Wednesday, June 1, 2022

My June IWSG Post and when the going gets tough while writing

May was a hectic month for me, I spent the first ten days going over the edits and proofs of my new book, a collection of animal stories titled ‘Chaos in the Jungle and Other Stories,’ published by Ukiyoto Publishing. It released around 11 May (the kindle version) and 14 May (paperback). This was the book for which I had signed the contract in April 2022.

I just saw that amazing Alex Cavanaugh has already given my book a shoutout on his blog in his previous post about new releases. Thankyou Alex, you truly are a gem of a person.

Then in the last one week I have been going through the edits of my non-fiction book, the editor sent me the first edit copy for review. This book will release in August to celebrate India’s 75 years of independence.

 I’m also revising my fantasy novel with my editor’s suggestions. This book is heading for a July release. Will share both these covers in a few weeks.

Things are normal here in India, though I’m always wearing a mask when I step out of my house, some people aren’t. Hope we have left Covid19 far behind us.


All too soon we dropped into June and its time for IWSG (Insecure Writer’s Support Group). IWSG started by Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of Amazon Bestsellers : CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Hop over to the IWSG website for some amazing posts and do try to support IWSG members by visiting their blogs and commenting on their IWSG posts.

June 1 question - When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If you have not started the writing yet, why do you think that is and what do you think could help you find your groove and start?

The awesome co-hosts for the June 1 posting of the IWSG are SE White, Cathrina ConstantineNatalie Aguire, JoyleneNowell Butler, and Jacqui Murray.

For my love story I got so badly stuck that I wanted to shelve that book for some time, at one point. But luckily for me, I continued writing and constantly motivated myself that I could work through that roadblock and writer’s block (I had got stuck at a very crucial point in the book). That book was and is very close to my heart, there was no way I was giving it up for anything. I feel we should just keep writing and the knots will start untangling.

What about you all?

 

 

 




Wednesday, May 4, 2022

My May IWSG Post and my writing highs and lows

 

April was a lucky month for me as I signed two book deals and luckily for me, both the books will be out by June, maybe end of May itself. I’m doing a happy dance. Plus, I also discussed a picture book trilogy with another independent publisher.

With a new month and the first Wednesday of the month, it’s time for IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. IWSG is an online group of writers, it was started by Alex J Cavanaugh the author of Amazon Bestsellers : CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. The IWSG website is packed with writing related posts. To read the other IWSG posts, visit the group’s page.

May 4 question - It's the best of times; it's the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?

The awesome co-hosts for the May 4 posting of the IWSG are Kim Elliot, Melissa Maygrove, Chemist Ken, Lee Lowery, and Nancy Gideon!

I have had both the highs and lows and trust me when I say that both have been in extremes. The writer highs have ofcourse been book contracts and amazing reader reviews and the books going into multiple reprints, inching towards 10,000 copies being sold of each title. The lows have been a series of long waits by the publishers for replies and the delays of two of my non-fiction books, due to the pandemic and the lockdowns.

Writer lows: Last year I signed a contract for a picture book with a new and small publisher. I was paid a small advance by the publisher and next week the contract was terminated. Luckily the publisher (the single woman organization) asked me to keep the advance as I had revised the book. Before that in 2019, I had been commissioned a mythology book based on my serialized story, by one of India’s independent publishers, the book was ready, complete with wonderful illustrations and the final PDF was sent to me for approval. I promptly went through the PDF and sent in my changes which were done overnight. Sadly, a day later, on the day the book was supposed to be sent to the printer, the editor calls me to tell me that the book has been put on an indefinite hold. A few months later we mutually terminated the contract. As the advance hadn’t yet been paid, there was no money to return.

Well those were the lows, as I had come so close to the books being published,  and then experienced disappointment.

I try to hold on to the highs, instead of clinging to the lows.


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

April IWSG Post and Audio Books

 

I think March was a very productive month for me. I wrote lots of features for newspapers and magazines and did many book reviews in newspapers. And I also submitted my books to various Indian publishers and got good responses. I hope April will be as productive.

Looks like the pandemic is behind us. Fingers crossed that things stay the same as they are now.

As the first Wednesday of the month rolls into view, it’s time for another IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. IWSG was formed by Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of Amazon Bestsellers : CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. The IWSG website is packed with writing related posts. To read the other IWSG posts, visit the group’s page.

April 6 question - Have any of your books been made into audio books? If so, what is the main challenge in producing an audiobook?

The awesome co-hosts for the April 6 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Jemima Pett, Patricia Josephine, Louise –Fundy Blue and Kim Lajevardi.

So far I have just one audio book - Festival Stories Through The Year. My publisher Harper Collins Children’s Book India brought out the audio book during the first pandemic lockdown in 2020.  Luckily for me, HCI handled everything.

What about you all? How did you all handle the audio book challenges?

 

 

 


Wednesday, March 2, 2022

My March IWSG and Writing Conflicts

 

In India, everything has opened up now, though everyone is still wearing a mask. I am hoping the pandemic is behind us. I desperately want a return to normalcy, as I have lived under the fear of the virus for too long.

This year my aim is to conquer my fears and explore different possibilities. I have managed to do both (to a certain extent). I will share the details soon.

As it’s the first Wednesday of the month, it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) post. IWSG was started by the wonderful Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of Amazon Bestsellers : CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. The IWSG website is packed with writing related posts. To read the other IWSG posts, visit the group’s page.

March 2 question - Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?

The awesome co-hosts for the March 2 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia, Natalie Aguirre and Shannon Lawrence!

Yes, several times I have been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story. Once, for one of my middle-grade novels, I removed a scene, as I felt that school principals (headmasters) may object to it and ban the books from their school (that would have been disastrous for a children’s book.) After a lot of thought, I decided to rework that particular chapter. For children’s books we authors are always treading a fine line and trying not to cross any lines.

How about you all? How do you handle your writing conflicts?

 

 


Wednesday, February 2, 2022

My February IWSG Post

 

I’m just waiting for this dreadful pandemic to end, life has been on a start and stop mode for more than two years now. Its high time we emerge from this large shadow of Corona Virus and all its variants. Covid19 has become my most disliked word.

January for me was a month of reading lots and lots of books. A book I thoroughly enjoyed was ‘A man called Ove’ by Fredrik Backman. Though slow, it’s a heart-tugging and poignant tale. I also finally managed to read Ikigai and few other books.

Due to family health issues, I completely forgot about IWSGPit on Twitter. I really feel bad about missing it. Hope the participating writers got lots of agent love?

It’s time for another IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. IWSG was started by the amazing Alex J Cavanaugh. Alex Cavanaugh is the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Do visit the IWSG website for more information on this wonderful group and some writing related posts. To read the other IWSG posts, visit the group’s page.

February 2 question - Is there someone who supported or influenced you that perhaps isn't around anymore? Anyone you miss?

The awesome co-hosts for the February 2 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Jacqui Murray, Sandra Cox and Lee Lowery!

Frankly no. I don’t think I had any writing support or influence in life. I tend to support myself and constantly motivate myself. But I miss an uncle who always read every story and feature of mine and made it a point to convey his appreciation of the same.

Hope you all are staying safe? Any news to share?

 

 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

January IWSG post and my writing regret

 

The Omicron variant of the Coronavirus has decided to cast its gloom all over the world. The fifth day of the year and our government has already announced a weekend curfew from this week. We are also undergoing a night curfew from the past few days. 2022 has dashed all our hopes. I pray that as the months pass, things will get better.

My resolution this year is to write lots and read lots. Fingers crossed that I achieve both my goals.

A new year, a new month and we have the first IWSG of the year. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) an online group of writers was started by the amazing Alex J Cavanaugh. Alex Cavanaugh is the author of Amazon Bestsellers : CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Do visit the IWSG website for more information on this wonderful group and some writing related posts. To read the other IWSG posts, visit the group’s page.

January 5 question - What's the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?

The awesome co-hosts for the January 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Olga Godim, Sandra Cox, Sarah Foster and Chemist Ken!

I regret not submitting widely during the first few years of my writing life/career. For the first couple of years, I had submitted to just one publisher (I know that was very foolish of me) I rue and regret this mistake every single day. I also rue the fact that I didn’t write for different age groups. For many years, I stuck to writing middle grade fiction and short stories for the children's section of the newspapers. Luckily, now I have overcome both these obstacles/handicaps in a big way.

What about you all? What do you regret about your writing career?

P.S. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.