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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!


The WoMentoring Project

Are you a woman and an aspiring author? Are you looking for feedback for your short stories or the novel that you’re writing this NaNoWriMo, but don’t know who to approach? Are you putting off taking that creative writing course because it’s too expensive?

If all or any of these are true, here is simple, yet elegant solution for you: The WoMentoring Project.

This project offers free mentoring by professional literary women to talented up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities.

Courtesy: The WoMentoring Project website.

To know more about the WoMentoring Project, visit this page. To know how to apply to this project, go here.

I applied for the WoMentoring Project in the end of July. I chose Alex Bruty as my mentor, because I was looking for someone to critique my short stories and loved what she said about herself in the bio. I sent the WoMentoring team a sample of my writing and a 500 word statement saying why I wanted to be a part of this project.

Alex got in touch with me on 29th August with a wonderful email: I had been accepted for the WoMentoring Project! My joy knew no bounds. I had always wanted to take a creative writing course. But being in India, creative writing opportunities are few and far between. Writing groups are not so common. Writing is essentially a very lonely process here.

Having Alex as a mentor meant having someone understanding and patient who gives you your own time to write. Her critiques are insightful, direct and encouraging. She never forgets to tell you the things that you are doing well. At the same time, she points out the flaws gently. I have been lucky to have a mentor like her.

Watch out for Alex’s interview next Wednesday on Scribbles@Arpita, where she talks about the WoMentoring Project and how she came to be a part of it. She will also share with us writing tips and exercises that have helped her most as an author. Stay tuned, folks!