My Firsts With Him, my very first baby and love story is now a self-published book. I want to thank all of the people who made this dream possible. :D
For those who are interested to buy, please fill up this form(Sure buyers only, please): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11_6pQJJbzGUshrezvxyes4tEtvN413Y3PQvO1YNAniY/viewform
For inquiries, reach me here: facebook.com/memealberts
Thank you :D
P.S. I’ll post a longer blog post about the self-publishing journey next time. :D
One of the greatest things humans can do is dream. We all have our dreams and most of us work really hard to reach them. In my case, they are coming slowly into my hands. Well, I’ve achieved many of them already despite my young age. I know how blessed and lucky I am.
Obviously, I am a blogger/writer. Everyone I know knows that I write and they know I am very passionate about it. Before, I was desperate and not confident that leads me to bash things (and even people). I hated the new system, you know, the kind of literature that we have today. I hated it because I was not a part of it only to realize that the kind of thing I wanted to write is different and my works won’t fit the new system.
Even from the start, writers in the country are aware that the business of publishing is a difficult world to get in. Some writers miraculously got in by writing cliches, light-themed stories with re-made scenes from K-dramas, tv shows and movies and still hit the bestsellers list. Amazing, isn’t it?
I figured out, that is their world so there’s no point in touching them. There’s no point in attacking the new publishing scheme. There’s no point in criticizing the trend because a trend, whatever state it’s in is a trend.
On the other side, the trend continues, the scheme will go on and more and more writers come out in the open. Writers are open to what they are now and it’s a good thing. More and more talented pen warriors are coming out of their shell to give a taste of their weapons – words.
But then, many writers still get disheartened because the basis for a possible best seller is a million reads online. For a novice, young one, having a lot of readers is difficult. Not everyone can pull out the “fame” thing so easily. Not all writers are famous, and those who aren’t are less likely to be published in this new scheme. And I was a part of that population. But lately I realized that no matter how I get discouraged because I can’t get in, I should not stop writing.
Why should I stop? Because I am not famous? Jeez, that fame. It’s not the basis for a writer’s greatness. I may not be as talented and as great as others but I learned the hard way that writing is not about enormous fan base and high readership stats. Rather it is about spilling your soul into the pages and touching another soul. It’s one thing I think I am doing best using my blog.
That’s the kind of literature that I wanted to write, a literature with soul. Someday, I swear I’ll do them smoothly and I’ll continue blogging to spread good words. :D
I also figured out that in this crazy world, we all need that little “push”. Sometimes, the push needs to come from ourselves. I just pushed myself to do one crazy thing – to self-publish.
I am pleased to announce that one of the first Blog Seryes from Definitely Filipino Blog is going to be a published book soon! Remember that high school first love story My Firsts With Him? Yes, you’ve read right. The author got balls to self-publish that story. ^_^
Self-publishing is so stepping outside. It’s so out of my comfort zone but I love being in here. I got inspired to do this because someone else did (and they’re successful) and it just “pushed” me. I am hoping that because I did, someone else will too. You know, the continuity of inspiring others.
For reservations of the book, please feel free to contact me or fill up the reservation form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18kpw1fOMGrgH83IYSKxM9Il_qYb86n6RliN8jrWeIZY/viewform.
Thank you very much and God bless!
6/21/2014 8:13 PM
1. Pahirapan sumakay sa umaga dahil hindi bumiyahe ang mga colorum
2. Traffic along Aguinaldo High way dahil sa bahay ni Revilla
3. Nakakita ng litrato ng isang babaeng halos hubad na, tinakip ang watawat ng Pilipinas sa kanyang katawan.
4. May aftershock padin sa akin ‘yung house bill tungkol sa mga nagho-hoard ng barya.
Napag-usapan namin ni Mama kanina ‘yung kay Napoles na nag-ugat sa mahal na piyansa para sa mga colorum. Tapos, pumasok sa eksena ang pork barrel kasi kung tutuusin ang hirap na magbabayad ka ng malaking halaga, tapos ibubulsa lang ng mga politician ano po? Lalong mahirap kumayod sabay ibubulsa lang ng kung sino ang pinaghirapan mo.
Pilipinas, ano nang nangyari sa ‘yo?
Minsan nga’y gagawan na kita ng nobela.
I will be self-publishing this story- My Firsts With Him. Wala pa akong release date ng book pero nagsimula na ang printing niya.
Here’s the Book Blurb:
“First time ni Colleen sa isang inter-school quiz bee. First time din niyang umibig.
Tatahi-tahimik si Colleen mula noong lumipat siya sa St. Claire Academy ngayong 3rd year high school. Tinatago niyang may crush siya kay Arvin at mas tumitindi ang paghanga kahit misteryoso ang dating nito.
Nagkasama ang dalawa para sa isang inter-school quiz bee. Naging magkaibigan nga kaso may girlfriend na si Arvin. Noong napagtanto ni Colleen na wala na siyang pag-asa, biglang nagparamdam ang isang secret admirer. Sabay dating ni Dan, ang malaking kabaliktaran ni Arvin na siguradong kukuha ng attensyon niya.
Nag-iisang tao lang ang tinitibok ng puso ni Colleen ngunit paano niya ito mapakikinggan kung mas bumubuo ng ingay ang paparating na National quiz bee, lumalabong relasyon niya kay Dan at gumugulong pagkakaibigan nila ni Arvin?
Higit sa lahat, handa ba siyang harapin kung sino ang secret admirer niya?”
What will you get if you’ll buy the book?
1. Edited and better version of the story – May mga minor inconsitent and illogical details pa akong binago tapos dumaan na sa matinding editing ang manuscript kaya expect a better reading experience. Wala akong dinagdag o binawas.
2. Bookmark – My friend(the one who made the cover, Francis Gomez) and I are working on a good bookmark design. You’ll get the bookmark for free!
3. Personal Letter for you- Madaming tao akong gustong pasalamatan at naniniwala akong it’s best to do it with letters(madrama ako eh, lol). Kapag pina-ship ko ‘yung book, sasamahan ko ‘yun ng letter of thanks, handwritten with love by me.
Comment or message me kung gusto n’yong magpa-reserve ng copy or accomplish the reservation form. We’ll talk about the payment and shipping matters in private. Nakahanap na ako ng courier na sasagot ng madalas na problema ng online buyers at online sellers. In this case, kayo(kung kukuha kayo ng copy) at ako(na bibilhan n’yo ng copy).
I am planning to use Cliqnship, mayroon silang service na puwedeng bayaran yung package at shipping fee kapag na-receive n’yo na yung book. Wala nang hassle pumila sa banko o magbayad gamit ang Cebuana Lhuiller/Western Union. I will be available if you have concerns.
Another thing: I won’t remove the story from Wattpad or any other sites. Kaso, unedited version po iyan. Hehe.
The book’s price is P250+shipping fee(depending on your area). We can meet-up if you want kaso kaunting places lang kaya ng powers ko like Mall of Asia.
Maraming Salamat po and God bless! ^_^
Writer ang tawag ko sa sarili ko. Sabi kasi ng isang kaibigan ko, there’s no such thing as a “real writer” so if you want to be one, belive you are one and act as one.
Before I started blogging, nagsimula ako sa Wattpad. Reading E-books is not my cup of tea kaya hindi ako ganoon ka-active doon. Isa pa, hindi ko gaanong nagustuhan ang style of writing noong mga panahong iyon(so many spaces and updates full of emoticons). Noon ding mga panahong iyon, parang tinanggap ko nang hindi Wattpad ang spotlight ko as a writer.
Naghanap ako ng website aside from Wattpad that I can be a part of until I came along Definitely Filipino Blog’s Homepage. Binasa ko ang submission guidelines, sakto dahil open sila for everyone. Pinag-aralan ko ang iba’t ibang blog article until I came up with one of my own. Pinasa ko, pumasa sa standards nila at na-publish. Boom, blogger na ako!
Noon, ang tingin ko sa isang blog ay online diary. Hindi lang pala ito online diary, puwede itong maglaman ng iyong mga muni-muni at mga kuro-kuro sa paligid. Kung isa kang writer na gustong magsulat, maari mong simulan ang pagba-blog.
Bakit ako nagba-blog? At bakit ka rin gagawa ng blog?
- It can be your starting point.
Kung isa kang taong nangangarap magsulat, puwedeng-puwedeng umpisahan mo sa blogging. Hindi tulad ng short story, nobela, essay wala itong gaanong rules. I-share mo ang gusto mong i-share, basta huwag lang makakasakit sa kapwa. Puwede nating pag-usapan ang kahit ano pa(gobyerno, libro o kahit buhok mo sa kili-kili). Malaya kang pumili ng topic na gusto mong talakayin.
- It fuels the fire of my passion.
Passion ko ang writing at habang nagba-blog ako, I feel so alive.
- Writing/Blogging can be therapeutic or cathartic.
Nakakaloka ang isang buhay na puno ng pagsubok(ang drama ko, haha), writing and blogging keeps me sane. Seryoso, kapag punong-puno na ako sa mga kung anek-anek ng buhay, nagba-blog ako. Everytime after I write, I feel better.
Dahil nagsimula ako noong 16 years old palang ako, blogging became my playground of thoughts and emotions. Whenever I feel confused, lonely and lost, I write about it and people(mostly older ones) gives me words of wisdom. Awesome, right?
- You’ll meet people online and possibly, new friends.
I’m glad and proud to be a part of Definitely Filipino Bloggers International. Iyon ang group of blogger/writers na binuo ni Mommy Joyce. :D
Dahil sa blogging, nakilala ko sila Mommy Joyce at ang mga ate at kuya ko sa DFBI. Bukod sa DFBI, nakaka-interact ko ang mga nagco-comment sa blog ko. Minsan, magkakaiba kayo ng opinyon, minsan magkakasundo kayo. Masarap sa pakiramdam ‘yung tipong may nakaka-relate sa blog mo tapos nagco-comment sila. Blogging can be a way to meet new people, when I say people, different kinds of people.
- You’re now a writer!
Whatever kind of blog you want to start, of course it will incorporate texts so technically speaking, you are writing. When you’re writing, you’re a writer!
Now that you’re a writer, the power to spread good news is in your hands. You have now the power to inspire and spark change in other people’s lives. :D
Kaso, paano kung walang magbasa ng blog ko?
Hindi ko guarantee ang madaming reads at mataas na readership unless pang-mainstream ang topic mo. Ganito lang naman kasi iyan, if you want reads – write things that the mainstream media demands. If you simply want to write, write it out but don’t expect a lot of reads. Don’t expect too much views/reads, nakaka-frustrate iyan.
For starters, reads and a lot of traffic will not define you as a writer/blogger. Hindi iyan importante. Hindi mo kailangang i-please lahat ng readers. Writing what you want to write is enough. In my case, mababa ang readership ko pero masaya ako. Masaya na ako sa small populationna nakakaintidi,nagmamahal at nakaka-appreciate ng laman ng mga blog ko.
So that’s it, you can be a blogger/writer.
Do it, own it.