Anurag Shourie is an Indian author who chose traditional publishing for his novel. Find out what led him down this path and his advice for selecting a good book reviewer.
1. Tell me briefly about your latest book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
Half A Shadow is my debut novel. It is said that the reign of the supernatural begins at the point where the jurisdiction of science ends. Never the twain shall meet. Here is a story that entwines the two domains together, a mytho-medical thriller.
A series of events that occurred on a stormy night while I was dispensing my duties in a cancer hospital led me to conceptualize the plot of Half A Shadow. It is the story of one man’s quest for redemption.
2. How have your sales been?
The sales of Half A Shadow have been encouraging. The readers have bestowed a lot of love on this book belonging to an uncommon genre. The reviews have been mostly positive with the critics giving it a “thumbs up.”
3. You’ve decided to use a traditional publisher for your book. Why did you choose this versus self-publishing?
Self-publishing is a grey area as there is a very thin line of demarcation between self-publishing and vanity- publishing. I am of the firm belief that if my work is good enough it will find a decent publisher who is keen to share my vision.
Author R.M. Kelly enjoys the art of writing and was inspired by her work with a small indie press to go into self-publishing. Learn why she focuses her marketing efforts on the indie community, rather than traditional media, and which vendor she favors for book covers.
1. Give me the “elevator pitch” for your book in five to ten sentences.
My collection of short stories, Shorter Than The Wick, includes three about the Ghost Files team and their tales on a reality ghost hunting show run by idiots who happen to meet spirits from the other side. Another story is about a husband and father looking for any kind of forgiveness from his family during the Arab Spring after a tragedy. One of my favorites is about the oldest vampire on earth loosing her ability to seduce blood from mortals after falling in love with a very modern man.
2. Why did you become an indie writer?
Because telling stories, creating worlds for a reader to live in, really comes naturally to me. Writing is simply a part of me and the way I look at the world. It’s fun and enraging at times but always important for me to have the time and opportunity to tell stories.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
Well I’m an editor for a small indie e-book publisher, nuever.com, so that was simply what felt like the best approach to publishing. Getting my books out in the new medium as the e-book market grows.