It’s coming to that time of year, the end of 2020. Our latest mailing highlighted some of the highlights of the CaribbeanReads’ year, including the books published, our starred Kirkus review, and more. Feel free to join our mailing list, it will bring joy to your mailbox. And as always, check out our catalog to get all your Christmas or holiday gifts, for young and older.
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Earlier this year, starred review from Kirkus Reviews. This review has now been selected to be featured in Kirkus Reviews November 1 Issue and will appear as one of the 35 reviews in the Indie section of the magazine. We are very excited about the opportunity especially since less than 10% of Kirkus Indie reviews are chosen for this.
Read an excerpt from the publication here.
Receiving reviews is always a bit nerve-wracking. When you publish in a niche, there is always the chance that the reviewer completely misses the point of the book. That said, when we received notification that a Kirkus Review of Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse was available, we were excited to open it up. Continue reading
About one month ago, we put out a call for middle-grade books. We are looking for Caribbean-themed books aimed at 8-13 year old children. We also promised to hold writing workshops to guide interested authors to complete their work. Applications are now open to the first workshop. It will be held in November and the deadline for applications is October 15. The workshop will be taught by Carol Mitchell and will be free.
We want writers who are serious about producing a Caribbean-themed middle-grade novel. So if that’s you, please go to the application page by clicking on the Submit button below, read the requirements, and fill out the form. All applications will remain confidential. No names will be made public.
Two weeks ago we released an audio and eBook survey and asked you to tell us about your e-reading habits. We had 100 respondents, not enough to make any conclusions, but here are some of the patterns that emerged.
First of all, of the people who responded, 58% live in the Caribbean, 34% are immigrants or first-generation in their homeland, and 8% had no familial connection to the Caribbean. Most of the respondents were between the ages of 36 and 64 years old. We divided the results among these groups, just to keep things interesting. Continue reading
In an effort to reach as many people as possible, CaribbeanReads makes its books available in print, eBooks, and some as audio books. We are interested in knowing how readers feel about the eBooks and audio books so we can better serve your needs.
We are polling our customers and readers in general about their attitudes and habits with respect to eBooks and audio books. It is anonymous and should not take more than a minute or two to complete. Thanks so much for participating.
Take the poll!
Just in time for your next reading club, we have a discussion guide for Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse. This is a YA novel, but it’s enjoyed by adults as well. So whether you are a teen or an adult, your reading club will love this multi-cultural musical romance. The free reading guide contains a list of discussion questions for your book club and guidelines for using Musical Youth in the classroom.
Jo-Annah Richards was a contributor to our Christmas Anthology. We’re excited to learn about her latest publication.
Beautiful Chaos is Jo-Annah’s first collection of poetry and her second publication on Amazon.
With a passion of the Creative Arts, second time author, Jo-Annah Richards released an enchanting and eclectic collection of captivating poetry. The topics ranging from love to politics, with each poem effortlessly and vividly embodying the beauty and chaos.
Beautiful Chaos is available on Amazon
CaribbeanReads is actively seeking to acquire middle-grade novels with Caribbean settings by Caribbean authors.
There’s no deadline, we anticipate holding this open for a while so take your time and submit your best work. Your novel should be already complete and ready to send if we ask to see the full work. Be sure to be familiar with this genre before writing. If you don’t like reading this type of book, you’re unlikely to enjoy writing it. Continue reading