AU­THOR'S JOUR­NEY

Path to get pub­lished

Storizen Magazine - - Contents - - Gau­rav Sharma

I am (yet) an un­known name in the in­dus­try. But thanks for turn­ing up to this page. Now that you are here, you shall re­al­ize the might of a drop in the ocean. I be­gan writ­ing when I was in my col­lege in Delhi, pur­su­ing a bach­e­lor de­gree in journalism. I wanted to help my fel­low class­mates, ju­niors, and se­niors who did not man­age to pass in some ini­tial sub­jects of the cur­ricu­lum. I came up with my first book in 2011 when I was 19. Then, another one in 2013, and the third and last text­book in 2014. The last one was launched by NDTV’s jour­nal­ist Ab­hi­gyan Prakash in New Delhi World Book Fair 2014.

For me, it’s one of the good mem­o­ries as­so­ci­ated with writ­ing books. It was in the last se­mes­ter of my bach­e­lor’s when I de­cided not to write text­books any­more. The rea­son was sim­ple, most of the stu­dents in my col­lege were in­ter­ested in smok­ing, club­bing and ‘chill­ing out’ and not in un­der­stand­ing the con­cepts.

The only thing that mat­tered was get­ting good grades in the test, and many even didn’t get that. I was frus­trated see­ing my ef­forts made in good faith go­ing wasted and never wrote any text­book af­ter that. In De­cem­ber 2014, I came to Canada to pur­sue higher stud­ies. I be­gan writ­ing my first semi­au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal novel, Gone are the Days and fin­ished it in 10 months. It came out in 2016 and served as a lab rat for me as I wanted to know what fiction

If the world book mar­ket is an ocean, I am one tiny drop in it

writ­ing feels like. And it’s a more ro­bust process than writ­ing text­books, I re­al­ize now. I have com­pleted my sec­ond novel (and fifth book over­all), God of the Sul­lied which is com­mer­cial, his­tor­i­cal fiction. I am hop­ing it to get pub­lished by a more prom­i­nent brand this time. Also, I am cur­rently work­ing on Long Live the Sul­lied, a se­quel to God of the Sul­lied. Yes, it’s a duol­ogy, rare to find th­ese days!

That was enough about my jour­ney so far as an au­thor.

Be­sides, I also write ar­ti­cles and blogs here and there on a ran­dom ba­sis. But know­ing what I am do­ing or have done is prob­a­bly of no use to you as a po­ten­tial (book) writer. How­ever, keep reading fur­ther, and you will get some­thing out of it for sure.

My most spe­cific sug­ges­tion to the new­com­ers would be about the in­ten­tion they have for writ­ing. It is essen­tial to in­tro­spect whether one wants to write be­cause they like it or they purely want to write to get fa­mous and wealthy. There’s noth­ing wrong with hav­ing th­ese in­ten­tions. How­ever, get­ting it clear in mind would help you ap­proach your goal ef­fi­ciently.

If you like or love (re­ally? That’s good!) to write, then you will keep pro­duc­ing con­tent for an ex­tended pe­riod, if not for­ever. Cre­at­ing con­tent is of grave im­por­tance in to­day’s con­tent-driven world. You will keep learn­ing from your mis­takes.

Your work would ul­ti­mately get no­ticed, and you’d be able to get good pub­lish­ing deals. Also, you wouldn’t get de­mo­ti­vated by the re­jec­tions you might (you will, in all like­li­hood) face as you love what you do ir­re­spec­tive of the out­come as per pub­lish­ing point of view.

On the con­trary, if your sole in­ten­tion behind writ­ing is to get fa­mous and rich, chances are you will get eas­ily frus­trated by re­jec­tions and then drop your idea of writ­ing again or im­prov­ing your writ­ing. Be­cause the cen­tral mo­tive is to get rich and fa­mous, you will try to find other ways apart from writ­ing to get fa­mous and rich. Hope you get the point.

Another big thing is ap­proach­ing pub­lish­ing houses. Many new­bies or even some ex­pe­ri­enced ones send emails to the pub­lisher which are not even looked upon. Big pub­lish­ing houses get a lot of emails and manuscripts daily. It is im­pos­si­ble for them to look at each of them. Chances are, your email will be swamped and snowed un­der the ‘slush pile’, as they call it.

The best idea is to re­search them on LinkedIn. Don’t ap­proach via

Face­book or Twit­ter as some peo­ple don’t like strangers breach­ing their pri­vate space. You will find many of the em­ploy­ees work­ing in the ca­pac­ity of an in­tern to the CEO of the re­spec­tive pub­lish­ing com­pany

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