Sunday, 26 January 2014

Dilemma of An Aspiring Writer: #Help

Have you ever been in that phase of your life when you so desperately wanted to do something and no matter how hard you tried nothing worked out in your favour for whatever reason and when you shrunk back into your cocoon, something out of the blue happens which gives you a chance to achieve that one thing you had fought so hard for and you dance, dance and dance like a lunatic in your bedroom, on the terrace, under the shower and just when you were all set to go for the kill, something even more wonderful happens, a better chance, a better opportunity comes your way and now you are in a position where you are stuck between an opportunity which can make your life wonderful and an opportunity which could make your life even more beautiful, better and totally fantabulous but which also comes with T&C. What will you do then? Eh?

Well something sort of happens to me just like the above described situation. Exactly a year back I had written a chick-lit novel (yes! I did) and sent it to almost every publication in the country (yes! I did) and then I waited for the rejection letters to arrive. They did arrive, one after another. Few of them were summed up in one line while some of them came along with positive feedbacks and one actually come along with “Rejection Letter” written in the subject box. Though I did nearly secure the literary agent but at the end of the day nothing worked out. So I did what most of you would have done, shoved the manuscript deep down in the drawer of my night stand and forgot about it. Completely.

10 months later, I received an email from this very small but fairly good publication house where I sent my manuscript but totally forgot about. They liked it. They want to see more and by the tone of their emails they are pretty excited about it. This email completely jerked me out of the trance I had been living in for months. Once again I was happy, excited and very positive about my novel. I dig it out of the drawer and star to polish it off. And just when I was all set to mail it, all of it to this fairly good publication house, I received one more email, nope it wasn’t from them. It was from someone else and it was regarding this competition by Harlequin India. Harlequin has invited the publishing proposals not only in romance genre but for the very first time in chick-lit genre as well. AND here this big dilemma has born. What now? Should I send my entry to the competition and wait for the result or should I send it to the publication who would probably publish it by the time Harlequin will announce the winner. Though I am not very lucky with competitions, never had been but what if, just for once, once the fate decides to be in my favour and if I get the publishing opportunity with them? Wouldn’t it be awesome? Or On the bases of my past experiences with competitions I should just believe that I am never going to win it so why not give up and go for this fairly good but small publication. Should I take one last shot with big traditional publication house or should go for this independent one?

What if I lose the competition and by the time I get in touch with this independent publication house, it’s too late and they are no longer interested? In that case I would lose on both ends. It would be nothing but a lose-lose situation for me. I am really confused, sleep deprived and drinking dangerous amount of caffeine at the moment. I have to make the decision and I don’t have much time.

Would you like to help me?

Friday, 24 January 2014

Harlequin Passions - Aspiring Authors Auditions 2013

Hey! It’s Friday night and I guess all of you out there are ready to spend your weekend either lazing around in your beds or partying with your friends. Sounds tempting, right? But I have another option for you. Why don’t you start writing that one book which you have always wanted to write but “never got enough time ” to start with it because of hectic office schedule, family commitments or school runs. Well now is the time to put end to all of your excuses and set your eyes on that one publishing opportunity which could actually change your life forever.
Harlequin India is back with the yet another amazing opportunity for aspiring writers. Harlequin announces annual Passions - Aspiring Authors Auditions 2013 for romance and general fiction aspiring authors. This year the renowned publishing house has opened the doors for general fiction writers too. This year’s judges are renowned authors themselves – noted author and columnist, Shobhaa De and Mills & Boon global author from India, Shoma Narayanan.
Budding writers can submit a 100 word synopsis and first few chapters of their original story in no more than 5,000 words on or before February 7, 2014 on Writers in the general fiction category should also submit a detailed plot outline of 500 words. The winners will be rewarded with an assured editorial mentorship that will help them turn their ideas into best-selling fiction books and the possibility of a publishing contract. 
Past editions of the Passions contest, have led to the discovery of several new voices for the Mills & Boon imprint. These authors, such as Milan Vora, Shoma Narayanan, Aastha Atray, Ruchi Vasudeva, Adite Banerjie, have published Mills & Boon novels set in India.
To submit your entries go to this link:

Friday, 10 January 2014

Hey Hey!!

Hello sweethearts. Finally, Finally....finally I am back after all the misadventures I had had last year. Though the year 2013 had started amazingly well for me, in which I also launched my fashion designing career but the end was not so happening for me. From October onwards I had done nothing, no reviews, no writing, not much of exhibitions.... basically nada mainly because of terrible flu, excruciating gum pains and broken ankle. All in all my Christmas or new year weren't as exciting as I wanted them to be. Phew!
Anyway let bygones be bygones, It's a new year and I am hoping to do some new exciting stuff (without  attracting anymore medical troubles thank you so much!). There are  going to be a lot of new reviews, beauty tutorials, fashion advises and I am also going to introduce the brand new section "52 Movies Challenge". Yes, I am going to watch one movie every week for the rest of the year.  Preferably rom-com, chick-flick and fashion documentaries. I will be watching old releases as well as new releases. I am just so excited to start with this section. (yayyyyy ) So stay tuned for all the brands new, sparkling and exciting stuff.  
Stay gorgeous, Stay sane and always stay stylish! *Kiss Kiss*
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