Writing Projects

I treat every book as a writing project. Keeps me serious about writing and all. You sometimes need to force yourself to do what you need to do. In this section I like to just keep you updated on some of the projects I am working on. Some are half bake stuff and others will birth into the next big novel. But you’ll be inform about it all the way.

Jasmines on the 4th Floor

coverjasmines

My first novella “Jasmines on the 4th Floor” was just released in January 2008. “Jasmines on the 4th Floor” came in under 44,000 words and for my next project, I am gunning for 60,000 words. Published under ALAF21, Jasmines was my first full foray into writing. Before this I’ve been writing short stories for friends and independent publications. Jasmines took three (3) months to draft and another nine (9) months to publish.

In short, it took a year for Jasmines to find its way to the bookshelves.

This little book has done well, selling 1500++ copies in 2008. There are people reading local English titles in Malaysia and this is enough motivation for me to continue writing.

The Bicycle

The Bicycle Book Cover

The title for my second book which is currently with the publishers for editing purposes. This book took about a year to draft and polish before I had the courage to send the manuscript to ALAF21. I was holding out for another bigger publisher of English titles but they did not give any feedback to any of my queries so I went back to the publisher who gave me my first break. My subsequent books will all be published through ALAF21. Save me a lot of headaches.

The Bicycle has a period piece element to it, brought to life via flashbacks of the main character. This is why it took so long to write. I spent time doing some research into the time before the Japanese invasion of Malaya during World War 2.

I hope to see The Bicycle on the bookshelves in 2010.

Update 1: I’ve completed my 2nd novel and it came in about 67,000 words (yipee). I’m currently waiting on the publishers for the proofreading copy. (22 December 2009) The book cover for The Bicycle is done and the book should be in stores before Christmas.

Update 2: The Bicycle was printed on the 15th December 2009 and it was in the stores before Christmas 2009. Selling price for West Malaysia is RM12 and for East Malaysia is RM15.

Book Three
I’m currently writing book three (3).

I’ve got a title floating in my head but I won’t reveal it till I’ve a proper draft done. My target word count would be about 40,000 – 70,000 words.

I’ve written the closing chapters and opening chapters. And would start filling in the chapters soon. I hope to capture the pain, hopes, frustration and joys of a man being true to his heart’s love. I’m toying with the idea of making it a memoir of sorts. But most stories are memoirs of sorts by authors…even if its fiction. (Hehehe)

I hope to get this book published by the end of 2010.

Update 1: I’ve started writing the first chapter of my third project. I have a good feeling about it and would see how it pans out over the next couple of chapters. It’s still a human story and still going along the theme of love. I want to keep this story as simple and straight forward as ever because I think the idea should be presented as clear as possible to the reader.

2 Responses to Writing Projects

  1. Amanda Lim says:

    Hi Mac
    Thanks to Mui Ling who mentioned to me about your books. Very happy for you that you had published your first book and your second book is on it’s way to completion. I hope you will find the answers you are looking for while you work on your 3rd book. May these words be an encouragement to you at this critical time of your life journey:

    “Love suffers long and is kind… does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…now abide in faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love”. 1 Cor 13:4-13

    God bless

  2. mira says:

    boleh beri plot,character dalam novel jasmines on the 4th floor

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