Kashyap Deorah is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and a bestselling author of the book “The Golden Tap”; which deals with the much hyped world of startups in India. In this interview, Kashyap and I talk about his writing process, the support received from his publisher, timing of the launch of the book and takeaways for writers who are looking to get their book published. Finally, we talk about how and why he ended up writing this book.
Shownotes are available at www.mykitaab.in/golden-tap
Many of you have been with my journey as a first time author for nearly two years. As I start writing my second novel, I think the terms ‘debut novel’ or a ‘first time author’ would be no longer applicable. At the same time, I have also set up my author website www.amarvyas.in, and I plan to start posting my blogs on my author site starting March 2015. For the next few weeks, I will post on both sites (this one and my author site)- so that the ‘migration’ will be smoother.
Please update your bookmarks to the new site
The reason for doing so are twofold. First of all, it is convenient- for the readers and for those who are trying to accompany me in my journey. Secondly, WordPress displays certain ads that are not really what I would like my readers to see. No, I am not against ads- after all, they help support the site. But sometimes, the ads that are displayed have content like “Sportswomen with the most appealing butts” or something similar. And that is a problem- for example, I had posted a link to my blog on a site for women authors. the bottom of my blog had one such ad – and I thought it was embarrassing. Under a different context, it would have been amusing, but not this one.
Those of you who have followed my blog on this wordpress site, I request you (and hope) that you will continue to follow my trials and travails on the new site, and looking forward to keep connecting with you there.
Last week, my printer delivered 250 print copies of NRI:Now, Returned to India to the Amazon fulfillment center near New Delhi. I was excited, but my excitement was short lived. Turns out that one part of their inventory system acknowledges that the copies are available, but the other says that some information is missing. Nearly 5 days of contacting the Seller support folks has yielded no results till now.
So as of now, I am happy to say that till the time issue gets resolved, my book is almost available on Amazon in India.
Super excited! I will summarize my journey to becoming a self published author in the Indian market in a few future posts..thank you all those who have been witnesses, supporters, participants and fellow travelers in my journey.
Three years ago this day, I finally gave in to the encouragement that my wife had been providing (which I sometimes equated to nagging) and I decided that I was going to write a book. The topic was in a way set – I was going to use my life’s story as the theme: a young man from India, who has been living in the United States for nearly a decade, returns to India for one year and never goes back. I had narrated some of my experiences in my diary on the Return to India Forum. The title was also ready: I was going to call my book Now, Returned to India (a play on words on NRI- Nonresident Indians or the Indian Diaspora).
Even before I had written the first word, I promptly wrote in my email signature “Author of the soon to be published book: Now, Returned to India.” When friends and family learnt about my bookwriting (ad)venture, they were curious, excited, and supportive at the same time.
I learnt the hard way that ‘soon to be published’ can very quickly become ‘to be published after three years’. But it has been a long, exciting journey, and it has been a journey in which I learnt a lot.
The first print run of Now, Returned to India should be ready by the time this blog goes live. Hopefully in ten days’ time, readers in India will be able to order the print version of my book through Amazon.
This will conclude one chapter in my journey as a first time author. The new chapter would soon begin, and I will ponder till then: As a published author, what next?
No, I am not drawing the curtains on this blog. In fact, I plan to keep writing, because my journey as an author has just begun. Just wanted to share my feelings with the readers of this blog, many have been with me in my journey since the beginning. I wanted to thank them for their support and encouragement…
As we approach the middle of November, it is getting a little challenging to hit my goal for nanowrimo: I am writing the sequel to NRI: Now, Returned to India. Which also means that I have had to cut down on other writing, and somehow, I was unable to post on this blog fell into that bucket. I have learnt that bureaucrats refer to such errors as “administrative lapse.”
Lapses, or oversight aside, it is time for me to voice my concerns, share my updates and learn from the readers’ experiences, and the best way to do all of that is to write this post. So here goes…
First and foremost, I am very excited to announce that the print version of NRI:Now, Returned to India is available on Amazon. After several weeks of redrafts, edits and adding new content, one fine day, I was finally able to get the book released. In a subsequent post, I will write about my experience with both Kindle Direct Publishing and Createsapce. My wife (who is managing the marketing and the release of the book in India) has finalized a printer and we are in the last steps of finalizing the distribution of the book. More on that in a subsequent post.
Three things really delayed the publishing of the print version of the book, and that hurt us quite a bit. First of all, I was not happy with the editing. I hired an editor who charged top dollar, but the output was far from satisfactory. And that meant re-visiting the whole process: look for an editor, finalize them, send the manuscript, rounds of review, etc.). Secondly, we moved to Bengaluru, something that I have mentioned in the past. A career move at the most unexpected time really threw our publishing plans out of gear. And last but not the least, we are yet to get an ISBN from the National Agency for ISBN in India – even after applying four times over the past six months. In subsequent posts, I will write about copyright and ISBN so that others may benefit from my experience, rather, avoid the kind of mistakes that I have made.
As the year draws to a close, I would like to throw a few ideas on which I plan to write my subsequent posts in this blog.
a. Copyright process in India
b. Getting the ISBN in India (there is quite a bit of information available on this on the Internet, I would specifically like to share my experience)
c. KDP and Createspace- experience of a self published author from India (and tax implications!)
d. Printing, Pricing, Distribution of books – the DIY way.
e. Time travel- my path to becoming a self published author.
f. Guest posts. I think a new ‘voice’ will add both some spice and bring some fresh air to my blog. Volunteers are welcome!
g. And finally, a quick update on the MRP per page index for the last six months of the year.
I hope that the above schedule will keep you interested in my blog, and more importantly, you will find the future posts relevant and informative. In the meantime, Happy Reading, and for those of us who are aiming to hit the 50,000 word target this month, Happy Writing!
The past two weeks have been interesting- the reviews and feedback from the readers is very encouraging, I am posting the screenshot of the review page on Amazon.
All I can say is- Thank you reviewers, and please keep the reviews coming!
This morning I woke up with a smile on my face. One more day to go for the book release. I smiled even more when I saw a mail from Amazon that my book had gone live. That was the good part, considering that the actual release or launch date is Friday the 29th.
But then my jaw dropped. There was some formatting error in the book description, and I had to go back and change it. (who likes to read a book blurb that has “<br><br> <br>” in between the lines? )
On a positive note, my author website http://www.amarvyas.in is live, and that went without a glitch.
Now, getting ready for the last mile.