Self-publishing success

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Fiction with a new kind of hero

This daughter of Indian immigrants writes young adult fiction with a new kind of hero. She publishes independently to get her message to teen readers.

A 14-year wait to success

How Kindle Direct Publishing fulfilled the long chreished dream of Sundari Venkatraman of becoming an author

'I've always enjoyed creative assignments and playing with words'

Sudha Nair recently won Amazon’s inaugural Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Pen To Publish contest, jointly with author J. Alchem. She was awarded for her romance drama, The Wedding Tamasha, at the Jaipur Literary Festival held in January 2018. Her self-published book was judged on several criteria, including creativity, originality, quality of writing and commercial viability.

'Good writing is a result of writing as well as a lot of reading'

'Pen to publish' winner J Alchem speaks on his passion for writing, his day job as an MBA and a soon to be released film on a story he's penned

A 14-year wait to success

From being a person who admittedly “couldn’t write two creative sentences to save my life” to being a best-selling Indie author of over 19 books, Sundari Venkatraman has come a long way. “I never really thought of myself as a writer, so to think of myself as an author is really a long way off. But, in my house as kids we did read a lot. My granddad was a lawyer in the British era, so he had this great collection of books which we would be asked to read. In fact, I think I started reading by when I was like three-and-a-half years,” says Sundari as she recounts her self-publishing success story.