“The road to becoming a Novelist”
By Sreelatha Chakravarty
Try seeking out truth!
Does it sound complicated? It is simple enough—lose your mind trying to understand this Universe and its workings. What you ask of the Universe, it gives; even if your life consequently becomes a living nightmare. Truth, you will realize, is nightmarish; we are best living without the ugly facts. Characters in a fiction novel—that’s what we are and if one has a little talent in putting words to paper, writing about this mythical world and its puppets, it will be the first pre-requisite to becoming a novelist!
Sounds easy enough? It is easy enough –loosen your pockets a little bit and voila! The publisher is drafting a contract for you. There is something called traditional publishing as well, if you are ready to play the waiting game—a couple of years or so, by which time you have forgotten that you had written a best seller. And you are lucky if you have written a timeless classic; otherwise, your book is out-dated even before it hits the market. Thus you become a published author and feel dizzy about seeing your name and novel in print; little does it matter that your book is edited shabbily or structured haphazardly.
Hire a Public relations agency!
Sounds exciting? Well, it is an exercise in making you a household name until you become recyclable waste as a newspaper clipping or website archive. The bigger your PR agent, the better your visibility and chances of your book’s name being found in respectable newspapers and magazines. Now you have done enough to rise and shine; the book you have written is not the talk of the town though.
Fourth and Final step:
Get an award!
Difficult, is it? At least get long-listed for an award if not short-listed, but please fish out your A-list contacts, pull a thread here or there and wait for the magic to work. If your book is creative, well edited, from a good publisher and difficult enough, you may get an award.
P.S. You may skip the final step if your book has gained popularity after the third step which means your book is not difficult enough to win an award but easy enough to make a whole lot of people go ga-ga over it.
If anyone has found a different method to what I have written here, to being a novelist, please enlighten me. I will be happy to know the well kept secret.
By the way, I have written a novel called “An Eternal Romantic” published by Leadstart’s imprint Frog books and I am in the third stage of becoming a novelist. Please go ga-ga over my book if you have read it and liked it or else, in case it is difficult enough, maybe I should be trying for an award.