Frontlist | COVID effect: What writers feel about bookstores shutting down
Let writing be the guide: Dharini Bhaskar
Authoring book are always a dicey path: Satyarth Nayak
This is just a transitory period and not an ‘era’
Thinking along similar lines, and for those at a crossroads, Kavita Bhatnagar, author of Second Chance, believes the WFH culture offers room for productivity if one decides to compartmentalise. “Come to think of it, the current era may propel some to opt for same as writing can be pursued easily from home or when one has more time. As work from home becomes the new norm, we may see writers also bloom though the economic aspect of writing may take more time to come forth. Moreover, people have rekindled their love for reading and ebooks and ecommerce have substituted traditional books and book stores. Digitization is the buzz word even in the writing world.”
This is the best time to invest in that side hustle: Karan Puri
Going by how the grass is greener on the side you water, Karan Puri author of the best-selling fiction novel Shit Happens — A desi boy in America. believes that the ‘stay home stay safe’ phase can be a terrific option for those wanting to maximise their side-hustles. “The lockdown gave me the time to complete my book and release it all over the world through Amazon self-publishing. A great platform, I took advantage and first launched the ebook version of the book. I started interviewing a few people who had gone through such issues for my book, and it’s been a worthwhile pursuit.”
Survival depends on story not stores!
Looking for ways to stay relevant in the pandemic era? “Being an author when I wrote The Don of Darbhanga, I tried to create a story that will remain relevant even after a century, so an author must write quality stuff and collaborate with bookstores in making plans for promotion in this pandemic situation, rather than stressing over the sales of their books, which will eventually happen if it’s good. The survival of the fittest concept has always remained relevant so even today those authors who are able to adapt and gauge their readers’ pulse will only survive, irrespective of whether there are stores or not,” states author Kumar Kaushik.
For newbie writers who’re finding it hard to get past the initial block; acting upon an impulse while writing is the way to get started opines author Ambica Uppal, author of Mahlaar, an anthology of poems. “Just do it. I always say this; no matter how great of a writer you feel you are in your head, if you haven’t really put pen to paper and written then you aren’t a writer. So, to write, just start,” she concludes.