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Sunday January 22nd 2017

Security guard appeals for crowdfunding to publish book on woes of the security industry

Dear Gilbert,

My name is Loh, a security guard who has been working in the private security industry since 1999.

I started writing down the stories of my work a few years ago, and those collected anecdotes became Guards Gone Wild!. After completion, the manuscript was sent to 4 publishers based in Singapore on the 21st December, 2015. As of today, my manuscript has been rejected by all 4 publishers.

And I really think it is a shame, that just because publishers in Singapore do not find security work interesting, my exposé of the dirty and underhanded going-ons in the industry has to go away quietly into the night.

In recent years, high profile cases of security guards being abused or abusive have been reported via online media. Just off the top of my head, I can recall the incident where some mall delinquent picked a fight with a guard at Cathay and the incident where a security manager was caught on CCTV beating a guard.

Well, several cases were brought into the cold light of day to be commented on by the general public but, as an industry insider, I can assure you that such unhappy incidents happen on an almost daily basis.

What I seek to do with my book (Guards Gone Wild!) is to let the general public take a peek into the life of a security guard and, hopefully, once they understand the whys and hows of our job, they will choose to be a little kinder towards security guards.

I also hope that other security guards can read my book, because I want them to know that they are not alone in their sufferings.

I believe that my book has merit and so, if none of the publishers want to take risks and publish Guards Gone Wild!, I will have to. Through crowdfunding I hope to raise enough money to print 1000 copies of my book. And then I will hawk my books at public venues, such as shopping malls where they rent booths or carts to small-time businessmen.

If you find my endeavour to be worthy of your support, may I ask if it would be possible to post my crowdfunding appeal on your blog?

If you need more information before you can make up your mind, do let me know. I can send you a couple of sample chapters from my book and even meet you in person to answer any questions you may have.

I look forward to hearing your reply.

Yours Sincerely,

Loh

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4 Responses to “Security guard appeals for crowdfunding to publish book on woes of the security industry”

  1. YCS says:

    If I contribute $100, how many % of the profit can I get?

  2. YCS says:

    I have another idea. Send me your full script. If I like it I will publish it myself. You will get 1% of my profit risk free.

  3. Fabian says:

    I strongly suspect the main reason why it was rejected was due to various ‘anecdotes’ contained within that you claim expose underhand dirty dealings in the industry.

    Unless you are able to furnish hard evidence and irrevocable commitments from credible witnesses to back up such claims, no publisher is going to risk its neck to publish potentially libelous material.

    It is one thing to shoot off the hip in anonymity online, but publishing a book and selling it through retail channels are a different ball game.

    For your own safety, you had better ensure that you adopt the same rigouristy in your research and proof reading before happily self-publishing the book. My recommendation to you is to focus on personal stories like the trials and tribulations faced by a typical security guard and remove all those dirty and underhand activities you allege are widespread in the industry.

  4. vtfygbnhuj says:

    Author, I suggest you should setup a blog, apply for google adsense and post there. You get to publish what you want and making money from ads at the same time.

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