A Talk with Ketan Bhagat
After experiencing the life in all its faces, Ketan Bhagat is power packed for giving us something new back to back. After two hits, Complete/Convenient and Child/God, he is already brain storming for new ideas. ", says the new star with as much humbleness as there could be. He cutely declares himself as a newcomer and believes in honesty and hard work. Let’s hear out what he has to say.
Q: What is your purpose behind writing?
Ketan: It depends upon every author his reason behind writing the book. Some people want reviews for becoming popular. Some gain inner satisfaction by laying out their thoughts. My purpose of writing is that I want to portray certain things which a man has to do in life. For instance, today a man has a girlfriend, then she becomes his wife, then mother of his child and then she becomes a mother-in-law of someone. Same is the track of a man's life too, but there are no stories about this. I have an inner feeling to bring forward this phase too.
Q: Please tell us about your book CHILD/GOD?
Ketan: CHILD/GOD is about a man who is in love with its child. Most people are not acquainted by this idea until now. There are a lot of stories on women, such as, she falls in love, gets married and her after-marriage life of adjustments and compromises. So, all of us know what happens in a women's life through these stories but there isn’t a story not even a movie about what happens in a man's life during similar phases.
Q: How are the reviews for this book?
Ketan: I work very hard on the book. First, we conduct previews of the book with around 40-50 people to know about the kind of feedback that will come. Everyone likes to be praised. People send me personal messages thanking me for perspective that I have been able to present. Females now say that they understand how their husbands feel.
Q: How is a review important for an author?
Ketan: Authoring a book takes a lot of time. It’s a very long and a lonely process. While I am working day and night on the book, I don't know how it will come out and how other people will feel about it. It is very important for me to know if a man can correlate with what I have written in the book or not, so that I can tell other people to read it because it correlates with them.
For an author who has started writing, review brings more readers to him/her.
Q: Which methods do you use for the promotions for your book?
Ketan: ". Most of the people who go to the bookstore pretty much know who they are going to buy. Since I am a new author, I cannot go for bookstore promotion. Bookstore promotion is for stars not for newcomers.
You have to promote your book at a place where it is not competing with other books. I do a lot of lectures. I am a motivational speaker too; therefore I visit a lot of colleges. Those are the places where I can talk about my book.
Q: How do you connect with your fan club?
Ketan: Most of the time I use social media to connect with my fans. People hold me responsible for what I write. Since they look up to me, it’s my responsibility to rise up to the expectations of my fans. This is important as this is the relationship between me and my readers.
Q: What is your mantra behind a successful author?
Ketan: An author should know that he/she has to give it the best in the first shot. Then, he should see how it goes from there. "-An author should accept this fact. He should have faith in the readers and will be accepted gradually. Don't spend all your money on promotions. Books are 0/1 business. Either they sell at a large scale or they don’t sell at all.
Q: What is your opinion on e-books?
Ketan: e-books are going to be the future of reading. The reason behind this exponential rise in the popularity of e-books is that it is easier and profitable for both the authors and readers. Publishing and selling of books is a very difficult task, but with the help of e-books, the overhead from the author is removed. In addition to that, it is easily available and a reader does not need to carry a heavy book in his/her bag. e-book is going to be the next big-bang.
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