Jamaica Gleaner

FUND­ING FOR WRIT­ERS

- Corine La Font Con­trib­u­tor

ONE OF the ma­jor set­backs for many au­thors is lack of funds. This holds them back from see­ing their ideas and dreams be­come a re­al­ity, and that is sad. Noth­ing, and I mean noth­ing,

should stop you from see­ing your dreams through!

Some au­thors, know­ing that the self-pub­lish­ing route re­quires up-front ex­penses, will sac­ri­fice their work to be held up for years, or maybe never to be seen, be­cause they took the route of tra­di­tional pub­lish­ing, which does not of­fer any guar­an­tee or ac­cep­tance of their work within a min­i­mum twoyear pe­riod. Sad again!

There are many op­tions out there for au­thors, but it takes some se­ri­ous search­ing, which re­quires time and ef­fort. I am sure you will be happy to know that I know this re­source that fo­cuses solely on fund­ing for writ­ers. The thing is the em­pha­sis is mainly in the United States and may be ben­e­fi­cial to mainly US cit­i­zens, but I say, don’t let that stop you. Why? Be­cause, like I men­tioned ear­lier, there are many op­tions. She has an ex­haus­tive list of con­tests, literary awards, crowd­fund­ing, grants, non-prof­its, free­lanc­ing, writ­ing re­treats, and even – wait for it ... writ­ing jobs that can aid you on your jour­ney to gen­er­at­ing funds. And just maybe, if you are se­ri­ous and tal­ented, a ca­reer in writ­ing!

It makes no sense rein­vent­ing the wheel, so I would pre­fer to point you to where the in­for­ma­tion ex­ists once I find it. This will save you time, ef­fort, and, most of all, frus­tra­tion. So, all in one place is C. Hope Clark’s work on fund­ing for writ­ers at www.funds­for­writ­ers.com. I highly rec­om­mend her and en­cour­age you to sub­scribe to her news­let­ter as well and stay in the know. I see she also has a re­source for US$15 a year. It is up to you to de­cide if you wish to in­vest in your­self and your craft, but I firmly be­lieve in in­vest­ing in my­self and what I do. I say, look at what she of­fers for free on her web­site and then de­ter­mine if you wish to take the next step. That would surely keep you very busy for weeks, even months, I am sure.

As for me, I would like to know what ar­eas you need help with so that I can fur­ther meet your needs and cus­tomise pro­grammes, online cour­ses, and even my ar­ti­cles to as­sist you. Here is the sur­vey link: http://svy.mk/1Oj8tpd.

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Corine La Font is a speaker, au­thor, coach, and self-pub­lish­ing con­sul­tant. She is also an award-win­ning pub­lish­ing re­source in the 2013 Small Busi­ness Book Awards. Get a copy of her book at http://amzn.to/TFHQka, Sub­scribe to her mag­a­zine at http://bit.ly/1IDj7pQ. Tune in to her ra­dio pro­gramme at http://www.blogtalkra­dio.com /helpdeskja and check out her web­site at http://www.helpdeskja.com She can be reached at corinelaf@gmail.com.

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