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Jaideep Deo Bhanj
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Chat Kiran Babu, author of ‘The Clandestine Wrath’, tells Jaideep Deo Bhanj about his book and gives an insight into self-publishing

A trendsetterKiran Babu .P in Visakhapatnamphoto: C.V.SUBRAHMANYAM
A trendsetterKiran Babu .P in Visakhapatnamphoto: C.V.SUBRAHMANYAM

For most people, creative writing ends when they write their last essay in high school. However, for some the urge to write a blog or journal and keep record of their thoughts and feelings lasts lifelong. Blogs and social networking have made it very easy to share your thoughts, ideas, and writings but self-publishing has made it possible for anyone to actually go to a bookstore and find a copy of their own book.

Kiran Babu from Visakhapatnam is a successful IT professional who works long hours at his desk but has recently written a book, The Clandestine Wrath , in his free time. Kiran says he woke up one morning with an idea that kept haunting him. It was a philosophy he felt strongly about and finally expressed to his father, who encouraged him to write it down as a story. “I started writing all night, giving shape to my characters and building a story around my philosophy so that readers would be able to connect and enjoy the suspense. I took examples from society and people around me,” he says.

Kiran’s book deals with a number of themes, including religion, crime, corruption, and environmental degradation. He sets his story in India as he feels that it is the perfect example of a multi-religious, multi-cultural society.

In the book, humanity faces a threat, as there are a number of mysterious accidental deaths. The government, police forces and journalists investigate. Kiran’s philosophy is that Judgment Day has already begun, and that is what is causing the mysterious deaths. God has already started choosing whether we are worthy or not of a place on earth.

After Kiran finished his book he did not have time to go through the traditional process of publishing. He also did not want people making changes to his story. So he decided to self-publish. Self-publishing has become easy thanks to print-on-demand technology. A number of publishers in India offer these services. They read your manuscript to see if there is any objectionable content, help you design your cover and print your book in a month’s time. They also have an optional package in which an editor will go through your manuscript. It’s quick and easy. On the downside, there are many mistakes in the finished product. Also, the publisher does not offer to market and promote the book. It is mostly sold through online stores and select stores across the country.

“I am not an author by profession,” says Kiran. “My first language is not English and many serious readers will find faults. But I wanted to tell my story and this method of publishing is hassle-free and self-satisfying.” Power Publishers pays him a royalty on every book sold. Flipkart, Crossword, Infibeam, Uread and Amazon have stocked his book. The e-book version is also available and is popular abroad. Kiran says people have offered to translate it and he has also received offers for movie rights.

Kiran says self-publishing is a good way to test your script as the author retains the copyright to the manuscript. If an author sees that his book is doing well he can switch to a traditional publisher to polish the product.

The method is sure to encourage a lot of aspiring writers. They can write without having the insecurity of having their script rejected or modified.

Some popular print-on-demand publishers are Pothi.com, Cinnamon Teal and Power Publishers.

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