Born to be the Boss Startup Conference
Thursday, 29 November 2018
theDesk, 20/F Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
Today, in order to manage our writing careers, we need to be entrepreneurs. In fact, many authors and writers who dive into the publishing world soon discover they are running a business. Some refer to it as the rise of the “author entrepreneur”, but either way to be an effective business owner requires good skills, practices and connections. Should you be interested in developing your entrepreneurial mindset, the JEM group is delighted to welcome WiPS members to join their upcoming “Born to be the Boss” Startup Conference. Not only will you hear from a great line-up of entrepreneurial speakers but part of the proceeds will go to a good cause — to help low income entrepreneurs from impoverished regions of the world on the poverty-alleviating website Kiva.
WiPS members can enjoy a special 10% discount off all ticket classes by entering the promotional code WIPS on the Born to be the Boss registration page on Eventbrite. For more details, please contact Janet Middlemiss on (852) 9195 7829 or at email@example.com
Relocating from Singapore to Tokyo and then to Hong Kong within a year in 2007 wasn’t easy for my family of four. But realizing we might stick around for at least a few years allowed me to settle in.
I picked up brushes and canvases from the art store in Wan Chai and began the artistic journey that I had originally contemplated while living in the US in 2000. My first exhibit in Hong Kong was at home with the help of a few friends. I sold a couple of my favourite paintings and that nudged me forward. It was a tough journey but I never wavered.
In 2013, I was awarded an Honorary Prize for “Best Impressionistic Style Painting” at the Master of Art International Art Prize in London. I literally fell off my seat as I wasn’t expecting any recognition, let alone an award. In the meantime, I took a graphic design course and started to write freelance for Hong Kong Living as I wanted to make the most of my Masters in English Literature. I aIso undertook an internship at an art magazine, ArtAsiaPacific, and learned a lot about the publishing world. I won the Justice Centre Choice Award for the Human Rights Art Prize 2015 for my acrylic painting, “If Only I Could Fly”. Using this success, I applied and exhibited at various locations in Hong Kong, Osaka, and Kuala Lumpur.
Now as an editor for Southside Magazine at Hong Kong Living, I have come to realize the value of time and doing what we enjoy in life. And yes, I still paint on the weekend. You see me socializing less but hey, I’m enjoying the journey!
Many thanks to Christine Loh and Peter Gordon for a fascinating discussion about the merits of publishing short books as a way of sharing ideas with a community. We’re looking forward to reading No Third Person and reflecting on Christine Loh and Richard Cullen’s thoughts on the way forward for Hong Kong. It will be a quick but fascinating read! Look out for other titles in the series: Journey to the West and There’s No Poetry in a Typhoon. We look forward to reading more short books that are sure to follow from Abbreviated Press.
Thank you to Meg Wolitzer for joining us at the FCC on 9 November for a glass of wine and an engaging conversation about the writing life!
We have received a healthy number of submissions for Imprint 18 but would like more to round out the anthology. If you have not yet had the chance to submit, we hope you will now. Please share the extended deadline with your writing community.
New Submission Deadline: 22 October 2018
For more information, go to the Submit to Imprint page on the WiPS website.
N.B. We have started editing this year’s submissions and are impressed with what we have seen. We have acknowledged receipt of everything we have received so far, so if anyone has sent in work and not received a response, would she please let Carol know at firstname.lastname@example.org. The new method of sending submissions has caused some confusion and one or two members have used the wrong mailing address. To make sure that nothing has slipped through the net, we will send a finalized list of contributors after the extended deadline.