AFCC recap

For two days, I attended AFCC (Asian Festival of Children’s Content) and as always was/am surprised by the amount and level of talent in Southeast Asia.

My panel was about Southeast Asian YA science fiction and fantasy. THERE ARE SOUTHEAST ASIAN YA WRITERS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA. Why aren’t they more well-known? I really want more translations now. At the moment, most of the books published are only read within their home countries and only by a few as accessibility and interest are still very low. Why aren’t publishers biting/interested/actively acquiring? I know Scholastic Asia is. (I am biased, because I have a book under them). Why aren’t we actively marketing and promoting YA (and MG) sff books?

(I have more Thoughts re: this – will write more when my brain cells recover)



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