Two years ago, a publisher said to me that it`s impossible mission for domestic writer to publish his first novel without paying. Now, after several rejections and ignorance, I have realized that he told me the truth. That`s the way the business go here in Serbia - it is really impossible to publish a novel on the cost of the company, if you are a new kid in town. So, I decided to look here for the help.
My name is Mladen Djordjevic, I`m 47 and I live in Belgrade, Serbia. I am a journalist by profession and historian by education. My dystopian novel is the result of my interest in ideologies and history of XX century. My models were Orwell`s 1984, Huxley`s Brave New World, Ray Bradbury`s Fahrenheit 451 and works of Serbian 19-century satirical writer Radoje Domanovic. Also, I was inspired by some dystopian movies, like Zardoz from 1974.
When I finished my work, I was very proud on myself, but only to see that writing is easier part of the work. Publishing it is much harder, because no publisher wants to take a risk and invest in new and unknown writer. It` not that my novel is badly written, some of my colleagues and friends, who are involved in journalism and literature told me that is quite good, scenic, and full of irony. Honestly, some get depressed. Many told me that my writing style make them feel that they are watching the movie.So, I think that novel is rejected by some big and also small publishers because it is too provocative. Seems that they just don`t want to have a scandal, because my novel refers not only to modern totalitarian consumerism, but much on present political, economical, and social situation in Serbia.
In the undefined future, after the Great hedonistic revolution, people are living in the cities-fortresses, under the totalitarian rule of Hedonistic party and Hedonistic corporation. System is formed on the philosophy of Great Teacher, and the main goal of the state is to protect people from Barbarians, who lives outside of cities, and to provide them all imaginable kinds of pleasures, in exchange of loyalty and lack of any political freedom. In fact, system is escapistic, based on vulgar hedonism, forcing people to practice as much sex, narcotics, nightlife, and different kinds of spectacles and fun, as much as it is possible. Everybody have to obey to the Party, Corporation and the repeat the most important paroles of the Great Teacher: "Sex is peace, pleasure is power, hedonism is freedom!" As a bad example, there is a Ghetto in every city, where some people who didn`t want to accept Hedonism are allowed to live poor, miserable and gray life, without any human rights, and far from the colors and pleasures of the wild hedonistic society.
One day, after years of misery, one of the inhabitants of the Ghetto, start telling the people to rise and fight against hedonistic society, to find lost dignity, to show themselves as a citizens again, who would ask for human rights and freedom. He called them to evoke the forgotten values of democratic society and it`s virtues. Then, the group of Ghetto inhabitants bravely make a public protest, where they are bitten arrested. After that, the Party decide to quit with them, but not with the repression. Main character was free to go through the city, and to speak with people about freedom and democracy, to search who of the Party members and all hedonists will follow him by free will, and exchange all kinds of pleasures for the political freedom and citizen virtues. But, going through the city, he became fully aware of total decadence of the society, and instead of understanding, he got only laugh and mocking. Reaction of the people makes him look as a fool and a lunatic, while the authorities make reality TV show of his search, to show that only idiot can oppose the system. All that leads then to the tragic end.
WHY DO I NEED MONEY
I will have to pay for preparation and printing a novel, for lecturer, getting ISBN number, and some other administrative things. Also, good thing for new writer is to pay some person of prominence to write a preface. There is a promotion costs, on social networks, and in some place with the guests. Probably there is some other expenses, I don`t know exactly until I sit and talk with some publisher, but I can`t do it without any money.
THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE!
Publishing this book is one of my life goals. I don`t have ambition to become famous writer or to sell thousands of copies, but I would do like to see it published, to see that my hard work is recognized and that my efforts weren`t for nothing.