How Hard Is It To Become A Successful Author?
Writing a good book with original ideas and contents is a very hard and a difficult process.
Firstly, one has to do a thorough research and read all possible books on a specific topic to have a thorough knowledge on the subject and become an expert on the subject.
A good writer is a voracious reader to master ample vocabulary which is essential for the writing work.
To succeed one must produce a book with original contents which are not available elsewhere. — One has to craft one’s own words and sentences and carve out one’s own path and boundaries.
Every morning across the world, thousands of people wake up and say, “I am going to write a book!” — This desire simply emerges from the fact that one’s learning process while in school and college was through the written words of a book.
However, an amazingly significant number of these aspiring authors never complete their manuscript.
Of those who do complete a manuscript, many of these wannabe authors will be rejected so many times by traditional publishers that they will give up their dream and put their manuscript in a box and forget about it.
It is estimated that of all the writers who attempt to get published, only about 3 percent will actually succeed in achieving the status of being a published author and having their books available for purchase by the general public on Amazon and Flipkart.
Many go just for writing a poetry book or a self-help book with little potential for sales except for gifting among one’s circle of friends.
Financially, one cannot survive out of writing a book, but writing is a hobby to express one’s ideas and see the book in print form and thereby feel the sense of achievement.
There are hardly any financial rewards and initially one may have to shell out money from one’s pocket to see one’s book as a paperback or a kindle version on Amazon and Flipkart.
Writing a book is only 50% of the work and the rest 50 % is marketing and devoting time for promotion of the book for visibility among readers.
The world does not know that a brilliant book is available on Amazon or Flipkart, until and unless there is marketing and advertisement to show the visibility of the book.
There are a few exceptions as in the case of J.K Rowling, Steven Kings, Chetan Bhagat and the likes of ‘How to win friends…’ , where the publishing companies do campaigns to promote the book.
But, finally if an author succeeds in publishing a good book, then he has created something which enlightens another human being, educates and gives food for thoughts to others.
If a person wants to become an author of a book because he wants to become rich and famous, then probably he is on the wrong track.
There are thousands upon thousands of people who write…poetry.. novels, novellas, flash fiction, screenplays, memoirs, short stories, and essays … and many of these do not get published and even if these do, the chances to become rich or famous are almost negligible.
Nothing good in life comes easy, whether you are an accountant, writer, scientist, doctor or an engineer.
Being an author of a book is a labor of love. — But it is pure love with a thrill of the richest kind!
Being an author is not like publishing the next Harry Potter within two months and then watching the money roll in while you sit back and relax.
It takes years to write a good book and one has to go through the tedious publishing process of editing, proof-reading, corrections and marketing.
Sometimes an author may find that he had not eaten anything for the last 24 hours except for some tea or coffee as he or she was too absorbed in writing and editing to meet the deadline.
But it was still the best thing that has ever happened to me when I wrote the two books ‘Word of God Bhagavad Gita’… and… ‘Want To Know God: For Young and Old.’
No self-improvement list of books is complete without the knowledge and wisdom of ‘Bhagavad Gita.’ — This knowledge is unique and gives the direction to lead a meaningful and a purposeful life.
Bhagavad Gita is a ‘masterpiece book’ but only with the right selection of book among hundreds of books on the subject.
The title of the book on ‘Bhagavad Gita’ does not normally catch one’s attention, as it is perceived as a difficult and dull subject to read and understand. — But, it is not so.
If the contents of the same topic are presented in an easy-to read and interesting manner, then the same book becomes a delightful reading experience with the advantage of gaining the invaluable knowledge.
The online ‘Look inside’ feature of books on websites like ‘Amazon,’ enables us to read free sample pages and to know the quality and contents of a book.
This is an added boon in the modern era of internet to select the right book from among hundreds of books on a particular topic.
Selecting the right book with meaningful contents can make a huge difference and it should not be based on the media hype of a publishing house or the fame of an author as there are hundreds of books on the same topic.
With the spread of internet technology in our day to day life, ‘Amazon’ has now made it easy to purchase a paperback or e-book by just click of a button, thus eliminating the need to go to a bookstore.
Internet has also made it easier to connect and follow people whom one has not met personally, and exchange new ideas and knowledge.
Human life is difficult in a competitive world and it involves intrinsic suffering for survival, with short periods of peace and rest in between.
Reading a good book is like a stress buster and it gives fresh ideas.
With the knowledge of ‘Bhagavad Gita’ the journey of life becomes much easier and enjoyable, as this wisdom is given directly by the God-incarnate Sri Krishna for the benefit of vast humanity.
Lord Sri Krishna says to Arjuna in the book ‘Word of God Bhagavad Gita’: “Know that the all pervading Spirit of God, by which this entire Universe is pervaded, is indestructible. — None can cause the destruction of the imperishable Spirit.” (2:17)
The physical bodies of all living beings have an end; while the indwelling soul is eternal and indestructible. — Therefore O Bharata Arjuna! Fight the war with determination. (Book: Word of God Bhagavad Gita : Chapter 2 verse 18)
Bible (Matthew): “And fear not which kills the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body to hell.”
The soul has neither birth nor death. Coming into existence at birth and ceasing to exist at death, both do not take place for the soul. — The soul is unborn, deathless, eternal, changeless, and ancient from the beginning. The soul is not destroyed when the body dies. (Book: Word of God Bhagavad Gita : Chapter 2 verse 20)
About the book ‘Want to Know God: For Young and Old’
One of the most common topics of discussions and debates all over the world is, “Does God exist or not?”…. Can anyone show me God? …. Have you seen God? … Is God a mystery?
It is difficult to believe in something which we do not see with our own eyes. This book has separate chapters on Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Sikhism and provides answers to the intricate questions on ‘God.’
Ajay Gupta is a former Naval officer who served onboard Indian Naval warships and aircraft. — He is the author of two books ‘Word of God Bhagavad Gita’ and ‘Want to Know God: For Young and Old.’