The Debut Novel: doing it on your own

There’s only ever one first time.

I can still remember the very first book I finished writing some eight years ago. Truth be told, it wasn’t even a book, but a screenplay based on my time in Israel. It was partially inspired by that movie Before Sunrise. My taste in books and movies has changed a lot since then. 

Once I was done writing that screenplay, I sat down and wrote a family saga about how my family immigrated from India to Singapore. It was one of those classic immigrant stories that went through the generations. I’m proud of my second book. I really am. Can’t say I ever want to publish it. 

Once that was done, I sat down and wrote my very first fantasy book. And me being me, I took on a really ambitious multi-protagonist plot. For some reason, I’ve always felt very drawn to the concept of telling the same story from a different perspective. Once I finished writing the book, I decided that it was time to try and get it published. 

And I tried doing it the ‘traditional way’. Why?

In hindsight, I have no idea why I attempted such madness.

In hindsight, it was also the wrong time, the wrong place and the wrong book.

This time around, I decided to do it on my own. I guess I’m what you call an ‘independent author’. 

The launch date of the book is set. The book will be released next month. (!!!)

I’m working with my team of freelancers, who come from all different countries and from all walks of life. To be honest, the whole thing still hasn’t sunk in yet seeing as how I’m mostly on my laptop fiddling around with Instagram, writing the sequel (and doing research for it) as well as liaising with a bunch of people who I’ve never met. I’m also in the process of figuring out Facebook advertising… 

Me, active on social media…. Who would have thought…

I can’t say that this was on the cards when I left Japan a year ago. I mean, it was somewhere in the back of my mind… But I didn’t actually think I would actually be doing this at this point in my life.

Like I said, the whole thing hasn’t sunk in yet. 

Am I actually going to pull this off?

I have no idea what’s on the horizon. My first venture. My first book. My first baby. 

Wish me luck. 

5 thoughts on “The Debut Novel: doing it on your own

      1. Doing better these days. I’m going to Japanese school right now to pass the JLPT 2 and I’m going to start job hunting in August. glad to see you doing so well!

        Been thinking about you as well.


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