My debut literary crime novel,”You Beneath Your Skin,” published by the fab team at Simon and Schuster IN is slowly making its way into the world.
It is available in India here.
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Today, I’m writing on a writer-ly topic—one all of us think about, but few elaborate on in public.
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) asks this question:
How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?
In a way, I’m living the dream, because as I said in an earlier post, You Beneath Your Skin has given me the opportunity to speak about the things I care about–children and women’s rights. Talking to young women on these topics has been very fulfilling.
On the other hand though, I feel a tad exhausted by this relentless pressure of book promotions. I’m more of a writer, and less of a promoter. I do not enjoy the limelight, and would rather that the spotlight fell on the causes, instead of on me. If the occasion demands, I can be articulate on the subjects I’m passionate about, but the travel and the talk takes its toll. I’d rather just sit in a corner and write because what I have to say is expressed in my writing.
My dream life would be where my books sell just enough copies for me to be able to write, and not be bothered about promoting the book. Actually, I could do that–write, and not bother about promoting, via self-publishing, because not many who publish traditionally would be able to do no promos at all. But self-publishing without self-promotion would mean the book wouldn’t find a wider audience.
So far, the book has received more than 50 Amazon US reviews and more than 130 reviews on Amazon India, which wouldn’t have happened without promotions of the book.
Publishing these days demands a lot more of the writer than ever before, and does not need to reward them because we writers are a peculiar lot, we will continue to write no matter what, even if no one wants to read us! Supply will always be much larger than the demand.
So my dream life as a writer is just a pipe-dream–but it doesn’t hurt to send out an intention into the universe–let me be a writer whose work would find an audience without any book promotions!
What about you? What is your dream life as a writer? What kind of your lives do the writers in your life lead?
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