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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.)
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Caffeinated-Bunny Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Any thoughts on my work?  :)
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weekendhunters Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't read any of it yet, but I'll get to it when I have the time.
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Caffeinated-Bunny Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. 
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Thanks for the fav :-)
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XanthiaB Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the watch. :heart:
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doughboycafe Mar 5, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you for joining :iconthewrittenrevolution:, we're delighted to have you with us. Welcome to the revolution. :salute:

We're quite a busy group. We regularly post prompts and publishing opportunities for our members to try. Don't forget to drop into the chat room as well!

And feel free to add us on Facebook and Twitter. :dummy:
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, just doing a bit if advertising [sorry] seeing as you do writing! :squee:
:onfire: This group :icontry-your-page: is where you can submit the first page of your work in order to get critique and people say if they would turn the page.

Thannkkss for you time! :)
~ Have a nice day
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LunarNightmare Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Wow thanks for the :+devwatch: ....... it means a lot to me :)
I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of my stories :D

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3wyl Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! :wave:

On behalf of SixWordStories, I would like to welcome you to our group!

We have many ways for you to get involved. If you have written six word stories in the past, feel free to submit them to Freestyle! We also have Prompts once every two weeks, where more information is listed here. Our guidelines are listed here, which includes our definition on What is a Six Word Story? to help you. :la:

Basically, all our happenings are displayed on the right side of our front page so please have a browse! If there are any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us! :love:
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Kounterpoint Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much for the watch, man. :D
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