This is not an open letter to you to stop pirating books. That would be appreciated but not expected. I wanted to provide some facts which I have learned on this tough road to publication. I am lucky to be one of the chosen ones that has found a publisher who believes in my writing. … Continue reading Dear Book Pirate
Early next week, I will sign the contract with my publisher for my debut novel. After the strangely quiet satisfaction of acceptance, there’s a residual feeling of anti climax and regret. Before you wonder what sort of ingrate would not jump with elation at an opportunity like this, let me explain. I know I am … Continue reading It’s Never Too Late? Really?
Them: So what is it you do? (conversation starter) Me: I write. (while bracing myself for the inevitable aftermath) Them: How lovely. Where can I read your book? (genuine interest) Me: I am in the process of writing it. (sounding like a recorded message) Them: Oh. Ok. (conversation ender) Me: I was busy with the … Continue reading The Hamster Who Opened A Pandora’s Box
Imagination does not discriminate when it gives birth to a story. I gathered the children of years of labor and set them free into the publishing world. There I learned the bitter truth. Correct me if I am wrong. “Short stories have no market. Send in the novel.” “I will take a pass on the … Continue reading Short Stories: The Stepchild? Novels: The Favoured Child?
Dreamy Hopeful Struggler Desperate Despondent Disillusioned Quitter And they lived happily ever after, forming a boy band instead of chopping wood for paper and writing stories. Their song, “Heigh Ho” hit top of the charts worldwide. Alisha “Priti” Kirpalani is the author of a “A Smattering Of Darkness: Short and Shorter Twisted Tales,” a collection … Continue reading The Seven Dwarves of Publishing a Book
Writing a novel was top of my bucket list. Thirty three years of dilly dallying and one year of excruciating labour, there it was. My magnum opus. The response from family and friends was elevating. I gathered up courage and sent it to a renowned literary agent. The three chapter hurdle was easily surmounted and … Continue reading Marketing: The Bastard Executioner