Here's a bullet-points recap of points that struck me in the panels I managed to attend:
GANITO KAMI NOON: WRITING THROUGH THE DECADES. |MP3|
- Many of the writers came into fellowship by drinking.
- Conflict and rivalries are prevalent no matter what decade you belong to.
- There were a couple of friendly jabs at various universities.
- Common advice if you're planning on becoming wealthy through writing (whether it's novels, comics, movies, etc.): don't.
- Many writers have day jobs.
- Highly-paying sidelines authors take involves either writing/editing biographies or writing for politicians.
- Writers don't read contracts.
- Writers wish they had book agents here in the Philippines.
- Typical print-run of a book in Vietnam is 1,000 (same goes for here in the Philippines).
- Vietnamese haven't seen Miss Saigon.
- Royalties on Philippine books for authors tend to be 10~15%.
- Publishing for the gay niche in the Philippines is lucrative (ten reprints of Ladlad, publishers willing to take a risk on gay poetry but not on a regular poetry book).
- Jhoanna Cruz is a lesbian writer despite currently being married to a man!
- Jaime An Lim is part of several margins as he's a) Filipino-Chinese, b) gay, and c) considers his writing regional.
- Chick lit written by Filipinos made it to the best-seller lists in Singapore.
- Initial run of chick lit books in the Philippines were 10,000 copies.
- "Speculative Fiction" as a term is accepted in other nations (Canada, Australia, Japan, etc.) but not in the Philippines.