond wants support for local authors

  1. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer October 11, 2015 at 10:58 am

    He can continue to wait .

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  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 11, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Rawle Eastmond my POB teacher from over 30 years ago.

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  3. Tony Waterman October 12, 2015 at 12:39 am

    ““Many of my co-author friends…lament the fact that there is not enough local support but somehow Barbadians residing in Florida, Montreal and Toronto warm to the idea of local writers producing work,””

    So Instead of waiting for a Handout, why now get a group together and make a trip to these locales and Market yourselves ???.
    people like you are the reason that’s why BHL is now having to battle a hostile takeover, you have NO Viision.

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