Book Reviews

Review of Twenty Two Years to Life by Mohammed Morsi

Rating: 5/5 Twenty-Two Years To Life, without a doubt, has been the best read of 2017 so far.  Usually, I would not tell a book to be the best read outright like this without revealing the factors that lead to such a conclusion, but this book certainly is an exception. There are certain factors I … Continue reading Review of Twenty Two Years to Life by Mohammed Morsi

Review of The Orphan by S.R Nair

Rating: 3.5/5 The Orphan is an interesting and faced paced book authored by S.R. Nair. The plots at a typical Indian Police station where an innocent looking chap locked in a stinking small cell. He introduces himself to a fellow cellmate as Sid Westin, the protagonist who is an adopted son of Indian Origin brought … Continue reading Review of The Orphan by S.R Nair

Review of The Break-Up Clinic by Dr. Govind Sharma

Rating: 5/5 The Break-Up Clinic is the third book I am reading from the author, and I have observed that he has maintained his style of writing books short and on point. Even though the author says, this book would not come under self-help genre, it has the potential to be treated as one. Compared … Continue reading Review of The Break-Up Clinic by Dr. Govind Sharma

Timeless Leadership: 18 Leadership Sutras from the Bhagavad Gita by Debashis Chatterjee

Rating: 3.5/5 Before going to my review on this book, I would love to thank Mr. Robins J Alappatt for gifting me this amazing book on leadership. Robins is the Chairman & Managing Director of ITrans Learning Solutions, pioneers in ITES-Training and Production. Do check out ITrans for more details regarding the programs offered. Now … Continue reading Timeless Leadership: 18 Leadership Sutras from the Bhagavad Gita by Debashis Chatterjee

Introduction to the Constitution of India by Durga Das Basu

Rating: 5/5 Introduction to the Constitution of India is probably the most authoritative text one could come across on this subject. The Indian Constitution is the largest written constitution in the world which is also very complex with so much dimensions. It is in such a scenario where a book like this one plays a crucial role … Continue reading Introduction to the Constitution of India by Durga Das Basu

Blood in the Paradise by Madhav Mahidhar

Rating: 3.5/5 Blood in the Paradise: A tale of an impossible murder is a murder mystery by Madhav Mahidhar. I loved the cover of the book which will compel anyone to take a look into but I felt the quality of the book could have been better but can’t really complain considering the price. The … Continue reading Blood in the Paradise by Madhav Mahidhar

Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

Rating: 3/5 Sleeping on Jupiter is a quick (course of 4 days) and sharp novel by Anuradha Roy with interconnected stories narrated by Nomi, who conveys the stories of her traumatic past which paints a harsh picture of certain aspects of Indian society. The author has been successful in beautifully portraying India, at times even throwing light … Continue reading Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

A Perfect Murder and Other stories by S.R. Nair

Rating: 3.5/5 A Perfect Murder and Other Stories by S.R. Nair is a collection of fourteen short stories on a variety of themes set mostly in India and the US. I’m usually hesitant to read short stories but the title “A Perfect Murder” made the criminologist in me revert with a yes when the author … Continue reading A Perfect Murder and Other stories by S.R. Nair

Invicible Tale of a Man (Journey Through Hell) by Aaron Pal Sen

Rating: 3.5/5 Invincible Tale of a Man tells us a story of a common man who faced several hurdles and how he struggles to cope with it in life. The protagonist, Sanjeev was the eldest son of the three, whose parents moved to the town in search of better employment opportunities. Being the first male … Continue reading Invicible Tale of a Man (Journey Through Hell) by Aaron Pal Sen

NetGalley for a Self-Published Debut Author

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Background

This is a summary of my NetGalley experience as a self-published debut author, which I believe may be of assistance to other self-publishing authors and may also be of interest to NetGalley readers.

Around the end of June 2016, I listed my ebook The Devil’s Prayer with NetGalley, to generate reviews. The entry level for a single title listing at the time was $399 (All prices are 2016 prices in USD). I chose the $599 package which in addition to the listing includes one marketing newsletter.

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Over the next six months, I chose to try out the various marketing tools from the NetGalley shed.     I spent a further $1,540 on a variety of NetGalley promotions, including a Category Spotlight placement, a Featured Title placement and two promotional eBlasts. At just over $2,000, (including the listing fee of $599), it is a big spend on a single title. I…

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