It’s a great feeling! Yes…I’m more confident now while approaching the whole publishing process. But as a new book is up for release, I’m as nervous as I was during the lead up to the release of my first book!
A combination of both, I guess! People I have interacted with and casual conversations I’ve had in passing have provided me with material while creating characters.
In late 2010 when my 1st book was out, I remember that there were only 5-7 titles in the ‘100 rupee’ segment competing with my book for shelf space. In 2012, when book 2 was out, it was around 10-15 titles! But now it is more like 15-20 titles! So clearly everyone has a story to tell. It could be a campus novel or life beyond a campus setting…but clearly there is a publisher waiting! This served as the basic focal point as I started writing The Paperback Badshah.
Strangely enough there was no anxiety as my editor immediately liked the concept!
It is certainly a challenge. The main issue is- you send your synopsis and sample chapters- the phase which follows is the most frustrating. In some cases you get an outright rejection, in other cases, you have to wait for six months to get a rejection! The other issue is in the event of 7-8 rejections. What do you do? Do you want to self publish your work? Do you want to release it as an e-book? Do you want to approach the new crop of publishers in the market? Do you want to take the assistance of a literary agent (in case you haven’t already), to pitch the work again to a traditional publisher? These are some of the issues to consider.
In my case, book 1 was rejected by a few publishers but was accepted by my current publisher within a couple of months of sending across a book proposal. Book 2, 3 have also been with the same publisher.
Haha. Not really. My editor thankfully saw the funny side of things!
No plan as such! Working in wealth management provided the backdrop for my first novel. Once I had a storyline in mind, I finished writing it, and then sent across a synopsis and sample chapters to various publishers.
At this point in time, I’m writing full time. So apart from writing, I read a fair bit. I’m also an avid cricket follower.
Have a couple of ideas I’m working on. But nothing is finalized.
In the recent past I’ve read Roberto Bolano’s The Savage Detectives, Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Siddharth Chowdhury’s Day Scholar and Manu Joseph’s Serious Men, The Illicit Happiness of Other People. For the sheer comical entertainment on offer, some of my favorites are- Sidin Vadukut’s Dork Trilogy, Naomi Datta’s The 6pm Slot, Melvin Durai’s Bala Takes The Plunge and Anuja Chauhan’s The Zoya Factor.