Seavphovjivet Publishing House is encouraging all local writers to start getting their books ready, as they have announced an offer for printing services in 2021 and 2022.
The initiative was created to help local writers achieve their dream of publishing their book and as a response to the issue of authors not knowing where to print and distribute their work.
Set Hattha, a 28-year-old writer from Seavphovjivet Publishing House said, “to get published, authors first need a good quality book. Our publishing house will work with prospective authors to improve the quality of their copy.”
From the initiative, the publishing house hopes to attract more emerging writers in Cambodia and assist them to improve their writing. In return, providing locals better quality books to read in the future.
As a writer herself, Hattha says that many young writers only produce quantity and not quality work.
“This is because some authors are trying to finish too many books and are just thinking about the quantity of income from each book they try and sell. With some just translations from foreign sources,” Hattha said.
“When reading these books they are all the same, with nothing new from the previous one. So, many simply stop reading these authors, she added.
Hattha recommends simple steps for a young author to improve their writing.
“A writer should first think about the foundation of a quality book, such as words, sentences and paragraphs. Writers should also use a good “hook” to get readers involved in their work and not lose interest,” explained Hattha.
We are looking for inspirational and motivational books because the publishing house wants to inspire people to live and think positively, as currently many young people are facing difficulties in life. So a book about psychological development will be given more priority for this printing assistance programme, she added.