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!