Friday, September 19, 2014

What happens after writing a novel? A behind the scenes post.


 The first phone call. To a good friend--a guy who is 29.

'So which one do you think will look better as the cover?'
'Both are good'
'Come on--pick one'
'Both are really good'
'Look, I told my publishers that I have this good friend who is 29 and he would give me the right inputs'
'But you forgot to tell them that this 29 year old thinks like a 42 year old'.
'Come on--if I hold a gun to your head and asked you to choose one, which one?'
'I would still say both are brilliant'
'Thanks, that was very helpful. You have been conferred the 'most helpful friend' award'
'Ha ha ha.'

The second phone call. To another close person--a guy who is 28.

'So which cover?'
'Definitely the first. I loved it!'
'Really? Me too!'
'Yes, it's awesome. So eye-catching.'
'I was just thinking that in a book-store it would really stand out. And I was just telling my publishers that I wanted inputs from a young person. You perfectly fit the bill'
'Hey don't go by my suggestion. I may be completely wrong here as the only books I have read in this genre are yours.'
'I know, that's why your opinion is so important'.
'The first one then. Definitely.'
'Yay--first one it is!'

The third phone call. To someone I am very fond of--a girl who is 18.
'Which cover?'
'Definitely the first. I have a thing for reds.'
'Me too--I totally loved it.'
'Yeah! It is fabulous!'
'And the other option is too run-of-the-mill right?
'Yes. This one stands out. It's great!'
'Thanks!'

Then a email to my Editor, expressing my choice.
Many more e-mails back and forth.
Many people involved.
 More options explored.
Fonts changed.
Press quotes chosen.
Conference call with publishers.
 More changes.
 And finally finally---a BRILLIANT cover! (I can't show you yet but stay tuned!)

Yay! I could do a merry jig.
Instead I heave a sigh of relief.

And sleep.
I haven't slept in days.

This is what goes into making of a book, after writing it, after  the zillion-gazillion edits flying back and forth. After the countless changes. The lines blur after a while and you lose track. Slowly all you see are words and words and words and more words.

And now the work has just started.
Till it is out (On December 10th) I would be completely buried, lost and swamped.
All for a new book :)
But make no mistakes---I wouldn't have it any other way!
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A new book by me will be out this December!
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Four writers in India Today



India Today, issue dated 8th September 2014 features four writers other than Chetan Bhagat who mark key points in timeline of the English best-seller in India.
Recognise someone you know? :)
If you are not able to enlarge it, read it online: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/how-four-writers-announced-their-success-and-took-the-indian-bestseller-mainstream/1/379636.html

A big thank you to all of you who read me!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Because he is.. (for someone very special)



He is Hobbes when I am Calvin
He is the shoe when I want to be a sock
He is water when I want whiskey (he can be soda too)
He is Woody when I want to be Buzz
He is Pon when I want to be Zi
And he is Vice when I want to be Versa  (and sometimes the other way too)
He is the string in a pair of pajamas
He is the S on the superman logo
He is laughter when I need some lightening up.
And sometimes he is  the tears too.
He is there—an unfailing safety net
He persists long after I have given up
He brings a perspective I would have never seen
He listens patiently even when he knows I am wrong
He has in him a capacity to love like no one else
Also to annoy like nobody else. (wonder if they go together too)
 He is a part of me.

Happy birthday to the love of my life.
I am so glad we are. :)

© 2014 Preeti Shenoy

 For more poems click here. Some poems have already appeared in print. Kindly do not reproduce without permission.





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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog marathon completed! (post 30 of blog marathon)

So, here we are on day 30 of the blog marathon. Those who have been following this blog would know that for the last 30 days, there has been a post every single day! It has definitely not been easy.
I have blogged through a holiday, through the time when I had house-guests and also through birthdays of close friends.
I have blogged when I did not feel like it, when I was unwell, and when my eyes were shutting out of sheer exhaustion.
It's a great sense of achievement to not have missed a single day.

I must make a special mention of  Alka Singla who is a reader who has commented on every single post of the marathon!  A big thanks to you Alka---your comments were really encouraging, and you have completed a marathon of a different kind--which is replying to 30 posts!

I will definitely be blogging. So see you around.

And for those of you who are aspiring to be authors, do pick up the current issue (August 2014) of Cosmopolitan magazine. I have been featured along with some co-authors, and the story covers every aspect of being an author.

That's all for now folks. Thank you for reading me.

I will be back soon :) (faster if you tell me you love reading what I write!)
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