NanoWrimo Winners’ Episode and How To Pitch to Publishers ep80

In this special episode of Mykitaab podcast, we have two interviews of Nanowrimo winners: Puja Mohan and Gayatri Gadre. We also have snippets from the recording of a session on How to Pitch to Publishers. The latter was conducted by Jayapriya Vasudevan of Jacaranda Literary Agency during Publishing Next 2016 in Kochi. This episode is a hybrid episode, for the first time we have three different segments in the same podcast episode. For episode 79, we had released a double episode, featuring interviews of authors Ruchira Khanna and Mukesh Gupta.

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Nanowrimo 2016 Winner Puja Mohan

Puja is an author who lives in San Francisco in the US. She participated in Nanowrimo for the Third time, and wrote her debut novel The Rajputs. She is a member of the India Wrimo Group, ad she describer herself as a blogger and an avid reader. Puja has a MBA and she worked for 7 years before taking up writing full time.
Note: Amar refers to a blog post he wrote three years ago which talks about what qualities are required for an author to write and publish a bestseller. One of the requirements is that the author should have a MBA. You can read this blog post here.

Puja believes that Nanowrimo brings energy, the entire month of November prompts an answer to sit down and write, and finally, the community offers several resources.

Next steps for her novel: the planned release date for the novel is September 2017. She wants to explore publishing opportunities for her book, and is looking to get the editing completed three months before the date of publication.

Ways to contact Puja


Interview of Nanowrimo Winner Gayatri Gadre

Gayatri completed her 50000 words in 20 days of November. Gayatri is a first time Nanowrimo participant, and she lives in Mumbai.

She is doing research on the publishing options. She is thinking of crowdfunding to publishing. If that doesn’t materialize, she will opt for Amazon’s self publishing platform

Gayatri’s learning from Nanowrimo

I had self doubt at first, but they went away as I started writing my book.

How to Pitch Your Book to Publishers

Note: This session was conducted during Publishing Next Conference in Kochi in September 2016. Jaypriya Vasudevan from Jacaranda Literary Agency had conducted a masterclass on How to Pitch to Publishers.

Things to Do While

Elements of a Pitch

Checklist for Submission

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Creator- Gaatha Story- Podcast of Children's Stories. Cofounder Kamakshi Media and Author. Husband, dog lover. Country Manager for FSC, India.

Creator- Gaatha Story- Podcast of Children's Stories. Cofounder Kamakshi Media and Author. Husband, dog lover. Country Manager for FSC, India.