Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu:Volume1 Author's Notes
Hello everyone, I am Igarashi Yuusaku.
I officialy became a light novel writer after I won the fourth Dengeki Hp Novella Prize...However, this series isn't the one I won the award for.
The prologue and chapter one of this book actually came from the 30th issue of the <<Dengeki Hp>>, while chapter two was first published in the 31st issue. However, the third and fourth chapters are original works.
I hope that this light novel will make every reader happy, and that the readers will not feel any pressure while reading this novel. But because that's what I would like to see, I don't really know how successful I will be at achieving this. That is why I will be very happy if even only a very small portion of my readers feel that way.
This light novel series will have a happy ending, because I hope that even the readers who don't like heavy and sad themes will be able to read on. What do you think?
Regarding the light novel that I mentioned above, the <<Shiawase Nisei Taidōkyo Keikaku: Yōsei-san no Ohanashi>> that won me the Dengeki Hp award is a completely different novel from this one.
The reason for this is very simple.
"Because I never expected that work of mine to win an award, which is why I had already begun writing <<Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu>> when I heard that I had won an award for <<Shiawase Nisei Taidōkyo Keikaku: Yōsei-san no Ohanashi>>."
This is my reason.
Seeing that I was already halfway through the first volume, my editor allowed me to finish it up before deciding on my next project. Which is how this novel came to be published.
If possible, I would like to continue the novel that had won me the award. So if any of you readers would like to see it continued, please write letters or send emails to me, or you could help me introduce that series to your friends.
...I seem to be going off-topic, I apologise for that. I should be writing the author's notes for <<Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu>>.
Moving on, I want to thank everyone who had helped in publishing this novel.
I finally got to be a professional writer after sending my work to 'Dengeki Short 3' and going through the competition phase of the 'Dengeki Hp' short stories competition. Firstly, I want to thank the editors who had been taking my work seriously ever since I sent in my work to 'Dengeki Short 3', Wada-san and Miki-san. I know that a person's brainpower will decrease by at least 30% if he reads a work by an amateur writer when he's tired, which is why I am extremely thankful to the two of them! Speaking of which, they've really helped me a lot, from helping me with the overall direction of the series to the naming of story components. If not for the two of them, the <<Innocent Smile>> would be <<Super Moe King>> instead. As I express my deep gratitude to the two of them, I am once again struck by how scary my naming ability is.
Another person that has contributed a lot to this novel is Shaa-sensei, who drew the illustrations for the novel. I am really grateful to Shaa-sensei for drawing illustration from the time when this novel was still being serialised in the <<Dengeki Hp>>. Under the pencil of Shaa-sensei, every character really looked like the image I had of them in my head. I would even write my draft while thinking about the illustrations. The Neko-maid illustrations was the cutest, most mischievous and prettiest of them all. Although I'm not very clever, which explains my limited vocabulary, but I really owe a huge debt of gratitude towards Shaa-sensei. Please continue to take care of me in the future, Shaa-sensei.
I also want to thank the people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to publish this novel.
Other than that, I would also like to thank my beloved dog, a Maltese, for taking my tiredness away whenever I was stressed over writing. It's already eight years-old, and I hope it'll live for a long time.
Last but not least, I would like to thank you, the reader who bought this novel.
If possible, I would want to express my gratitude to all of you personally, but you all will probably be irritated if I were to run around thanking everyone for buying my novel, so I shan't follow through with that thought.
It will be my greatest pleasure if this book has managed to make you smile.
I'll be seeing all of you soon!
31st July, 2004. Igarashi Yuusaku.
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