The atmosphere at Our Sacred Space in Secunderabad on Saturday was filled with curiosity as eager audience waited for writers, who opted for various ways of getting their books published, to speak about their journey from writing a book to getting it published, the obstacles they faced and the mistakes they made.
The writers spoke about why they chose to write a book, the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing, approaching a publishing house, the importance of editing and marketing, and what made their books sell on the market.
The event, which was organised by Nivasini Publishers, was filled with people who are waiting for their work to be published. They included Narasimha Karumanchi, a self-publishing author; Jatin Kuberkar, a soon to be published author, Taufeeq Ahmed; successful published author; and Nalini Nanda Kumar.
“Be careful about publishing houses which ask for money to publish your book,” said Jatin whose book, ‘While I Was Waiting’, is soon going to hit the stores. “I had approached six publishing houses before the seventh one accepted my work. While some did not reply, some asked for money to publish my work. When I enquired with a few writers, they cautioned me not to approach those houses,” said Jatin, adding that though the publishing house which accepted his work also asked for money, the reviews he got about the house made him to trust it.
Speaking about the option of self-publishing, Narasimha, whose books are based on technical aspects, said that he was also rejected by a couple of organisations before he opted for self-publishing. “If you are confident about the content of your work and believe that you can market it well, then self-publishing will help you,” he said.
Going against the popular notion of only those who have money can opt for self-publishing, he added, “If the work is ready, proof-read it and it does not need any help to complete the book. Self-publishing needs zero money and the returns will be at least 50 per cent more than what can publishing houses can pay you.”
Giving a piece of advice to writers waiting for their books to be published , Nivedita of Nivasini Publishers said, “People should not get discouraged if a publishing house rejects them. They should do some research and look out for the houses which accept their kind of work. Most of the authors don’t pay much attention to editing and submit rough drafts of their work. This might not work in their favour.”