We live in an era where anyone can become a writer. As more and more places like Netflix attempt video production, the thirst for good content is growing. There are plenty of places to write, but most of them just end up thinking. ‘I want to write, but I don’t have time to write!’ One office worker was different. On the subway to and from work, he opened his Notepad app and wrote down his story. We covered hot topics such as △ MZ generation △ workplace bullying △ corset removal △ MBTI △ psychiatric counseling, etc., and readers responded enthusiastically. This is the story of Kwon Do-yeon, an ordinary office worker in her 40s who is also active as a writer.
Q. _ Please introduce yourself first.
“I am Kwon Do-yeon (41), an office worker for 12 years who is also active as a writer. I work at the National Assembly as an ordinary worker, not as a civil servant. It is a conservative place, so work is stressful. In particular, I face the ups and downs of organizational life where I have to follow a hierarchical order. This was severe. The MBTI that is popular these daysis ‘I (introversion).’ One day, my insomnia got worse, so I went to a neurologist to get a prescription for sleeping pills. At that time, the doctor said, ‘If you can’t express your inner thoughts in words, write them down. He said, ‘Write it down.’ After that, I calmly wrote about unfair evaluations, misunderstandings, and hurts that came from interpersonal relationships at work. It was a story about overcoming situations by creating fictional characters. This is the book I put together like that. (Laughs) “
Q. _ How did the book come to be published?
“An official at ‘Publy,’ a subscription service that teaches practical business skills, saw the article I posted on ‘Brunch’ and suggested serializing it. While working, I wrote the web novels ‘Somehow a Team Leader’ and ‘The Team Leader’s Power Game’. This is an early version of the book I published. When it was serialized, the response was quite enthusiastic. It contained episodes of my work life. The comments saying, ‘It’s like a web drama’ and ‘I was comforted on the way to work’ gave me strength. After that, I sent it to the publisher. “After receiving the call, I decided to publish it.”
Q. _ Were there any difficulties in the beginning?
“The publishing market these days is not structured to create new writers. YouTubers and influencers who already have fandoms are pouring out comforting essays like ‘It’s okay, you’re doing well.’ Or they are people who appear on TV or are on panels . “In most cases, PhDs and professors publish books based on their expertise. In particular, the books I have written in the field of leadership have only been written by consulting CEOs who lecture at companies or executives who retired from large corporations.”
Q. _ I must have been very worried.
“At first, I wasn’t confident. I think I questioned myself a lot, wondering if I would be recognized for this book and if someone would buy my book. Then I thought the opposite. Although I may not have the same level of theory as a doctor or professor, I have a lot of experience in society. There are hundreds of members of the National Assembly whom I have seen and experienced at work. I was naturally learning about the qualities and roles of a leader. Majoring in psychology was also helpful. If there is a leadership book based on experiences that anyone would have, it would be good for a large company. “I had the confidence to write better than the president. (Laughs) Fortunately, I think the publisher recognized my confidence.”
Q. _ I’m curious about the publishing process.
“There are usually about five ways to publish a book. △ Submission, where you submit the manuscript you want to submit directly to a publishing company along with a publication plan. △ Self-publishing, where you pay your own money to a publishing company and publish the book. △ Entrust the manuscript to a production company and then place an order. There are POD publishing, which prints out small quantities whenthe book comes in; independent publishing, which handles the entire publishing process alone; and special publishing, where writers like me only write, and the publishing company plans and executes all of the editing, binding, and marketing.”
Q. _ There are quite a few different methods.
“The pros and cons of each are clear. In the case of special publishing, the advantage is that the writer can focus only on the manuscript, but less than 10% of royalties are collected. The biggest disadvantage is that the writer does not have much decision-making authority other than the manuscript.Both the title and the cover were the publisher’s preference. I suggested a light title like <The team leader doesn’t want to go to work either!> or, as is popular these days, <To you who doesn’t want to go to work>, but it was rejected like a knife. (laugh)”
Q. _ Can anyone become a writer?
“To such questions, I ask back, ‘Are you writing right now?’ To become a writer, you basically have to like writing. I overcame organizational life by writing. If writing is stressful or difficult먹튀검증, you cannot do it. And you must not self-censor when writing. Surprisingly, there are many People are embarrassed about their own writing. Try writing and publishing very short, raw sentences on social media . Then, gradually increase the length of the sentences and try writing sentences that contain stories from the outside world, not from yourself. Readers are willing to spend money. I believe that books that are given and shared must contain keywords that permeate the times. In my book, I have incorporatedall recent issues such as △ MZ generation △ workplace bullying △ corset removal △ MBTI △ psychiatric counseling, etc. If I publish a book next time, “I want to write about △Conflict between men and women △How to deal with office villains △Self-development △Two-jobbers.”
Q. _ What are the benefits of publishing?
“This is the era of one-person content. One influencer can make much more profit than most small and medium-sized businesses. I think the fact that I published a book through a reputable publisher in itself proves my unique content.”
Q. _ How much did the initial cost cost?
“The act of writing and publishing a book requires no initial costs. All you have is a cell phone and you can write sentences anywhere on your blog, Twitter, or Facebook. Income from book royalties is the same for all writers, but it is difficult to live off royalties alone. But these days, As many OTT, TV dramas, and movies are being produced based on books , profits can be expected for secondary works. I recently received an inquiry about purchasing the copyright to produce a video based on ‘The Team Leader Life of a Type I Person’. came in from many places. Typically, for new authors, a contract for the video rights of a book is made in the range of 50 million to 100 million won.”
Q. _ What was the reaction of people around you?
“When I told you that I wrote a book while working, everyone asked, ‘Aren’t you working?’ or ‘Do you have the energy for that?’ But I can say this with pride. I wrote the entire draft and final version of the book on my way to work. I spent 9 days from home to work. It takes 50 minutes to travel on the local line. A round trip gives me time to write for 100 minutes a day. I mainly used the notepad on my smartphone. After reading books or articles, I took pictures or copied and saved sentences that impressed me. I read books. “I don’t believe in ‘I want to publish a book, but I don’t have time to write a book.’”
Q. _ Is there anything that has had an impact on a person’s life?
“It’s been about two months since publication, and readers’ reviews are slowly accumulating. I’m watching book reviews updated on various blogs and bookstore sites as if I were commuting to work, and I’m really happy. It’s given me some vitality in my dry and stuffy daily life as an office worker. My thoughts. “It’s heartbreaking when I see someone transcribing what I wrote, saying it’s a sentence they want to remember. Fortunately, there are no malicious comments, but I think I’ll probably get hurt if I run away. (Laughs) “
Q. Are there any memorable episodes? “A reader sent me a note saying that he was going to develop PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after reading the book because it reminded him of his old job. Another person found it by chance at a bookstore and read it all on the spot, which was a great comfort to him
.He also said he was grateful that he received it. I realized that office workers suffer for a variety of reasons. When I think about it, we belittle ourselves by calling ourselves ‘salaried earners,’ but I think office workers who endure all kinds of hardships and endure daily hell are the true winners of this era. .” Q. _ Please give me one last word.
“Anyone can become a writer. I think it is especially good for office workers to publish books and engage in book-related activities as a side job while maintaining their main job. They have less financial resources and less burden than full-time writers. Of course, there is the biggest barrier. It’s you. After work, you feel tired and exhausted and don’t want to do anything. But you have to remember that if you don’t do anything, nothing happens. Today, don’t ruin your day just because you were in a bad mood at work. It will save you. “I am the only person. Don’t leave yourself under stress. If I abandon myself, who will pick me up? (Laughs)”