WITH AN increasing number of options to get books published from online e-publishing tips to cheaper self-publishing options, young authors are not shying away from sharing their stories with larger audiences. Though most seem to prefer self-publishing, which has become the fastest way to get the book into the market, others don’t mind bidding their time over the long-waiting periods at publishing houses.
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When Prashant Wason, Standard 10 student of NIBM Road’s Vibgyor High School wrote his first novel, little did he know about the rigours of getting a book published. The author of The Unknown Realm — War and Beyond, who has been writing since he was 10, said, “Most conventional publishing houses had six months waiting or more. So we decided to self-publish it. There was a fair cost but it was quite manageable.” Wason’s book cost Rs 80,000 to self-publish and has sold 350 copies so far.
On the other hand, Shruti Awate, who published her first book at the age of 16, didn’t mind going through the screening process or waiting period to ensure that her debut book, Log Out, was published by Majestic Publications. “I started writing after my Standard 10 exams. My protagonist was a 16-year-old, my age at that time. In a way, I was putting my own dilemma on paper and never intended it to be a novel. When I finished, my brother insisted I send it to a few publication houses and luckily within the first month, my book was selected,” said Awate, who is studying SyBA at SP College.
At 16, Tania Apshankar wrote and self-published her book Untethered. It is a fiction. The book, that she was writing during her 10th grade prelims, took one-and-a-half years to finish. “Untethered also began as a passage before evolving into a book,” said Tania, a student of Vibgyor High School. She also runs an online forum called ‘Untethered Script’.
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Seventeen-year-old Aman Nathani launched his book Not a Boy, Aman on Saturday in Mumbai. “My parents, grandparents and my brother are avid readers, who also write. So writing came naturally to me. My writings are inspired by observation and experiences. The book is a compilation of stories and poems that I have written so far,” said Aman. With his debut book, the author also dabbles in social work.