Hello, dear people,
Welcome to my #fridayconnect post. It always feels so lovely to talk to you.
Today, I will be talking to you about my works. I get repeated requests over mails and in my social media DMs to make available my previous works.
Like any other writer, even I write for readers and it is no fun for me to keep my works saved in some folder on my laptop. I honestly feel bad for my stories for I know that they deserve readers and their love.
A lot of people already know that I have been writing randomly since my teenage years and actively for the past 10 years, where I have posted online around 9 full-length fiction novels over various platforms.
For a total of 5 times, my works got heavily plagiarised at different times. When I say – ‘heavily’ – it means copied word by word, chapter by chapter…
I am not even counting numerous cases of ‘inspirations’, lifting tracks and dialogues, and copying names… some of them were purely vile and some purely coincidental. So, I give benefit of doubt to honest, innocent similarities. Sometimes, I reacted maturely. Sometimes, I was angry. And at other times, I was very upset.
We are humans. We are allowed to cope with circumstances in a certain way. But every time, it leads to me taking down my works and making them either private or unavailable.
After Twisted Minds, I decided to get it officially published for 3 reasons –
1. To safeguard the story in my name – forever. After that, even if it gets stolen, I retain the copyright and a case to sue the offender.
2. To make it available to ‘anyone interested’ in reading it, and to let it be there forever.
3. To do justice to the story that came to light after months of hard work, sometimes years. The stories need your love too 🙂
Instead of taking them down every time, making the story as well as the readers, both suffer, I decided to get my works published, done and dusted with. After that, they remain in the public domain, forever – whether as ebook or hard copy.
Repeated worrying about them shouldn’t take away my peace of mind too.
So, from now on, I will write a story online on my blog/site and those of you who want to read but don’t want to buy the books, they can read it online as long as it is written and after a few weeks after it is completed. Like I let Tangles and Ties stayed here for almost a month. After that, I will send them for professional editing and proofreading and they will be published. So all those who want to keep them, read again, want to own them, can buy the books. I will make sure that I give out as many free copies as I can – through contests, giveaways, beta-readers – like I did with The Masquerade. Obviously, it is not practical and feasible to give a copy to all of you… I would have done that if I could 😀
For the good news, I am editing Spark & Spice – no major changes – only names changed for obvious reasons, spell-check, and grammar, etc. I hope to finish it till mid-May and send it for publishing. It will be followed by Fire & Ice and Tangles & Ties … and so on!
The names used are Manas & Nandita to keep it as close as possible to MaNan. I wish I could retain original names but then, there is no use thinking about it.
More about it, after I announce the release of Spark & Spice. If all goes well, then, by July, we will be participating in giveaways over trailers of Spark & Spice. And, I am really, really excited about it.
The Masquerade took a long time, as it was not completed by the time I took it down and I face a lot of issues at many levels. All other stories of mine are already completed, so they won’t take much time from editing desk to publication.
This is how it goes, for now.
Recently, due to the lockdown, many services got affected and so The Masquerade is slightly delayed. It was supposed to release in April. Now, it will be in May. I asked my publishing manager, who is a really sweet lady, to take her own time and do it as per her convenience as when it is delayed so much, a few more days won’t matter. Safety is our prime concern right now.
Lots of love to all of you. Stay safe.