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Stories for Sendai and A-Z Challenge E-book

The posts at Amlokiblogs would tell you what I’ve been up to…am kicked about making it to the charity anthology : Stories For Sendai.

If you haven’t heard of it yet,  I have to tell you, it deserves your support.

I’ve also been working, trying to fit in writing wherever, whenever I can, in between chores and errands and what-not.  Am compiling the A-Z e-book, consisting of the stories I wrote during the A-Z blogging month. (Can’t believe May is over and we’re in June!)

Most of the weeding on the book is done, some stories replaced, editing in progress.

I’m aiming this as an experiment in e-book self-publishing. Since everyone seems to think it is the thing of the future, I thought it would be good idea to learn about it and what better way to learn something than do it?

I have had stories in printed books before, and perhaps will have more stuff in print one day. But e-books are fascinating, and if I’m to discuss e-book contracts and so on sometime, better figure out what it is all about.

The material is all published in some form on this blog and elsewhere, so it is not ideal for traditional publishing. But I hope it will make a good e-book.

I’m not taking any shortcuts, however. I’m polishing the pieces the best I can, with help from a few kind writer friends, and will hopefully have a cover design organized soon.

I’m not looking to make money, but knowledge is wealth, and my learning curve going into this should make it worthwhile.

Wondering what to call the book. Ideas?


Update: In the A-Z e-book, I’ve included an excerpt K for Kill, which figured in the Power of Tension Blogfest, and made it as one of the 6 finalists out of a total 48. I loved the other entries, and I’m thrilled to be on the list.

Go over to the list and vote for your favorite!


Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • What an interesting idea! I wish you good luck for the e-publishing. I know others have already mentioned it, but Smashwords comes highly recommended. I haven’t tried it myself, though I do know a few people who have found success with it.

    Tina @ Life is Good
    and I are joining forces in another challenge. We’re going to visit and comment at each of the participants, starting with the reflections post. We hope you’ll join us!

    Shannon @ The Warrior Muse

  • Marian Allen says:

    I’m so excited about the book! You’re one of my all-time favorite writers. 🙂

  • It’s good that your e-book is coming along well 🙂

    I am here to tell you that this blog Daily Write just WON the Overlord Award.

    You can pick it up on the “Overjoyed with the Overlord Award” post on my blog:

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  • EJ Wesley says:

    That is a wonderful idea for your A-Z! Speaking of which…
    I wanted to say ‘thank you’ for your support during my A-Z blogging month. I’ve created a fun “no strings attached” blog award for you and all of the other awesome bloggers who offered feedback and encouragement.

    You can view the award and my thank you note here:

    Hope you are well and that I see you around in the future!


  • No words of advice from me…just admiration. And encouragement. Hope both will do….

  • K.C. Woolf says:

    Busy bee, but what an exciting time. 🙂

    About the title: something with your A and Z words?

    ‘Antagonist Zone’ has a nice ring to it, but might create different expectations. Maybe with a subtitle?

    • Damyanti says:

      Thanks for the suggestion KC…I’m grateful for suggestions cos am stuck on the title at the mo.

      Yeah will need a subtitle, I think.

  • Arlee Bird says:

    I am anxious to hear the results of your experiment in e-publishing. Please let us know how it works for you and what you learn from it. I am thrilled that you are doing this having been inspired by the A to Z Challenge.

    Tossing It Out

  • Cool idea! The words “A to Z” need to be in there somewhere.

    • Damyanti says:

      Yes, Alex, they will be. That is where the stories came from, and I’m really grateful to you, Lee and the other organizers for that!

  • bronxboy55 says:

    In addition to e-books, you can also self-publish in hard copy for a tiny investment. Let me know if you want to discuss it. Can’t wait to see the finished product — in any format.

    • Damyanti says:

      Charles, your opinion of the book will count a whole lot for me…

      Not sure I want to self-publish in the print form….I guess that will depend on how the e-book does. Would write to you for advice though.

  • Maasiyat says:

    Congrats! and can’t wait to see your e-Book. Have you checked out Smashwords? They are great for self publishers.

    How bout “Stories from A-Z”?

  • DarcKnyt says:

    Congratulations and I’ve VERY excited to see your eBook! Are you going to publish as your real name or with a pen name? Smashwords and Kindle and Nook? Give us the dish!

    • Damyanti says:

      Real name, I think? Or should I do it under a pen name? Not very sure what platforms to choose, have only thought of Kindle so far. Most e-books are not easily accessible where I live, so am not sure what to do. The book is mostly targeted at the U.S, because most of my blog readers hail from there, and quite a few of the stories were written with them in mind.

      Would love your words of advice, Darc.

      Right now am polishing the pieces in whatever time I get besides the other current projects and homelife hoopla.

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