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Welcome to the (slightly delayed) January edition of the Atlantis Entertainment newsletter where you'll find a mixture of K-Pop and books. I am your MC, Ji Soo, and I will be guiding you through this month's fun.

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IN THIS ISSUE

Cover Reveal
Korean Names
Release Schedule
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COVER REVEAL
Release date: February 1st
The Girl Who Gave Him The Moon

Zodiac, 2

YA Contemporary Romance

Lucinda fell in love with a K-Pop idol. On the other side of the world, that idol fell in love with her.

All Lucinda ever wanted to do was dance. With only a couple of years before she graduates and can audition to Julliard, her dreams are leading her down a different path. With the opportunity to learn new styles of dancing, as well as see her boyfriend, Lucinda moved across the world to attend the SLA.

Lee Minhyuk, aka King, is caught up in a scandal which is threatening his career, and the only chance he has to salvage it is to be the ideal idol at Atlantis Entertainment. That means returning to the Seoul Leadership Academy and keeping a low profile, being a good student, and certainly no girls.

When the SLA joins in partnership with Atlantis Entertainment, the students are given an opportunity to audition and become idols. This is the second chance King needs to protect his future, but their relationship is the price that is needed.

Their relationship survived with 7,000 miles between them, but can it survive with King and Lucinda being at the same school?



Fans of Dream High and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before are sure to enjoy this new YA romance series from Ji Soo Lee.

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UNDERSTANDING KOREAN NAMES

I've had a few messages asking about Korean names, so I figured this was a good a time to delve into this.
 
First things first. Usually (there are exceptions), a name is made up of three character blocks. Each block has one syllable. 이지수 – that’s my name. Lee Ji Soo. (Koreans use the family name first). 이 (Lee) 지 (Ji) 수 (Soo).

So, let’s break this down a bit more.

Unless the idol is a solo artist and not using a stage name, I can’t think of an idol who uses their full name. (If there’s someone I’ve forgotten about, do let me know!) If I was an idol, you would just call me Jisoo. However, you do get some idols who like to use only one part of their name:

Jin (Kim Seokjin) BTS
Jun (Lee Junyoung) U-Kiss / UNB
Jae (Park Jayhyung) DAY6
Chan (Kang YuChan) ACE / UNB

There’s no rule on what part of their name they use – that’s personal preference. Han of Stray Kids uses his family name (Han Jisung).

That’s the (hopefully) easy part done.

Then we get to the “how do you write/translate those names?” question. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a Hangeul lesson!

Officially, when Romanising a Korean name (that’s changing it from Hangeul (the characters – 이지수) to ‘English’ Lee Ji Soo) the Korean government has said name must be written with a hyphen Lee Ji-soo.

Unofficially, people do whatever they want – it’s their name after all!

You may have noticed that I write my name as Ji Soo Lee. Well, I’m American, so I have to follow a convention laid out by the US government that says first name, surname. But why don’t I write it as Jisoo? Well, preference. I just prefer it that way. (Plus, there’s a Jisoo in BlackPink.)

But why, you might ask, are the names in my stories not written as Ji-soo or Ji Soo?

Well, the simple answer is K-Pop. Most idols will write their name as Jisoo. So, I decided to go with familiarity.

Let’s look at Victon. (the visual inspiration for King in the Zodiac series was Byungchan from Victon)

Members: Seung-woo, Seung-sik, Chan*, Se-jun, Han-se, Byung-chan, and Su-bin.

No hyphens, no separation (and thankfully no members with stage names for this example).

I could write the names in many different ways and have them all be correct, but for the sake of simplicity, I've picked one way.

I hope that's a simple guide to the basics for you, but if you have any questions, please do get in touch!

*Chan is one of the exceptions to the ‘three-syllable/character block name’. He was born Heo Chan. His brother was in Madtown and also has a two-syllable name – Heo Jun.

RELEASE SCHEDULE

From Ji Soo Lee and J. S. Lee

Ji Soo Lee

February 1st

The Girl Who Gave Him The Moon

Zodiac, 2

YA Contemporary Romance

J. S. Lee

March 1st

Onyx: Truth

Onyx, 1

NA Reverse Harem


April 1st

Onyx: Truth

Onyx, 2

NA Reverse Harem


May  1st

Onyx: Truth

Onyx, 3

NA Reverse Harem

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