Pen, Pay & Publishing.

Pictures picked from public domain and Edited.

In recent times I had the serendipity of interacting and interviewing many budding as well as aspiring writers and authors for my website. The website is committed to promoting such talents. It also highlights the process and struggles that these writers and authors go through on a day to day basis to bring their precious piece of work to their readers. Connecting with them has been one of the most fulfilling and insightful experiences. It is poignant that most of them struggle to get their work noticed and earn their due credit for the amazing work that they do. In the sea of so many authors trying to make their mark, many of them are left unrewarded for the same.
The struggle is real! Investing years and months of time, creativity, and energy marks only the launch of a budding author’s tussle. If the writer aspires to be a published author in any of the given two ways, namely- traditional publishing or get self- published, the vexation of monetary investment with little or no guarantee of returns is plainly unsettling.
Speaking of which, both these methods have their pros and cons; and whichever path the author chooses to get their work published, most of the hard work is borne by the author him/herself. For the traditional procedure, the best way is to approach through a literary agent, who approaches the publishing houses and helps improve the visibility through promotion of the book on behalf of the author. For the self-published method, the entire process is left to the author to deal with.
From hiring a literary agent to an editor, to getting the cover designed and sometimes engaging in promotional activities, everything comes for a price and an exuberant one at that. Though some of the talented authors who prefer to do it all by themselves can make the affair quite inexpensive. DIY has its cons, as it may affect the quality of work unless the author is well experienced in handling all the aspects of self-publishing.
Another noteworthy fact is the pressure of dealing with the social media presence. Undoubtedly, promoting a book on a variety of social media platforms is the most inexpensive and effective method to reach a larger audience in relatively lesser time. But to do this it requires a lot of effort and dedication on part of the author to build the audience base. Most writers who want to invest maximum time to their project, find it difficult to keep up with the tricks of the trade.
Nevertheless, cheers to the spirit of these new-age writers and authors, who beat the heat of all odds and give their readers, the best reads which they can cherish. A little encouragement on our part can help them achieve greater goals. Support every author that you can and appreciate their work, with ratings and reviews.

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
― Philip Pullman
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
― Louis L’Amour
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner

Being thankful…

Alright! I already have 493 of you following this page and 489 of you who liked it (on my FB page Motivational Marvels), in just one day. That’s a good start, right? Something to celebrate too…🍾
…thanks a ton for the support. 🙏I have had this page for a while now, but couldn’t put it to any good use, didn’t feel motivated enough! Ironical and sad, for a page with the title Motivational Marvels.Now, as much as I adore reading the works of already established authors, I love reading new(er ) authors/writers as much. Some have great stories/ideas/plots, some have excellent style in writing and, some have all of it.Coming from a family of enthusiastic narrators, writers, and vivid readers, I love every aspect of story telling, writing and reading them.I grew up reading and listening to my mother’s work, which are to date my favorite, by the way. She wrote great stories, plays, poems and fables and also told them really well.As a kid my sisters would read me out stories from books or a movie they had watched or something they wrote and I could almost visualize them. My eldest sister is a natural at picking the essence of a character and does accents like a pro, which makes her narratives so much more intriguing. My other sister, when it came to her writing skills has taken after my mom, her content are usually full of humor. Although it runs in the blood, I would count myself out of the league.While my mother made the process of writing seem extremly simple and doable, now that I am at it, pouring my soul into it, realization has hit me really hard….it isn’t exactly a cakewalk.The technicalities can drive you crazy and make you run for the hills. On top of it if you aspire to be a published author/writer at some point, God save you the vexation!The process is so consuming and takes everything within a writer to bring that work to their readers. And I feel it is important for the readers to know, how much effort goes on the part of the author to serve them with that precious piece of work.Of late I have had the fortune of connecting with many of my writer friends, who are doing some incredible work. Seeing a lot of them querying about how to increase their visibility or promoting their work. I was wondering if I could use my page for the same purpose. By collaborating with such wonderful people through interviews, discussions, book promotions and reviews etc.I am quite sure they already have dedicated readership, but like the saying goes, the more, the merrier. A few more views and a little more exposure wouldn’t hurt right?This is just an attempt to encourage each other to sort of find a road map and better reach at the audience.Do let me know what do you think about this?? Please share if you have any ideas on the same line, it would be fun to work together.Thankyou. Stay blessed, be healthy and keep reading and writing amazing stuffs. 🙏