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Author Rasana Atreya’s first book was short-listed for the Tibor Jones South Asia prize, an award given to an unpublished manuscript that is seen as having potential, by a jury comprising publishing biggies such as Urvashi Butalia and Amit Chaudhuri.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