Thursday, December 6, 2018

Becoming an author

I always thought of myself as a writer and of course an author author of
countless articles and a few short stories. Becoming an author of a book is different though and that is happening soon.

I signed a contract with Vishwakarma Publications for the publication of my first novel after winning a contest at PILF (Pune International Literary Festival) in September 2018. Being a contest winner was exhilarating and a good start!

The novel is a thriller set in Mumbai. A murder mystery. It will be out in September 2019.

Vishwakarma Publications, a Pune based publisher, was founded in 2013. Vishwakarma is also the official title sponsor of the Pune International Literary Festival which is held every year in Pune. It is a part of the Vishwakarma group which is into education.

I am happy that I have been accepted by a traditional publisher and that too a reputed one. And of course, the fact that they are Pune based is a matter of great joy. And then, the thought of the book being a prize winner is a feather in my cap.

Related Reading:  A Writer's Journey, The time it takes to publish a book, A Writer's Angst.


  1. Bipattaran KanjilalMay 8, 2019 at 4:17 AM

    I m glad that you have signed a contract with Vishwakarma Publication after winning PILF manuscript contest 2018. Congarts.
    I m B kanjilal, also one of the winners of the same contest. After I received the initial congratulatory mail & my reply thereof, I m yet to hear from them till date. Can u throw some light on the aspect.

    Thank u

    B Kanjilal

  2. I'm sorry but you will have to contact them for an answer to this. I presume you wrote an English novel? Or was it non-fiction?

  3. Yea, it's an English Novel & a non-fiction...
    I emailed them accepting their terms of contract. but no response till date . Thnx for the response... May pls share if anything......

  4. You mean two of your books won the contest? An English novel and a non-fiction book? I don't understand.

  5. Bipattaran KanjilalMay 9, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    No, it's one single 'English non-fiction novella' ...

  6. Mr Kanjilal, you say it is a non-fiction novella. But a novel and novella means fiction. That is why I am confused.

  7. Bipattaran KanjilalMay 9, 2019 at 9:15 PM

    To be very clear it's a memoir. You may place it into a suitable category. I am not too familiar with those words, just stepping into the writing world. Thank you


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