#SeriousQuestion: Do you know anybody in publishing?

Hi, reader!! 🙂

I know we haven’t spoken on a personal level, but I wanted to thank you for subscribing to my blog and reading it. Thank you for commenting, and sending me lovely mails of appreciation. On days when I’m sad or depressed, I open those mails and smile.

When I started this blog in 2007, it was to impress a woman. She wasn’t on Orkut, and there was no way to get through to her. Somewhere along the line, she noticed, we got talking, got into three years of a blissful relationship, and drifted apart. However, the blog has remained, a vestigial arm of a collegial relationship.

Thank you for reading my ramblings for more than a decade!!

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Why am I being so nice?

I need a little help. I have been writing books since 2014. Every year in January, I drop acid and decide to write a book. I spend the next 11 months living in a dream, discussing my book, writing it out. And then one month of rejection by most publishing houses!

Over and over, every year, for the last three years. It is a painful experience, like having a miscarriage year after year. My ego wouldn’t let me approach anybody for favours, and my temperament would lead me to the nearest bar to drown my worries.

This year though, I’ve decided not to take that path.

I’m writing a non-fiction humour book called ‘9999 in 1: Growing up in the 90s’. It’s a rickety time-machine ride back to the 90s, designed as a spoof of an NCERT Text Book. I’m really excited about it, and going to begin pitching it to publishers from the first week of June.

So if you know anybody who works in publishing, please let me know. The Indian publishing industry is a weird, warped industry that is as unstructured as the Indian porn industry, and I usually feel like a fish out of the swimming pool, finding my way in.

So if you know someone, please put in a kind word, and send me their contact. My email is unforgettably generic – writetohriday@gmail.com.

If you ever meet me, I’ll treat you to beer. If you smoke, I’ll roll you two of my finest joints. If you’re a teetotaler, we’ll sit and discuss the meaning of life. And I’ll mention you in the book’s credits.

That’s all. Thank you, and have a glorious day ahead!

– Hriday.

16 thoughts on “#SeriousQuestion: Do you know anybody in publishing?

  1. Parul

    I know a person who has published his book through crowd funding. Its self published and I think you should give that a try. His book is a huge success.
    And also kudos to writing books! 🙂

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    1. Hriday Ranjan Post author

      Thank you! If I do get published, I’m going to be blogging about it for weeks at end, worry not! 🙂

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  2. Anoop Pattat

    Well, if nothing works out you can self publish in Amazon . Since your blog is popular I am sure you’ll have buyers there

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  3. Zarina Khan

    Don’t know any publishers but I will definitely buy your book so here’s hoping it sees the light of day! Good Luck!

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  4. Kyatobhi

    Yashodhara lal(she’s not your kind of a writer, I know) in one of her blogs wrote this about publishing:

    Final word – publishing itself.
    Honestly, when people ask me for publishing contacts, I tell them it’s actually as simple as looking up publisher’s websites and finding their submission IDs. I got many responses from different publishing houses that way. I don’t think publishers have ever been as accessible or as open to new writers as they are today. The battle is really creating that piece of work which you can convince them deserves publishing. It’s always much better if the work does the convincing by itself.

    I am sure you may have done this already, wonder how one IIM gets publishers waiting to publish for you..

    But I also remember adv from AdWords where they mention about publishing, I am sure you may be sceptic about it because – content security, probably you came across them too..
    Expect more comments from me on this

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    1. Hriday Ranjan Post author

      Arnab is one of my idols, I’ve been reading his stuff for about 12 years now! Will re-read the blog again. Thanks! 🙂

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