Beyond The MBA Hype on The Times of India bestsellers list

There was no formal book launch for Beyond The MBA Hype, no celebrities waxing eloquent about the book and consequently very limited media attention. People I knew started finding out that my book got published based on my Facebook comments and they would be kind enough to reach out with their best wishes.

A few days back I got a phone call from a friend congratulating me (yeah, Ravi-bhai, you triggered the story). I thought this was another one of those calls trickling in. But it was unusually early for him to call and he sounded more enthusiastic than the other callers. He mentioned that he had seen a familiar sounding name in that day’s newspaper under the bestseller’s section and wanted to know if it was me.

I hadn’t seen the newspaper, so I had no clue what he was talking about. Then he mentioned the name of the book and the confused expression on my face turned into a silly grin.

The Times of India had listed ‘Beyond The MBA Hype’ as one of the must-read bestsellers on their list. I logged into Facebook (since I left the corporate world, FB has become my window to what’s happening in the big bad world out there). Another friend of mine (thanks, Nitin) had sent across the link to the online version of the bestseller list.

It had the fiction list on top – Aleph by Paulo Coelho, The Secret of the Nagas and The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi. Where’s mine, damn it! Were my friends just pulling my leg? Then the non-fiction section began – Aah! There is was. Sandwiched nicely between The 7 Spiritual Laws of Superheroes by Deepak Chopra and Does He Know A Mother’s Heart by Arun Shourie. Nice!

The silly grin lasted for several minutes more as I started reminiscing the entire journey that preceded this milestone. The entire story from writing the book to seeing it in print had taken (any guesses?), well, several years. And it’s been one roller-coaster ride that I never imagined – from the hundreds of rejections, to getting signed up with my literary agents, to the publishing contract from HarperCollins. It all seems like a blur now, but wow…what a long, slow and blurry blur it has been. More on that later.

For now, just one little piece of advice for new writers trying to break into the publishing industry – Hang in there!

8 Comments

  1. Nithya says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Thanks for the advice. I have received atleast 4 rejection slips (err emails) from literary agents. I had started losing steam, then I read this article. It surely did a lot of good to my confidence levels. Thanks again!

  2. Sameer says:

    Good to hear that, Nithya.

    With 4 rejections, the journey is far from over. You are just gaining traction now and it’s important for you NOT to lose steam.

    Use every rejection as an opportunity to introspect. Keep fine-tuning your approach and get back in the race.

    Good luck!

    P.S. My friend (who called me up regarding the bestseller status) did so after his wife saw it first in the newspaper. Her name is Nithya! Coincidence or a sign from above? 🙂

  3. Abhishek Panda says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I finished my first novel and I am not able to find out any good editor. I am based at Hyderabad.Can you help me out with the any suggestions in my search for a good editing services provided by any company or individual editors?

  4. naveen varshneya says:

    Dear Sameer and everyone who commented here.

    I am about to release my book ( Meditation-The Cure) over this weekend. I did go through vanity self-publisher but pulled out in the middle to have independent printer and designer.

    I am doing exclusively with Amazon for the moment for print and e-book version. I am actually looking for forming a group of self-publishing forum from India. Do you think it is a good idea? Is there any right now? There is so much we first times need to know in India and not much seems to be available for Indian authors.

  5. Vansh says:

    Really helpful..only thing more I want to ask is I am working on my debut novel and I read somewhere that I should copyright it before reaching out to a publisher what’s your opinion..is it very much essential or can i go without it too?

  6. Mansi says:

    Hi,
    I have published my ebook on amazon kdp. But now when I am trying to publish its paperback version, the price setting tab does not show amazon.in as an option. How to enable that? My primary market is India hence this is very important to me. Kindly guide & support. Thank you

  7. Khushboo says:

    I write English poems. How many of these publishing houses print poetry and which one to approach. If you can guide me little more. I’ll be really thankful for your feedback. Kind Regards, Khushboo.

  8. Pratha Sachdeva says:

    Hey there!
    I’m writing an urban fantasy and hope to publish it. So just out of curiosity, I wanted to ask his much can I earn on publishing it and how much will I have to pay for the same?
    P.S. I’m a twelfth grade student in India

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