Not everyone is going to love your book. You can’t please everyone and nor should you try. I’ve heard people criticise authors like JK Rowling and Paulo Coelho about finicky little things and it’s always surprised me when people can’t see the big picture. There’s a lot of unwarranted elitism in the book publishing world, and many readers shun books that are a commercial success and label it ‘trash’ – which I think is overlooking the value that some books brings to a popular audience. It may not be your thing, but if a book manages to engage an audience, it is hardly trash.
Many people travel for personal and professional reasons. But to actually leave home, uproot yourself and plant yourself in a new country is a whole different ballgame. Over the years, I’ve met many expat kids who get hauled from country to country because of their parents’ jobs. I’ve watched many of them enter adulthood wondering where ‘home’ is. I can’t say I fully understand the sentiment.
The Knight of Wands has been a regular feature in my relationship readings. As a woman, it’s been tempting for my tarot readers to think that it represents the men in my life. After all, the Knight is a man of double fire. It took me years to figure out that the knight was me. The court card’s story inspired me to write my own.
I’ve been a traveller on the road for the past 12 years so it’s strange to suddenly find myself back home and playing tour guide to visitors from abroad. I used to do it a lot growing up. I come from a family of merchants – and hosting our international suppliers was part of my job description. But 12 years can change a lot – especially in fast-paced Singapore.
Despite all the bad press that Amazon gets, I don’t believe I would have been able to publish my book if not for their KDP program. When I tried to get published the traditional way in 2013, I collected over 200 rejections letters that I imprinted into my broken heart. I said goodbye to my childhood dream and decided that I was better off doing something else.
I’ve had a plethora of messages come through since the book came out. Mostly friends and family asking me a range of strange questions that had me bemused as to what they think I do… Here are their questions.
Now that my book’s been published, it’s time to sell it. Oh yes. It’s time to get THE LITTLE LIGHT into the hands of readers and customers. My ebook was released on 6th June, and the paperback was released on the 8th. It was quite the ordeal to put it all together. Most people have no idea the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make your dream come true.
The Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu – Celestial Beings from world mythology – bicker and squabble, just like any family. But they’re going to have to put their differences aside to help the Little Light – a wise soul, imbued with insight and curiosity – prepare for its birth on Planet Earth, where it has a great and far-reaching destiny…
I don’t know what will happen when my debut novel is finally launched, but I’ve enjoyed the journey – even the difficult, frustrating bits. I’ve learnt so much about how books are made, and I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing people to bring my vision to life. It’s been wild. It’s been grand.
I’ve been tinkering around on Amazon’s KDP platform, getting everything ready for the book launch that is happening pretty soon. I can’t even begin to describe how surreal this whole thing feels. It still hasn’t sunk in yet… seeing as how I spend my days in front of a laptop figuring this whole book business out…