In July last year, I finally managed to finish writing my novel. My novel was written in Indonesian and titled SMILED IN A GRIEF. Obviously I was delighted oncesince had managed to write a novel. People often think that writing is a talent. To some extent, it is true. But I am among those who believe that talent is acquired from practicing.
Then I send it to the editor of Bentangpustaka Publisher. The first reason of course because I want my script could be enjoyed by fans of the novel. The second reason was because Bentangpustaka Publisher is placed in Yogyakarta, the town where I live, so that I couldn more easily connected to the publisher. Many friends who suggested that I should published the novel by self publishing, it was initially less interest me. It is, in fact, have the work published by mainstream publishers are more prestigious.
When it became clear to me that the manuscript was rejected by Bentangpustaka, then I really publish it myself. In Indonesia there are publishers who helped us make the issuance of our own. Surely it is as well in your country, isn't it?. The novel was then I introduced it on facebook. It turned that reception of my friends on facebook was pretty good. Currently, the novel has been sold a hundred copies.
I am currently writing my second novel, it is titled HOLD MY HAND. I hope this novel also get a pretty good response from friends on facebook later. My career as a writer seems to have begun here.
photograph by Nina Ulfah Gaffar