This week, I’ll be attending the Manila International Book Fair as panelist for From the Philippines to the World: Breaking Into International Publishing. Organized by the Overseas Publishers’ Representatives Association of the Philippines (OPRAP), in collaboration with the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), this panel discussion aims to help Filipino writers and creators understand the paths and means towards international publication. The panel will give attendees first-hand information from Filipino authors/illustrators who have made it internationally, as well as allow them a chance to connect with individuals who have worked or currently work with foreign publishers.
Sitting with me on the panel:
KATE EVANGELISTA (romance & new adult author, published by Entangled Publishing, Swoon Reads, etc.)
DAWN LANUZA (YA, romance, and poetry author, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing)
GAIL VILLANUEVA (middle grade author, published by Scholastic)
FRANCIS MARTELINO (illustrator)
TARIE SABIDO (PBBY chairperson, NY agency intern)
JM CABRAL (book blogger, Penguin Random House partner blogger)
** THIS IS A PAID EVENT. Entrance fee is PHP 500. This avails you of:
– Entrance to the event
– Swag bag with 3 free books/advanced readers copies from our partner publishers
– Raffle ticket
– Snack stub
LIMITED SLOTS AVAILABLE. Kindly pre-register through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-the-philippines-to-the-world-breaking-into-international-publishing-tickets-48999698417
Four years ago and a few days before I self-published my very first book, The Boyfriend Backtrack, I also attended a talk at MIBF with Mina V. Esguerra as a panelist. I did this before I self-published — attended workshops/ talks, stalked (and eventually interacted with) authors and the community online, lol. I asked Mina to sign my copy of My Imaginary Ex (my first Mina!) and her message read, “wishing you the best on your writing journey.”
As part of this panel, I wish to share how my journey from being a self-published bestselling author paved the way for me to be published internationally.
If you come and you tell me you‘re working on your book too, I’ll pass on the torch and sign your book the way Mina did — like a new tradition — to pass the good juju.
But remember, all the good luck in the world won’t carry you forward if you don’t do your work. See you there! 😘