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Zihan Tian '22 publishes 300,000-word novel

Zihan Tian '22 publishes 300,000-word novel

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Zihan “Angela” Tian ’22 had surgery on her left leg in March of 2020.

To her dismay, she didn’t have access to Wi-Fi at the hospital. Bored, she started to write a story.

One million words later, she had her first novel – a fantasy fiction piece that loosely translates from Mandarin “Mi Ying Meng Die.”

Being published is nothing new to Angela. She received payment to have five of her poems published in China as a sophomore.

A year later, after posting her novel on a blog, she signed a contract with a Chinese company to have the first 300,000 words  - equivalent to 100,000 English words - of her novel published. The publishing company designed the cover and edited the copy.

“It’s extremely exciting,” she said. “To get a book by myself published is amazing, even though after three days I wanted to publish more. But when you first get your book it’s exciting.”

To put the 100,000 words into context, Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” was 46,000 words, J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” 95,022, and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird 100,338. There was a three-month stretch when Angela wrote roughly 1,300 words/day. Novelist Stephen King typical writes 2,000 words/day during a project.

Angela’s original goal was to write about the political and historical fields. However, she realized getting books published in that realm was difficult. She shifted to a novel format, which gave her the freedom to write about anything she desired.

In her novel, the protagonist is born in a protected environment. However, after unintentionally threatening the regional powers, she is kicked out. She travels the world through various political systems “trying to learn why people are targeting her.”

Angela’s book is for sale on Amazon, Apple, Koko, Thalia,, Angus & Robertson, Vivlio, Barnes & Noble and Lulu.

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