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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Mailbag: Correspondence From John Ling, Author Of Fourteen Bullets. 
To the fine folks at Book Review Blog,

Just writing to inform you that my book 'Fourteen Bullets' has just been offered a two-year contract by Silver Lake Publishing, a well-respected science fiction and fantasy publisher based in the United States.

The contract should be officially signed soon and I am getting ready to work with an editor to polish up my manuscript for publication. Once publication happens, I will most definitely be sending Book Review Blog a review copy of Fourteen Bullets.

I want to thank everyone who has shown me tremendous support during my creative endeavors. After ten years of writing, I have finally been given the opportunity to take my hobby one step further. I can't help but feel blessed and thankful.

I don't think it is cliche to proclaim 'Malaysia Boleh', for this achievement does not belong to me alone, but to all the underdog Malaysian writers who toil hard for their craft and endure much for their passion. This one is for you.

I hope that this excellent news will be a guiding light for my fellow Malaysians out there. Let it not be said that we lack talent or creativity. On the contrary: never stop writing, never stop hoping and never stop dreaming.

As always, take care and God bless!

Best Wishes
John Ling

I've had the privilege of reading John Ling's [website, blog, biography, previous entries] manuscript of Fourteen Bullets, a collection of short stories, but not thoroughly enough to make a review on it. Anyway, I am not in any position of giving comments or criticism on writing, as have no formal background nor experience in the field of literature.

I do not know him personally, but I've chanced upon several of his pieces in with the Phases Young Writers where he had his short literary stint with a writing community of, uhm, young writers. Theres been much improvement in his writing and developement of style, but this is just from my untrained eye of observation, of course.

The management of this Book Review Blog wishes to share his joy in this recent achievement he's had, and wish him all the best in his future literary endeavors! ;)

graceshu  # 8:08 PM
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