How I Got My Books Published My Way

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Hey guys, I’m back!!! :-)

Thanks so very much for the wonderful response to my previous post: Two Years of Blogging :-) I deeply appreciate your warm likes and feedback.

My today’s post is related to my four books…hope you like it! Happy Reading :-)

Swarupa's Four EBooks

It all began in September 2008, four months after my return from Mexico where I had lived for almost nine months, some of which were spent in traveling across the country.

Back in my home city of Mumbai, I was battling with post-vacation blues when I suddenly realized that I couldn’t let my experience of a lifetime slip away in oblivion. I had to write a book, which I did and I’m glad I did…it was catharsis for me! After nearly a year and a half in June 2010, I was ready with MEXICO: A grand voyage through the fascinating land with ancient links to India, a more than 135000 word epic book which received warm appreciation from above all the then Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

I soon realized that getting a book published is more difficult than writing it. One by one, I faced rejections from publishers both in India and abroad. Some were generous in their praise while expressing their inability to publish the book due to non-availability of market for books on Mexico. Others simply kept me waiting forever.

In September 2011, I started toying with the idea of getting my book self-published. I had wasted enough time in my stubbornness to get my first-ever book published in the traditional way. I thought of writing a romance book, a number one genre worldwide as far as books are concerned. I finished writing The Blue-Eyed Prince of Natlife within three months. I emailed it to an interested London-based publisher of Indian origin – another mistake! He kept me waiting for five months before telling me that he could publish the work of first-time authors only after signing a three-book contract.

Meanwhile I had got my epic book on Mexico edited from a reputed literary agency. I converted this book into three books: Discovering Mexico, Mexico: The Country, Its History & the Maya World, and A Guide to Mexican Cuisine. I had already created a Facebook page for the book The Epic Book “MEXICO” in January 2012. I couldn’t change the name of the page as it had obtained more than 100 likes. So the name The Epic Book ”Mexico” remained despite the book getting converted into three books.

I told the small but reputed London-based publisher about my three Mexico books and he seemed keen on it, telling me that all four titles were marked for their summer programme. Delighted, I waited for more news from him, waiting for the elusive book contract – once again, a grave mistake.

He told me that he would send me a  contract in the beginning of September. Half the month passed by and when I emailed him he replied that he could publish my book Mexico: The Country, Its History & the Maya World if I bought back 1000 copies. He couldn’t publish my book A Guide to Mexican Cuisine because it didn’t come with photos (this when I had told him I would send him the photos for it later). He didn’t say anything about my book Discovering Mexico for which I had emailed him a 75 photo file. He said the romance book was “publishable” but he needed to know how I could help in guaranteeing sales for the book. This after I had already emailed him a marketing plan detailing my efforts in promoting the books.

I was shocked and thoroughly disgusted with the publisher and didn’t mince words to convey this to him. I had wasted nearly nine months in false expectations when there were literary agents interested in representing my romance book.

I decided not to waste any more time. I thought about getting my books on Mexico digitally published as soon as possible before the end of the Maya calendar i.e. 21 December 2012. My first option was to epublish them on Amazon Kindle or Smashwords. But I had to set this option aside because my efforts on formatting the books would get wasted if I had to use epublishing formats like epub or mobi which the two epublishers required. Furthermore my books carried plenty of photographs and my neat formats wouldn’t be read properly except in PDF format. So I decided to sell my ebooks on my Facebook page through e-junkie which provides shopping cart and buy now buttons to let you sell downloads and tangible goods online. I had received 275 likes for my Facebook page by then.

I had plenty of photographs of my own but I required some more relevant to the book contents. Fortunately for me, the then Mexican Tourism Minister, Gloria Guevara, was a wonderful and kind person. She authorized the Mexican Tourism Board to provide me photographs for my books. I got some from the State Tourism Board of Jalisco, from Los Sabores de Mexico and from other wonderful Mexicans.

I worked hard alone day and night on all aspects of the ebooks and its presentation  – creating the ebooks perfectly fine both in content and appearance, designing the book covers, introducing my ebooks on e-junkie, working with Facebook apps, photos and information, etc.

On 22nd November 2012, my three ebooks on Mexico became available for sale on my Facebook page. Four days later, on 26th November, I added the option of purchasing these three ebooks right here on this blog. And then on 1st January 2013, my romance ebook became available for sale on this blog.

Well guys, this is my story… I never lose hope! If four years ago there was no market for books on Mexico, it is because people were ignorant about Mexico and its beautiful destinations.  I have written plenty about Mexico on my blog and regularly share beautiful photographs and information on my Facebook page and Twitter so that people get aware about the beautiful country, its people, food and culture. And as far as my romance book is concerned, love is a universal feeling so when you feel the need to read a love story, it is just a click, pay and download away…all done within a few minutes!

Let me explain the buying process to you…

Buying my books is very easy and convenient, be it here on this blog or on my Facebook page. Click on the page link for each book at the top of the blog. You will find the synopsis and sample chapters there. Go through the contents. The buying buttons are on the sidebar to the right, click on the “Add To Cart” Button” ( for each book) and a new window will open. After you have done your shopping, click on “Checkout with PayPal” and another window will open for you to make the payment through PayPal , the global leader in online payments. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can pay by using your credit card through PayPal. Let me assure you that all payments made through PayPal are fast, safe and secure. Once the payment is made, you’ll receive an email with a link to download the books you have paid for. Simple, isn’t it? And most important, safe and reliable!

For buyers in India… if your credit card is linked to your bank account in India, you will be unable to make online payment since PayPal does not provide domestic payments services in India. You can place your order for the ebooks by sending an email to mexicobooks@gmail.com along with your name, address, email and phone number.

I’m sure you will enjoy reading all my four ebooks. If you like, please recommend them to your friends and family so that they can buy their own copies either here or on my Facebook page. Your feedback on my ebooks will be very much appreciated :-)

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you back…till then, take care :-)

 

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