You know, sometimes it takes just one event to bring about a huge change in one’s life!
Oh no no. I’m not referring to some epiphanic moment or anything remotely philosophical.
Mine is a literary event actually.
Ever since this book of mine ………. Hey, wait a second! Some of you are actually unaware of this huge event which happened in my life a couple of weeks ago? I mean seriously! You really don’t know? Like, duh!
And here I’ve been going on and on about my debut book for the past 3 weeks! Since it was published, all I’ve been doing is talk about my book, the whole book and nothing but the book!
Guys. where have you’ll been? I’m shocked, to say the least, but no worries. I’ll help ya catch up….. So, I wrote a book called The Adventures of the JP Family which was published as an Ebook on the Blogchatter platform 3 weeks ago. It revolves around a middle class South Indian family called The JP family and their hilarious daily escapades. It’s a fun book and you must go read it. The total downloads have reached 287 in 2 weeks and that’s quite something – being my 1st book and all! 😛
So to get back to what I started out saying ….. this event – which event you ask again? My debut book launch you dimbits! Well, it might be all in a day’s work for some of you, but for me it’s truly been a life-changing event.
How? Well, I’ll tell you. When I was running my blog – for almost 3 years, mind you – nobody bothered me much. I uploaded my posts, a few people read and commented and life went on. Occasionally some well meaning acquaintance would inquire about how the blog was doing. Like one would ask a child in Secondary School – “So, how’s school?” You know – casual, in passing, not really interested in the reply. About either the blog or the school!
However, now with a published book under my belt….! It’s like suddenly that child has passed the Board exams! Everybody is swarming around wanting to know – what next? Engineering? Medicine?
My friends and well wishers are all swarming around wanting to know – what next? A Novel? Short stories?
I can’t even hold a pen just like that in my hand – people assume I’m writing my next book! Why, 2 days ago, there I was, sitting at the kitchen table, making my grocery shopping list on a scrap of paper and the husband asked me with a knowing look if I was jotting down ideas for my next book! Yeah! Like I could think about a book in that hot sweltering kitchen while sweating over a hot oven!!
And while we’re about it, did I mention the rather puzzling reaction of a woman on social media where I had uploaded the link to my book along with the book cover? “Why so much focus on a particular community? It is unnecessary”, she commented. Her words! Actually! With the intention of clearing her doubts, I started off by asking if she’d read the book. She said “No!” and well ……. I left it at that. No point eh!
Talk about judging a book by it’s cover!
I am well aware that we writers need to be extra alert and vigilant about what we write or else the discerning reader can haul us over hot coals.
So maybe before I think about my next venture, I should rather think up a few crisp and convincing responses to the public’s random queries on the present one, like:
Why is the JP family from the southern part of India? – Regional bias!
Why are there only boys in the family? – Gender bias!
Why is the Aunt made out to be a mere house wife? Why not a smart working woman? -Discrimination!
Why is the Uncle never seen in the kitchen? – Patriarchal household!
Why? Why and Why? The possibilities are high! (sigh)
Dear prospective readers of my first book,
all this racket and rigmarole,
download my book, I promise it won’t be a bore! 🙂
Here’s the link to it – The Adventures of the JP family!