On the first of this month, I launched the ebook version of this book. Amazon KDP made it possible to publish the paperback in USA and Europe. But they don't have that option for India.
So, I had to figure out a way to get it printed and bound in India, and still make it available at a competitive price. I learned about book binding, which apparently is not as difficult as one might think. This video shows how to bind paperbacks at home. I was considering it when seemed like binding may be very expensive to get it done via online printing and binding services.
But then I spoke to my local xeroxwala, and he had innovative solutions that resulted in a better quality product than an online store had sent me, and it was cheaper. Mr. Xeroxwala was flexible, and would print and bind a single book in a few hours so I could check if my choice of margins would work with the binding. He would print sample pages for me so I could check how the margins, font style and synthesizes would look in the book after every round of tweaks. He made some helpful suggestions and explained how I needed to set up the cover to accommodate the spine properly.
And now finally, after overcoming many big and little hurdles, the paperback is finally ready. You can buy it here.
My Self-Publishing Journey
It has been quite a journey writing a book, working with my editor to spruce it up, designing a cover, making the book available in various electronic formats and on various platforms. That reminds me the ebook is now available on smashwords too. For the month of July, as a part of the big smashwords sale it is available free. You can get it here. Do consider leaving a review.
Next came the complications of getting the paperback ready, which I talked about earlier. But it is ready now, and I look forward to hearing form you after you have read it.
It's Not Over Yet
Having the ebook and paperback ready, is only the beginning. It's only when your reviews and feedback pour in, that people start noticing the book. So now comes the hardest part, getting noticed.
I am counting on you all, my readers to spread the word about the book, to anyone you think may be interested.
Buy the paperback in India on my online store.
Buy the ebook in India on amazon India.
Buy the ebook or paperback in the USA on amazon USA.
A Big Thank You
I want to thanks Lakshmi Mitter and Aesha Shah for reviewing my book within 3 days of it's release. Your reviews have gone a long way towards making people aware of the book. and I must thak Lavanya, my partner in the Nina and Nana comics, for her encouraging feedback which came so soon after the book was out.
Maria Schnieder recommended my ebook on her blog just a few days after it was out. Thanks so much Maria for sharing the book and for years of useful tips about writing and self-publishing.
I want to commend and congratulate Ashwini Menon, Priya Bajpai and Anshu Bhoj for their latest undertaking #AuthorChatter, where they are interviewing new self-published authors in an effort to get them some visibility. They were kind enough to interview me regarding my new book. The questions were interesting and very well thought out. I am looking forward to this interview being published, and if you want to know more about me, do check it out.
I also want to thanks Lakshmi for interviewing me about the Tania Series.
A very long time ago, Uncle OO and Menaka Sankaralingam from Plus Minus 'N' More, after reading some of my Tania books, saw some hidden potential in me, and encouraged me to publish a novel, and here I am today. Thanks Menaka and Uncle OO for believing in me. Plus Minus 'N' More was also the first site to publish an in depth interview with me.
Finally, I must thank the two wonderful supportive communities that gave me the confidence to become a writer. Shavet from Momspresso, then mycity4kids, recognized my potential as a blogger after I had barely written 3 blog posts. She has always encouraged me, and for that I am grateful to her.
Both Momspresso and Women's Web are not merely platforms, but wonderful communities where women support, encourage and bring out the best in each other.
Thank you Free Kids Books, Plus Minus 'N' More, Momspresso and Women's Web for giving me opportunities to shine.