Candid Session with Sandeep Sharma

Hello lovelies..

It’s been a while since I updated any interview. Today we have Sandeep Sharma, an author, publisher and a dear friend of mine. He is the co-founder of Author Paradise and the author of two books Hey Dad Meet My Mom and Let the Game Begin. When I was interviewing people, I realised that I forgot to interview him and I quickly pinged him up; luckily he took out time from his busy schedule and shared his valuable thoughts. He is not just an author but a person who can change the lives of many people. He is a true inspiration and if you ever get a chance to listen to his lives sessions, you shall surely salute him for his wisdom and the suggestions he offer. A kind person at heart and a jolly personality who can make you smile with his motivational talks. Lets start then:

When did you realize you are meant for writing?

I started writing because there’s a long story attached to it that I have discussed many a times in different interviews. Actually my father loved to write but he never let anyone read what he has written in his diary and one fine day, he just put the diary on flames. I don’t know the reason of this but this very incident drives me to write and I have just one motto of writing and that is to be read.

What are your thoughts about co- authoring? Please tell us in context to your book Hey Dad Meet My Mom.

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Co-authoring is tough and one should only go for co-authoring when there’s actually a need of it. For example, those who have read HDM3 (Hey Dad Meet my Mom) knows that there are two different timelines and to provide justice to my book, I thought to bring Co-author in and Leepi did fabulous job. Her writing style is so different from mine that the motive got fulfilled.

Which genres have you tried till now? Is there any genre which you wish to try?

I have tried Romance and Thriller but I really want to write Erotic fiction. I found this genre really difficult. It’s a challenge to write an erotica.

Let the Game Begin is a tricky book. What was your inspiration behind this?

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My favourite past time is surfing internet for unusual things. I search about aliens, ghosts, accidents, diseases and many more such things. One fine day, this article, about the origin of Chess, landed on my laptop screen. I took a print out of it and started developing the plot. It took me around 6 months to draw the outline of what I should write. The most difficult part about writing this book is setting everything in two different timelines. My whole room was full of A2 sheets where I used to write everything regarding the plot. Those days were nightmares for me.

Tell us about your publishers whom you have worked with? 

Every publisher teaches you a lot. With Gargi Publishing (Pulkit Gupta), I learnt bit about marketing. Why marketing is essential and how effectively this can be carried forward. With Inspire India (Richard Matta), I learned how to increase your reader base. He is a gem of a person, who holds your hand till the end.

How many rejections you faced till now and what you learnt from them?

I got rejected 15 times for HDM3 and 9 (so far) for Let the game begin.

Which genre you can say is your forte?

Thriller, of course. I love writing it.

How much time you take to finish your novel?

This question pops out very often. Actually it took me 2 years to write LTGB, around 9 months to write HDM3 and 2 months to write my next ‘Just a few lies’. Basically, writing can’t be divided in years. There come one day when you don’t feel writing anything and on the very next day, you just want to finish the novel completely. So those days count and no one knows when they will come.

Please throw light on your journey from being an author to a publisher?

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I started publishing because I learnt that self-publishing is becoming costly. (Before that let me clear out that I am in favour of Self-Publishing.) I have seen people getting published by throwing 50k for printing and then another lakhs on marketing. So I came up with an idea where the author will pay for his/her marketing, and I’ll print the books for him/her by investing on it.
Coming to the question, there’s no bridge between me being an author and publisher. I am handling both the tasks, so there’s no journey at all.

Which is more difficult? Being an author or being a publisher?

Being a publisher. There are so many things, about being a publisher that annoys me a lot. You have to deal with so many of people that if you lose track, everything’s gone. Being a publisher is surely a headache but I love it because once the book comes in your hand, it feels great.

When can we expect your new works?

Few great stories. I can assure every single reader of mine that all the coming stories are unexpected and will make you walk the roads that are less travelled.

What is more important? Best Seller tag or A Best writer?

For me, Best Seller Tag is important because if no one is reading out there than who will judge that you are a best writer? And conversely, if people are reading you and are content with it, then it means that they consider you as a good writer.

 

ABout the Author

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Sandeep Sharma (23), made his debut in the writing industry with ‘Hey Dad! Meet my mom’, the book which is still a hot topic of discussion amongst readers. He is currently working on his start-up venture named ‘Author Paradise’ that works for the benefit of Authors to provide them well-organized online & offline publicity. By education, he is a civil engineer who graduated from JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida.

He is very passionate about writing and has been writing short stories for his personal blog since 6 years and they were published various times. He has also co-founded ‘The Author’s Blog’, a platform that tries to bridge the gap between authors and readers. He is an avid reader and loves to review books on his blog. He is a well-known reviewer in the literary world.

He can be contacted through:
E-Mail: sandeeplochansharma@yahoo.in
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sandeeplochansharma

P.S. Also read my book review on his first novel Hey Dad, Meet My Mom –http://reviewswithsur.blogspot.in/2016/03/book-review-hey-dad-meet-my-mom-by.html

Book Review of LTGB: https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/let-the-game-begin-a-book-review/

and the guest post –https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/guest-post-by-sandeep-sharma/

Let the Game Begin – A Book Review

Let The Game Begin by Sandeep Sharma is a mind blowing book that keeps you in thoughts. When I read this book I completed in one go and I called up the author who highlighted me about the book. I came to know about his thoughts and the plans. The story is set up in today’s world which has elements of flashback, historical segments.  It is hard to classify the novel in a particular category so I will telling in detail about those categories. Lets have a glance at the contents of the book.

Cover – Most of the people judge the book by its cover because it has a hint of story in it. This cover has a light colour scheme and a picture related to chess is there which gives us a vague idea about author’s thoughts.

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Title- The title of the book is fascinating, LET THE GAME BEGIN. It denotes about a game which has started and the book is related to this.

Blurb-  Two kingdoms, Chaturanga and Sarprakt, separated by a mystic mountain range are at war with each other since ages. Chaturanga, ruled by King Viratha, is soon bestowed with a dynamic heir, and the whole kingdom is drowned in rituals and festivity. On the other side, Sarprakt is executing a cruel conspiracy. King Viratha, crippled by the conspiracy, urges the mysterious man of the mountain to devise a method to recreate the conspiracy and that gave birth to ‘The Game of Chess’. Serial killings shock the nation as the police are rendered clueless. The killer leaves behind a trail of chess pieces with a strange message. Random people are murdered. Connoisseurs of different fields – History, Chess and the Security forces – have united as the next intended victim is the most powerful person of the country. How is Chess involved in the whole scenario? How will they find a man who died 4000 years ago? Can a person defy the laws of nature? Does history really repeat itself? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Type of Novel-

Murder Mystery- It is a murder mystery for sure as the main thing starts with the murder and then series of events take place which leads to some more murders. The given leads helps the characters to solve this mystery and are shocked to discover a hidden history behind it.

Historical Novel- Since I wrote it has a history behind it, then surely the traits are of a historical novel. This book gives us a clear picture about the game named chess and how it evolved through ages. The two kingdoms play a significant role in completing the historical traits and even include some chronology.

Suspense Novel- It is a suspense novel because this book proves the readers wrong till the end. The author has maintained suspense till the end which is the key point of this novels and readers are ecstatic to know more about it.

Plot- The author has done full justice to the plot as it intrigued the readers. Further, the characters play a vital role in the plot construction of the book. The main plot is the murder mystery whereas the fight of two kingdoms and the flashback narration is the sub plot which goes side by side and meet at the end of the novel.

Characterisation- The characters are too many which is a blessing as well as a drawback. It shows author’s creativity to deal with so many minds but at times he fails to give space to the characters. They are definitely author’s mouthpiece and its beyond any description. Major characters were superbly amazing whereas minor actors also played a vital role in the book and the book was incomplete without them. They compliment each other.There are some round and flat characters who maintained the flow of the novel. Vyapi’s character delineation is the best in my opinion as there were lots of variations in his character. Its hard to find the protagonist as while reading all seems like protagonists.

Style- The author has used first person and third person narrative along with impersonal description. There were combination of sentences. Some words and lines were impeccable. The unique point is that the author has given a full page to the editor so that she could express her views and its a very good gesture which adds respect for him in our hearts, especially the editors.

Others Reviews- http://www.induswomanwriting.com/book-review-let-the-game-begin-by-sandeep-sharma.html

https://menmybooks.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/let-the-game-begin-by-sandeep-sharma/

http://aliveshadow.blogspot.in/2016/05/book-review-let-game-begin-by-sandeep.html

Availability- http://www.amazon.in/Let-Game-Begin-SANDEEP-SHARMA/dp/9385783467

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29774396-let-the-game-begin

About the Author

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Sandeep Sharma (23), made his debut in the writing industry with ‘Hey Dad! Meet my mom’, the book which is still a hot topic of discussion amongst readers. He is currently working on his start-up venture named ‘Author Paradise’ that works for the benefit of Authors to provide them well-organized online & offline publicity. By education, he is a civil engineer who graduated from JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida.

He is very passionate about writing and has been writing short stories for his personal blog since 6 years and they were published various times. He has also co-founded ‘The Author’s Blog’, a platform that tries to bridge the gap between authors and readers. He is an avid reader and loves to review books on his blog. He is a well-known reviewer in the literary world.

He can be contacted through:
E-Mail: sandeeplochansharma@yahoo.in
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sandeeplochansharma

P.S. Also read my book review on his first novel Hey Dad, Meet My Mom –http://reviewswithsur.blogspot.in/2016/03/book-review-hey-dad-meet-my-mom-by.html

and the guest post –https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/guest-post-by-sandeep-sharma/

 

Guest Post by Sandeep Sharma

Hello Fellas, today I invite Sandeep Sharma for a guest post where he would share his journey of being an author. I hope you will relate to him as we all have gone through such a phase.

                               ~Surbhi Sareen

I want to start something

“I want to start something.”

“What?”

“I want to become a writer.”

“That’s good.”

“But how?”

I once had this conversation with my father. He gave me two brilliant advices. First was that before thinking to spend ‘money’ (in this case your dedication), spend ‘time’. His advice was actually to talk to some authors and have an insight of the industry. I tried a lot but no one actually helped me back then. The reason is still unknown. Will talk about the second advice in a while, before that I’ll tell you what I did wrong in the journey of becoming author.

After reading Sydney Sheldon’s ‘Are You Afraid Of Dark’ at the age of 15, my interest in reading grew up. I then picked ChetanBhagat’s ‘5 point someone not to do in IIT’. I picked this book as someone advised me to readthe same. I loved the book. The best part of the book was the flashback thing. I never could have imagined that a book could be so good that it will indulge me for 8 hours straight. Then I inclined towards Indian Authors and picked Kushwant Singh’s ‘A train to Pakistan’. This was my dad’s choice. It was fabulous but was not as entertaining as my previous reads (my personal view as I love different kind of genre and writing style). After reading these 3 novels, suddenly at the age of 18, I decided to write a book. It took me 4 months to complete the script of 38,000 words. I was extremely happy and then I started to take series of wrong decisions.

I decided to publish it through Notion Press. Back then, I had no idea about editing. I never thought that my English could become such a hindrance. I always thought that the story backs up the book and English and writing style is just a side-line. I was so excited to see the printed form of my work that I paid no attention over cover design and editing part. Within a month, my paperback dream got fulfilled. I was in college and was confident that everyone will surely buy and support the author. ‘The Author’, I still regret that day when I thought I have become an author.

I placed 100 books in the common area and invited teachers and students to see the ‘Mammoth’ thing that I have achieved and in short buy the books so that I can proudly shout that I sold out 100 copies within an hour.

Hour passed, a huge gathering came but the sales were just 2. That was the first realization of truth. If we compare this to present scenario, you’ll see 100’s or maybe thousands of ‘likes’ on your posts regarding the book release but the sales will be just 1 or 2%. Be ready to feel heart-broken as I was not. I cried that day a lot as I knew nothing what lies in the future; future was even darker. First professional review came for the book and the unexpected occurred. The reviewer tore the book apart in his review. ‘Young Author’ died that day.

Then begins the time of self-realization. Journey of going back to basics starts and then I realized the meaning of my father’s second advice. His advice was ‘before asking how, you should ask when?’ The basic idea of becoming an ‘Author’ is to know when to write a book. Before writing a book, read at least 100 books. (I read around 200 books before writing ‘Hey Dad! Meet my Mom’ and that paved the way of my ‘little’ success in the industry.) Study the writing style of your favourite author. Try to gulp down the small elements that authors deliberately put in their write ups and after doing this, you’ll surely have a story in your mind. Once you have the story ready; stop reading. STOP READING when you are writing. While writing the book, there will come sometime when you’ll feel demotivated, that is the time to read again. Simple, isn’t it.

Now as your book is ready. Wait. Re-read and hire a professional editor. Ask some of your friends to give honest opinion about the book. During this process, just relax. Don’t panic. Now when the publishing part starts, switch from ‘Author’ to ‘Salesman’.

That’s all for today; hope that this will help.

 

About the author

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Sandeep Sharma (23), made his debut in the writing industry with ‘Hey Dad! Meet my mom’, the book which is still a hot topic of discussion amongst readers. He is currently working on his start-up venture named ‘Author Paradise’ that works for the benefit of Authors to provide them well-organized online & offline publicity. By education, he is a civil engineer who graduated from JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida.

He is very passionate about writing and has been writing short stories for his personal blog since 6 years and they were published various times. He has also co-founded ‘The Author’s Blog’, a platform that tries to bridge the gap between authors and readers. He is an avid reader and loves to review books on his blog. He is a well-known reviewer in the literary world.

He can be contacted through:

E-Mail: sandeeplochansharma@yahoo.in

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sandeeplochansharma