Thank you, MIBF 2019!

September 23, 2019 - - No comments


Being at the largest book fair in the country is always a reminder that reading is definitely not just a thing that I and my close friends do. So many Filipinos read! And they are best served by not asking anymore if readers exist, but in making sure they’re getting the books they deserve, that authors are treated fairly, that creations are valued, and that exploitative practices in the industry not be allowed to continue. It’s 2019! Let’s do what we can, and if you already are, thank you.

MIBF is an intense experience, whether you’re a reader or an author. This time I got to be an exhibitor too, and sell books through Visprint. Thanking Visprint for this chance and the support throughout. It was a LOT of work for us who volunteered our time to stock and sell books, but we’ve learned more about one side of this book-making thing and I’m glad for it.

But why? Was it worth the muscle pain and the exposure to a gazillion people? Yes, the books deserve it. The authors deserve it. Yes, these books and authors.

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So I'm still tired and have all these aches and pains from 5 days of MIBF but! But. I don't mind doing that for these books and their authors. And it's OK if you couldn't go because MIBF when it's huge is a LOT and my peopleing got tested to its very limit. This is just one way to do this thing we do and other ways are helpful too. That said, I love how we're surrounded by people who know these books, know what they could mean to someone, and match them with readers looking for that story. If you're a creator and you have a group of people around you like this you're all set ❤ @romanceclassbooks #RomanceClass With photos from @laylatanjutco @angelidumatol @iggztagram @iambinibinge

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@romanceclassbooks got to do #MIBF2019 thanks to @visprint and it was an honor sharing the space with @meganoncomicsph @haliyapublishing and #BalangayProductions. (Special thanks to @neyramirez and @tepaipascual ❤❤❤)

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We’ll find a way to do this. And more of it. Thank you, everyone!

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Mina V. Esguerra writes and publishes romance novels. She founded #RomanceClass, a community of Filipino authors of romance in English.
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