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8 things I learned from being published again after 8 years

Publishing is wild. It's slow (there's a lot of waiting involved), and it can be brutal (rejections, negative reviews, gatekeepers, etc.), and it can drain your morale and spirit if you let it. Here are eight things I learned upon getting published eight years after I debuted.


Land of Sand and Song by Joyce Chua

I’m a huge fan of Naadhira’s book reviews, and it’s such an honour to have her read and share a glowing review LAND OF SAND AND SONG! A thousand thanks, love!! ❤️

As for the sequel, fret not! I’m currently working on it and aiming to have the first draft done by January, so hooooopefully the book will be published before the end of 2022! 😉

Book Review #584

Title:Land of Sand and Song

Author:Joyce Chua

Publisher:Penguin Random House SEA

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Historical


Source:Times Reads

Publication Date:August 31, 2021

Pages: 264

My Rating: 4 STARS


Legend has it that a magical spring lies dormant in the heart of the Khuzar desert. Said to be a gift from the gods, the spring holds the cure to all mortal woes.

As mercenaries from everywhere try in vain to find the mystical spring, 17-year-old Desert Rose is on the run after her chieftain father is overthrown and captured by rebel clans. Now out for revenge, she sets out alone to the Oasis Capital to assassinate the person instigating the rebellion: the corrupt Emperor Zhao, who will stop at nothing to possess the elixir of life from the spring.

To infiltrate the Imperial Guard, Desert Rose must pass a series…

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so little time, so much to do – post-publication thoughts

It's been a crazy few months since my last post, where I first announced LAND OF SAND AND SONG's release date, and it's been almost a month since the book's been out. And my, what a whirlwind it has been since.

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So I’ve been sitting on this news for over a year…

I'm ecstatic to share that my my Asian fantasy novel, LAND OF SAND AND SONG, will be published by Penguin Random House (SEA) in July 2021! Here's what to expect.

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“It’s not too late” — and other reassurances a writer needs to hear

The journey towards becoming a better writer is never-ending, the goalpost is always shifting. But the good news is, it's not too late, you are right on time.

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rediscovering joy in solitude + current reads

I feel like the world entered 2021 with cautious (if a little beleaguered) hope. The shitstorm is clearly far from over, but what we are aware of, we can cure (and that doesn't just apply to viruses).

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Is it too early for a year-in-review post?

So I deadass left this blog languishing for a whole year. *slow claps for self* What can I say, 2020 has been a whirlwind of a year, with so many new experiences and encounters and invaluable lessons learned along the way. People came and left, connections sparked and died, and some old ones reignited. So… Continue reading Is it too early for a year-in-review post?