Thursday, 29 June 2006


Malaysian writers Aneeta Sundararaj, Saradha Narayanan and A. Jessie Michael have teamed up to write and self-publish a collection of short stories entitled "Snapshots!".

Blurb from the website:
... a collection of mainstream literary stories designed to appeal to both men and women. They are as varied as the authors themselves - A. Jessie Michael retired as an Associate Professor of English. She is the author of several prize winning stories. Saradha trained as a physician and cardiologist but now pursues her dream of writing full time. Similarly, Aneeta, who trained and previously practised as a medico-legal lawyer, now also writes full time – she is the author of The Banana Leaf Men and also manages How To Tell A Great Story.
Hmm. "Designed to appeal to both men and women"? So I guess that leaves the gay community out? Hahaha, sorry. I kid, I kid.

Anyways, the interesting story behind this book is that the three authors used to attend a creative writing workshop together, and their editor, Craig Cormick, ran the workshop. After the workshop they combined their efforts to produce this book. That's pretty cool to hear. Interested about the book? Info about purchasing it at How To Tell A Great Story.

A review can be found over at Lotus Reads.

Via Bibliobibuli. (Thanks, Sharon!)

Changed the bit about the book being self-published. My bad. Sorry, Aneeta.


  1. hey ted - i sent an e-mail but i don't know if you got it

    have to cancel class tonight 'cos just don't have the strength to teach it (or even walk to mph from the carpark)

    replacement - 27yh july unless anyone objects

    very sorry

    meanwhile - you have your homework to do!

  2. I don't think I did la. Class cancelled huh? Okays. Take care and have a good rest!

  3. Hi Ted,

    Only just saw this. Thank you for posting this up.

    The thing is, Snapshots! is NOT self-published. We've got a publisher - Oak Publication.

    We took the traditional route of submitting our stories out to publishers and Oak agreed to take our work.

    As for our stories not appealing to the gay community, as far as I know, people who are gay are still men or women first. My suggestion, read the book first ... You never know what you'll find!

    Thank you, once again, for putting up this post.

  4. Ah, apologies, Aneeta! I had assumed Oak was a label the three of you had decided to self-publish under. I've fixed that error.

    Don't worry about the gay community part, that was just a bad joke on my part. I tend to do that sometimes :p Sorry!

    I wish you the best of luck! Shall get the book ASAP.

  5. Ted, I love the fact that you've 'struck out' rather than just deleted the words 'self-publish'. Great way to bring more attention to this point.

    You're not the only one to make this assumption as many have said it to me verbally. I'm not quite sure how they came to this particular conclusion. When I ask them how they came to this conclusion, they too say they assumed it. They don't know why either.

    As for it appealing to the gay community, ah ... I did take it as a joke. I've been in this industry long enough to know when to be angry and not and this is small stuff - no need to sweat over it.

  6. I just like to be transparent on this blog, that's all. If I've edited something out, I have to show it so that the readers know what's changed. That it brings attention to the point is just a bonus.

    Well, why I assumed that the book was self-published was because I knew that you self-published "Banana Leaf Men" so I thought you went the same route with "Snapshots!". It seemed like a logical route to take. But it's great that it got taken up by a "traditional" publisher.


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