CayWriters is hosting the 2nd annual book fair. I wanted to go bigger and better this year, providing writers with more promotional options and writing resources, including workshops.
Even with amazing sponsors, chances are you’ll still need funds, unless you’re a star at getting people to throw money and/or free stuff at you–a skill I’ve yet to learn. Lol!
The response from the companies approached was expected for three reasons:
- The time was late in the year and many companies had already assigned their charitable budget.
- The type of event is not one many companies support. Most company choose specific charities that tie in with the company’s image, goals, and objectives.
- They aren’t comfortable giving their money to a new company/organization/event.
CayWriters is a new company and the Cayman Islands Book Fair is a new event, so I expected apprehension and a whole lot of nos from companies, even with it being a community event.
No similar event or company exists on the island which makes people wary. It takes time to build trust and a community of sponsors who believe in and are as passionate about helping writers in the Cayman Islands and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I didn’t start CayWriters to make a pile of money (although tons of cash would be nice) or give up if people didn’t toss me money or anything else I wanted. The road ahead is a long one, but I’m dedicated to the journey and willing to use my own money to make this work. That’s how strongly I believe!
To the sponsors out there, CayWriters is here to stay, so is the Cayman Islands Book Fair, and my determination to help writers in the Cayman Islands make an impact in their community and the world.
You didn’t give me money and that’s okay.
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