Makings of a Story

What goes on in an author’s mind when he/she writes a story? How does the plot come to be? What are the threads that run through the author’s mind as the story takes shape? My second thriller, “Lucky For Some, 13” has hit the stands since its launch on December 1, 2012, and I take this opportunity to re-live some of those moments which form the makings of a story:- Continue reading “Makings of a Story”

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Bring on the ebooks!

Here’s this article in DNA by Priyanka Golikeri which speaks of how ebooks will over time be the next big thing in publishing in India. The market in India is still nascent at less than 1% of a Rs. 10,000 crore book publishing industry.

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Editing Your Manuscript

I have been an avid fan of the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it is popularly called since I first took part in this annual writing competition in 2009. After that I have successfully completed NaNo, for short, in 2010, 2011 and more recently in 2012. In essence, this means I have written 50,000 words every November for what we call our NaNoNovel, for the last four years on the trot. Continue reading “Editing Your Manuscript”

Interview in “The Hindu”

A friend called excitedly to say she had seen the article in Coimbatore, as did later a cousin from Chennai. We had of course seen it in the Weekend edition of Metroplus in The Hindu of December 14, 2012. I speak of my interview in The Hindu, one of India’s most reputed newspapers, about my new thriller, “Lucky For Some, 13.” Continue reading “Interview in “The Hindu””

Creating Characters

They may be men, they may be women, they may be young, they may be old, they may be sloppy, they may be bold, but they are all yours. Yes, the characters you create in your books are yours. I thought of an idea and have it up in my FB Page “Prem Rao, Story Teller.” I put up a poll, “Who is your favourite character in ‘Lucky For Some, 13?'” Continue reading “Creating Characters”

Ordering LFS13

My second thriller, “Lucky For Some, 13” was released recently. In this post, I thought I would give the different links should you wish to order the book through any of the on-line portals. They have varying prices and delivery terms, please check what  suits you best. Some of them offer very attractive introductory prices. Continue reading “Ordering LFS13”

Novel Writing Tips

I could feel the tension ease palpably as the book launch function of my second thriller, “Lucky For Some, 13” came to an end recently. It was also the time to summarize a few key learnings which might be of use to budding writers, if not to other writers. “Writing a 87,000 + word novel is pretty easy, its writing the less than 200 word back cover copy that is tough,” I quipped. There’s a lot of truth in what I said. Ask any author.

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LFS 13 Launched!

Till now the focus was arranging for the book launch for my second thriller, “Lucky For Some, 13.”  In today’s abbreviated language, I hear it being called, “LFS13.” I am so glad the book launch went off very well. It was held on December 1, 2012 at Reliance TimeOut in Mantri Square. The first copy of the book was presented by Mr. Bijou Kurien, President & CEO, Lifestyle, Reliance Retail to Mr. & Mrs. K. Unnikrishnan, the Guests of Honour.  You may like to see the pictures of the book launch here. Continue reading “LFS 13 Launched!”