Home Grown Book Fair
Last month I participated in a local Book Fair in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It has helped me to restore a passion and enthusiasm I once had for my gift of writing.
After moving to the Cayman Islands in 2006 and working in the financial services sector thereafter, I saw writing as just a hobby. Just something I would always do on the side. It was something I would do just whenever I had some spare time. But following the launch of my novel You Can Rise Up in June of this year, then came the radio, television and newspaper interviews, and I thought wow, that’s nice. But still, writing was something I would continue to do on the side. But then, my world was about to change.
Participating in Cayman’s Home Grown Book Fair as one of several authors on the island, made me feel a sense of importance and empowerment. The experience has helped me to start seeing my writing as not just a hobby, but as a gift that I should use, and more importantly, as a source of potential business. Since the book fair I’ve started to explore all the money making writing opportunities that I have overlooked over the years. I flashed back to my university days when I was being paid a contribution by Jamaica’s national newspaper The Gleaner, to contribute articles as a Youth Writer. I remembered my story being published in the international magazine True Love, for which I was paid US$100, when I was only 21 years old. Yet for the past 10 years I have reduced my writing to just a past-time affair. Yes I’ve self-published two novels and raked in a few hundred dollars, but why stop there. And why consider writing as just a hobby. Why can’t it become my full-time career.
Well, the sky is the limits, and I am so appreciative of the opportunity I had to participate in Cayman’s Home Grown Book Fair. It has opened my eyes to a world of possibilities for me as a writer.