Sunday, December 2, 2018

Book Review: Rhythm of Love by Nivedita Verdula

The Rhythm of Love by Nivedita Verdula is a good attempt to write a simple love story of Esha and Siddharth. Esha, a small town girl, goes to Mumbai in search for work. She comes from a poor background and goes to live with her Uncle. But as predictable, the uncle is a lecher and she gives him a good kick to walk out of the house - with her virginity intact.  I would have preferred a good old ball crunching kick here. But that is my personal opinion and not part of this review. But this scene was well written to invoke this anger in me. 

Following Esha's journey, she is lucky enough to get the job on her first interview. She meets Siddharth, her cool boss, and a beautiful friendship starts. A friendship where both make a lot of mistakes, yet find ways to forgive each other. This story has a nice, neatly tied HEA. 

Then there is Esha's mom. I loved the way her character has been sketched out. A pucca mom she is. Worried and due to her worry, she is always angry. And then when the cause of her anger is gone, she is calm and that change of her character is well portrayed. 

The characters are well written. Esha comes across as a simple girl who is trying to make her life better. Siddharth, on the other hand, has a few flaws. Every time he seems to be accusing Esha of something or being angry about some issues. That scene where he had packed a bag full of clothes for Esha, I was left wondering if he wanted to change her or accept her as she was. 

The flow of the story is beautiful. A page-turner. I had to know what was going to happen to Siddharth and Esha. There is great chemistry between the two leads. Only one thing I didn't understand was what happened to the email Esha had sent in the first instance. Where did it actually go? Another thing that I felt was there was just too much telling. Things like - he is angry, she is hurt. I needed more action in that. I needed to 'see' her anger, her sadness. Capish?

Nivedita Verdula is an emerging author and one I am going to look out for. Generally, I give up after a few attempts of reading a book but this book, I held on to. I wanted to know what happened to Siddharth and Esha. I enjoyed the tete-a-tete between the protagonists. This author is good at punchlines and that I really liked about her. She is definitely on my TBR list. 

A must read for romance lovers. 




Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Review of Mr. Perfect by Sundari Venkatraman

Marriages are made in heaven and divorces are planned on earth. At least I believe that. When you are forced to marry someone, or your likes and dislikes clashes with your other half, that was definitely not willed by the Gods. But there is also another aspect to this whole tale. Intolerance. And this kind of intolerance, let me be clear here, I support wholeheartedly. Where education has opened the eyes of the woman and they have realized that they are at par with men. And when she is forced to play a role of a doormat, the warrior inside her rises. One such woman, Saloni, is introduced in Sundari Venkatraman's book, Mr. Perfect.

There is one thing about Ms. Venkatraman's book that I really appreciate as a reader. She does not hover over the darkness too much, unlike me I would say, but rushes towards the light at the end of the tunnel. When Saloni finds nothing but unhappiness in her marriage to Manish, she decides to leave him. But her mom, Rati, is against it. According to Rati, a woman's place is always beside her husband.  Saloni not only had to fight against such dogmatic view but also her heart's desire where her childhood love, Aarav, resided. 

There is a simplicity in this story. While the heat quotient is decently high you can't help but root for the chemistry between Aarav and Saloni. On the other hand, there is another factor in this story. Salon's young son, Mitesh. How does a man accept another man's child without feeling any jealousy? Again I can say that Sundari Venkatraman, has touched or rather taken this part for granted in her story. 

Recommended for all romance lovers. 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Blog Tour: Why Go Indie?: 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing (TBC Writer's Toolkit Book 1) by Devika Fernando




Why Go Indie?: 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing (TBC Writer's Toolkit Book 1) 
by Devika Fernando 

Have you ever thought of going indie? Are you a traditionally published author interested in switching to self-publishing? Or an aspiring author looking at various publishing options? 

This concise booklet will show you reasons to go indie and give you an overview of the advantages of self-publishing books. It also shines a light on the 6 F's of self-publishing. 

This eBook is part of the TBC Writer's Toolkit series in which experienced authors offer advice. Check out the other volumes for a step-by-step guide on how to become a successful indie author.

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About the Author

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark are sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Book Review: Cadence Interrupted! By Sinchita Ganguly

Name of the book: Candence Interrupted!

Name of the Author: Sinchita Ganguly

No. Of Pages: 386 pages 

Available on KINDLE UNLIMITED 

Publisher: Indie Published 

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Amazon link: Click here

Rating: 5 Stars 



Reading a book that touches your heart and leaves a tiny mark in your life is the biggest compliment an author can get. And this compliment I truly can give to Sinchita Ganguly.  


Mrinmayi stayed in my mind even after I had closed the book.  Mrinmayi is a rebel. She fights against her dictatorial father to do what she wants. She becomes a travel photographer and lives her life in her own terms. She hates the way her mother had accepted the atrocities of her father and vows never to lead such a life. And then she meets Swayam, a man who captures her heart with his brooding personality. The opposites attract and Mrinmayi falls in love, a thing she had sworn never to do. But there is a dark secret looming between the lovers. 

One which even they are unaware of. When Swayam's mother makes her hatred for Mrinmayi very clear, the young lovers are nonplussed. Swayam is tied to his mother's wheelchair and Mrinmayi can't do anything to win her heart. Will the hatred Swayam's mother has for Mrinmayi makes it seem impossible for the lovers to have their own happy ending. And the worst part is, you can't blame the mom. Sometimes, forgiveness is too heavy a gift to bestow on others. Or will they be able to win her heart and live their lives happily ever after? The contrast between the rebel and the silent lover has come out beautifully. 

While Mrinmayi will win your heart with her devil may care attitude, Swayam's cool attitude will frustrate you enough to shake him up. The author has managed to pay with the emotions beautifully. There were moments when I could help tears coming to my eyes. Especially with Swayam's mother's backstory. In this book, I found one thing very endearing. The mix-bag of emotions. When Swayam's mother was trying to stop this marriage, I too waited with bated breath. Will they marry? I was rooting for this love story where the complexities of human life were full of pain and desolation. 

The horrors of a patriarchal society and the tolerance of the women folk have been superbly depicted in this novel. I am looking forward to reading more and more from this author. 

This book can do with a bit of polishing no doubt. But I don't at all feel hesitant to give this author a five star. The writing has power and that is what pulled me inside the story. 

Highly recommended for all Romance lover. It has a high dose of emotional quotient. 

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Book Review: FALLING FOR HIM BY P. G VAN

Ariya has the assignment of photographing the hotshot vet, Veer. The moment she saw him riding, his muscles flexing and his hair flying, she knew she has met a man who would be hard to forget. Of course, sparks fly from the moment she meets him and she finds out that he is the best assignment she could have asked for. Ariya's life changes into a roller coaster life as she is kidnapped along with him and she also learns to conquer some of her darkest fears in the days she stays with Veer. Veer's love is very subtle, In fact, this book of P. G Van surprised me. The love story grows emotionally with as the story progresses.  Ariya has many shades in this story. To the self-confident photographer to being a vulnerable daughter. 
Both the characters, Veer and Ariya are well developed. Even the friends have a role to play and I find that very important in a story. But if I had to choose my favorite it would be Ariya. She had all the shades of life in her. I liked the way she displayed vulnerability and it did come as a surprise to me when the story took this sudden turn. On the other hand, Veer could have shown a bit more emotion. I felt Ariya was the one strong woman whereas Veer had taken a backstep to her. But then all strong female tends to do that to a man. 


The best part of this book for me was the introduction of Veer. 

"It was a marvelous sight, and there was no denying the beauty of the man and the beast as they rode through the rain. The man had thick, long, dark hair that was drenched but bounced on his broad shoulders as he enjoyed his ride."

 The rest you must read to find out. :)

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Book Review: Breaking Vases: Shattering Limitations & Daring to Thrive - A Middle Eastern Woman's Story by Dima Ghawi

Abuse. Sometimes physical and mostly mental. But the degrading feeling an abused person undergoes cannot be soothed with any balm. Breaking Vases: Shattering Limitations & Daring to Thrive - A Middle Eastern Woman's Story by Dima Ghawi is a story that must be told. Must be heard in every household where women are often hidden from society in the name of honor and family pride. 

Dima's story starts off with a natural eastern flavor. I felt ashamed because in some parts I started questioning what the heck is the issue here. I started doubting if the book was at all about abuse. Some of the scenes are so natural in all families that it never draws to you that it's not natural. It's not natural not to have a choice. It's not natural not to have a say in your house. And it's not natural to lead a life where your education is considered a luxury. 

But into this world of social deprivation is born a little girl called Dima. Where she is taught to obey her father without questioning his authority. As she grows up she learns to curb her questioning nature for it would bring out bouts of fight in the household.  And the exact same transfers to her husband when she gets married. This part of the story I found very interesting. Her heart filled with romance and while I am sure her husband did care for her, but his upbringing, where he is taught that women are the weaker sex, does not let him give his hundred percent to his marriage. There are many places in this book where you will question the absence of abuse. But as you read on, the subtle way it has been introduced is mind-blowing. It's an abuse of rights. An abuse of relationship. A psychological abuse. 

Breaking Vases is a story of Dima who breaks every social norm to reach a level where she becomes a motivator for many women. Her story is a story of immigration, of starting a new life with nothing. It would have been so easy to give in. To accept the life she felt was destined for her. Yet she chose an independent path which must not have been easy for her. More than fighting the abuser, fighting the society becomes more difficult. 

I cannot even understand how a divorce of a niece will affect the aunts and uncles and other members of the society. This hypocrisy is difficult to digest. I applaud Dima for the courage she has shown in fighting against the patriarchal society. 

This book has some powerful scenes. The scene where both the mother and daughter walk out as free women is one of the most powerful and inspiring in this book. The second one when realization dawns on Dima as to why her father is supporting her is like a revelation that destroys her innocent mind forever. Shattered Vases is shattering of innocent ideologies- one by one.

From the first page, Dima's character makes a home in your heart. There were moments when I wanted to pat her back and yet was astounded when she quietly revolted against her father. It was the last scene with her father I could relate to most. To love someone unconditionally, even your parents and hope for that love to be returned can break any child's heart when it's not. 

An emotional roller coaster ride and one I am glad I got to read this book.


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Book Spotlight: Shweta Ka Swayamvar by Sundari Venkatraman




Print Length: 55 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: October 26, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited 
Genre: Romance, Short Story

When Shweta receives an irrefutable offer from a TV production house to participate in the reality show Shweta ka Swayamvar, she’s not as excited as she should be. And there’s a reason for it.

Adi is attracted to Shweta the moment he sets eyes on the fashion model cum TV actress. But he just doesn’t get an opportunity to woo her as he rushes off to the US for his father’s heart surgery. 

Disappointed at not meeting Adi or knowing of a way to contact him, Shweta signs up for the show, unaware of the surprise that awaits her when the shooting begins…

Are the two of them—Adi and Shweta—meant for each other or will fate keep throwing hurdles in their path? Read the full story to know more.

*A shorter version of this story was published before in the anthology Matches Made in Heaven
  

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR






Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 40 titles (36 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Marketing Issue 5: How to Avoid Distractions While Writing

Chapter Four: The Birth of Your Book - Writing Component

 As a writer, you can understand that this is the most important part of your journey. You might have lots of ideas, storylines but sitting on your bums and fleshing them out is what makes you a writer. Of course, you can always hire a ghostwriter (And we do have an upcoming booklet on how to become a ghostwriter or hire one, coming soon by D.R Downer) but that being the case, you don’t need to read this section at all and can skip to the next.

But if you are writing because you love writing, there are a few tools which you might find useful in this journey of yours.

Tools you can use to write. Of course, there are many more but these are the ones I have used.

Ø  Word, nothing beats MS-Word or Pages in Mac.($69 to $149)
Ø  Scrivener ($45 but if you complete 50k words in the Nano month of November, you get rebates)
Ø  Evernote ($34.99)
Ø  Y-Writer (Free)
Ø  Onenote (Free)
Ø  Google Docs (Free)

Things to do every day before you start writing:

Avoid distractions: Very easy to say but very hard to achieve. There are few tools I use to cut off the people around me while writing. Don’t laugh but sometimes noise itself is the best form of keeping distractions at bay. Here are two sites for you.

Ø  Nosily (Free)
Ø  Hipster Sound (Free)

So just plug in your earphone sand start writing.

Keep your inner editor at bay but don’t kill it: The writing process is the lengthiest of all. Many feel that while writing you should kill your inner editor. But I would suggest (from experience) resurrect it from time to time and read what you have written. Too many errors make you lose interest in your own writing.

Stay connected with your work: There will be many times when you feel you are going in a wrong direction and your characters are not behaving as you want them to behave. Take a step backward. Go to a movie or meet with friends. Just chill. And return. Always return. Don’t take too long a gap or that work of yours will be shelved. Keep one thing in mind always. A writer sits on their bums and writes. I wish there was another way to express this. There isn’t.

At this stage of your work, keep all your marketing ideas or search at bay. Marketing is a very daunting business and if you feel that a hurdle is ahead of you, you will lose your interest. One step at a time is the best way to finish your novel.

Don’t even think of formatting your doc: formatting can be very distracting and if you justify your document at this stage, it will make you overlook many errors. The best thing would be to keep your formatting off and keep the document left justified.

Keep all your digital equipment away from your writing desk: Treat writing like a 9 am to 5 pm job. Even if you do it for an hour or two. While you are writing, try your best to avoid looking into your phone or emails. Facebook and Twitter are things to avoid. All those likes can wait. I know, I know, it’s easy to advise but hard to follow but hey you know what, whenever you are distracted, close your eyes and imagine your book cover and on that book cover, your name. It’s very motivating to go on.

Take breaks and sleep on it: Sleep, however much as a writer you want to avoid it, it is a must. People think I don’t sleep at all. If only you all knew that I can sleep at the drop of a hat. I don’t need much sleep out of habit but whenever I get a chance, I do take power naps. Sometimes, when an idea is stuck in your head and you just can’t translate it on paper, take a nap. Nothing clears your mind like a good sleep. Lack of sleep will make you lose not only your interest but also your objectivity.


So here is the moment where I tell you - Happy Writing!


Check out the first part @ Marketing Issue 2: Introduction to being an Indie Author Part 1

Other Booklets in this ToolKit series
Check out Devika Fernando's Booklet Why go Indie?
Check out D R Downer's Booklet A to Z of Ghostwriting

Check out Sundari Venkatraman's booklet 

Chapter Six: Our first date with the monster named Marketing: The initial part of Marketing

Monday, October 22, 2018

Book Spotlight: The Storm - Ponnis' Beloved Volume Two: An English Translation of Kalki Krishnamurthy's Ponniyin Selvan by Sumeetha Manikandan

Blurb of the Book:

Kalki Krishnamurthy’s Ponniyin Selvan is a masterpiece that has enthralled generations of Tamil readers. Many authors have written phenomenal books in Tamil literature after Kalki Krishnamurthy, but Ponniyin Selvan remains the most popular, widely-read novel. It has just the right mixture of all things that makes an epic – political intrigue, conspiracy, betrayal, huge dollops of romance, infidelity, seduction, passion, alluring women, unrequited love, sacrifice and pure love. This is Volume II of the masterpiece.

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Customer Review

While translating an ever-classic epic novel, it is very important to keep in mind the importance of each character, the language and the flow of scenes. Sumeetha Manikandan gave us the perfect blend of all these in her book. Starting from the cover to the footnotes, this book, being the second in series, did not fail to impress me.


The First Part of this Series 



About the Author

Sumeetha Manikandan is a freelance writer and an author who loves to write and base her plots on the tambrahm community of Mylapore, Chennai. She is the author of ‘The Perfect Groom’ that has been a bestselling ebook on the top 50 charts of Amazon India ever since publication.

An avid reader, she loves to read across different genres – romance, historical fiction, non-fiction, mystery, fantasy etc. A history buff to the core,
she is currently translating Ponniyin Selvan – the evergreen tamil classic epic history by Kalki Krishnamurthy into English.

Married to film maker K.S. Manikandan, Sumeetha lives in Chennai, along with her six year old daughter.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Book Review: The Prince's Stubborn Bride by Devika Fernando


I have gone a bit wayward with this series of Royal Romance by Devika Fernando. I had started with 1 and went to 3 and then grabbed 2. Thankfully, the stories are not connected and I didn't face any loopholes. 

The story of The Prince's Stubborn Wife is a story of second chances. When Princes Olivia loses her husband to a freak accident, she is responsible for the kingdom he had left behind. Prince Sebastian, Olivia's brother-in-law, has no interest whatsoever in being a ruler. But the people of the kingdom are stuck in the age-old mindset of not having a woman ruler. Fighting against their dogmatic ideologies, her passion for Sebastian and a certain sect of people who are hell bent to remove her from the throne, Olivia is certainly not a princess I can envy. 

How she battles against political and traditional issues makes this story a wonderful read. Compared to the other books, I found this book the best in the series. It has the right amount of pathos, revenge, romance, and passion. 

The scenes are well-etched and what I loved the most is the way the author has created an imaginary kingdom is commendable. I felt I was a part of that place and in a royal romance that is something beautiful. 

There are many layers to this story - with romance the author has mixed a huge dose of feminism. From the queen mother of Olivia to Olivia refusing to step down from the throne just to please some male ego, made me root for her. Olivia is a much stronger character than Sebastian. His is quieter - like a pillar of strength.  He compliments Olivia's boldness with his quiet strength. 

A Quote from The Book:

But surely you do not truly think such a letter weighs heavier than the law? A law laid down by my ancestors and dealing with one of the most critical matters imaginable?



The First Line of the book:

“I am not getting married.” 

Olivia’s startled voice rang loudly in the silence, and she cringed. Yes, yes, princesses weren’t supposed to raise their voices and blurt out the first thing on their minds—but how could she not react like that when she’d been asked to marry again? And asked so nonchalantly, as if it was as simple as a walk down the beach or consent to an interview?!

My Recommendation:

A definite read for all romance authors.

Author of the Book:




Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds - something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet and sensual, deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust.

What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, Devika is a faithful servant to all the cats and dogs she has adopted. When she's not writing, she's reading or thinking about writing.





Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Episode 3: My Journey To Stay Fit with Vinodini Iyer

2 months before
1. What made you take up this journey of staying fit?

I have always had a slender frame since childhood. But as years passed, with the arrival of my son and the obvious weight gain that followed, I realized that it wasn't so easy to keep the weight off as in my younger days. That's when I actually started watching what I was eating. I tried to keep myself active, although I started exercising only a few years back. I am not regular when it comes to exercises, especially since I am not a gym person at all but I do enjoy walking and doing a few stretches at home. I recently undertook a detox program after noticing that my weight was going up at an alarming rate. It helped me pull down a lot of those pounds. I am yet to get to my ideal weight but I'm now determined on not letting the scales tip on the higher end.

2. What's the biggest challenge you faced on this journey?

The biggest challenge I faced on this journey was my erratic work schedule. My work as a visual merchandiser for retail stores required me to be either glued to the computer for the whole day, travel and live out of suitcases for days or be on my feet for long hours to set up and beautify stores. So, my lifestyle would swing between sedentary or extremely draining physical activity. In such a scenario maintaining a healthy diet pattern and exercising regularly was the biggest challenge I faced. I would try to work around it by doing the right things on days when my body could cope with it physically.

Before joining TBC fitness group
3. Did your family support you in this journey? In what way did you need their support?

My family has always been supportive when it came to fitness, especially my mum and my son. My
mum would always coax me to go that extra mile and help me through this journey by preparing healthy and wholesome meals. My son is a fitness enthusiast himself, would encourage me to exercise regularly.

4. How much do you think diet is part of your journey?

For me, what I eat contributes to 70% of the end results. I have never been regular with exercise but it is only the healthy eating habits that have helped me keep fit. Thankfully, both I and my mum are blessed with small appetites and that helps. As per Hindu beliefs, the right portion one should consume for a meal should be the size of what fits into your palms and I follow this rule meticulously. I try to eat something every two hours and keep myself hydrated by sipping on the water all through the day.  Being a foodie, I do have my cheat days but I try and balance it on other days.

5. How can joining a group of dedicated weight watchers help you? Do you feel our group TBC Fitness has motivated you in any way?

I believe any group activity can keep your motivation levels high in the particular activity you're pursuing. For example, I recently started going for brisk walks with a friend in the neighborhood park. Before that, I used to walk alone on my terrace and I wasn't really regular with that routine. However, ever since we have started walking together, I and my friend enjoy this activity thoroughly and we try to make sure we don't miss it even for a day if we could avoid it.

TBC Fitness has especially made me aware of how committed others are about their fitness regimes and in turn motivated me to stick to my own fitness commitments. Both Rubina and Janaki try to keep everyone going by their own passion for fitness.

6. How can we as a group improve?

I feel the only small change we could make is by coming out with alternative methods on how the members could include exercise and diet changes in their routine, besides doing the regular gym and diet plan. We could probably brainstorm on such topics someday on a live chat, maybe on Twitter.

7. What is the one line you would like to say to those who are still thinking if they should or not start a fitness plan.

Go for it, the results are worth every bit of the efforts!





After joining TBC fitness group


Meet Vinodini Iyer

Vinodini Iyer is a design professional and a creative specialist. She has worked in the retail sector as a visual merchandiser and a fashion stylist for various well-known brands. Having worked closely with fashion brands she has always been fond of dressing well. Her motivation for a well-balanced lifestyle comes from her desire to retain a healthy glow and wear whatever she wishes to without stressing on the sizes.

Her professional assignments keep her on her toes, allowing her to explore new places and indulge in spontaneous adventures. She writes on various topics of her interest, namely, food, travel, fashion, parenting, and self-help. Her blog ifsbutsandsetcs.com  is an amalgamation of her thoughts, experiences, pieces of fiction and poetry woven in her mind which find themselves translated into narrations in her writing.  She is a published author with her short stories published in anthologies and she looks forward to releasing her solo debut sometime when the time is right. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Marketing Issue 4: CHECKLIST BEFORE YOU PUBLISH A BOOK










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Writing because you think you are better than another author: This is one of the major reasons why I see some of the reviewers turning into authors. I feel proud when they pick up their pen but what saddens me is the attitude that I can write better than so and so. You probably could, but please don’t forget your muse —the author who inspired you to write.

Indie world is an interwoven world of needs and demands. Most of the time, your demand today will turn into your need tomorrow. So working together with each other, might be a good idea in the Indie world.

3) Getting a fan following as soon as you hit the publish button. Ta da. Not happening. To get a readership, you don’t start with ‘hey, check out my published book,’ and your friends go gaga over it. For this, you have to start creating a network before your book is published. How to go about it I will cover in this booklet itself. But remember one thing at this point in time—to build a readership is tough. Start understanding the difference between readers, relatives, and friends. The latter two are for likes and the first one is for sales and visibility. Senseless selling of books on your timeline will not work.

4) Amazon will promote me: Of course, it will, but then think about this logically. Every one minute there is a new book being uploaded on Amazon. In this jungle of books, your new book with a brand new author name needs a push to have its presence felt. So before hitting the publish button, remember you are one in a million. How your book will stand out in this plethora of books, is your own success story to make.

Whatever you do, keep in mind that you are your own boss. And having said that it also means that you are solely responsible for your own book. All the profits are yours to keep, so are the errors.



Chapter Three: Components of Indie Publishing


I hope you have read my previous points carefully and decided to stay with me on this journey. As soon as you have decided that you want to be an Indie published author, here is a checklist for you to consider.


Ø  Writing - What stage of writing are you in? First draft, second draft… final copy?
Ø  Marketing before the book is launched
Ø  Self-Editing
Ø  Beta Reading
Ø  Editing - Development
Ø  Editing - Line Editing
Ø  Proofreader
Ø  Self-Editing Part 2
Ø  Cover Making 
Ø  Formatting and Uploading
Ø  Keeping the reviewers informed
Ø  Marketing after the Book is launched

I will be covering most of the topics mentioned above except Editing and How to look for an editor which will be handled by Inderpreet Kaur Uppal and Dola Basu Singh in their respective booklets. And uploading on Amazon will be handled by Sundari Venkatraman in the forthcoming issue. Marketing after a book is launched is a vast topic and will be in a separate booklet by me. But trust me, the part before you are ready to launch a book, is the most important of all and should not be neglected.

The above topics will hold good for all kinds of books. I will be speaking about how much each part is going to cost you, the pros and cons are for you to decide if you have the budget for that. I will be putting up links of the least expensive deals I have used in my entire career as a writer. You don’t have to spend much on anything except Editing and that too depends on how confident you are with your writing and grammar.


Check out the first part @ Marketing Issue 2: Introduction to being an Indie Author Part 1

Other Booklets in this ToolKit series
Check out Devika Fernando's Booklet Why go Indie?
Check out D R Downer's Booklet A to Z of Ghostwriting 



Chapter Four: The Birth of Your Book - Writing Component