What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have just published a book, so I am not sure if i can answer this question. Alternatively speaking, I do not honestly expect this book to be read en-masse. It will cater to the needs of a very niche audience, who are interested in understanding early Tamil cinema. This book has written in English, to help those interested in such a topic, but have no knowledge of the language.
Describe your desk
A Desktop PC, an Ipad Mini, an Android Phone, Evernote installed on my devices, Post-IT notes stuck on the wall, a Notebook used for scribbling, White Board Marker and Board, Pens and other stationery and importantly, ToDoIst application used for Task management.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am born in a rural place, but grew up mostly in Bangalore and Chennai. Writing came much later to me. Although, I don't have much of an impression on Chetan Bhagat now, I must admit that it was 'Five Point Someone', which instilled in me the desire of becoming a successful author. Frankly speaking, I don't have much of a desire now and i would be simply happy if a handful of people have access to this historical work written by legendary playwright - Pammal Sambandha Mudaliar.
When did you first start writing?
Literally speaking, Writing became a habit once Evernote came into my life, in the year 2012. Every small or large thought, goes into Evernote. The books and blog posts are a natural extension of the Evernote work flow.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is an interesting one, which was originally there in the book draft but which was successfully cut off, as i felt that it added no value to the historical work.
During these few years, I have come across many people particularly researchers, who are looking for information, but are limited by the 'lack of knowledge' if the material was published in a language, which they did not know. I have experienced this myself, during my on-going work on Director K.Subrahmanyam, when i managed to get some primary material published in Sinhala and Telugu, which i could not decipher.
This book originally published in Tamil was translated from a rare first-edition copy, which is preserved in the 'National Film Archives of India'. The N.F.A.I library staff and its head, permitted to take a copy of the book, and i felt that this rare work should be available to the General public, without the limitations of language. So, this work was translated into English, hoping that a 'Non-Tamil' speaking individual or researcher could gain an insight into the contents of this book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Motivation, not really, to be honest, atleast not in my current frame of mind. I just want this book to be accessible to anyone who desires to read it, without the constraints of 'accessibility' or 'limitations of language'.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It just creates a platform for me to share 'content' free of cost to the general public.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
This material is very rare, and to the best of my knowledge, it does not exist on the Internet. I have benefited immensely from rare material digitised and uploaded on websites like 'Archive.org' and 'indiancine.ma'. Similarly, I want this book to reach and benefit hundreds of other via the Internet, the greatest man made invention for 'sharing human knowledge'.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have written a few poems in school, which i can remember. I have written some terrible spoof stories on Captain Vijayakanth, a few years ago and published them in Orkut, which terribly embarass me now.
What is your writing process?
In the process of writing the book, store any valuable information available on the Internet by clipping them to Evernote. Random thoughts that occur in my head too find their place there. The notes sent to Evernote, are 'tagged' and filed into their respective Notebook, immediately. If the notes are related, they are linked via 'Note Links'.
Create a dedicated Page in Evernote and add a list of tasks, when you start typing your draft. I used 'PagePlus X7' as my note drafting and publishing tool. During the drafting stage, you will find that you need to do many more things. Update them to your Note. Tick off tasks once completed. If the tasks are time bound, use ToDoIst. Link 'Evernote Pages' to ToDoIst, if needed.
Once the draft is completed, export the files in epub and mobi formats. Publish the book online.
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