WHO AM I?
Hi, my name is Loh Teck Yong, a security guard who’s trying to make it as a professional writer.
Here’s a brief summary of my work history.
I received my first assignment as a security guard way back in 1999, and continued to work in the industry over the next few years. Between 2003 and 2009, I took a long break from security work but finally succumbed to financial pressure some time during the latter half of 2009, and once again mired myself in the industry. I have been working as a security guard (on an on-and-off basis) ever since.
WHAT IS GUARDS GONE WILD!?
A few years ago, I realised that it would be a shame if those stories about my adventures in the private security industry were left to rot by the wayside of memory lane. So I started writing and those collected anecdotes became Guards Gone Wild!.
I sent the completed manuscript to 4 publishers based in Singapore on the 21st December, 2015. As of today, I have been rejected by all 4 of them. Well, exposing the dirty and underhanded going-ons in the private security industry is not exactly a profitable (or healthy) endeavour, so I can understand why the established publishers turned away from me.
And because Singapore has a very small literary market with very few publishers, I shall not waste any more time trying to get published the usual way.
If I want to get my stories out there, I have to do it myself. Through self-publication.
WHY HELP ME?
But self-publication without the support of an established publisher is going to be a difficult and costly endeavour. A noob writer going down this road will have to do and pay for everything himself. Looking for a book cover designer. Paying the book cover designer. Looking for a layout artist. Paying the layout artist. Looking for a copy editor. Paying the copy editor. And so on and so forth. That’s why I need your help to fulfil my dream of becoming a published writer.
Right now, as far as I know, there isn’t any security guard in Singapore who has published a work memoir so, if I succeed with your help, I will become the first security guard writer in Singapore! Help me make literary history!
And help yourself too.
Because in my book, I detailed accounts of various scams perpetrated by security agencies and their guards. The WYSIWYG, Merry-Go-Round and 24-hour Marathon. What are they and how do they affect YOU, the recipient of their service? Also included are stories of bullying and abuses that goes on behind the professional facade of the industry. If you live in a condominium that employs private security, or if your job requires you to interact with security guards on a regular basis, then this book will be a helpful addition to your library
To make a donation or find out more about my crowdfunding campaign, please head over to my crowdfunding page at Pozible:
That is the question. According to many writers, it is difficult to do both.
“I walked eight to 12 miles each day, carrying a heavy satchel. I actually liked being drained that way, as if each piece of paper I put in a mailbox represented a small packet of my own energy. But at the end of the day, there wasn’t anything left for Second Book. I had the stamina to do the job and come home and recover from doing the job and then go do it some more the next day.”
And I can empathise with Merritt Tierce, the author of the above-mentioned article, all too well. I couldn’t do it either, working and writing at the same time. When I started working on Guards Gone Wild! I was also working as a security guard at the same time and, just like Merritt, I had no energy left at the end of a work day for any kind of creative work. Read the rest of this entry →
I need some feedback regarding my crowdfunding campaign.
Because there’s a possibility that I may fail to raise the targeted sum, I wish to have a way to return the donations to the donors.
And there’s the free limited edition postcard offer. To send the postcard to the donors, I will need their mailing address.
For Paypal users, there’s no issue. I can use the Paypal Return button. And they can include their address in their email to my Paypal address. So that’s convenient.
HOWEVER, for those doing internet banking, how am I supposed to know their bank account number (for the purpose of refunding donations) or their mailing address? Read the rest of this entry →
A lot of people have asked me:
“Why not use Lulu or some other print-on-demand site to publish your book?”
If I have to give a short answer, then it would be:
“Because I don’t want to.”
But I don’t want to leave it at that because that would be rude to the people who are offering me their sincere advice. So I will tell the long version of the story.
I do not want to use a print-on-demand publisher like Lulu because of the following reasons. Read the rest of this entry →
I have really bad news.
Publisher #3, the final publisher I was counting on, just wrote to me. They have decided to reject my manuscript.
“We have taken much time to consider your story and its potential, and regret to inform you that we will not take it on for publication.”
They are a little kinder than the other 3 publishers, namely #1, #2 and #4. Because Publisher #3, wrote a long paragraph explaining why they decided to reject my manuscript. I will not share the entire email here however, because that would just make me look petty and sore about getting rejected.
Anyway, it looks like I have to use crowdfunding to raise the money to publish Guards Gone Wild! and try to sell it myself.
For such an endeavor, should I set up a separate bank and Paypal account or use my current accounts? Advice and tips welcomed.
Teck Y. Loh
I just received my second rejection letter from a publisher.
“Unfortunately, the piece is not for us and we will not be publishing your book.”
That’s from Publisher #4.
Two down and two more chances left. I was already rejected by Publisher #1 last month, so I hope I will receive a favourable response from either Publisher #2 or #3.
Teck Y. Loh
I just received my first rejection letter from a publisher.
“…we didn’t feel the content worked for us.”
1 down and 3 more chances left. 2 really, because I am not holding out for Publisher #4. They (#4) didn’t even reply to my original enquiry regarding multiple submissions of my manuscript and that email was sent in December last year.
I was really hoping Publisher #1 would take me on. They publish crime stories in both the fiction and non-fiction categories so I thought they might want to take on my book since it is a whistle-blower’s account of Singapore’s private security industry.
It looks like I might end up having to self-publish after all.
Teck Y. Loh
Mood: Really don’t feel like going in to work.