I met (virtually) Inderpreet when I became a part of the The Book Club. Inderpeet is a blog tour coordinator with TBC who relentlessly promotes authors and bloggers. So when she published her own book earlier this year, the first question that popped into my head was: How was the transition, from promoting other people’s books to her own now?
Thank God for TBC that lets you ask these questions to authors directly! Here’s what Inderpreet had to say, when I asked her to do a guest post for me, outlining her experience:
You’ve coordinated with authors and bloggers for several blog tours and made sure that everything goes in order. How does it feel to occupy a new seat on the table? What was the most difficult part of the transition? Did your experience as a book tour coordinator and blogger come in handy? How?
I am honoured to be here Nikita. I love your question for it highlights an important aspect of book publishing – promotion. An author’s work does not finish with just writing the book, the promotion is a crucial aspect as well. To get the book out to its intended audience and making it visible to the readers makes a difference to the book’s success.
My work with authors and bloggers for various books has given me unique insights into the whole process of getting a book out. I was able to foresee many of the issues that a new author faces and tackle most of them before hand. It was a mixed feeling with me being unsure to take the seat of a blog tour coordinator for my book or that of an author. Both have equally important roles to play in a successful blog tour. As an author, I am immensely grateful to The Book Club and all its members for their support.
The transition from a person who is mostly behind the scenes to one who is in the limelight was most difficult. Tooting my own horn about my writing, my book, the story and Diya was difficult. Writing and publishing, Generously Yours has been a dream come true. I worked as a coordinator and author promoting the blog posts, reviews and the book making it a win-win for all. The added benefit was that since I was already deep into books, my steps to publishing were more organised. Kindle Direct Publishing is a boon for authors the world over. Most of the time short stories are not individually published but disappear into an anthology. Now I have the option of sharing my books and stories as I wish.
When I had written Generously Yours, I was just writing about the ‘now’. Diya in her present and how is she coping. It was never about what would happen or had passed, however as the story evolved and grew, many readers wanted to know more. I too felt the need to give Diya her ‘present’ and am penning the sequel, tentatively titled, ‘Diya’s Desire’. More details when I have fleshed it out further 🙂
I am working on a couple of books, the foremost being We Women Wonder. I have talked about it on my social media. It is about us women and the various things, issues, prejudices and assumptions we face both from men and women. It is a book close to my heart as it stems from all that we face being a woman and how we can be better.
Even though I have been a part of the blogging and book promotions, this time it was different since it was my own book. The transformation is intensely personal and nerve-wracking. The love of books and writing kept me going as did the support of my friends and family. I have been a writer first, as the words have been a part of me forever. I turned to writing and blogging as an outlet for my thoughts and words but seeing my book on top of the Amazon charts has been my biggest high.
I have been writing stories on my blog and naturally wanted to take the next step to publishing. The thought was daunting no doubt but with the help and guidance of Rubina and Team TBC, it was a breeze since they are always a message away. Every writer feels scared and apprehensive but the high of seeing the book makes it all worth it. I am eager to write more, publish more and get my stories to the world. I have been a writer first, as the words have been a part of me forever. I turned to writing and blogging as an outlet for my thoughts and words and it has let me to the books I always wanted to write.
Thank you for hosting me Nikita.
All the very best to you and your blog.