There are very few international bestselling authors who come to Manila. The ones that mattered to me, anyway. I don’t recall ever hearing the likes of Stephen King, Anne Rice, John Grisham, Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, and other A-list authors ever expressing interest in coming to Manila for some book signings. I guess their publishers didn’t think the readers in this side of the world don’t really matter to them.
What their publishers should know is that these international authors would have given people in this side of the world an inspiration to read more, or start reading for some. It would have likely sent fans craving for more from the authors. Lauren Kate of the Fallen series was one of the few authors who came that I was interested in. Unfortunately for me, the day she met fans was the day I was sick!
There’s a petition going on for Becca Fitzpatrick of the Hush, Hush series to come to Manila for a brief visit. I do hope this one pushes through. I also hope that more YA authors will come to Manila and have my books signed My wishlist goes like this…
- Maureen Johnson
- Tabitha Suzuma (although this one will most likely be stopped by the Catholic church if her incest-themed book Forbidden be the one she’ll promote)
- Alyson Noel
- Carrie Jones
- Gayle Forman
- Lauren Oliver
- Lisa Schroeder
- Jodi Picoult
- Jennifer Echols
- Kami Marin Garcia
- Julia Hoban
And a lot more authors I’ve read!