I am terribly excited as later today I am organizing an event which, for me, is unique in two respects. Firstly, I am having a Virtual Book Launch for which I have created an event on Facebook. This is scheduled for 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Indian Standard Time on April 26. In the event, I have mentioned what this means for you in terms of your local time should you be living in San Francisco, Boston, London, Singapore or Sydney. I would be happy if you could join us, and feel free to share this with friends and family who might be interested.
I have had more traditional and formal book launches for my two published novels, “It Can’t Be You” and “Lucky For Some, 13.” You can see all that was involved from the short video I made for the book launch of “Lucky For Some, 13” in December 2012. These took place in well-known bookstores and had some eminent person be the Chief Guest, as it were. Indeed, the picture you see at the head of this blog is of me with Subroto Bagchi who released “It Can’t Be You” in 2010. I spoke of the book, read out a few extracts and answered questions from the audience, largely made up of friends, family, and those invited by the bookstore.
I expect this Virtual Book Launch to be different in that I am hoping people interested will log in at the appointed time from wherever they are in the world. In the event page, I have shared information about the book and about myself as the author. I expect folks to make a post or write a comment, so that I know they are around. I would answer questions anyone might have about this book and my other writing work.
The other thing unique, as far as I am concerned, is that I am releasing this for free on Wattpad. Why I chose this path is detailed here in this post, “Have You Tried Wattpad?”
How the event will pan out remains to be seen, but I hope to have a good time in any case. Perhaps one of these days, I shall write here about the experience of having a virtual book launch. The concept is relatively new and some invitees were foxed. One asked me where the event was taking place. I replied, “Wherever you are.”