Me and the gf dropped by the KL Writer's Circle in MPH 1Utama today. (Well, actually, I went in, and she stayed outside and did some Sudoku.)
Dato’ Ng Tieh Chuan from MPH Group Publishing was first up, and he talked about the importance of contracts in publishing. He went through the main points of a typical contract and highlighted clauses that authors would be wise to be wary of, such as remainder, translation and royalties clauses. I find it very interesting that in the translation clause, you should make sure it doesn't say "Malay", but "Bahasa Melayu" because apparently that could create some confusion when it comes to discussing Indonesian distribution rights.
Ms. Shoba Mano, author of Prodigal Child, was next, and she encouraged authors to consider publishing their books electronically, besides pursuing through the traditional way. According to Ms. Mano, ebooks were the "wave of the future". She explained how there were many ebook publishers that were willing to consider publishing a new writer's manuscript as well as the benefits of publishing electronically, i.e. readers get easier access to books and the many online libraries that provided ebooks. She also gave a little background of ebooks, like the formats they come in and what devices you could read them on. Then, during the Q&A session, she talked a little about herself and her book, the Prodigal Child. She said it took about one year of going back and forth with her Indian publishers before it was finally published.
But the real reason I went was to meet Xeus, so I could corner her and get her to autograph my copy of Dark City! Yay! *squeals like a 12-year-old girl*
Haha... but it was really cool to finally get to meet her. She's such a friendly and bubbly person.
By the way, Xeus will be talking about her book next week:
Date: Saturday, 26 August 2006
Time: 1 - 2.30pm
Location: MPH 1Utama, Booker Room
Be sure to drop by!