Of Amazon and other things

23 Dec

This year my first ebook came out and now it’s available at Amazon, Smashwords and itunes. YAY!

Writing a book is not what you imagine it to be. I had a very different idea about what it meant.

What is writing a book then?

It’s a beginning. When you start writing a story like Unsettled, a novella of 20,000 words, and you finish the story, you realize that here’s something you could do for a long time.

It’s a search. The story talks about a court poet’s ordeal when he loses his words for the love of a temptress. Writing about a poet seemed to be the most natural thing for me to do…I suspect that is why I was able to write it in four weeks. Any other story would take much longer as I’ve already started to figure out.

It’s connecting. I’ve met many lovely writers and editors. Everyone I’ve interacted with has taught me something new.

It’s being willing to start over. I’ve started reading books from the beginning to the end(an achievement because I usually stop half way),  discovered some lovely writing talent in my own home turf, and begun to contemplate on poetry books with more than casual curiosity.

It’s marketing. This year I was hit by the fb bug. When you write a story you have to ask friends, family, the entire Universe to conspire in your happiness. And it’s not just on fb that you pitch your story.

Once you’ve written the book, the story of the story is a different story altogether. So far, it’s been a learning curve of the highest order and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for better things.

neelthemuse@ 2013

Check out my book Unsettled @ Amazon


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5 responses to “Of Amazon and other things

  1. Felipe Adan Lerma

    December 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    you nailed it right neelima, “Once you’ve written the book, the story of the story is a different story altogether…a learning curve of the highest order….” –

    all the best wishes for you neelima 🙂


  2. simon7banks

    December 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I WILL write that review. I think I’d set the bar too high for myself, as though I was reviewing it for the Times Literary Supplement. Best of luck and I shall learn from your experience, neelima.


  3. neelthemuse

    December 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I really look forward to your views Simon…Season’s Greetings!!!!


  4. neelthemuse

    December 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you Felipe….wish you and your family a happy year ahead!!!!


  5. Felipe Adan Lerma

    December 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    thanks neelima, hope your’s are wonderful also; safe & fun 🙂



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