Woodpie.com is an excellent social network for book lovers. I would call it ‘GoodReads with a better UI.’ It’s a place where people can share books and recommendations with their friends, see what other friends are reading and also meet people with similar reading interests. Check it out!
It was a pleasure to interact with the Woodpie blog team recently. We talked about crowd-curation, about the curious trend of MBA grads turning authors in India and about my favorite authors and books. Read the interview here
Here’s an article which came up in DNA India yesterday: Want a publisher? Look at crowd-sourcing. It talks about the disruption new publishing avenues are bringing in the Indian Publishing Industry.
Ruchi Singh is an author making waves in the Romance genre with her novel ‘Take 2: Second Chance At Happiness’. A couple of weeks back, her short story secured the 3rd position in the ongoing Times of India Write India campaign, garnering words of praise from none other than Amish.
It’s a real pleasure to have her among the readers of Brutal. Here’s what she had to say about it:
“The characters are real life and believable. Both Prakash and Seema are ambitious as well as, hardened professionals battling their own problems in life. Mr Satpathy has done immense justice with the supporting characters as well. The narration is simple yet riveting and engaging and I am sure lots of research would have gone into coming up with such an incredible, complex storyline. The author painted just the right kind of pictures, be it of the warehouse, train station, village, hotels or the place where the grisly experiments were going on. Each scene was painted vividly in my mind.”
Read the full review here
The latest review of Brutal has come up on the blog One Right Word. Here are a few words from the review: “[Brutal] is a taut thriller, full of action and a compelling contemporary storyline. The plot is well executed and has a sound structure. It must not have been easy dealing with a crime action paced story. However, the descriptions are very graphic and the narrative flows well. The writing also offers great verbal visuals whether it is about the chase or some of the gory elements that are a part of the story.”
To have a look at the complete review, click here.
I had a nice discussion with Rachna Chhabria, the popular author of many childrens’ books & an avid blogger, and got an opportunity to talk about my writing process, the making of Brutal and about what lies in future.
She is also organizing a giveaway of Brutal. Interested readers can visit her blog at the link below.
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Crowd-curation is a concept where a book is selected for publication based on public reviews. Brutal is India’s first book published through such a process. All this happened on BloodyGoodBook.com, which cultivates an excellent ecosystem of authors and readers.
I had submitted my manuscript on Bloody Good Book’s website for open review by the readers. After many months of garnering praise from the reviewers, it was selected for publication. Hetika Sanghani, a top reviewer at Bloody Good Book, was one of the very first readers to go through my chapters and vote.
After more than a year of her first look at my book (a less finished work then), she got in her hands the finished and much polished version of Brutal, a few days ago. I don’t know how she felt holding a book in her hand which she herself voted for. I am indebted to all such readers whose love and encouragement led to the publication of my book. Thank you, Hetika.
Now, let’s see what she has to say about Brutal on her blog Book Fanatic. “The reason why Brutal is an interesting read is the characters. All the characters are real and have an important role to play in the flow of the storyline. The characters of Seema and Prakash have been drafted immaculately. The way they begin the investigation at different points and how they meet midway and unravel the truth is the USP of this book. This has been drafted to perfection and leaves you stunned.”
Click here to read the complete review.
Brutal is now available to Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscribers for free. Prime members can also borrow it for free through Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.
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A few days back I had a nice conversation with Vinita Kinra of Global Asian Times, Toronto. We talked about my publishing journey, the challenges for a crime fiction author and about my future projects. Click here to read more…
Rachna Chhabria is the popular author of many childrens’ books and is also an avid blogger, diligently maintaining a blog named Rachna’s Scriptorium. It was a pleasure to hear some very positive words from her about BRUTAL. In her review of my book, she writes, “At no point does the author let the pace slacken. Holding the plot firmly in his hand, the author with his crisp writing, short chapters that are easy to read, ensures that the readers are constantly sitting on the edges of their seats… I won’t be surprised if his book will soon be turned into a movie or the fact that Prakash will feature in more books.”
Read the complete review here.