No, I'm not going to drop the nuclear bomb. Sorry.
Well, I've been thinking of being a published author for some time now. So, earlier today I went to my college's book fair, and amidst the stacks and stacks of religious books and inane romance novels, I found a stall manned by a local independent publishing company, which basically publishes novels from any genre, as long as it's good.
So...being an up-and-coming novelist with aspirations to make it big, I asked the guy manning the stall, since he works for the publisher, if , you know, I can get my (theoretical) novel published under them.
He was actually pretty happy that I asked that question, since I assume, despite the people buying the books and merchandise, not many asked him how one can become a published novelist.
Of course, the first thing he asked was my genre, which, as you're aware, I'm still looking for it. Sometimes I'd write these slice-of-life stories, sometimes I'd write these horror stories, sometimes I'd write these stories that...well, I have no idea where to place them myself. And then he told me the low down, about how I need to send in the first three chapters, somewhere around 7000 pages, and around 22 to 25 pages, along with a synopsis.
And it has to be in my mother tongue and not English, which is going to be a bit of a problem since I express myself better in English, but hey ho, it's a hurdle I'm willing to overcome just to get published. And then I'd have to wait two to three weeks, while twelve writers-cum-editors (yeah, you can tell they're not a big organization, but somehow they manage to publish stacks of novels) will debate and agree if they'd publish this, and then they'd call up their most dedicated readers to review and decide the quality of my story (now that's a dream job), and once that's over, then it's a doozy, with the other mundane stuff like choosing a cover and whatnot.
And then I bought six novels using the state-subsidized book coupons, which is around RM 100, roughly... $30.47, and as it turns out, even if they get their royalties, it won't be much. So it's not like I can make a living off writing these novels, unless I churn them out at a prodigious rate, or somehow manage to get a bigger publisher.
Oh well, here's to hoping. Here's to making my dream to become a horror novelist closer to reality. Here's to working hard and actually writing a good novel, and seeing it published and sold in bookstores. Here's to my eventual peak in narcissism, overblown coke addiction and public disgrace, before I sober up and write even more and better novels.
Well, maybe not the last one, obviously. (Well, except the better novels part.)