10 Pinoy Authors in the International Publishing Scene
From local heroes to global game-changers, these wordsmiths have done us proud.
Aug 17, 2011
His story: Miguel Syjuco's fame and glory did not come easy. Like many other struggling writers, Syjuco's work was rejected many times. On the bright side, the professional rebuff gave him room and time to revise, rewrite, and resubmit until Illustrado finally found a home in the New York publishing house Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He joined a creative writing program in 2001, which gave him the foundation he needed to work on a draft of the manuscript, which he completed in 2006. One year later, he submitted it to the Man Asian Prize (which still allowed the submission of unpublished works during that time). He was rejected. Syjuco kept trying, however, giving himself a deadline of 10 years before he would quit the industry. Shortly thereafter, he won. Curretnly, Syjuco is represented by Peter Straus at the Rogers, Coleridge and White Literary Agency in London, and by Melanie Jackson in New York City. Ilustrado has been translated to several languages, including Spanish (Tusquets), Swedish (Natur och Kultur), and Dutch (Mouria), Serbian (Geopoetika), French (Editions Christian Bourgois), Catalan (Tusquets), Italian (Fazi), and Brazilian Portuguese (Compahnia das Letras). Awards: Ilustrado won the Grand Prize in the 2008 Palanca Awards, and the Man Asian Literary Prize later that year. His work gained momentum, garnering even more awards in 2010, such as Quebec's Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction as well as being included in the New York Times Notable Book of 2010, to name a few." data-index="2" data-photo-credit="">
An Idiot's Guide To Publishing, and quite simply, put in the work. Next thing she knew, the book was picked up by Random House-proof that with enough passion, perseverance, and hard work, anything is possible." data-index="5" data-photo-credit="">
San Francisco Bay Guardian.He has also appeared on shows popular TV soaps like Beverly Hills 90210 and The Young And The Restless. Awards: Aside from being a critical success, Letters to Montgomery Clift was also awarded the 2003 Stonewall Book Award for literature. In 2002, Out Magazine named him one of the "100 Most Influential Gay People."" data-index="8" data-photo-credit="">
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