Archive for December, 2007

Small joys

Posted: December 16, 2007 in Ginger Soda Lemon Pop
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When you are a first time published writer, there is so much joy in the simple things…
The first time a person you don’t know enjoys the book. The first time your book is ‘sold out’ in a shop. The first time you see your book in a shop window. The first time a bookseller in another city calls up and asks for 15 copies. The first time it appears in a list with other writers that you admire,

Ah…small, simple joys.

I don’t whether joy will ever be so simple again. The first time round, you ask for nothing. You expect nothing. You just act in faith. Then, every gift from life is a bonus.

Post Launch

Posted: December 2, 2007 in Ginger Soda Lemon Pop
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It’s been a week since the book launch and the pace of life is finally settling down.

I’m not so sure about how the launch went. It’s always hard to tell when you are in the middle of event. But, even while I did not agree with everything the panel said, I did feel that some very interesting observations were made.

It was also the only time after my wedding that I was going to have so many friends across time in the same room. That was special.

By the next day, most of my friends (who can also be my critics if the situation demands it) told me that the launch had gone well. The event also got good reviews from The Times of India, Deccan Herald and The Hindu.

I thought that the write up in The Hindu, done by Anindita was the best of the lot. You could read it here.

Of course, if any of you know Peter, you will have to overlook the reference to his sons (yes, he does not have any. The reference at the beginning of the article should have been to his friend’s sons)

I’ve also had my first book reviews from Indian Express and Midday. The review from Indian Express was not bad at all. But, Midday decided that I was a children’s writer 😦

It would be true to say that I am quickly learning that while it is important for your book to be written about, it is also important for you not to take the press too seriously.

It’s a lot more rewarding to hear the feedback that’s coming in from the people who have actually read the book. I love the fact that different types of people from diverse backgrounds and age groups seem to be enjoying the book. I am especially happy when people tell me that portions of the book made them laugh. As any writers know, it’s a difficult task to make your readers laugh. So, there’s deep contentment about words that are bang on target.

I’ve also got to admit to this desire that has suddenly arisen to walk into a bookshop and just see my book on display. After all, it is my first novel.

While my publisher Dronequill does not have a distribution network that can match huge names like Penguin or Harper Collins, it does have a respected name in the market (especially in Bangalore). So, it will not be distributing in Crossword or Landmark. But, it will be distributing in Strand, Premiere, Higgin Bothoms, Gangarams and Sapna.

So, while this may not be reminiscent of Arundhati Roy’s debut, it still remains a good launch for a first time writer.

But if anyone thought that the work of a writer ends with the publishing of a book, think again. This is infact only the beginning of a new journey. Let’s see about what tomorrow has in store for me.