It’s been more then ten years since I finished writing The Simoqin Prophecies, and decided that I wanted to do this writing thing for a living. A decade later, I’m still writing, and I’m most pleased that my first books available worldwide (some of the comics are, but this is the first of my novels) are the first books I wrote.
Publishing’s changing very fast, and the barriers that kept the Gameworld books from the rest of the world (editors liked them, but marketing departments in the west said there was no way they could sell an unknown Indian author who wasn’t writing an about-India book) no longer really apply. Over the years, some of the loveliest emails I’ve had have been from readers from very far away – Estonia, Norway, South Africa, Argentina – who said they’d really enjoyed the book. They’d got it from friends who’d come to India, or through the efforts of a fantastic librarian, or through some other story that would make a good middle-school ‘Diary of a Book’ essay. And I’d always wonder what would happen if it was suddenly possible for anyone with an Internet connection to find the book.
I guess I’ll find out now.
These are ebooks out there in the wicked world with millions of others, and this isn’t some big publisher-backed launch. They’re being e-published by the Jabberwocky agency, New York, the sister agency of my wonderful agents at Zeno in London. The books will have to survive the same way they did in India when they came out – word of mouth, readers simply telling readers about the book, and hopefully writing/blogging about it. This is what kept Simoqin in Indian bestseller lists for six months, far longer than the other four, before the age of high-budget marketing and brand-name authors in Indian publishing (something I really need to get some kind of grip on) became a real and important thing.
So this is pretty much my whole marketing campaign – please do get yourselves a copy. They’re out on the Kindle store, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and the Apple store for iBooks. Links are on the book pages, and the Buy menu on the sidebar to the right, and the menu above. And if you’re a reader, or a passing well-wisher, do tell your friends, or give us a passing Internet mention. The books mean well, and it’s a harsh world out there.