Do you wish to be a published author?
Harbor a dream to build a legacy that lasts beyond you?
At the beginning of this year, we embarked on an exercise of collecting blogging goals from Blogchatter community and there was that one common connect through – getting published !
And at Blogchatter, 2017 is our year to discover new dreams. Sell a few as well.
So coming back to the question:
Do you wish to be a published author?
(We are hoping it is a yes)
If yes then we have put together a three month long festival only for you ! This festival will showcase some of the best authors online through Twitter Chats and Facebook Live discussing inside tricks of publishing as trade.
The Festival officially kick starts from 11th March and goes onto 11th June, with following themes for each month:
Before we call the Festival live, lets introduce to you the team of authors behind scenes:
Kiran Manral worked as a journalist with The Times of India and The Asian Age and was among the top bloggers in India. Her books include The Reluctant Detective(Westland 2011), Once Upon A Crush (Leadstart 2014), All Aboard (Penguin 2015), Karmic Kids-The Story of Parenting Nobody Told You (Hay House 2015), The Face at the Window (Amaryllis 2016), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (Juggernaut 2016) and Saving Maya (Readify 2017). Her short stories include Switcheroo (Juggernaut 2016) and True Love Stories (Juggernaut 2017).
She currently writes a column on sexuality at DNA and another on feminism at Shethepeople.tv, and has previously been a columnist-blogger on gender issues with Tehelka. She is also on the planning board of the Kumaon Literary Festival, a mentor with Sheroes and is an advisor on the Board of Literature Studio, Delhi. She lives in Mumbai.
Andaleeb Wajid has written several novels in the past 7 years. Her Young Adult novel When She Went Away was shortlisted for The Hindu Young World GoodBooks award 2017. She has recently published a romance novel with Juggernaut called Will the Oven Explode and has several more books lined up for publication soon. Andaleeb is a full time writer and a creative writing facilitator at Nutcracker Workshops. You can find more information on her works at : www.andaleebwajid.com
After writing for various publications, PR firms and companies for nearly two decades, Kanchana Banerjee pursued her long cherished dream – to write a novel. She holds a Masters degree in English from JU, Kolkata & has also a done a story writing course from London School of Journalism. Her debut novel – A Forgotten Affair – published by Harper Collins was released in September 2016. A marital drama; the novel deals with the themes of love, friendship and delves into the sensitive issue of emotional abuse that happens in affluent homes.Kanchana always wanted to be a writer; anything else was never an option. A voracious reader, she believes, Read better to write better.
Shuchi Singh Kalra
Shuchi Singh Kalra is a writer, editor and blogger based in India. She has been writing since 2005, and has freelanced with major print and online publications including Femina.in, Hotelier International, Good Housekeeping, Home Review, Parent & Child, Vista, Dogs & Pups, Women’s Era and Time ‘N’ Style. She also writes for several businesses from across the world.
Shuchi is the owner of Pixie Dust Writing Studio, a writing and editing firm that services a global clientele, and the Indian Freelance Writers Blog. Her first book, Done With Men (published in Feb 2014 by Indireads), has been on Amazon bestsellers list for two consecutive years. Her second book, I’m Big. So What?! released in Feb 2016 and is receiving rave reviews on all platforms. Shuchi’s short stories have appeared in Love Across Borders, Stories For Your Valentine and NAW Anthology 2013.
Before she took to writing, Shuchi was an Optometrist at one of India’s leading eye hospitals. Traveling is her first love and she leads a happily nomadic life with her fauji husband and livewire toddler. Pay her a visit at www.shuchikalra.com.
Blog link: www.indianfreelancewriters.com
Professional website: www.shuchikalra.com
Company website: www.pixiedustwritingstudio.com
An economist by education and a journalist by passion, Samarpita now freelances as an editor-writer and a social media strategist. Her clients include authors, publishers, agencies, brands, public departments and international organizations. She also writes on travel and is an active volunteer with www.unv.org. You can read more about her at:
Aditi Kumar Mathur
Aditi Mathur Kumar is an author of two successful books – ‘Soldier & Spice: An Army Wife’s Life’, and ‘Love, Whatever That Means’. Aditi is a Travel Writer and a travel addict, an enthusiastic Blogger since 2007, a proud Army Wife, a fanatic mother to a very curious 4 year old, a Digital Media Strategy girl and an eavesdropper at random cafes. In 2016, Aditi was one of the Indian Army Wife Achievers, according to Army’s very own ‘Wedded To Olive Green’. She is also a Social Media buff and you can find her on twitter & Instagram @adicrazy. Aditi plans on writing more and travelling the world. So far, so good.
Kulpreet Yadav is a bestselling author, motivational speaker and Founder-Editor of Open Road Review, South Asia’s leading online literature and culture magazine. Kulpreet’s novel, The Girl Who Loved a Pirate, is India’s first thriller based on marine piracy & hijacking. Passionate about creative writing, Kulpreet also mentors aspiring writers at schools and colleges and has spoken at many literary festivals in India & abroad. An ex-armed forces officer, his latest novel, The Girl Who Loved a Spy, was launched recently. More at www.kulpreetyadav.com
Paromita Goswami is a writer and storyteller by passion and a rebel by choice. She says the world is full of stories and as a writer she loves to pen them down. Her work is not genre specific. From literary fiction to children book to upcoming paranormal thriller and women fiction, Paromita Goswami‘s books offer the variety of life to her readers. Grow Up Messy! is her second book. She debuted in 2015 with Shamsuddin’s Grave, a literary fiction. Besides writing, she is also the founder of reading club that enhances book reading habit in children. She lives in central India with her family.
With these awesome eight authors around the next three months are going to be amazing ! This time we not only sold you a dream we also handpicked the perfect dream catcher plan as well.
Whats the program yaar ! The March schedule looks as below:
Watch this space for lots of fun and activities ! Remember to copy Blogchatter Calendar to get updates on your phone for each day !