Tuesday, August 7, 2012

L.I.T.E.R.A.L. 1: Have you ever been published?

So this is one thing we came up with to help the writers from Author at Once (and everyone else, really) stick to their goal of finishing a manuscript and getting their names out as authors. We'll just have to prompt you all to keep writing, and do it together! Feel free to join in at your own blog, or in the comments section below, or over at Indie Books!

L.I.T.E.R.A.L. is a weekly blog meme for authors hosted at Indie Books. Created to serve as a support group for participants of the Author at Once workshops, but we welcome all writers (from anywhere in the world) who’d like to weigh in on the topics!

For our first ever L.I.T.E.R.A.L. topic, let’s start with something simple:
Has your book/story/epic been published? If yes, how was the experience, and where can we buy your book? If no (or not yet), why the delay? Is there anything you know you should be doing to make it happen?
Yes, I've been published, and the experience was nerve-wracking but exciting. My first novel My Imaginary Ex was picked up by Summit Media and a few months later it was in all the major bookstores -- magically almost. I wasn't involved in much of the behind the scenes of publishing it, like the editing or the layouts and marketing, but I did go on a radio show tour to help promote it. (Fun!) This I guess is now called the "traditional publishing" route, and even though I independently publish my own work too I still develop books for a traditional release. It's still the best way to get into Philippine bookstores, as of right now at least!

Though it's a few years old, I still see the book sometimes in National, Powerbooks, or Fully Booked. Half price by now, go get it! :)

Hope you all participate in L.I.T.E.R.A.L.! 


  1. wow that sounds amazing! congratulations with that book and i'd do make a mental note of getting it. can i ask you something? how did you submit it to summit media or how did they pick it up? thank you!

    1. Hey there! I finished my novel first, and then emailed them. Instructions here: https://www.facebook.com/SummitBooks/app_190322544333196

      Good luck :)

  2. Yes, i have been published years before. They were all Tagalog Romances and my pen name was Cher Ami. We couldn't use our own names because then they (the publisher)would own that name (I think). I published three and then I quit for some reason. I have been trying to write this one book (in English) and I hope I can finish it by the end of next year. Bagal no? That is if can write one page a day. but it's fun. I read a book (it's about time travel) which was written and finished in 33 years. So there. Your page is really helpful. :)

    1. Haha, I hope you can finish faster - everyone's moving so quickly these days! Where can I buy your books?

  3. Romance books in tagalog sell like hotcakes so i don't know if they have second edition or something.anyway i'm moving along so I'm just trying to have fun. You are prolific. that's awesome.