Long ago, I was told by people (whom I now like to call literary prudes) that self-published books become pariahs in the literary world. Their sales are tracked separately, they are not considered for popular awards or literary awards and the authors themselves are made to feel to as though they are poor country cousins of a literary world-beater.
Book pricing strategy that won’t work
While accepting the Man-Booker Prize (2013) for her novel The Luminaries, author Eleanor Catton said, “I am very aware of the pressures upon contemporary publishing to make money and to remain competitive in a competitive world…
How does a busy corporate executive write a book and break into the elusive league of best-sellers? Booksoarus caught up with acclaimed author Anand Neelakantan whose book Asura: The Tale of the Vanquished was named the Number 1 best-seller by Crossword and CNN-IBN. He was also chosen as one of the six most remarkable writers of 2012 by DNA. As his next book Ajaya, the story of Mahabharta recounted from the point of view of Duryodhana, is gaining momentum and praise alike, Anand speaks to us about the power of perspective, his passion for mythology and his journey as a writer.
If you are a writer aspiring to get your novel published in India, here’s an image for you to mull over. You went to all those literary festivals where renowned Acquisition Editors took the stage and spoke into a microphone with élan and told you that, “Yes, we are always looking for fresh, new writing,” and you went home convinced that they were, in reality, looking for YOU.
Meet Rishi Piparaiya – wearer of many hats, sometimes all at once. At other times, think of him as a juggler whose various hats are, er, up in the air, much like his bodily presence that has clocked in tens of thousands of hours flying. When he does not have his nose to the grindstone as head honcho at a top insurance company or running football betting syndicates in Spain or completing half marathons in under three hours, he’s well, … up in the air, quite literally; this corporate executive is most often stationed at 38,000 feet over India, to be precise.
Sidin Vadukut is the author of the best-selling Dork trilogy which takes a satirical dig at corporate life, specifically the management consulting industry. The trilogy comprises of: DORK: The Incredible Adventures of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese, God Save The Dork and Who Let The Dork Out? The series has gone into several reprints and even after close to three years of release of the first book, the trilogy is still going strong – a testament to the author’s remarkable story-telling skills and his ability to keep a reading audience hooked to every word.
Do you remember the short story The Lady or the Tiger? All suspected criminals in a kingdom are put through an unusual trial – the criminal is sent to an open arena and has to open one out of two doors in front of the entire kingdom. Behind one door there is a beautiful bride, blushing and dressed in bridal finery while behind the other prowls a hungry tiger. Depending on the door the criminal opens, he either gains a wife (irrespective of his marital status) or loses his life.
In this fourth part of the series on the dramatic arcs we look at what constitutes the Falling Action and how you can write it.
In the simplest of words the climax is the point of maximum tension in your story. Throughout this series, we have been using The Emperor’s New Clothes, a popular children’s story as an example. Until now, we know that the emperor is obsessed with new clothes and that he has appointed two weavers who are actually swindlers. The swindlers have promised to weave the finest cloth for the Emperor but the ‘finest cloth’ cannot be seen by incompetent or stupid people.
In the second post of our 5-part series on plot development in fiction, we cover Rising action.