So You Want to Be an Au­thor?

Round four of Cosmo’s ca­reer se­ries is all about help­ing

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The info you need to be­come a best­selling writer...as told to us by the ex­perts!

What does it take to be a full-time au­thor? How much does it pay? And how the h*ll do you get no­ticed by a pub­lisher? Those are just some of the ques­tions we were pre­pared to ask for this month’s ca­reer se­ries on be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful, pub­lished au­thor. Over a work­ing lunch, we sat down with some of In­dia’s best women au­thors and what fol­lowed was an af­ter­noon of lit­er­ary con­ver­sa­tions, tricks of the trade, and tonnes of use­ful ad­vice. Our big­gest take­aways—have a solid story, write ev­ery­day and plan long-term, baby!

“With books, pro­mo­tion is crit­i­cal! And some­times, you need to do it your­self. When my book came out, I ac­tu­ally walked into stores to check where they had placed it—not seen is

not bought!”

Kish­war De­sai “To be a good writer, you also need to be a

great reader. Read ev­ery­thing that comes your way—it’ll help you de­velop your

writ­ing style .”

Aastha Atray Banan

“If you want to be a writer, do some kind of writ­ing ev­ery­day—it could be a daily blog en­try, an ar­ti­cle, or some­thing for your Face­book page. The idea is to never lose touch.” Meenakshi Reddy

Mad­ha­van

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