“What if … ?”
FOR WRITERS, BY WRITERS
Firewords | Foreword
“Why do we care about helping writers?
It’s simple: we’re writers, too. First and always.”
Chapter 1 | An Improbable Spark
We noticed—as you might have, too—that self-publishing is growing. Not just healthily, but exponentially. The perception barriers to self-publishing as a viable option have faded in the wake of commercial successes like Hugh Howey’s Wool.
In greater numbers, authors like you are realizing that the amount of marketing that they have to carry out themselves via the traditional publishing route, is not very different from what they’d need for a hybrid or self-publishing route. However, with traditional publishing, they’re getting a much smaller slice of the pie: not an ideal situation.
Chapter 2 | Change The Script
At this point, we came up with a spark of an idea, improbable as it seemed at the time: what if we could give authors the skills and tools they need to publish sparkling stories and tell the world about their books, without the hefty price tags?
We’re editors, but we’re writers first and always. Having been through the process of getting our manuscripts from handwritten reams to bookstore shelves, we know firsthand the frustrations, doubts, hopes and fears faced by authors, particularly first-time authors with little experience in self-publishing. The more we thought about how we could help other writers, the more excited we became.
THE NEXT CHAPTER
Your Story, Made Real
As people who wear the writer and the editor hats, ethics is a big deal to us. We don’t charge you for basic administrative services, like uploading your book to the Kindle store. Nor will we sell you costly PR services that have little to no effect on your book sales—and end up burning a hole in your wallet instead of earning you money.
Firewords is about you, dear author. It’s about your stories. Our mission is clear: to help you let the stories run free. We’d love to be part of your journey in sharing your story with the world.
The Firewords Team
Samantha De Silva
Founder & COOApart from running Firebird Communication and Firewords, Samantha is a writer who teaches and mentors writers. She crafts and conducts communication and fiction workshops for adults and teenagers and has conducted fiction workshops for the National Book Development Council of Singapore, including YA and fantasy fiction workshops for the Academy of Literary Arts and Publishing.
A graduate of NTU with a B.A. in Communication Studies, Samantha has been a speaker and workshop facilitator at the All In! Young Writers’ Media Festival from 2011 to 2015. She has also made extensive contributions to the Lit Up! literary arts festival in 2012 and 2013. With Susan, Samantha is a co-founder of the Singapore Writers Meetup, a group that encourages writers to meet in cafes to share writers’ woes and collaborate on workshop-style writing exercises and larger projects. Their main aim is to shake writers up a little with new perspectives, and go home inspired to write more.
Exposed to Gothic literature in her formative years, she writes urban fantasy fiction and is working on the second book of The Daywalker Chronicles series. Samantha also writes about sociopolitical issues and other mildly alarming matters in Singapore (here and here). Her travel writing has been featured on Yahoo! Travel Inspirations and she has been a contributing writer and performer on the satirical comedy podcast, the mrbrown show, since 2008.
She is particularly enamoured of the stories weaved by Angie Sage, Douglas Adams, R.A. Salvatore, as well as Pablo Neruda’s poetry. She is unreasonably fond of Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series, and her first William Gibson book rewired her brain in pleasant and surprising ways.
Samantha is inordinately fascinated by the impending zombie apocalypse, lycanthropes and pork (in no particular order). In the tradition of her voyaging ancestors, she is constantly searching for blue oceans yet undiscovered, literal or otherwise.
Anitta Babyanna Menon
Co-founder & CMO
An exuberant creative strategist with talents in Writing & Design, Anitta comes from a background in client services, branding, operations, marketing, and social media management with an Advanced Diploma in Mass Communications from Oklahoma City University. Also an entrepreneur, she has over ten years’ experience copywriting for several industries including IT, Security, Food & Beverage, Travel & Commerce.
Early in her professional career, Anitta spent 2 years as an English tutor for children, specialising in Creative Writing. Also standing in as a substitute English Teacher for MOE schools in Singapore, she has since decided that she will not teach, and will DO instead. Anitta is currently working on a fantasy fiction novel series and is on her way to achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a cyborg.
“I’m currently part of the assemblage of brilliant cyborgs at Firewords. They think I’m one of them. I’m safe for now.” – Anitta