Twelve years ago, Summit Books published my first novel. The Breakup Diaries – which centred around the journal of a naive, sheltered barista named Monica – became a Philippine bestseller in its first seven months of release. In late 2008, it was adapted into a TV series on ABC-5. It is still the book I get the most fan email for. Because of Monica’s bumbling but funny adventures – including getting dumped by her boyfriend on their anniversary and stumbling into a job in a fashion magazine – I’ve been approached in Manila, Singapore and Auckland from people who had read and loved the book.
Even I am shocked.
I wouldn’t be writing this blog post had it not been for Tara FT Sering, my book editor and one of my dearest friends in the world. She had heard me talk about the manuscript percolating in my hard drive, and gave me a deadline to flesh it out. So, thank you Tara and Summit Books, my publisher, for making it happen – and for the editors, publishers, marketing people, sisters, nieces, family and friends who promoted the book.
Including my late mother, who walked into a bookstore the week the book came out, asked to buy a copy, and pretended to be me (God bless her!).
To all of you who have read and loved The Breakup Diaries, my sincerest thanks. For those who have yet to read it, it’s now available on buqo.ph. Feel free to order it for someone else too – someone who: (a) has just broken up, (b) loves coffee and magazines, or (c) is a sucker for simple love stories with happy endings.
Because the truth is, you will survive a breakup (girlfriends-who-all-survived-and-are-happier-now, please say “Amen” with me).
Not only will you get a good laugh from this little book — you will help writers like me continue to do what we love and get paid for it.
“I’ve always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.” –Agatha Christie, author (from BrainyQuote)