15 January, 2020

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing by @shenoy_sharmi

*** Special Feature - January 2020 ***

About Sharmishtha Shenoy

Sharmishtha Shenoy is the author of the Vikram Rana Mystery series. The books under the series are “Vikram Rana Investigates,” “A Season for Dying,” “Behind the Scenes” and “Fatal Fallout”. She has also published a book of short stories, “Quirky Tales.”
Her short stories have been published in efiction magazine and Woman’s era. She loves writing murder mysteries, the kind of books that she likes to read. Her favorite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. She also likes the work of Satyajit Ray – especially the Feluda Series. 
Before starting to write, she had been an IT professional and had worked in TCS, Satyam, Infosys, and Microsoft. 
She is a big foodie and enjoys Biriyani (both Hyderabadi and Awadhi versions) and rasgullas like most Bengalis. She is also a lusty singer of the bathroom singing variety.
Though she is happily married to Mr. Shenoy in real life, in her fantasy world she is wedded to her creation Vikram Rana.  You can get to her blog by typing the word “Sharmishtha Rana” into Google. No, seriously, try it.
She was born in Calcutta. She is an M Tech from the University of Reading, Great Britain and had received a 100% British Government Scholarship to study there. She lives in Hyderabad.

Pros and cons of self-publishing

Amazon has changed the world of online selling experience. You could sell a hard copy of your book or publish in kindle. Kindle format is the best which will give you amazing statistics on how many people read the book, how many pages they completed every day. These features make self-publishing more compelling. Let me give some more pointers:

Pros of self-publishing:
1. Your book gets published.
2. You are your boss.
3. You write a book and upload it in Amazon and you are done
4. You print the hard copy, make it available in Amazon/Flipkart and you are done
5. You don’t submit to publishers and let your manuscript languish for six months before being rejected.

Cons :
1. Getting distributors for self-published books is next to impossible.
2. So you can sell through Amazon, Flipkart, etc. That is an online presence only.
3. Once you finish writing, you have to don the hat of a salesman and promote your book relentlessly.
4. If you print your copies, you might not get a good reliable printer, and since you will get limited copies printed, your printing cost would be high, and so you will have to sell at a higher price.
5. If you are a rookie author, various online scammers will prey on you. Example fake editors, fake reviewers, etc. 

About Fatal Fallout:

Check out the Book
When love is an obsession, rejection is fatal...
Beautiful model and aspiring actress Gauri is found dead on the highway from a gunshot wound. The jewelry she had been wearing and other valuables are missing. Is it a case of a robbery gone wrong? Or is it premeditated murder?
Gauri’s friends and family hold her boyfriend Akash responsible for the death. Gauri had recently broken up with him because of his abusive behavior. Did the fallout of the breakup turn fatal for her? Did Akash decide that if he couldn’t have her, nobody else would either?
Moreover, why did the film director Madhav hire detective Vikram Rana to investigate her death? Is it because he loved her, or because he wanted to point the needle of suspicion away from himself?
Adding to the puzzle, is the corrupt police inspector Phani Kuma sabotaging the case for his devious motives?
The media, meanwhile, is sensationalizing the case, and pressure is mounting on ACP Gopi Reddy to resolve the case at the earliest.
Ace detective Vikram Rana swings into action to untangle a complex web of abuse, lies, and murder to get to the truth.


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