Publishing: I am ready to run with my Write foot Forward

It took me almost 27 years to give it my best shot while putting all my heart, body and soul in doing something. From page no-1 to page no-291 it was not an easy journey. From the first word to the last… from the first character to the last dialogue a character speaks I lived every moment of it. I used to sleep at 5:30 in the morning and the next day, I used to spend all day thinking how I would have reacted if someday I had to face the situation any of my book’s characters were facing. I lived this routine life for more than a year.

Once the editing was done, I never bothered to open that document again, to meet those characters of my first novel. I wanted to get everything out of my head. Before I saved that document on my laptop for the last time, I made sure most of my book’s readers are going to find themselves in that book. I am introvert, so I hardly express my deepest feeling with anyone while I am not writing. So I make sure most of those caged thoughts inside my head would come out in this book.

I have no doubt; the best moment for a person is when he/she finds himself in front of a mirror. No person bothers to act judgmental or critical at that very moment when he sees his own reflection on the glass surface. While standing at the other side of the mirror we all confirm how we look in front of others. I want my book to work like that mirror while it reaches hands of a reader. During the process, to the best of my ability I tried to make sure the characters would not look like caricatures to someone who reads the book. 

Few people, who read my manuscript, fortunately reacted just the way I wanted them to react. Most of them even today call me with the name of the male lead character. They feel it’s a true story based on my life and honestly, it feels great to experience it. I do not mind losing my own identity to a fictional character which I had given birth to with my words.

The journey has just started. It’s a terribly slow journey. The publishing world works slower than the Indian Government. The deadlines specified by them are as good as those red lights at traffic signals in our country without a traffic police around. But I am fortunate enough to receive good responses till now. So the journey is not over yet. The promotion plays the most vital role; so I am keeping a note of every single unique promotional idea someone offering me these days. I am no business man, but I am trying to be one. I know it would not be easy for me to write my next book, with a wallet that does not own enough to buy me everything I need to keep people around me happy. I also have a great bunch of friends living in different cities of this huge country who are ready to spread the word across. I really hope the final approval is coming anytime soon. The wait has to end at some point. 

It’s like I am down on my knee and waiting for the gun to be fired, so that I can run. I can run as fast as I can. I just hope I would be good enough to cross all the huddles coming my way.  It’s like I had to wonder randomly and aimlessly for long 26 years to realize what I enjoy doing and now I want to make up for all those missing years of my life that could have taken me closer to my dream.

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( What is the most unique book promotion event you ever experienced or heard of?)

36 thoughts on “Publishing: I am ready to run with my Write foot Forward

  1. Once your book is published it might be a good idea to tweet about it on your Twitter account with just enough words and information to make others curious. I know that I am curious from what I have read here. :)

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  2. There are dozens and dozens of entities that have newsletters including libraries, chamber of commerce, ed institutions etc that may allow a free bit of space for announcement. Make it announcement available not an advertisement(but include how to purchase).Many publications support a local fellow. Also alumni associations from schools. Maybe apply for presentations schedule at all libraries as they like to add to regular venue as community outreach.

    • Thanks for these great Ideas, Carl. I will surely give it my best to implement them during the promotion. I do not want my book to lose its way among thousands of book those come every year.

  3. I am so happy for you and proud of you, my friend. I know that you have put your heart and soul into this project. I agree with greenlightlady…promote on social networking as much as you can…Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn…anywhere you can think of. Congratulations on the completion of your masterpiece, Arindam!

    • Thanks for all your good wishes and blessings Becky. I find them very inspiring. Yes I will use the social networking sites in the best possible way. I enjoy promotion and marketing. So I am going to enjoy this process this time. :)

  4. Wow. Congratulations on the publication of ur first book. I never got to know about what goes in a writer’s mind, but now I know. And what u said about “the best moment for a person is when he/she finds himself in front of a mirror.” Thats so true. Being an introvert myself, I express more by writing. Wishing you all the best for your book. And the title itself makes me want to read it, which I will as soon as my exams get over… :)

    • Thanks Aditi for you good wishes. But I have not revealed the title yet. If you are talking about I wish and hope. Then it’s another book which I published in US.
      All the best for your exam!! :)

      • Thanks Arindam! Yes, I was talking abt I wish and hope. Thinking of getting the Kindle edition but stopping myself coz once I start reading a book, I dont keep it down until its complete, such is my love for books, except books of studies..lol :)

        • Yes, you must concentrate on your studies. You can read the book later. But that book is a non fiction book which is a collection of 25 thoughts. I will not mind if you wait for the novel to come out and read it; instead of reading I wish and hope. :)

    • It’s my pleasure Jill if I could take you inside my head. Thanks a lot. No honestly, I have not started feeling great about it. I am waiting for the book to come out and once I will see how the readers are going to react then for sure it would be a great feeling. :)
      Have a great day!!

  5. Congratulations, Arindam! My fingers are crossed, too, and wishing you all the best! It’s a very exciting accomplishment. Even though I self published, it’s still something I thought about for a long time and finally took the step to do..to bring it to fruition! You’ll make it across the finish line, I’m sure! :)

  6. I read “I Wish and Hope” Arindam, it sits on my bookshelf.

    As an author, I learned that writing the book is the easy part. Branding and promoting is the tough part. Carl has some good suggestions.

    Hopefully 2014 will be a breakthrough year for you!
    blessings ~ maxi

    • Yes Maxi, I too realize that Branding and marketing is the most important and tough part. So I am going to give it my best when the time comes. I just hope my best would be good enough to spread the word to a larger group of readers.
      Thanks for your blessings, like always!! :) Take care!!

  7. Keep writing your heart, my friend. Sometimes we never know where our words will end up, but I think they find the places they are needed. Congratulations and blessings.

  8. Love your pazzazz, verve and determination, Arindam! These are enviable traits, long may they reside in you, dear friend! As always, Good Luck and God speed.. :)

  9. Congratulations! I have your booking sitting right on my table as a constant reminder of what can be done when you set your mind to it. I have no ideas for promotion, since I am not educated in that department. I wish you nothing but the best in your quest!!!
    Love your page layout…awesome.

    • Thanks a lot Lisa. I am sorry for relying so late. Somehow I missed your comment on this post.
      I am glad that you have my book on your table. It means a lot. Thanks again!! :)

  10. here is to all life’s success, Arindam… keep up the passion and big drive you have until you reach your dreams. we are cheering for you! :) yay!!

    • I feel happy to hear that you liked “I wish and hope.” But to be honest, I have not accomplish anything special; and I hope with my first novel this will change. Thanks for your support. It’s very inspiring and motivating for me. :)

  11. congratulations and all the very best…. really, living a life through the characters you create and in a world you have painted with your words is the greatest liberation….and i agree that we feel free from worldly burdens and obligations when we are alone with ourselves in front of the mirror….at all other times we unconsciously wear heavy masks on our faces…

    • Thanks for such a thoughtful comment. Yes it’s a freedom an author gets to create his own world and shape up his characters as per his wish, which makes the whole writing journey special for him. And more than anything else, it’s the honesty of a writer which needs to come out in his words or else the book looks dull and unreal.

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