How to Write and Publish 7 Bestselling Books- Paul Brodie ep 90

Paul Brodie is a Seven time Amazon bestselling author. He believes believes that books should be inexpensive, straightforward, direct, and not have a bunch of fluff. Each of his books were created to solve problems including living a healthy lifestyle, increasing motivation, improving positive thinking, traveling to amazing destinations, and helping authors publish and market their books. What makes Paul’s books different is his ability to explain complex ideas and strategies in a simple, accessible way that you can implement immediately.
Paul is lifelong learner and educator and earned an M.A. in Teaching from Louisiana College and B.B.A. in Management from the University of Texas at Arlington.In his spare time he loves to read and write books, travel (especially to Maui and Las Vegas), and is an avid sports fan.

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Links and References

Fiction Writing, Podcasting and Book Marketing with Tim Lewis- ep 89

In this episode, I interview Tim Lewis, who is an author and the host of the Begin Self Publishing Podcast. We talk about book writing during nanowrimo, book marketing, and social media.

About the guest

Tim Lewis is the host of the Begin Self-Publishing Podcast and the author of three science-fiction books and two fantasy books.He shares his struggles with publishing and interviews experts in the world of self-publishing to try and understand better what to do.

Read more about Tim’s story here.

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Ways to Contact Tim

Tim’s Podcast: Begin Self Publishing Podcast
Twitter: Stoneham Press
Instagram: Stoneham Press


Listen to Amar’s interview on The Begin Self Publishing Podcast
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How to Use Project Management for your Writing Career: Rachel Amphlett ep 88

Rachel Amplhett is an author originally from the UK but now living in Australia. Her most recent book, Scared to Death, was published in December 2016.

In this interview, we talk about Rachel’s bookwriting journey, importance of cash flow for authors, writing productivity, and the highlight of the discussion was how to use Project Management (scheduling, planning, budgeting) for managing your writing career.

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To learn more about Rachel’s books

Rachel’s Author Website
Rachel’s Amazon Author Page

Get a copy of the template that our guest for managing her book launches here!

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How to Discover Virtual Freedom: Leigh Martinuzzi ep 87

Leigh Martinuzzi is The Hidden Why Guy. He has published his book Virtual Freedom in January 2017, and we talk about his book writing process and book marketing.

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About The Guest:
Leigh is an expert in lifestyle design. He helps people go from living a life they hate to living a life they love. His assists people via speaking, coaching, writing and podcasting.Having a corporate background in senior executive positions for various multi-national companies such as ALDI and Masters, Leigh realised that it wasn’t the life he wanted.Leigh made a decision and decided to design his life to give him more freedom, fulfilment and happiness. He has successfully transitioned from a dissatisfying existence to life with greater purpose.Now he pays forward what he has learnt to help other people do the same.


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Publishing Stories with Sweek – Sabine Van Der Plas ep86

Sweek is an app for publishing, reading, and sharing stories. I came to know about Sweek through Instagram, and thought of reaching out to them. Sabine Van Der Plas, Marketing Manager and Co-Founder, tells us the history of this app: How this idea came about, the road to product development, the genres that are popular. She also tells us about geographies (such as Latin America) and languages (such as Spanish) that are popular. Sabine also mentions about the storytelling contests that they organize. Their most recent storytelling competition can be found here.

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How to Publish Your Books Through PublishDrive: Kinga Jentetics ep85

Kinga Jentetics is the Co-Founder of PublishDrive. In this interview, she tells us about the story behind the founding of her company, and gives an overview of the startup: from the bookstores that they serve, to payment methods. Kinga also provides information on the profile of authors and readers, and also which genre(s) are doing well on the platform.

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Kinga Jentetics is the CEO and founder of PublishDrive, the most intelligent ebook publishing platform powered by BI. Kinga gained international experience in working at Zurich Financial Services in Switzerland, but she saw an opportunity in the publishing industry with her co-founders after publishing her master thesis in ebook version. Kinga applied her experiences about digital transition in the music industry to book publishing to let content reach its global audience in an intelligent way. PublishDrive’s goal to increase ebook sales globally with a simple to use interface powered by business intelligence to let publishers focus on their most important job: creating beautiful content.

Kinga besides her passion to publishing is engaged in women entrepreneurship by encouraging young girls and women to make a difference. Kinga was selected to Next Generation Women leaders by McKinsey, 100 Female Founders by The Hundert mentioned on and she was recently nominated for Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list.



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How to use Agile and Scrum for Writing Books: Lancer Kind, ep 84

Lancer Kind is an author form the United States and for the last seven years he has delivered consulting services in China as well as the USA, and has spoken at Agile conferences in the US, China, and India. He’s a publishing author of science fiction and a project management comic series called Scrum Noir which made the Amazon best seller list for a week.

We talk about his bookwriting journey and specifically, how authors can use principled of Agile project management and Scrum for bookwriting. You can read Lancer’s Bio here.

You can Listen to lancer’s Interview, and his book Agile Noir by clicking below


  • Lancer Kind is the author’s pen name. He began writing since he was in grade 3 or 4. he was also an avid reader since his childhood.

When professionals who are not full time authors, write their first novel, it will typically be a fiction related to their profession.

  • He has published several short stories. He believes that one of the best way of getting good at something is to keep trying and failing, an trying again. Short stories help in developing a habit of repetition.

My Day job is writing, my hobby is the work I do to pay bills

  • Agile and Scrum and Project Management processes used in IT. Sources: Agile is a philosophy, Scrum lists the steps to complete the work.
  • Lancer has written script for a science fiction movie project. He met the producer of this film while he was in China, titled Miss Weisenheimer and The Aliens.
  • Agile Noir is the story of a project manager whose life and work are going nowhere. He meets a Rishi who becomes an Agile consultant for the protagonist, and finally is able to succeed both in his life and his work.

    Special offer for MyKitaab Podcast Listeners: Follow this link  to get 40% off on Print copy of Agile Noir.

Quirky Fact:

Lancer wrote parts of his book when he was undergoing treatment in China. He learnt to write with his left hand.

Resources and Links:

Lancer’s Author Website

Lancer’s Amazon Author Page 

Agile Noir Blog

How to Write,Publish Illustrated Children’s Books: Brandon Cullum ep 82

Brandon Cullum is a children’s book author and illustrator and author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller: “Alfred the Time Traveling Dinosaur, his other books include Alphabet Fruit and Vinny The Soccer Playing Dinosaur. In this interview, we talk about writing for Kids, illustrations and editing process for kids’ books, book marketing, and finally, why publishing’s gain is NASA’s loss.

Ways to Connect with Brandon

Brandon’s Author Website
Goodreads Author Page
Twitter: @brcullum

Publishing News from India

  • New Delhi World Book Fair will be organized from January 7th to 15th, 2017. This annual event is the biggest book fair in India.
  • The impact of Amazon opening up Kindle for Indian languages including Marathi, Tamil, Malyalam will unravel in the times to come: From The Viewsroom: Kindling Disruption (Hindu Business Line, 3 Jan 2017)

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Biography of Bollywood Film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak: Author Gautam Chintamani ep81

Author of the book Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (based on the film which is also referred to as QSQT) Columnist Gautam Chintamani talks all things Bollywood in this awesome interview. We talk about his interest in movies, the documentaries made by him, his book on Bollywood Star Rajesh Khanna. We also talk about his most recent book titled Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, which is based on the film by the same title.

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Discussion with Gautam

  • Gautam’s great grandfather was an editor of a newspaper called The Leader, his maternal grandfather was a poet and a film writer who wrote films for N T Ramarao and The Train for Rajesh Khanna and Farz for Jitendra.
  • His journey as a film columnist came out of his passion for watching films. He started blogging in the early 2000s, when he wrote a couple of  stories and worked in TV industry in Mumbai.
  • He also used to review movies, but now writes about the film industry. He began as a freelancer for Mid Day in Delhi.

  • Difference between writing columns and writing a book is similar to playing T-20 cricket versus Test Match cricket. Column or blogs are on a particular topic, whereas writing a book is a longer journey that needs to be paced out.

  • Between 2003 and 2007-08 Gautam would write 1,000 words everyday. While writing his debut novel, he wrote 3,000 words on many instances.

You need to find a space and you need to find the mental rhythm to enjoy writing.

Gautam’s approach to bookwriting

Gautam starts writing the book from the middle, and takes it to the end. This helps him in overcoming the mental blocks and any self doubt.

Gautam’s Debut novel: The Dark Star

  • According to Gautam, the title of his debut book has a resonance with Star Wars, but the title is a Happy Coincidence. Shantanu Roychodhuri, Gautam’s editor at Harper Collins, came up with the title. The title is a play on words on the personality of the actor Rajesh Khanna.

  • Gautam wrote three articles after the death of the Actor that triggered the writing of the book. He interviewed several persons from the film industry who had worked with J. Om Prakash (producer), Salim Khan (Scriptwriter) while researching for his book. He did not meet the immediate family for a variety of reasons, as the focus was largely cinema and his acting.

  • Majority of Gautam’s research involved watching the films of Rajesh Khanna and interviewing industry experts and insiders.

    Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (QSQT)

  •  QSQT was supposed to be Gautam’s first book. Around that time, he wanted to write a book on Stardom in Bollywood between 1947 and 2000.

  • This book is based on the film by the same name. Gautam considers this film that changed the course of film industry in India in the late 1980s

  • His book talks about the movie industry in the mid  1980s and the impact this film has on contemporary cinema.

  • In early 1980s, five different generations of filmmakers were working between 1980 and 1985.But after that period, till 1988, the quality of films really dropped considerably.

  • QSQT was Nasir Hussein’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.Mansoor Khan Nasir Hussein’s son, was the director of the film. He went to IIT Bombay, Cornell and MIT but he never finished his education because he thought it was inhibiting his skills.

  • The entire cast and crew of the movie QSQT was new or relatively inexperienced with filmmaking.

  • This film was unique in many ways and Gautam explains in depth how the craft and the emption depicted in the filmmaking make it pathbreaking.

  • The Book is in a way a Biography of the film “QSQT”. The title, translated in English, means “From One Calamity To Another”

  • The font used for the cover of the book resembles the front used in  the movie poster

  • Gautam’s book explores why this film is considered a milestone. The original title of the film was Nafrat Ke Waris (Heirs of Hatred).

    Upcoming Books

  • Gautam is working on two book ideas. One is based on the film Pink, which has become a milestone film within a week of its release. For his second book, he got the idea during the Kumaun Literary Festival. This book is based on the 50 worst Hindi films, which explores why these films were bad.

  • Gautam’s book publishing experience has been very positive. He believes that publishers are looking for new writers, and they are looking for different topics for books. Social media plays a big role in connecting writers with publishers.

    Rapid Fire Round

  • Gautam’s all time favourite book is the Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald. He likes it because it is a story of hope and story of losing hope.

  • All time favourite films are Vijay Anand’s Guide and Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. QSQT remains another of his favourites.

    Ways to connect with Gautam


    Twitter: @gchintamani

    Facebook: gautamchintamai.7

    Gautam Chintamani’s Bio:

    Gautam Chintamani is the author of the best-selling Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna (2014). His writing has featured in national publications,
    including a compilation on Dadasaheb Phalke Awardees published by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Legends of Indian Silver Screen. He was on the National Film Awards jury for Best Writing on Cinema in 2016.

    Gautam is the great-grandson of literarian Sir C.Y. Chintamani and the grandchild of Telugu poet laureate Arudra and noted feminist writer K. Ramalakshmi. He and his wife, Amrita, along with their dog, Buddy, live in Gurgaon and in the hills of Himachal.

NanoWrimo Winners’ Episode and How To Pitch to Publishers ep80

In this episode, we have two interviews of Nanowrimo winners: Puja Mohan and Gayatri Gadre. We also have snippets from the recording of a session on How to Pitch to Publishers. The latter was conducted by Jayapriya Vasudevan of Jacaranda Literary Agency during Publishing Next 2016 in Kochi. This episode is a hybrid episode, for the first time we have three different segments in the same podcast episode. For episode 79, we had released a double episode, featuring interviews of authors Ruchira Khanna and Mukesh Gupta.

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Nanowrimo 2016 Winner Puja Mohan

Puja is an author who lives in San Francisco in the US. She participated in Nanowrimo for the Third time, and wrote her debut novel The Rajputs. She is a member of the India Wrimo Group, ad she describer herself as a blogger and an avid reader. Puja has a MBA and she worked for 7 years before taking up writing full time.
Note: Amar refers to a blog post he wrote three years ago which talks about what qualities are required for an author to write and publish a bestseller. One of the requirements is that the author should have a MBA. You can read this blog post here.

Puja believes that Nanowrimo brings energy, the entire month of November prompts an answer to sit down and write, and finally, the community offers several resources.

  • Her novel The Rajputs is a thriller. Puja had put in some time while researching for this book. She started writing her draft before #nanowrimo2016 started. She used November primarily for writing.
  • The total Wordcount for her novel is about 120,000 words. She believes that she has written the sequel for the book.
  • Puja wrote down the outline for her novel. She used Scrivener and a dictation software Nuance. She used Eon Timeline to keep track of her writing.
  • Puja used images of people who resembled her characters to keep track of their names and personalities.

Next steps for her novel: the planned release date for the novel is September 2017. She wants to explore publishing opportunities for her book, and is looking to get the editing completed three months before the date of publication.

Ways to contact Puja


Interview of Nanowrimo Winner Gayatri Gadre

Author Gayatri Gadre on MyKitaab Podcast

Gayatri completed her 50000 words in 20 days of November. Gayatri is a first time Nanowrimo participant, and she lives in Mumbai.

This was the first time ever on MyKitaab Podcast where Amar had no idea about who the guest was, other than their name. In that sense, this was the first ever “Blind” interview conducted by him.

  • Gayatri considers herself to be a nonconformist who believes in living life to the fullest.
  • She was informed about Nanowrimo towards the end of October.
  • She wanted to write a novel for many years, but she was finally able to write it. During Nanorwimo, she was unwell for the first 10 days of the month. She caught up with her writing by participating in sprints, and writing at night.
  • Theme of Gayatri’s novel: Her novel is about a girl who refuses to adhere to what the society says. She is treated as a misfit as a result.
  • Gayatri aims to write an 80 or 85,000 word novel, having completed her 50,000 words under Nanowrimo.
  • Gayatri plans to complete the draft of her book by end of January 2017, with the aim of publishing it on Womens’ Day 2018.

She is doing research on the publishing options. She is thinking of crowdfunding to publishing. If that doesn’t materialize, she will opt for Amazon’s self publishing platform

Link to Foundr Podcast that Amar refers to: Foundr Podcast

Gayatri’s learning from Nanowrimo

I had self doubt at first, but they went away as I started writing my book.

How to Pitch Your Book to Publishers

Note: This session was conducted during Publishing Next Conference in Kochi in September 2016. Jaypriya Vasudevan from Jacaranda Literary Agency had conducted a masterclass on How to Pitch to Publishers.

Things to Do While

    • Send your work to persons who can give you constructive feedback
    • Join a creative writing group.
    • After writing the first draft, “Read, Rewrite, Step Away.” Then Read and rewrite
    • Idea length of a manuscript is between 60 and 80 thousand words.
    • Follow the submission instructions given by the publisher. Add your name to every page.
    • Focus on Matter (subject matter), Manner(style) and Form (structure). Read the novel multiple times to assess along three parameters.

Elements of a Pitch

      • Send a query letter, keeping in mind what genre(s) of books are published by the publisher. Follow the instructions on the submission process.
      • Write two lines about the book, two lines about yourself, with no attachments.
      • Send a follow up email if there is no response.
      • A pitch document has the synopsis of the book between 50 and 100 words. Introduce the basic plot.
        Next, it has the author bio which highlights the author’s personality.
        For fiction writers: include a chapter breakdown.
      • Write why you wrote that particular book.

Checklist for Submission

  • Ensure that the book has a strong title
  • Research the market and make sure that the wordcount is in line with what the market accepts.
  • Print out the manuscript and ensure that there are no errors, typos, etc.
  • Include an attention grabbing headline.
  • One Paragraph Synopsis.
  • Identify the audience clearly.

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