Senior Manager (Special Projects & Development, Befriending Services)
Editor of Befriending Conversations
Haniye J. Ee
Project Manager, ST Electronics
Author of The Path That Leads Upwards
I think the decision of approaching Kok Hwa at Candid Creation for my first book was a great one. I was impressed with Kok Hwa’s professionalism. He consistently over-delivered on my expectations. Being a new author, there were so many uncertainties and unknown to deal with but Kok Hwa managed to answer all my questions without delay. I was thankful for his sincerity and passion to help me achieve my goal of creating my very first book. Highly recommended person to work with!
I first got introduced to Kok Hwa through one of my colleagues Ernest who mentioned great things about him. I enjoyed the “So You Want to be an Author” workshop conducted by Kok Hwa as he helped me to think deeper about the target reader of the book and the legacy I wish to leave behind. Through Kok Hwa’s coaching, I realise that financial literacy for youths was something very close to my heart and so I managed to write my first book “Money Lessons from the Wild” very quickly. I enjoyed his Candidness and Honest feedback and his way of organising the chapters. Kok Hwa and his team helped me to publish the book professionally and also found a Vietnamese publisher who published the Vietnamese edition. After the book has been published, I received more invitations to speak at workshops and currently I am recognised as the TOP 1% of the world’s financial advisers.
Now that Raising Financially Savvy Kids has been published, I am really glad that I made the decision to publish my book with Candid Creation Publishing. Two things stood out for me when working with them: The first is the personalised service that I received from beginning to end. With a team of publishing professionals supporting me, at no point in the publishing journey was I left feeling alone. Being a first-time author, coupled with the fact that I do not have an excellent command of English, the process to write and publish a book is definitely daunting to me in the beginning. Thankfully, with Kok Hwa and his competent team handholding me throughout the entire journey, I felt safe and learnt so much from them. Indeed, they live up to their slogan of “Professional Publishing with a Personal Touch.”
The second thing that impresses me most about Candid Creation Publishing’s service is that even after the book was published, I was not left with boxes of books to try to market on my own. Candid Creation Publishing lent their expertise by helping me create more awareness of my book through the media, and supported me in organising a very successful book launch too. Beyond distributing my book in Singapore and Malaysia, they also went beyond the call of duty by connecting me with influential people in the book trade to help me.
Although initially I had my own ideas for the book cover design and was quite adamant about it, Candid Creation Publishing was able to convince me with their professional advice and eventually did an outstanding job to overhaul the entire book cover design. As a result, I have received many compliments on the book ever since it was published and one of the frequently asked questions is “Who is the publisher of the book?”. It was only then that I realised that readers do pay attention to publishers and I am so happy that I made the right choice.
Throughout the entire journey, Candid Creation Publishing has been very attentive to my needs, accommodating, understanding, and above all, patient with my progress. I am sincerely appreciative of their consultative and coaching approach in helping first time author like me.
Kok Hwa is someone who is nothing short of a delight to work with. He has worked with me in every aspect to help me publish a high quality book that I am so proud of. Not only that, the project fits within my budget and met my timeline! Candid Creation Publishing has truly done a fantastic job and definitely over delivered on their promise. I could not have asked for anything better!
Having walked the journey with Candid Creation Publishing, I would highly recommend them to serious and committed authors who want to make a success out of their book. You will find working with Candid Creation Publishing a delightful and positive experience. To conclude, Candid Creation Publishing will publish my next book without a doubt.
Kwan Jin Yao
Contributing Writer of Modelling Today, Guiding Tomorrow
Director, United Nations Association of Singapore Kwan Jin Yao
Thank you Phoon Kok Hwa and Candid Creation Publishing for making my dreams come true one after another.
Without the kind guidance and advise that Kok Hwa has given me during my first stroke, all these could not be reality today. It is like a dream thinking back the previous publication of Beyond the Twilight Horizon (2011) and Beyond Examination (2012). Now, Beyond 50 (2015) is truly beyond any of my expectation. The printing and design is of such high quality and the amount of support and guidance throughout this journey is remarkable.
Thank you and I am looking forward to my fourth book soon.
I cannot thank you enough for taking on this task of publishing our very first book, The Digital Goldmine. As a first time author, you and your team have been promptly responsive to all our queries and have patiently guided us through every step of the way to finally get the book out.
I believe it is with sheer passion and dedication that you and your team can pull this off with us.
To be honest, it is still very surreal to see the book in all its glory. You have a great team that makes customers like myself feel understood and valued. Please let your team know that their efforts and dedication have not gone unnoticed.
We look forward to receiving the same fantastic service should we find the opportunity to pen another book.
PurpleClick Media Pte Ltd
The editing process was prompt and efficient and I loved the layout and design work by Candid Creation! They were able to lend their expertise and experience to first time authors like myself. Where I tended to focus on the content, they helped me expand my thinking on the cover design, the appeal, the synopsis and even advice on pricing. Kok Hwa even recommended my book to an MNC and that resulted in my first bulk sale!!
My book would not have been possible with Candid Creation Publishing. Thank you guys.
In fact, based on your advice and support, one of our books Value Investing in Growth Companies, have been selected by Wiley to be published and distributed world-wide.
This would not be possible if not for your professional advice and your integrity to provide the best service and knowledge to your partners.
I would strongly advise and encourage anybody who wants to be a self-publish or co-publish to look for you and Candid Creation Publishing.
Thank you so much!
8 Investment Pte Ltd
When I first decided on writing a book, I approached a few publishers with the intent of getting advice and counsel. But to my disappointment, I did not get the advice I was looking for. Instead, most publishers were more interested in getting me to sign up for their packages and closing the sale. However, Candid Creation Publishing was different. From my first meeting with Kok Hwa until the publication of the book, the entire experience was extremely pleasant. Kok Hwa and his team were very responsive, honest and an absolute pleasure to work with. They provided me with step-by-step guidance, insights, expert advice and professional opinions that I was looking for.
The book publishing journey can be fraught with many challenges and obstacles that can discourage any first-time author. However, I must say that Candid Creation Publishing has helped to put my mind at ease and in fact, made this journey enjoyable for me.
Finally, Kok Hwa is a person who is very honest in his business dealings. He is a gem in today’s business world. I would not hesitate to recommend Candid Creation Publishing to anyone who may be thinking of writing and publishing a book!”
Kok Hwa and his team are very responsive and cares about your success. When you are a first time author, believe me, you need a lot of hand holding and encouragement.
Kok Hwa provides guidance and services beyond book publishing and it is a great feeling, knowing you have someone behind you.”
Author of Composition Companion
Thank you once again for your help. Appreciate it very much.
Author of Fast Forward Your Makeup, Fast Forward Your Etiquette, Fast Forward Your Customer Service
Director/ Training & Business Development, Signature Image Academy International Pte Ltd
My wife and I each published a book with him, and he partnered with us every step of the way. We were so impressed and grateful that we have since recommended him to many others.
Every time I interact with him is a pleasure and privilege, and Kok Hwa is someone I admire and appreciate. I believe anyone who partners with him will feel taken care of in every way.
Kok Hwa is knowledgeable, professional, attentive, always listening and approachable. His guidance and advice are as valuable as gold, providing much help and assistance to help newbies author. I am one such fortunate person.
Kok Hwa never over promised nor under delivered. I can always count on him to deliver as his promise, all the time, springing some pleasant surprises along the way.
Even his team is very professional, especially Zoe, the editor of my book. They always seek to clarify, highlighted areas where the book’s content can be further improved, by asking hard questions that really kept me thinking, and realized the blind spots that I needed to tackle, so as to make the content of the book more complete.
I am really grateful to Kok Hwa and Candid Creation Publishing for making it all possible: that is to see my book published and available at major bookstores island wide.
A pipe Dream turns reality.
If you harbor the thought to be a published author, you have to approach Phoon Kok Hwa and Candid Creation Publishing! It is the essential 1st step to make your authorship’s dream comes true!
A year later his company Candid Creation Publishing LLP helped to publish my first book “A CEO, an Entrepreneur, a Tourist and the Monk”. During this period, Kok Hwa had played the role of a trainer, a coach, an advisor and at times a well needed cheer leader.
Without the precise coaching from Kok Hwa, I would not have completed this book. He was very candid with his feedbacks and used a style that permitted me to explore my own options while prompting me to consider different perspectives. His vast experience allowed him to guide without being a subject matter expert. In my personal opinion he has the attributes of a coach who could fit almost any context and in any industry.
As a book publisher and coach, Kok Hwa have a very structured approach to the process and steps of publishing. My initial fear of “I cannot write” was eliminated when he said “writing is only one step of the multi-step process of producing a book.” He was right! When we embarked on a journey, the mind looked for obstacles, which could create the inertia to starting. Kok Hwa was able to cheer me on and encourage me while balancing the delicate role of prompting me with questions and sharing stories that inspire me.
Personally, I would recommend Kok Hwa as an executive coach for anyone looking to develop themselves beyond. Or need a good sparing partner to discuss new ideas. He is creative and pragmatic. His expertise in book publishing process is clearly a plus if you aspire to be an author. His delivery in the workshop was very engaging and he demonstrated excellent facilitation skills to manage the class of adult learners.
I have been an executive coach for 10 years and to meet another professional coach whom I could learn from is very refreshing and humbling.
Kok Hwa is a gift to the publishing scene in Singapore and the region – a publisher who has earned reputation for quality, a coach who asks great questions to a potential author, a facilitator who engages the audience in meaningful conversations and an archeologist who digs for the hidden treasure in you! His authenticity, kindness, business sense and a genuine desire to help makes him ideal candidate to engage for potential publishing projects. Thanks Kok Hwa for the great work you are doing in educating the future authors and support them in publishing.
Coach, Facilitator, Consultant, Speaker
I got to know Kok Hwa a number of years ago through a workshop that we have attended. I knew he was a book publisher and my mentor’s book was also published by KH’s Candid Creation Publishing. Eventually, when I have the chance to publish a book with my fellow co-authors, I know we have to engage KH’s service. And he didn’t disappoint. He is very detailed orientated and dish out good advice on how to structure the book’s content better. KH is also very approachable and went all out to help make our book a Kinokuniya best-seller by helping us garner publicity in as many channels as possible.
Kok Hwa has been instrumental in the process of guiding me towards planning and eventually launching my book.
With his help, my dreams have now become a reality. His ability to make the complex process become so easy for laymen is a gift to new authors.
I will highly recommend anyone who is planning to write and publish a book to work with Candid Creation Publishing.
Apart from his insights and expertise in getting our book published, Kok Hwa is very good with his advice on what works and helped us to shape the book concept along the way. In fact, we decided on the final title of the book Everything You Wish To Ask A Headhunter after taking in suggestions from him.
After passing him the draft manuscript, Kok Hwa and his team worked their magic in close collaboration with my co-author and me and together we delivered a finished product that I was very pleased with. Kok Hwa also assisted in getting us interviewed on national radio and supported the distribution of Everything You Wish To Ask A Headhunter to every major book retailer in Singapore, as well as through Amazon store. He is just as motivated as us to make sure our book is a success. The best part is, Kok Hwa is just a great guy to partner with – humble, eager to assist, responsive, good values.
I look forward to working with Kok Hwa again for my next book!
“Candid Creation Publishing did a fantastic job managing the entire publishing process of my book from concept to layout to organisation to research to pre order. Social Media 247 will be a blast under their management. Phoon Kok Hwa and his team is one of the best in Singapore for this job.”
“For those of you who are thinking of “self-publishing” a book, my advice to you is that, you are better off working with a publisher who is not only good at what he does, but also very passionate about publishing. I would like to express my utmost thanks to my publisher Kok Hwa and his team at Candid Creation Publishing – he treats each book as his “baby”, and I can imagine the joy in his eyes when this book is finally published.
He has given me many valuable suggestions and insights, without which, this book might have been a pale shadow of its current form. Kok Hwa has also gone many many extra miles even after the book is published which is evident from his untiring efforts to generate more publicity for my book and to push the book up the bestsellers chart.”
Without him and his belief in my work, I wouldn’t have published my 1st poetry book today. As a newbie in the book trade, he gave me much valuable advice and guided me patiently on the process of publishing a book.
With his encouragement and support, I am a proud author of my 1st poetry book – Be In The Moment.
Kok Hwa, thank you for believing in me and supporting me.”
It is good to encounter professionalism; it is absolutely delightful to encounter professionalism complemented with passion.
That’s my experience journeying with Kok Hwa and his team at Candid Creation.
When he is your publisher, it only means that your book will receive the attention to details that it deserves, and you, as an author, will have a smooth, reassurring and happy experience manifesting your dream. Delightful, isn’t it?
When I first thought of writing a book and shared it with a friend, he introduced me to Kok Hwa. Kok Hwa immediately arranged to meet up with me and during that meeting he gave me a complete overview of the writing and publishing process. During that meeting he shared with me so many insights about book publishing that I never knew.
As an author, you are the master of the content. However, there are things that could be completely oblivious to you from the perspective of the reader.
Having said that, I must say that Kok Hwa isn’t your ordinary publisher. He is really the bridge between an author and the reader. When I passed him my manuscript, he took a few weeks to totally immerse himself in the content and then came out with many practical suggestions from cover to back on making the book more reader-friendly. On one of the evenings, he even sat down with me till after midnight to restructure the contents of the book. I don’t know if there is any other publisher as dedicated as he is.
But the most important thing is that Kok Hwa doesn’t just stop at just publishing the book. After the book is published, he walked through the different strategies with me to get my book sales going. He is also currently helping me to get more media exposure via magazines, newspapers, radio and even TV! Just the thought of this makes me excited about what it will do to my book publicity! I can visualize my book hitting the bestseller charts very soon.
Overall I am very pleased with the service rendered by Kok Hwa and his team at Candid Creation Publishing and strongly recommend their services to all new and aspiring authors who wish to make their book a success.
Our second book, Score the A* You Deserve for PSLE Writing has been having steady inhouse sales ever since it was launched and I strongly recommend the services of Candid Creation Publishing, to anyone who would like to turn their book writing dreams into reality.
Wee Xin Yi
Innovation Director of AdvoEdu Group
In 2014, I decided to write my first book and naturally, Kok Hwa was my preferred publisher because I have seen many other books published by his company.
Working with him to get my book out is a journey of reflective learning. Wearing the hat of Certified Action Learning Coach, Kok Hwa always get me to answer my own questions. He will make me think and draw out the answer from my own questions. Kok Hwa is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him for anyone who has a book to write.
After the workshop, I continued to work closely with Kok Hwa and his team to successfully publish “Game Changers at the Circus: How leaders can unleash Greatness in Organizations”. Working with Kok Hwa is a joy as he is not only very experienced in book publishing but he also supports his authors with a strong set of work ethics. I would highly recommend anyone who is embarking on the book journey to attend his regular workshop “So You Want To Be An Author”, and then discuss further opportunities with his company Candid Creation Publishing.
I came to know Kok Hwa when i attended an authors event that he hosted, some eighteen months ago. I knew him better when he helped me publish my book “From Drunken to Driven”. He is an unassuming person who does more than he speaks. If you are seeking a coach, a publisher or a learning facilitator I would recommend you to contact him. He is down to earth, candid and inspiring. A pleasent person to talk to and deal with, you can be rest assured of an honest, trustworthy and reliable opinion. I found in him someone who underpromises but always overdelivers. It is a joy interacting with him.
Kok Hwa helped me to publish my first book. I enjoyed his helpfulness, creative ideas and his entire management of the publishing process. Post-launch he has also been very generous with his help to promote my book via the various channels.
Kok Hwa is also a master facilitator. He has shown his ability to engage his audience, generate active participation and ensuring fun throughout the learning process. The overall participant experience is excellent.
I strongly recommend working with Kok Hwa. He guided me throughout the entire process of writing my book and getting it published both online and as a paperback. I can say with confidence without his coaching my book would have been much poorer, repetitive and inconsistent!
His style is soft but insistent. We worked remotely as he is based in Singapore and I live in Hong Kong – but due to his personality and willingness to answer WhatsApp calls whenever I felt necessary I received all the guidance I needed.
I found Kok Hwa to be honest, professional and genuinely interested in the success of my project. It isn’t easy to coach people who have been CEOs of sizeable companies and explain to them that their “words of wisdom” might need amending or even deleting, but he did it with sensitivity and integrity.
We published our first book with Kok Hwa and his company. We were extremely happy with the results. His advice as we were writing the book was both patient and accurate! He used a very good editor and printing company. His contacts ensured good distribution in Singapore and Malaysia. Very knowledgeable, reliable and willing to go the extra mile in client service.
Marcus Marsden, PCC
Managing Partner of TWP, The Coach Partnership (formerly Newfield Asia) and Sarius Performance.
Co-Author of Fit To Lead