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All in a day's work. post 27

Most of you must now be aware that Amazon has started in India. I don't remember if I mentioned that on the day that it opened in India, my book (Life is what you make it) was on Number one spot.



Today I checked the Amazon Indian writing best seller list. The best-seller lists are updated every hour on Amazon, based on actual purchases and it is an automated list.Out of the thousands of books published, it lists the top 100 best-selling books in the country.

Guess what i discovered?

ALL the books I have written so far, are in this list of top 100!

Boy, was I overjoyed!

Here is the order of appearance:

Life is what you make it (Number 4 on the list)

The Secret Wish list (No.28)

34 bubblegums and candies (No.39)

Tea for two and a piece of cake (no.93)


I also got two totally contrasting perspectives today. One reader wrote to tell me that she hated 'life is what you make it'. It left her depressed and she was unable to complete the book. Another wrote to me telling me that he was on the verge of suicide and the book saved his life because it gave him hope.

One reader  wrote saying that 34 bubblegums and candies is a book for 10 year olds  and was an utter waste of money and another reader wrote saying that 34 bubblegums and candies was the most refreshing  book she has ever read, it cheered her up, made her feel life was worth living after all and left a sweet after-taste in her mouth.

Yet another reader (someone who has done her Ph.d) had this to say about 'The secret wish list'

"I must congratulate you once again, for your work portrays positive images of women despite the hardships, conflicts that they go through. Your portrayal of adolescence and young adulthood as a life stage is admirable. How a simple folly committed in youth changes the person's life entirely is something you have dealt in depth. You have somehow also sent a message to parents discreetly about the repercussions of their actions which can have a deep impact on the individual's psyche. Sorry, I can go on and on about your book, but you must be hard pressed for time."

For me, what really counts is whether my writings manage to make an emotional connect with the reader. If the reader could feel everything that the protagonist underwent, I would consider it a great compliment. It is an honour to get your mails and even though I get hundreds, the joy is still the same.

I take a while to reply (about 20-30 days on an average) as I have a huge back-log of mails. As much as I would like to reply promptly, it just cannot be done, as then I would have to make an alternate career as a e-mail writer , instead of writing books.

If you want to interact with me, and are in a hurry to get my response, the fastest way would be twitter (@preetishenoy is my twitter handle). The next best way to get a quick reply is Facebook wall of my author page. 
The third best way would be an e-mail. (Mail me on ps(at)preetishenoy(dot)com. The worst way  to try and reach me is by phone! I never pick up unknown numbers and I also talk on the phone only to my mom :)  (Because I need huge chunks of time to write undisturbed, and I find telephones a huge intrusion when I am writing)

I got a threat also today. Someone tweeted to me saying I do not reply to his tweets at all, and unless I replied immediately he would 'black-list' me and I would lose a fan :)

Can you guess whether I replied or not? :)

Leave me your guess in the comment box, and I shall update this post tomorrow with my answer.

Sigh--all in a day's work. 


Addendum: Update --as promised about that threatening tweet:

No I did NOT reply! :) I don't respond to threats. Had it been a  polite request, i would have apologised and said I must have over-looked and would have replied.
 Of course I ignored it. I don't like rude demands.
:)
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Comments

  1. Congrats Mam!!!!
    Proud to be your Fan!!!!
    Let your next book reach 1st in the table!!!!
    Waiting desperately for that!!
    Good Night....

    Cheers,
    Prabhu..

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  2. My guess is that you haven't replied :)

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  3. My guess is u did reply :)

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  4. haha... good idea bot what he did lol..i think u did..bt this cannot be encouraged ryt?? people should understand ur schedule.. keep going..try to be in touch with your fans preeti..

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  5. I think for every book there are going to be will like them or will hate them. so as an author all you have to do is keep writing because that is what you love to do! So keep writing...Hope to see many more books from you Preeti.

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  6. You probably replied that you don't mind losing someone who forces you and is not polite ;) ?

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  7. I guess you did not reply

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  8. Ignored the tweet?

    So happy for the Amazon rankings!

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  9. Really funny that some people found it boring and others life saving... But I wish you keep writing positive things... And I think you replied on twitter

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  10. Congrats ma'am!You deserved it."Life is what you make it" is a must read for all.An excellent book worthy of praise ,love and appreciation from the core of my heart.

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  12. Hi Ma’am....congratulation first..
    what a coincidence......just half an hour before i completed "Life is what you make it".Thank you so much for the beautiful book......You know....i am really feeling rejuvenated.

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  13. hahahahahah... my guess is 'you replied'... not because of his threat...but because you are not an arrogant person and you appreciate your readers' love...and I hope if you have replied the 'fan' appreciates this nature of yours :) :)

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  14. Congrats !!

    And on the tweet, I guess you did not reply ..

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  15. So, its like 6 years (or is it 5?) and 4 books? You have done well. Congratulations on your success. Checking in after a really long time (years to be honest). You always did have a knack of connecting with your readers, so the comments/feedback despite their nature seem to be absolutely heartfelt. You must toast to that. As for the 'fan', well now that I know what you did (from the update) I must say there is perhaps no wrong way to deal with the situation, its all about perspective. Cheers, keep writing while I play catch up.

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  16. hahahahah..that threatening tweet.It's so childish.I gave out a huge roar of laughter and still laughing.OMG i still cant believe it.LOL

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