From the Times of Oman:
A promising young novelist and her poetic uncle have turned to self-publishing as a way to fulfil their literary dreams.
Sarah Syed, a 16-year-old Pakistani who was born and raised in Muscat, and her uncle Akhtar Naveed Syed, who has lived here since 2005, are from a family that includes poets and authors. Both have written since they were children and recently they both decided to publish their books themselves, both as e-books and paperbacks, using Partridge, a division of Penguin Random House Company that allows anyone to finance their own publishing.
“You fulfilled my dream, since if your book wasn’t there I wouldn’t have gone for it,” Akhtar told Sarah Syed during an in interview with Times of Oman.
“It’s a passion and a way to feel like a bit of celebrity, just in your mind,” he added.
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She wrote the 125-page book over a period of three weeks this summer, in and around her O-level exams and during her holidays. She had been posting chapters on an online site and had hundreds of people read them.
“People liked and my friends liked it so I completed the book. I thought that people won’t like it, but I got reads so I completed it. In two weeks I got 200 reads, and in one month 500,” Sarah said.
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One of the reasons Sarah and Akhtar opted for self-publishing was because it meant they could publish their books as they saw fit, without having changes made by editors.
“I thought about that but I was scared they would change some stuff and I didn’t want them to change anything,” said Sarah.
Link to the rest at Times of Oman