My book is launched!

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The Pune Lit Fest this year was lovely. More so because my book The Gurukul Chronicles was launched by such eminent achievers!

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On Day 2, I was very lucky to have my book’s intro session moderated by the charismatic Dipankar Mukerjee of Readomania, who gave me many valuable tips on book promotion and marketing.

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And here’s the other winner from last year’s contest, Piorre Hart, along with my parents. Her book WHERE THERE IS A WILL is now available at Amazon.

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A big smooch for my best friend Maheshwari Thyagarajan and her daughter Kimaya who made the trip from Mumbai to Pune just to cheer for me as I walked up the stage 🙂

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Last but not the least a big shout out to Pune city for its awesome weather, parks and people! I love it a bit more every time I revisit, and how can one not – just take a look below at one of the fab parks that was near the place I stayed! More pics and details in the next post 🙂

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In Deccan Gymkhana, Pune

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When your room comes with a blessedly green view (complete with chirpy bird sounds) and you finally have the time to open that book you have been forever meaning to read, all the while keeping one ear cocked to soak in the rain splashing against the glass window and slowly, gradually, allowing yourself to get lost in the world created by a master storyteller…. I confess, this is certified nirvana for any writer (or reader!)

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As most of you know, I am in Pune now, to attend the launch ceremony of my debut novel, The Gurukul Chronicles. I will also be speaking about it and reading excerpts on Saturday afternoon at Pune Litfest! I love meeting fellow writers and readers, so do Contact me if you are in Pune and want to connect 🙂

 

P.S.: I and my parents are staying at this cute Treebo property off Bandarkar Road, which boasts a fabulous jogging track right next to it. I just about swooned today morning as I walked in the middle of the track, with tall trees and bamboo around me, the temperature being a cool 23 degrees. More pics will be posted soon 🙂

WriteOnCon (Aug 26-27, 2014)

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So what if you are too busy (or too broke) to attend a writers’ conference? WriteOnCon is a totally free, interactive online Writer’s Conference held annually during the summer.

DATES: Aug 26 and 27, 2014

WHAT IS IT?: WriteOnCon has been designed to give attendees many of the features of a live writer’s conference, but in an online environment. It connects writers with both industry professionals and fellow peers from the convenience of their own homes. Critique forums allow writers to receive feedback and exposure for their work. For more info, visit http://writeoncon.com/about/what-is-writeoncon

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HOW TO ATTEND: To attend the live events all you need to do is go to http://writeoncon.com/chat at the time of the event.

HOW TO ACCESS TRANSCRIPTS: If you are not able to attend the Conference live, no problemo – you can visit http://writeoncon.com/live-events/monthly-live-events and read the transcripts

Excerpts from the FAQ:

  • WriteOnCon really is 100% free to attend. Like them on their FB link at https://www.facebook.com/WriteOnCon
  • This is a free conference, and a lot of the information applies to all writers, so the more the merrier
  • You will need to register at http://www.writeoncon.com/forums in order to use the critique forums. Other than that, all of the tools you’ll need to participate will be available on the website.
  • The critique forums are limited to kidlit categories (picture books, middle grade, and YA) but the live events, blogs, and vlogs are open to everyone.

For more details, go to http://writeoncon.com/about/faq 

Why All Writers Should Attend a Writing Conference

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I attend conferences, whenever I can, wherever I could find any, which is tough, given that I live in India (most of the time) and it is crazy tough to afford the flight fare from here to anywhere that hosts a decent conference. I started my career all thanks to a writing conference, and over the years, I have found that investing in a conference at right time pays off in unexpected ways. Here is an article by Kristen Lamb on why all serious writers should attend a writing conference.

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Writing conferences are extraordinarily valuable. We work in a creative field and sure, we can sit at a keyboard and write a book. But, without training and guidance, we can make our path to successful publishing far longer than it might have been with outside expert help. We open ourselves to learning by trial and error, which can cost time, money and be a real ego beating.

I joke that I should have called my social media book, I Did All The Dumb Stuff So You Don’t Have To. I did everything wrong. I believed because I was “smart”, I didn’t need help.

Yeah.

When it came to writing a novel, I spent four years trying to fix a train wreck. With social media, I spent two years undoing building a brand under a cutesy moniker. When it came to blogging, I blogged for a…

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