My experiences with self-publishing…

Self-publishing is tough. And marketing self-published book is even tougher. One needs to know the basics, such as – trim size, pricing the book, marketing the book on different platforms including social media etc.

Although a novice to publishing, I self-published “Maiden Musings” nearly five years ago using Createspace.

Along with a paperback, I also wanted to make it available on Kindle so that people who wish to read the book on their smartphones, tablets, or Kindle device they could. I did publish it after a month or so, but the layout was completely wonky and not worth buying.

I kept the project live for few days and then I unpublished the book on Kindle just because I did not want to disappoint readers.

Keeping pace with times, I again explored publishing “Maiden Musings” on Kindle through KDP. I read and understood all that was required to make the book presentable, readable, and enjoyable.

I took over 8 days to structure the book as per Kindle standards and this time – I was successful.

Glad to share link to “Maiden Musings” – Kindle edition. Priced at Just $0.99.

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…paid immortality

…while standing in a long
never lasting queue

at Supreme’s palatial home

a feeble call
entered my
(Y)ears

“Hey!
It will be eons
till you reach the hell
in there
I can make it faster”

“Why do you say that?
and
who the hell are you?”

“Do not ask
who I am
just say ‘yes’ or ‘no’
to my offer
Mortal”

Confused
I stood my ground
on deciding

With a sigh
I gave up
on waiting

“Okay!
What’s the deal?”

Click to read full poem…

Why so pensive…?

As a child, I would love to hear the word “pensive” from others but wasn’t knowing the exact meaning then. My father trained me and my older brother to refer the dictionary every time you hear a new word or you may just go through it and increase your vocabulary.

I liked the idea and followed his advice. 

I used to read more of dictionary and less of other books. It was here my father corrected me. He said – “If you do not read, your stock of words is of no use. They will pile-up in your brain and rot. So, put them to good use. Think on a good topic; write on it and let the words flow freely.”

Thinking and writing were new to my senses, but I worked on it. 

I failed on many occasions.

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