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How my beta readers made my book better?

As writers, we are often so close to our writings that we fail to see the flaws that our writings have. While I was writing my recently published second book, I took care that the book did not suffer from such shortsightedness. In December 2016, with much self-doubt and suspicion I sent out a very rough draft of the book to a couple of friends and bloggers.

The feedback I received was immensely helpful towards building the finished product that is now live on Amazon.

The book, How I tamed the dragon named fear, is self-help book that draws heavily from my personal experience. In the book, I have talked about things that make me afraid and how I have learned to deal with them over the years.

The major chunk of feedback that I received from my beta readers went somewhat like this:

  1. The book is immensely personal, hence the range of fears is limited, should try and broaden the horizon
  2. The chapters were initially designed to be stand-alone capsules – Anand from Anand’s Parodies suggested I try connecting each chapter so they have a continuous flow
  3. Adding visuals

I focused on points 1 and 2 and tried to re-create the book from a new angle. Speaking and emailing with my beta readers gave me the much needed clarity. Besides, being the nice folks that my betas were, they supported me strongly even for that really messy rough draft. That act of kindness hugely motivated me to continue work to the finish line and helped me in not doubting myself while I on it.

So, thank you Anand, Rachana and Neeladrita (my lovely school friend who’s currently working towards a Ph.D. in Mohali). Thank you so much for the time you guys took out and gave to this book. You have truly made the book a better one.

Have you ever had your work-in-progress read by beta readers? Did it change the course of your book? Share your experience with me in the Comments section.

P.S: If you have not downloaded How I tamed the dragon named fear yet, do it ASAP. It’s only a few more hours that it will stay FREE! Buy it here.

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Free Book Promotion | How I tamed the dragon named fear

As I mentioned in my last post, How I tamed the dragon named fear is now available on Amazon! Woo-hoo!

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I have been flooded with congratulatory messages on Facebook. It really feels great!

How I tamed the dragon named fear available for FREE TOMORROW!

To add to this happiness, I am making the book available for FREE on Amazon tomorrow (11th February, 2017). I want to reach as many of you as I can, as soon as I can. For all of you who own a Kindle, I please download the book tomorrow. For those who don’t, you can download Kindle app on your smartphones/tablets as well and then download the book.

My humble request you all to share about the book and the  FREE PROMOTION on your social media platforms! Feel free to link to this blog post! Thanks in advance to all of you!

There, now I can get back to my actual work! Hope to hear your feedback on the book soonest.

I hit the Publish Button!

After almost a year and a half, the long journey of my second book comes to a culmination. Few minutes back, I hit the publish button on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing platform! W00-hoo! I realize that the date of publishing is supposed to be well advertised before, but for no apparent reason, I wanted this to be low-key. I will of course be promoting the book in the coming days. But right now, I am waiting for the ‘In review’ button in Amazon to turn ‘Live’. They said it might take up to 72 hours for the book to be actually live on the site, so I will do one more post when it is actually live.

For those of you who are not aware about my second book, it is named How I tamed the dragon named fear. It is a non-fiction self-help book with an autobiographical element. The theme is fear and how we can handle it. As a person, I have been living a life marred by fears for a long, long time until the conception of this book when I decided to do something about the fears that plagued me. This book is a personal journey and is really a part of myself.

When I first talked about the idea of the book on this blog, it was well received and appreciated. I hope that you will be as supportive now that the book is almost published.

I request you all to spread the word about the book on your blog/social media platform. I will also be happy to do guest posts/interviews on your blogs as part of the book promotion. Help me spread awareness about something that can help our lives a little better.

How I tamed the dragon named fear will be available on Amazon for $2.99. I will update you all once the book is live. See you on the other side!

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Cover reveal: How I tamed the dragon named fear

After much procrastination, I am finally ready with my second book. Or am I? Well, a couple of chapter edits are still pending and I am still rewording, rephrasing, adding more content and context. But yeah, I am mostly getting there.

Like I had mentioned before, the book is coming out this month. I was a little conflicted about the date because I will be going home for 10 days later this month and will not have much access to computer. I want to hit the Publish button before I leave so that I have enough time to promote the book.

This book was my first tryst with non-fiction. It is also enormously personal. I will be doing a couple of blog posts about the entire journey of the second book. But today, I want to empty myself and let you know how it feels to be on the verge of self-publishing a book.

The long, long rounds of edits!

As a creative person, a writer tries and tries to make each sentence as close to perfection as she can.I published my first book in sort of a hurry. I was in college and just wanted the taste of being published. I have missed my fair share of edit for Bound by Life. But this time, I am more mature.The fact that I am a working professional now helped a lot because now I started to think of the book as a deliverable. I am as careful with this book now as I am with a client deliverable.

Even though the edit rounds are excruciatingly painful at times, this is the best phase of the writing for me. I generally write free form, filling the pages as the words come to me. So unless I do thorough edit afterwards, there are inconsistencies. There have been so many times when I have copied and pasted entire paragraphs in a different place in the chapter because it did not sound right at its previous position.

The frantic search for marketing techniques

Marketing a book is not easy. Especially if you are a nobody in the writing world and are trying to self-publish your book. I spent a good part of December reading about marketing strategies.

For a while, I was thinking of creating a book trailer. But times seems to be flying at jet speed these days. It was just new year and now it is February. I realized that I better focus on making the book the best one I can. I am the sort of a person who believes greatly in word-of-mouth promotion. If the book is good enough, it will sell itself.

The guilty not-writing phases

For a couple of weeks in January, I was so hooked into the TV shows that I did no work whatsoever for the book, all the while knowing that it would bite me later. Even though I am still on for a February release, but sadly as the book is not completely done yet, I am having to cut on time for promotional stuff (yeah, I know! Word-of-mouth is great, but I guess you still need to reach some people for word-of-mouth recommendations to get generated). I won’t say I am really sorry I spent January like that. Writing is a very lonely occupation. You really need the distraction to get work done.

I think of writing like cooking. You need to cook the veggies for the right amount of time to taste the best. There is an incubation period. This holds true especially in my case for this book. It is on fear and draws heavily from my personal experience – so my personal growth is intricately related to the completion of this book. You will know this as soon as you read the book.

Enough said. Now, it is time for the big cover reveal. Drum-rolls please!

Presenting, the face of my next book:

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Book Cover

There! One milestone accomplished. Now I can go cook lunch for myself and eat!

Did you like this post? Would you like to know more of the behind-the-scenes stuff of writing? Connect with me in the Comment section below.

Blurb for “How I tamed the dragon named fear”

downloadKeeping in mind the theme of my my next book, How I tamed the dragon named fear, I am planning to include voice of the reader as a part of the book. For those of you who don’t know about my upcoming book yet, How I tamed the dragon named fear is a short self-help book on fear.

The idea is to have small blurbs – a line or two at max – describing how fear affects you, the reader. Think of it like a tagline of the impact of fear in your life. If fear is a influencing factor in your life, I strongly recommend your contribution in this. Your participation will help me to enrich the point of view of the book. Plus, you get the chance to get featured in a book!

If you are interested, please send in your blurbs using the Contact form below. Note that it is mandatory to mention your name and profession along with the blurb. I reserve the right to select which blurbs will be published in the book.

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Advance Reader Copy: How I Tamed the Dragon Named Fear

I am ready with the first draft of my second ebook, titled How I Tamed the Dragon Named Fear! It is a non-fiction self-help book with an autobiographical element. The theme is fear and how we can handle it.

Before I embark on another round of edit of the book, I thought it would be best to get some feedback. I want to understand if the book is working the way I want it to – and what better way than actually have some people read it!

Hence, I will be giving out Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of the book next Monday (Dec 19). An ARC is not necessarily the final version of the book that will get published. The idea behind ARCs is to get a feel of the reader’s reaction to the book and based on the feedback, make additional changes. I hope with the feedback that I will get through the ARCs, I will be able to make some important changes.

So if you’re interested and would like a copy, please let me know in the form below. In the comment, please mention the following:

  • why are you interested in reading this book?
  • the preferred format in which you’d like the book (pdf/epub)
  • the date by when you will be able to share your feedback with me

Look forward to your hearing from you!

 

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?

 

Free ebook on Amazon Kindle: Bound by Life by Arpita Pramanick

My ebook, Bound by Life is once again available for free on Amazon. If you are a Kindle user and have not read it yet, please do download it.

The free promotion runs from September 6th-10th. In the previous promotions, the book has been downloaded over 100 times. Help me reach even greater audience by sharing this!

Cheers,

Arpita