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.
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)