Saturday, January 30, 2016

The New in Publishing in India: Inkhorn

With the increase in the number of people who have stories to tell and books to write, finding a publisher who will not make you empty your bank accounts or make you wait for months, is a daunting task. While looking for suitable options for my clients, I stumbled across what seems like a very interesting and innovative option in the field of publishing. Recently, while speaking to a friend, I heard of Inkhorn Publishing and decided to check out their website and know more about them. It is always good to investigate well and deep, rather than face confusion later. 
First thing I heard about Inkhorn Publishing is that it's free. So? Isn't that what traditional publishing is? Yep. However, the thing is traditional publishers have long queues and accept only the best. Manuscripts which are not the 'best' are not 'bad'. They are just not the best. Or else, one needs to go for literary agents who in turn will try to sell the idea of your book to the publisher. Alternatively, one needs to opt for self (paid) publishing. Inkhorn has done away with both the concepts and this is not a joke!

To explain how Inkhorn works, there are two examples:
- You are an author who knows what they are doing. You've got your book edited, cover designed etc. In short, it just needs to be sold, but you want a global outreach for your book. Inkhorn helps you connect with the global sellers and they take each get a share of the sales as commission leaving you with about 30-50% of the sale value. This is huge because otherwise you'd be getting only 7-10%. So, practically speaking, you didn't incur any cost and you shall earn better than you would from other modes of publishing.
Alternatively, Inkhorn also provides you with editorial assistance and suggestion as well as help to design the cover, of course for a price.
Sounds unbelievable, I know. But I actually sat and did the commercialism, and it is pretty simple. Inkhorn makes money, when you do. Every book that sells, gets them a fixed commission. 
Exciting? I think it is!
Find out more at: www.http://inkhornpublishingindia.com/

Monday, January 4, 2016

#BookReview: Principally Yours by Bubloo Sen

On the jacket:


At thirty-five, she was a good wife and good mother. She had it all - a loving husband and three adorable children. But she wasn’t happy. It took children from an underprivileged background to help her find herself and discover a purpose so deep that it changed not just her life, but that of generations to come.  Principally Yours is the story of how one woman fostered hope in young people. A Hindu principal teaching economically challenged Jewish and Muslim students, enveloping them in love and harmony, instilling in them pride and a belief that commitment is all it takes to make life good. Not an easy task, given the odds, but Bubloo Sen had a steely resolve and a charismatic personality. In her dictionary every ‘No’ was met with a resounding ‘Yes’. 

Review:


Being a teacher's daughter, there was no way I would have not taken this book up for a review. I've always wished my mother would write about her experiences as a teacher but somehow she shys away from it. I've heard some most interesting tales from her and I knew there will be even more interesting tales coming from a Principal, that too from a generation before my mother's. I mean it's so romantic to imagine someone from my grandmother's generation having a career. Not impossible, I know that. But definitely rare. I was sure it wouldn't have been easy for her, and I was not wrong. 
Coming from an orthodox family, Ms Sen had to convince her husband before she could take up teaching and to that too, there were rules which could not be broken. The family couldn't be neglected. Of course. 
It's interesting that for someone who always wanted to have a career but never did, even at 35, the enthusiasm was that of a fresher. I had Principally Yours to be collection of stories recounting tales and incidents from Ms Sen's tenures as a Principal. I was amused to see how it is also semi-biographical (her work life) and includes anecdotes about her life during those stages, otherwise too. Over the course of the book, one also reads about the cities she moves to and the schools she is engaged with. 
Teachers are very good psychologists, and Ms Sen has taught children coming from disturbed lives. The way she dealt with them and changed their approach towards their lives is a treat to read.
Principally Yours is essentially an ex-principal's account of her career days. But in the folds of these stories lie tales of feminism, sympathy, inspiration, psychology and survival. 

Rating: ****.5/5

[This Review is a part of the Blogger Outreach Program by Read Out Loud in association with b00k r3vi3w Tours]

#BookReview: An Awfully BIG Adventure by Aniesha Brahma

On the jacket: Seventeen-year-old Yoshita Ray has stopped believing in happily ever after and fairy tales ever since her mother aba...