Finished the first draft!

After a really long time, I have gotten around to finish a WIP, which I can safely call a rough first draft. For those of you who do not know, I published my first book of fiction in June, 2015. It took me close to 15 months to get the first draft of my second book out. But well, finally it’s done. I just emailed it to a couple of friends for review, post which I will be doing another round of edit.

The book is currently titled How I tamed the dragon named fear. It is a non-fiction piece with an autobiographical element. The theme, as might be self-explanatory from the title, is fear and how to handle it. As an individual, I have struggled with fear and anxiety for a long time. Last year, before I came to Bangalore I was a wreck at the thought of living so far away from my family. It was then the idea to keep a fear journal came to me. I started writing down the things that made me anxious and trying to find solutions for them. In the process of doing so, I realized I could share it with a larger audience.

I am really excited about this book for two reasons:

  • This is my first venture into non-fiction
  • Through this book, I actually tried to address a problem that I have faced for a long time and I am excited to see if my experience helps others

I am planning to do a February, 2017 release, even though I still have to narrow down the final date. I think it will depend on the kind of feedback I receive from my beta readers. I need to know if the book is actually working in the way I want it to.

Meanwhile, I am going to utilize December to chalk out promotional strategies and other things that go with publishing a book. Do let me know if you have some tips for me for the book promotions.

Time for me to cook myself some dinner and jump in joy! After all, it’s not everyday that you finish a book! What say?


13 thoughts on “Finished the first draft!

    1. Arpita Post author

      Thank you so much Pradita! Are you interested in writing a guest post on by blog on Fear? The idea is to set the stage before the book comes out – I want to hold some conversations on Fear in the blogging community. Let me know!

      Btw, Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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      1. Pradita Chandola

        I’d love to 😊😊 but what kind of post would you like on fear? A story, non-fictional or inspirational piece? Let me know and do let me know by when you need it so I can get down to work. Thanks a lot for your invitation 😊

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      2. Arpita Post author

        I am open to any kind of post – fiction, non-fiction, inspirational. Bring it on! πŸ˜€

        I have planned for 4 posts through the Saturdays in Jan. The first slot is on Jan 07. It would be great it you opt for that. Let me know!

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