February 12, 2011

True, mad and deep confessions of a first-time author

So I am guilty of ignoring you again. Punish me all you like but do lend me a ear this time around. Sigh! It's a pity young authors soon run out of excuses but trust you me, that success keeps one on their toes and my case isn't too different. My recently released contemporary romance novel titled 'Truly Madly Deeply... memoirs of a broken heart's first love!' was launched in late December published by Cedar books (Pustak Mahal) and within forty-five days of release, has gone into reprint. The second edition will be out soon. It has been well received by the general reading crowd and reviewers alike. I have been busy promoting the book, giving interviews and attending events like Sympulse 11' where I addressed Symbiosis students in a Q&A session and gave away signed copies of the book to fans. A major launch and some reading events are planned in Mumbai and Pune in the coming months.

The book was number one on Flipkart, Uread and Infibeam and is still doing brisk business there. It is still ruling the charts on sites like Indiaplaza and Goodvalue. Apart from this, it is one of the few books to break into the Landmark best-sellers' list almost upon its arrival and was also the number one new release at Odyssey. Crossword was reportedly out of stock when I had taken the last update but they might have stocked up by now with the second edition on the cards. The demand for signed copies was so much that vendors have started auctioning signed copies of the book on e-Bay! On several Goodreads lists including the 'most promising debut' 'best romantic novek' and 'authors to watch out for', readers have voted for the book (it occupies the number one slot), ahead of classics and major international best-sellers like Harry Potter, Twilight, etc. It was also nominated for the best cover design, most memorable character (male) and the best love story in the annual Goodreads poll. Amazon also has sold quite a few e-books for kindle.

If you recollect, right before the release, I had started with the marketing activity of the book. Two short viral promo trailers were launched on social media networks within a gap of three months and it took the viral world by storm. The same can be seen on this very blog or my website or on Youtube. Apart from it, just after release an exclusive TMD promo ringtone was composed by a leading Bollywood music director for the first time ever in the world for any novel.

Well, you might be wondering what real people have to say. There are reviews a plenty on sites like Flipkart, Infibeam, Uread, Goodreads and Bookchums and I urge you to check them all (yes, even the couple amongst hundreds who are criticising me!) For more professional reviews, you can click any of the below given links (shortly there will be more).

1) A review of 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' on India Reviews http://www.indiabookreviews.com/non-fiction/truly-madly-deeply/ 
3) A review of 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' on Boloji http://cms.boloji.com/index.cfm?md=Content&sd=Articles&ArticleID=10340 
5) A review of 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' by Indian Book Reviews http://www.indianbookreviews.com/2011/01/05/first-love-always-last-love/ 
6) A review on Fact behind Fiction- http://factbehindfiction.com/index_files/tmd.htm 

To read an excerpt or what prominent Indian authors (blurbs) have to say about the book or my style of writing, you can visit my website www.faraazkazi.com 

For other updates on the book, please do join the Facebook page of the book- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Truly-Madly-Deeply-A-novel-by-Faraaz-Kazi/174993285845605

With hugs and kisses to the Consumer, 
The Young Marketer.


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