A Writer’s Log – Post 7: Sticking with it

Number of words today: 0 Number of lifetime words: 2195000 Published Volume 15 of 2002 Lesser Known Tales. Spent the day proofreading it and designing a cover for it. The book is now under review with Amazon; should be available for purchase in a few hours. I’ve been thinking about yesterday’s post. Had a chat with […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 6: Fatigue

Number of words today: 6000 Number of lifetime words: 2195000 Two stories (1000 words) away from finishing Volume 15 of 2002 Lesser Known Tales. All going well, I should be publishing it tomorrow, and it should be ready for purchase the day after. (As a writer who got his break in traditional publishing, whose first book […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 5: Numbers

Number of words today: 5000 Number of lifetime words: 2189000 Good writing day, but the words took longer than they should, and consequently I am more tired than I should be. Kept interrupting myself every hour or so to check book sales. Roughly, this is what I did: Hit Refresh on the browser. Note the number […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 4: Infinity War

Writing . Number of words today: 1000 Number of lifetime words: 2184000 Was a light day writing-wise. I had to write a thousand words to stay on target with the deadline for Volume 15. After doing them, just couldn’t summon up the will power to keep going. Whoever said a task always expands to fit the […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 3: Rejection

Writing . Number of words today: 6000 Number of lifetime words: 2183000 Difficult day psychologically because it began with rejection. A publishing house that has published many of my previous novels just told me – after sitting for five months on a submission – that they were ‘making changes to our list right now, and unfortunately we […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 2: The Truth of an Affirmation

Writing . Number of words today: 6000 Number of lifetime words: 2177300 Made a start on Volume 15 of 2002 Lesser Known Tales. Satisfactory day. In three two-hour sittings, managed to write twelve stories out of the fifty that will go into the volume. At 500 words a pop, the total word count for the day is […]

A Writer’s Log – Post Zero : How we Spend our Days

Annie Dillard said, ‘How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.’ I don’t know about you, but there is always a marked difference between how I would like my day to go, and how it actually goes. First, the ideal: three hours of writing, two hours of reading, one hour of email-checking. […]

Did Chetan Bhagat Teach India to Read?

It’s now a truism. How many times did you come across the statement that Chetan Bhagat made India read books? In my experience, I’ve never come away from a conversation about Bhagat without hearing that sentence at least once. Usually I nod and let it pass, but over the last week, I’ve heard it four times – […]

The Great Amazon-Hachette Debate: Why Should Readers Care?

  Debate? What debate? If you’re a reader, you probably asked that question as you opened this post. Most likely, you’re not even aware that as you read this, Amazon and Hachette are locked in a rather nasty battle with each other on how high (or low) e-books ought to be priced. To give a […]

7 Pieces of Advice from the Publishing Industry

Shweta Taneja is the author of three books, The Skull Rosary, The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong, and Krishna. She’s currently hard at work on her second full-length novel, which will be the first book of a series in urban fantasy, a rather unique genre of fiction. (More on that some other time.) Today she describes […]