What’s in a name?

First of all, thanks for your likes and the feedback to my earlier posts. I am a little slow in posting updates here, and I need to get more disciplined- both in terms of writing the book, as well as writing about the book.

Now that I have identified a few publishers and contacted them, I thought of telling you about the book. It is a work of fiction, and is based on incidents in my life between 2008 and 2010.

One thing I can promise- it will not be a sob story… A  few persons have read the first chapter and their feeeback so far has been very positive. And the title of the book? Well..what’s in a name, right?

Sample chapters sent, now the wait begins..

Book-chapters
Sample chapters of the book

I had decided to send the sample chapters off to the publishers specifically today. The reason was that today happens to be Akshay Tritiya, which is considered to be a very auspicious day in the part of the world I come from. Not that I am a superstitious person. It’s just that instead of sending it with no set date in mind, (my earlier stand was that “I will send them when I am ready!”) today became a deadline of sorts. And thats what kept me going.

The constant feeling I get is that the whole experience is very similar to applying to grad school. The following thoughts might make you concur with me.

Before sending to the publishers, one has to scan the universe of publishers who will entertain one’s category of work. In my case it was fiction, which is a satire. It is mostly based on my own life, so it could be an autobiography of sorts. But it is also humor. So which category I should pitch it as?

I also had to do research on why publisher  X? Why not y? What is it that they look for? What is their response time? Some publishers in India have given a time range of four to twelve weeks. Others ask for a response time of five to six months. That is a very wide range. So should I consider the self publishing option? Should my book be a e-book only?

Lots of questions to be answered. From a reader’s perspective, why would anybody want to read my book? What is the message that they would get out of it? Why would anybody want to spend four or five hours of their time (maybe more!) reading my story?

As you can see, writing a book is no easy task. Especially for a first timer.

A big Hello and welcome aboard

Nearly two years ago, I began to pen down the outline for my first book. It is based on.. well, lets’ talk about it later :-).

The idea of writing a book has been brewing for quite some time now. Quite a few of you might have have read about my plans to write via Facebook, in my email signature, or in person. And I am very fortunate that my friends and family have told me that they would like to read my work. And I should make a special mention of my wife, who has supported me all along as I have started writing.

Unfortunately nothing much happened for the past several months. I was hasty in talking about my work, and was far far away from getting it completed to my satiafaction. After quite a few days of soul searching, and several rounds of re-writing, I am ready to re- send the draft of my first book to publishers. Over the next few weeks, I will post about where I am with my writing, how are the publishers reacting to it, and most importantly I would like to know your views about the book.

I know I have not answered the obvoius questions like what is the book about, what is the genre, etc..Not even the title! More on that to follow.