I am extremely pleased with the second edition of my book Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman. This edition was long due as I wanted to reach out to the readers of the country where Sachin Dev Burman lived with his music.
After doing due diligence on a number of publishers in Dhaka, I resigned to the fact that it would not be wise to publish the book from my own city. India is big and culturally diverse, readership is thus different. I also felt someone proficient not only in English but Bengali, Hindi and Urdu too should go through the manuscript. I later confided this to my friend Sundeep Pahwa who took the challenge to find someone and that is how Antara Nanda Mondal stepped in as my editor.
Antara was very quick and responsive and guided me all thorough. She never made me feel that in India I was a first time author. Her guidance was that much in getting me through the manuscript. Stream lining, correcting, suggesting – all the time enthusiastically certifying what I was unfolding.
Blue Pencil the publisher, took care of the rest – cover design, typesetting, printing, distribution & marketing both online and offline. The book was launched in Bengaluru by them and they are planning for similar events in Delhi and Mumbai.
The support that I received from Blue Pencil throughout the publishing process was exceptional. They simply outperformed. The steps involved to complete such a project are enormous. I am grateful to them for the help and proud of the product that we accomplished together. My book looks just great! What an experience! Today, I am a very happy author!
With all the very best for Antara Nanda Mondal and the team at Blue Pencil!
My first book of non-fiction – ‘Effective Parenting’ : A New Paradigm’ was published by Blue Pencil. Team BP was with me during every stage of the book – editing, layout, design and marketing. In fact the idea of interspersing snippets into the book in the form of ‘Parenting Pointers’ came from the editor. Putting up of the print and kindle editions of the book on Amazon was seamlessly done by the publisher.
However, the most fulfilling and enriching experience were the interventions unleashed by the publishers after the launch of the book. I reached out to my readers through workshops and interaction sessions across the country and each initiative of mine was showcased beautifully on LearningandCreativity.com. Team Blue Pencil also came out with a unique idea of compiling the best quotes from the book in the form of ‘Parenting Mantras’ and shared them on social media.
Blue Pencil to me was never just a publisher – it was a partner in progress