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How They Did It (Authors): Rasana Atreya

I’m happy to post the second interview in the How They Did It series, a series that will chronicle the journey of successful authors, freelance journalists and bloggers  from newbie to success.

Author Rasana Atreya’s first book was short-listed for the Tibor Jones South Asia prize, an award given to an unpublished manuscript that is seen as having potential, by a jury comprising publishing biggies such as Urvashi Butalia and Amit Chaudhuri.

Though the manuscript didn’t eventually win the prize, Rasana was offered a publishing contract. Where many writers would have walked away with the  contract firmly in their pocket, Rasana turned it down. In favor of self-publishing her first book. That’s right! (Read her piece explaining her reasoning in The Hindu Literary Review).

In the interview below, Rasana talks at length about her decision to self-publish and the pros and cons of doing it all yourself, with helpful advice for those considering the option. Mainly though, she advises having fun with the whole process, since you’re the boss!

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How They Did It (Authors): Yashodhara Lal

I’m starting a new series on this blog, called How They Did It. And yes, like the name suggests, each post will chronicle the journey of a successful author, journalist or blogger. Each interview will delve into how that writer overcame the usual challenges faced by the newbie, to emerge successful (and published!).

I’m happy to begin the series with an interview with one of the genuinely funny authors in contemporary Indian popular fiction — Yashodhara Lal. Her first book (published by HarperCollins India), with the kitschy title of Just Married, Please Excuse, was a laugh riot. Her new book Sorting out Sid promises to be just as funny.

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