Back to blogging with a purpose…

Long long ago, so long ago, once up on a time, I used to blog under the pen name ‘Someone is Special’, write poems and short stories and publish at least 50 blog posts on an average in a year, but the writer inside me pushed me progress to next level and fulfill the long pending dream of publishing a novel. It was not an easy path; I had to face a lot of struggles, rejections were painful despite being in the literature field for long and positive responses came with a long list of terms and conditions, which I was ready to accept with a small negotiation or rather I’d say agreement to set the book price to 143. A few publishers were happy to say ‘No’ to my request, but rest of them did not even bother to respond. When I was about to give up the idea of pricing the book at 143 INR, my very dear friend from US, who recently ventured into different businesses came forward to publish my book worldwide under the name of the author community website founded by my wife indiauthor.in.

The book went into print in Delhi, which unfortunately did not happen due to faulty machines at site. On the other side I had all the preparations set for the book launch in Bangalore. I invited one of the General Managers of Wipro to launch the book. Which made the situation tense… I had to find a printing house at the last minute. Luckily, I found a Tamil Publisher, who happily accepted the proposal, got it printed in less than a week’s time, without comprising on the quality. However, all thanks to the old Software versions they had, trailing space between the last word of the current line and the first word of the next line got removed and the change in page setup became a big headache. I had to sit all night along with my brother to correct the typos (Isha sat became Ishasat) correcting the errors in printed material and then in PageMaker was challenging. We did our best to bring the book into a good shape.

And as per the plan, the book was launched by Saji Peter on June 4, 2017. The book did very well in the first few months totaling up to 300+ sales worldwide in less than 3 months. However, due to the lack of helping hands from my close friends’ circle and extended blogging circle, the sales took a dip. Only a few friends were happy to order a copy and read, rest of them was not ready to spend ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY THREE rupees for a book.

What made me happy was all reviews from Amazon Verified Purchases are five-star reviews. And I am getting back to basics for the debut author. I am giving free review copies of the book. I celebrated #SuperStarRajinikanth birthday by giving 12 copies of the book for free. Thanks to Shenthil Kumar (one of the winners from the giveaway) for posting encouraging reviews and comments all throughout the day. I am also receiving positive feedback from other winners. I am excited.

To celebrate Christmas and Welcome New Year, I am hosting a small contest and giveaway. All you need to do is to subscribe to my new YouTube channel and leave a comment of your display name. The YouTube channel is a new attempt of Tell-Tale to create curiosity by buying time while typing the story. I call it vShorts abbreviated as Video Short Stories. I am extending the vShorts and vQuotes to vBooks. I am sure it is going to be an exciting ride for me.

Well coming back to the contest, I will select 12 subscribers based on activity on the channel and send free copies of Coffee Date (Paperback) and Sixteen and Half (eBook).

Follow the link to subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNzcNzrUoG31i6mhESFZPcA

Featuring one of my favourite vShorts series, I hope you will enjoy watching it.

Special thanks to @indiblogger.in for the motivation to resume blogging.

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