On September 05, ’15, a few of us authors and a few more writers & authors in the making got together for an informative event on the craft and business of writing and selling books. It was more of an informal event where we spoke about various aspects of publishing we knew about, in order to guide and encourage new authors on the publishing and e-publishing process.
Some of the attendees in rapt attention!
What happened, we authors decided to meet at 12 PM, 3 hours before the event was scheduled to start, in order to plan. I myself went there by 1:10 PM and had to wait for another 40 minutes for the second person to come! After that, both authors and attendees started coming and we started chatting. I had jotted down some points to speak, and other authors also had planned for their respective parts. So it was fine 🙂
This was the rough agenda for the day. First Kavipriya, the main organizer and the most enthusiastic person among us all, spoke about the craft of writing. Then Harika, an editor from Hyderabad who came just for this event, in addition to a trip to Munnar, spoke about editing and structuring of a novel. Between them I think they spoke for almost an hour! 🙂
The ambiance at House #22 cafe was good, especially the outdoor lawn. Actually they gave us the space for free, and took only the money that came via selling beverages. So thanks to them. We also did not charge anything to the attendees. People just had to pay for their own beverages.
Altogether, an afternoon/evening well spent. It was an excellent event that enabled us to network with fellow authors and learn about different aspects of book publishing. I think Chennai needs more informal events like these to foster a good culture of literary writing.