So the world didn’t end, but I found a great movie about it.

Well, the world didn’t end. Good thing. My Facebook feed was populated with the joke about how people will be celebrating fool’s day on 21 December from now onwards.

But hey, writers wrote amazing books about this apocalypse and many great movies were made about it, that helped us in believing that “Hey! Maybe the world could actually end on 21st December.”

But one great movie I found yesterday was this short film called “Forever Not So Long”. It’s an award winning film, in the romance , comedy genre. I believe you guys will enjoy the movie. Here it is:

Forever’s Not So Long from garrettmurray on Vimeo.

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NaNoWriMo is over, what’s next?

So NaNoWriMo came to an end, and hopefully you ended up with a great manuscript too.

What’s next now?

Editing, cover design , formatting, publishing, promotions. Well all the best with that, but do you know that 80% percent of self published books sell less than 100 copies, what’s your plan regarding that?

Promoting is hard, selling is hard, but Bookpages can help you out. Want to see how? Check it out here.

Making your twitter profile more beautiful

Your twitter profile just became a little bit more awesome courtesy the cover photo addition to your profile. I have seen these quite a long time ago, but only recently I received a notification from twitter that asked me to enable this feature.

I suggest you to go on, and try it today, you can do so from the settings of your twitter profile. Add a cover picture that reflects you. Mine is a picture of mountains, calm, partly in dark shades of night, it’s something I feel good about when I look at it.

Try it today and don’t forget to tell me about the cover pic you have added along with a description about why you have added it in the comments section. Go Ahead, make your precious twitter account more beautiful today.

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Promotion

Self Publishing is easy. Selling and marketing your book is the hard part. Bookpages helps you sell your book better. Bookpages are single page websites specially designed for your book. Check out what they can do for you and your book.

 

Self publishing is easy, Selling and marketing your book is hard. Bookpages is here to help.

Self Publishing is easy. Selling and marketing your book is the hard part. Bookpages helps you sell your book better. Bookpages are single page websites specially designed for your book.

Why you need bookpages?

As a self publisher
-You have to constantly remind people your book is out there.
-Then you try to tell them what it is about.

-Followed by “Hey! My book has been reviewed at xyz, check it out”

-You have to tirelessly tell people that your book is available on different platforms.

-Instead of writing you have to tell people that they can “follow you on twitter, facebook and so on.

What if you could focus more on writing and provide all this information without any hassle in a single place. Bookpages helps you do that, that too, gorgeously.

FEATURES-

A Gorgeous website that includes About the book, Excerpts, Buy now, Author, Praise/Reviews Section.
One time fees of $99, no recurring fees. * (The only recurring fee is $15/year from the second year that are domain and hosting charges.)
Awesome support.
No coding skills required. Don’t waste your time editing either.Get your site online within 3-4 days.
Get a QR code for your site.
Optimized for mobile phones.
See for yourself The Sample Site.
HOW IT WORKS?
Your site in 3 easy steps.
1. You fill up a form with relevant details. It takes a few minutes to fill it.
2. We contact you with your billing info. You make the payment.
3. Soon, you get a gorgeous looking website for your book.
And…
(All this happens within 3-4 days after the payment.)
Go Ahead – Make your site now.

Everything Is Incredible

I feel honored today, not because of any personal achievement of mine but because of what I’m going to share with you all. Not once, not twice but multiple times in our lives we say “Hey! I can’t do that, I don’t have the resources”, “I guess I will wait for the right time, I’ll do it later” or maybe “What about the world , what would they say, won’t they think I’m crazy if I try to do this.”

Well if you have a dream, nothing can stop you from living it. If you have a dream, go ahead don’t wait for the right time, work today, work now to make it  a reality, even if you fail, you will have a great journey, a great experience to look back to. And don’t worry about the others, each idea is a failure until it brought into the real world, no new invention would have been there if everyone thought about the others and failures.

Now here is what made me say these things which you might have heard earlier too. It’s the story of Augustin.

Agustin ravaged by Polio has set out to over come his poverty and disease by building a helicopter.
Please help  in the  effort to tell this amazing story.

Read A Classic – Week 1

So , quite a has passed by since I announced the Read A Classic project. And well, the response has been nothing to whine about but yes it has satisfactory enough to say that there are people out there who want to read good, old, classic short stories. This week the story shared was Ambrose Bierce’s short story: The damned thing.

If you feel like reading it you can do so here. And if you want classic short stories delivered to your mailbox every week week, you subscribe here. This project is going to be soon turned into a platform but it will be done when the right time will come. Till that time, keep reading, keep writing, create great content.

The creator’s ego and why it is bad for you

Creating content is like having babies, sometimes you plan for them, sometimes they just happen and you realize “Okay, maybe having a baby is not a bad idea.”

No matter how their inception might have been, with passing time you develop a bond with them. And then you try to raise them well, turn into good human beings when one day the woman living in your neighborhood knocks at your door angrily to complain about your baby.

Well, how do you feel then? No matter what sort of parent you might be the first thought that comes to your mind (at least for a second or a shake) is “Hey that’s my baby you are talking about? How dare you say that?”

Well, same is the case with creators and makers and their content. They are attached to their content. They become proud because they have created something, and in most cases, even develop an ego that’s very hard to get away from (at least for the naive one’s).

Every bad comment, review starts pinching them.

And that’s not the worst that can happen when you develop an ego, when you become over possessive about your stuff.

Sometimes creators become so blinded because of their ego that they even fail to differentiate between suggestions, constructive criticism and bad comments and end up chirping out unprofessional, disgusting responses.

And that’s the most common thing that happen to people when they develop pride, the worst thing can’t be determined by anyone.

So developing the ego, can it be avoided? No, and till a certain point it’s good to be little proud about your work.

But, is there any way to avoid the worst?

Yes, stay focused, always remember your best is yet to come, you are moving towards perfection but haven’t reached it yet and most important be modest, be good to people, because in the end, they are the ones who make or break you.

A Little Promotion

Self Publishing is easy. Selling and marketing your book is the hard part. Bookpages helps you sell your book better. Bookpages are single page websites specially designed for your book. Check out what they can do for you and your book.

Next Post – Criticism and bad reviews. (coming soon)

Creating content, failing and winning, and grabbing consumer’s attention

We are consumers. In this golden era of creating, there’s much more content than there ever was. People are consuming content like never before. Content that’s funny, intriguing, touching, informative and most importantly… interesting.

Now given the fact that creating content and distributing it has become much more easier and that there are more consumers than before, does that mean that anything you will create will be gobbled up by the people? Does that mean if you are a maker, you can make a lot of content just by making content?

Well the answer, and everybody knows it, is NO. In this digital era where a lot of great content is available for free, where it’s hard to grab people’s attention than ever, how you make your content stand out in such a monstrous crowd? There’s no definite answer.

And after you realize how difficult it is just to grab attention, to get noticed, the idea of making money may seem preposterous.

Well…. it’s not, it’s not impossible to make some profits out of your content or (in case you are not interested in making money) to get the attention that your content deserves.

Yes, there are different rules according to the type of content you are creating, but nothing can be guaranteed. So what, you fail, yes you do, at least for once.

“But I believe, the staircase towards success has a lot of steps called failure.”

So what in this world you can actually do to be recognized, well… as a maker one thing you can surely do is make stuff. And just because you can make something doesn’t mean you should be making it, until and unless you are able to enjoy your creations yourself as a consumer. There are people out there, a lot of them, hungry for content that’s funny, intriguing, touching, informative and interesting (as fore mentioned). So make you content just like that and even if you fail, just remind yourself, you are a step closer to success.

May the force be with you.

Next Post – The creator’s ego and why it is bad for you. 

The best habit ever developed – The habit of Making

Over the ages, human beings have acquired a tendency, or may I say a ‘habit’ to be precise, one that’s hard to abscond. And that is about making things. Human beings love to make things, manifesting their thoughts into tangible bits and pieces (directly or indirectly).
Consider this instance, you are sitting in a restaurant waiting for your girlfriend, you wait and wait, look around for a while until your eyes fall at an unsuspecting tissue paper. You pick it up and the very next moment you are drawing a human figure on it which resembles the lady sitting in front of you (or at least you think so). The credibility of such an instance taking place is very high, at least from what I have observed and learnt waiting for various people at different eateries.
Also the most remarkable thing is how that habit of making stuff has transcended from one form to another, adapting itself to keep up with the times. From early men painting on the walls to graphic designers making the computer screen their canvas, the process of making has been ceaseless.
And that brings me to the digital era we are living in. It’s an era in which the process of making stuff has become even more awesome. It’s an era where everyone is a creator, a maker, an author (think blogging), a musician (think of all the software and other stuff that are making the process of creating music so easier) etc. Not only the ‘making’ is easier nowadays, it’s even easier to distribute your stuff. In short, digitization and inter-connectivity are the best things that have ever happened to our habit of making stuff, and one can only hope and work for even better things happening in the future.
I accept the fact there are many cons to the digitization stuff (we’ll talk about them later), but one can’t exclude the fact that the pros outweigh the cons.

Next Post – Creating content, failing and winning, and grabbing consumers’ attention.