New Blog

posted 31 Jul 2012, 09:53 by Neha Yazmin

This is the link to my new blog on Blogger which I will be updating from now on:

Smashwords Release

posted 30 Jun 2012, 06:01 by Neha Yazmin   [ updated 5 Jul 2012, 11:26 ]

Yes, I've done it.  Chasing Pavements is now available on Smashwords.comTo visit the book page, click here and take advantage of limited time introductory offer of $2.99.

I will let you know when it's available to buy at your favourite retailers, so watch this space.

Chasing Pavements

posted 28 Jun 2012, 12:14 by Neha Yazmin   [ updated 5 Jul 2012, 11:30 ]

Yes, that's the title of my first book, Chasing Pavements.  The song by Adele of the same name is one of my favourites of all time and it has long been the soundtrack to my life.  The track definitely captures the mood and main themes of the novel and so I feel it is the perfect title for it.

I have posted a preview on the Chasing Pavements page, so check it out.

Unveiled: Cover + Blurb

posted 26 Jun 2012, 12:49 by Neha Yazmin   [ updated 5 Jul 2012, 11:30 ]

Just posted up a mini-blurb for my soon-to-be-released e-book, Chasing Pavements, and the cover image, so check it out.

Will be uploading a preview soon, so watch this space.

Indie Authors + E-Books

posted 26 Jun 2012, 10:53 by Neha Yazmin   [ updated 7 Jul 2012, 03:40 ]

It is a shame that there seems to be the view that only authors who aren’t good enough to secure a contract with a commercial print publisher go through the self-publishing route.  Some have even suggested that a lot of e-books shouldn’t be available for sale because they are of poor quality, and in turn are cheating the customer.

I think that it’s great that sites such as allow writers to publish their work because, for most of us aspiring writers, we just want to get our stories out there and see what our readers think.  Maybe even inspire others.  It’s a dream and to make it come true in some form is an achievement in itself.  We have a responsibility to ensure that the finished article is as good as can be and also learn as much as we can from the audience’s response. 

As for the customers, I like to think that most people who buy e-books written by independent authors know what they are getting and have already made a conscious decision to accept that some books will be better than others.  You have the same issue with the “normally published books”.  In fact, I recently read a couple of No.1 Bestsellers and didn’t really see what the big deal was – obviously they were big deals.  What it really boils down to is personal taste and the individual’s choice.


posted 13 Jun 2012, 13:54 by Neha Yazmin   [ updated 5 Jul 2012, 11:29 ]

I am a sucker for starting my books and sub-sections of books with famous quotes, or lines from famous texts.  I just love it. 

For two of the books I've written, I didn't have to search long for these - the quotes sort of found me.  I finished writing the first drafts and randomly came across the fantastic quotes and by some strange miracle these ancient words lent themselves so perfectly to my stories.  It was mind-boggling, thinking about how words penned centuries ago could still be so relevant today.  And to my words!  Wow.

The novel I'm working on now however, the same 'it-was-just-meant-to-be' moment didn't occur. 

I knew the book would be split into three parts, and therefore needed three quotes to precede them, and an additional one for the whole novel.  I had already decided that the third part of the book would be introduced by a verse from Romeo & Juliet.  Therefore, I either needed 2-3 more sets of lines from the same play, or 2-3 other Shakespeare verses.  I like the quotes in each book to be by the same author, you see, or at least linked in some way, e.g. quotes about love, music, or art.

It was only difficult to select the others because I had already written two books with quotes revolving around two major concepts and I wanted to focus on something different again.  And I also wanted, like with the other books, for the quotes to reflect the themes and events covered in their respective sections.  Preferably from the perspective of the character on which the section focuses on, or at least refer to that character's circumstances.

After weeks of reading Shakespeare at every spare moment I could squeeze out from my lunch break at work, I think I've found the perfect quotes.  Excellent!  The three part of the book will be preceded by verses from the same play (R&J) and the opening quote for the book is taken from a sonnet by the brilliant playwright himself.

At least with Shakespeare being public domain, I should hopefully be able to include each of the verses I want in their entirety.  It's a different matter quoting copyrighted material - it would seem that you cannot actually obtain permission unless you have a publisher!

More on permissions in a later post, methinks.  Now, I'm going to read some more Shakespeare!

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