Author Hema Myer Sood dwells on the travails of finding the right publisher for her books.
A brief about author Hema Myer Sood.
Author Hema Myer Sood lives picturesque state of Goa. Although she was born in New Delhi, she schooled at Bangalore. She represented Karnataka State and her school in Hockey from 1976-1979 and Basketball in 1978-1979. She completed a BCom degree in 1985 from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.
At 29, she released her first book –The Eternal Ocean of Brahma (1994). The book received highly acclaimed reviews that compared her to Newton and Archimedes for my enlightening perceptions.
Lord Krishna’s Cosmic Drama (1997), and The Revelation on Shivarathri Night (1998) was released by Bharat Ratna Shri C. Subramaniam.
The next decade was dedicated to writing the Karmic City trilogy. Karmic City: The City of Lord Brahma , Karmic City: The City of Lord Vishnu, Karmic City: The City of Lord Shiva have been released.
Her upcoming book – The Crown of Tijara is in the genre of historical fiction and is uniquely interwoven with clairvoyance and telepathy. The book portrays three timelines that are set apart by centuries, even millennia, yet inextricably linked by an ancient secret of the mystical Amritha.
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
How long did it take to get your first novel / book published?
My first novel was published by my father within three months of completion.
What mistakes did you make with the publishing of your first book which you try not to repeat?
My first three books were published by my father – Indmark Publishers. When I tried to publish the Karmic City trilogy series, I received negative replies from most well-known publishers over a period of 8-10 years. Every time I received a refusal from publishers, I would re-edit the entire manuscript, which kept expanding till it became a trilogy series.
Two publishers in Goa offered very minimal returns and eventually I chose to self-publish these books. I started my own publishing company – Karmic Odyssey Books in 2015 and have published four books. The most demanding part was sales since my distributor relied primarily on Author promotions to enhance sales.
The mistake I am striving to correct: I have decided to sign up with Traditional publishers since self-publishing took up a lot of my time and is difficult to pursue from Goa.
Can you focus on working on two books or stories at the same time?
Yes, I have being doing that occasionally in the past decade. Presently I am working on two books simultaneously. I am rewriting my first book in a concise, more articulate manner and also completing my ninth manuscript. I am confident that both the manuscripts will be ready by August 2020.
Is there a modus operandi you follow and formulate before you actually start writing your next book?
The ideas flow into my mind and I ponder upon them for days/weeks as I formulate a mental outline. If I feel a deep resonance with these ideas then I commence with keying them into blank files to develop a plausible framework.
As the days progress I create a storyline and then subsequently form chapters while I am writing. I create a subplot and narrative for each chapter, which I expound upon. Months later, the book develops when the chapters inter-link with each other, setting the rhythm of the storyline and portraying a sense of clarity.
Does the writer’s block actually exist? Any tips you would give to come out of it.
I have been writing for over three decades, but have not yet faced a writer’s block.
I live in a joint-family and have many familial responsibilities. Thus, I write for about 3-4 hours a day. Since it is my passion, I look forward to sitting at my desk. I always sit in meditative silence before I commence writing.
What was the book that most influenced your life, and why?
My favourite book is The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. In my late teens I noticed it at a bookshop and impulsively bought it. After reading it, I was highly motivated to start writing because it described diverse aspects of life in a unique, empowering manner. It altered my thought-flow processes with its succinct, articulate, and motivating verses.
How often do you read other novels? Who are your favourite authors?
I read every day at least for 20-30 minutes or more, depending on the time. I have a huge library of spiritual literature. My first seven books were in the genre of New Age Philosophy. Since 2016, I commenced writing Historical Fiction, and began reading Christopher C Doyle, Ashwin Sanghvi, Ravi Subramaniam.
The links for Karmic City: The City of Lord Brahma and the Ebook.
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Karmic City: The City of Lord Shiva.
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