Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cherished - new novel giveaway


Cherished - the new novel about a girl's pursuit for parental love, is now free to download in the kindle store. Just few more hours left. Grab your free copy now.

The giveaway at Goodreads is also ending soon. Please check it out.

Check out the reviews at Goodreadsw - http://debasishray19.blogspot.in/2013/09/cherished-by-lakshmi-menon.html

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18403945-cherished

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cherished - Book Reading


Just three days back (23rd Sept) my new book Cherished was released and had a book reading at Bookstop, Koramangala, Bangalore.

The book store was a small place and I had invited just a couple of friends. Since it was a working day some of them who had promised to come, couldn't reach on time. Still it went off well.

Dr. Jennifer introduced me to the audience and then the book was released. Two of them read some of the pages from the book. Dr. Eva Bell, who had already read the book, asked me some thought provoking questions about the book. Then another person from the audience also asked me some questions about my journey of writing. On the whole, We had a very active discussion about the book.

The next session was book signing. The audience asked for autographed copies of the book. Almost all of them bought the book. They were also readers of my earlier book, The Second Choice.

Next was my turn. I thanked them for taking the trouble of coming from far, and for buying the book.

The weather was pleasant when compared to the previous day and the group was dispersed after Tea and snacks. Before leaving they all bought more books from the Bookstore.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Non-US tax issue for self-publishers


Are you looking for information about how to reduce your Non-US tax withholding issue as a self published author? I happened to see the following blog which helped me solve this problem. Hence, I decided to post it here for the use of other people who need this information.

Reblogged from Catherineryanhoward blog

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Happy Onam Festival!


Wish you all a Happy Onam. Those who want to know more about this most important festival of Kerala, India, read here.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Writing Tips from famous writers-2


RIP, Elmore Leonard: The Beloved Author’s 10 Rules of Writing :

Elmore Leonard (October 11, 1925–August 20, 2013) says:

" These are rules I’ve picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I’m writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what’s taking place in the story. If you have a facility for language and imagery and the sound of your voice pleases you, invisibility is not what you are after, and you can skip the rules. Still, you might look them over."

1. Never open a book with weather. If it’s only to create atmosphere, and not a character’s reaction to the weather, you don’t want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways to describe ice and snow than an Eskimo, you can do all the weather reporting you want.

2. Avoid prologues. They can be annoying, especially a prologue following an introduction that comes after a foreword. But these are ordinarily found in nonfiction. A prologue in a novel is backstory, and you can drop it in anywhere you want.

There is a prologue in John Steinbeck’s Sweet Thursday, but it’s O.K. because a character in the book makes the point of what my rules are all about. He says: “I like a lot of talk in a book and I don’t like to have nobody tell me what the guy that’s talking looks like. I want to figure out what he looks like from the way he talks. . . . figure out what the guy’s thinking from what he says. I like some description but not too much of that. . . . Sometimes I want a book to break loose with a bunch of hooptedoodle. . . . Spin up some pretty words maybe or sing a little song with language. That’s nice. But I wish it was set aside so I don’t have to read it. I don’t want hooptedoodle to get mixed up with the story.”

3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. But said is far less intrusive than grumbled, gasped, cautioned, lied. I once noticed Mary McCarthy ending a line of dialogue with “she asseverated,” and had to stop reading to get the dictionary.

4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said” … …he admonished gravely. To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) is a mortal sin. The writer is now exposing himself in earnest, using a word that distracts and can interrupt the rhythm of the exchange. I have a character in one of my books tell how she used to write historical romances “full of rape and adverbs.”

5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful.

6. Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.” This rule doesn’t require an explanation. I have noticed that writers who use “suddenly” tend to exercise less control in the application of exclamation points.

7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly. Once you start spelling words in dialogue phonetically and loading the page with apostrophes, you won’t be able to stop. Notice the way Annie Proulx captures the flavor of Wyoming voices in her book of short stories Close Range.

8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters. Which Steinbeck covered. In Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants what do the “American and the girl with him” look like? “She had taken off her hat and put it on the table.” That’s the only reference to a physical description in the story, and yet we see the couple and know them by their tones of voice, with not one adverb in sight.

9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things. Unless you’re Margaret Atwood and can paint scenes with language or write landscapes in the style of Jim Harrison. But even if you’re good at it, you don’t want descriptions that bring the action, the flow of the story, to a standstill.

And finally:

10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. A rule that came to mind in 1983. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them. What the writer is doing, he’s writing, perpetrating hooptedoodle, perhaps taking another shot at the weather, or has gone into the character’s head, and the reader either knows what the guy’s thinking or doesn’t care. I’ll bet you don’t skip dialogue.

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

- By Elmore Leonard

Read more about it here.....

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Writing Tips from Famous Writers-1


I'm posting a series of tips from famous writers, that I found very informative and useful to become better writers.

David Ogilvy says - Never write more than two pages on any subject.

"People who think well, write well.

Woolly minded people write woolly memos, woolly letters and woolly speeches.

Good writing is not a natural gift. You have to learn to write well. Here are 10 hints:

1. Read the Roman-Raphaelson book on writing. Read it three times.

2. Write the way you talk. Naturally.

3. Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs.

4. Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.

5. Never write more than two pages on any subject.

6. Check your quotations.

7. Never send a letter or a memo on the day you write it. Read it aloud the next morning — and then edit it.

8. If it is something important, get a colleague to improve it.

9. Before you send your letter or your memo, make sure it is crystal clear what you want the recipient to do.

10.If you want ACTION, don’t write. Go and tell the guy what you want."

- By David

Courtesy:
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/07/david-ogilvy-on-writing/

Monday, September 2, 2013

Prelaunch giveaway


My new novel Cherished which will be released at the end of September, is listed for a giveaway at goodreads, If you are a book enthusiast please check it out and enter the giveaway. Since the postage is too expensive it is available only to the people in India.

For my blog readers, I am giving away five ebook copies of Cherished, from a random pick, which can be sent anywhere. The last date for entry is 5th October 2013. Those who are interested please enter here posting a comment. Those who are interested to write a review for this book may also please write in the comment.

Story -

Grishma, accompanied by her father and four month old baby, boards the train to Delhi to join her husband Praveen. She decides to give him a surprise visit. Little does she know that her journey will end in havoc to her life. 19 years later, Grishma's daughter Jyothi, longing for her father's love and support, determines to search for him, despite her mother's strong protests. Will Praveen accept her as his daughter? This is the heartwarming story of Jyothi's pursuit of parental love, which she considers as her legitimate right.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Smashwords books in India


It is great news that smashwords have tied up with flipkarts for the sale of ebooks, and soon the smashwords ebooks will be available to buy in India. It gives a better opportunity for the locals to write for the local community. Flipkart is the largest online market in India, especially for books.

Click here to read more about this from http://blog.smashwords.com.