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Summary of live chat on Facebook with Kiran Manral - noted blogger and published author as our Expert Guest on how to write better & writing for a living.
On June 1st 2012 Women’s Web hosted our first live chat on Facebook with Kiran Manral – noted blogger and author of The Reluctant Detective as our Expert Guest. Kiran was there to answer readers’ questions on how to write better and writing for a living. We had great fun and managed to pick up some useful tips in the process! Here is a summary for those who missed it!
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Kiran was also kind enough to answer follow-up questions that readers emailed us. Sweta Lal had the following questions:
Sweta Lal: I have done several book reviews for the love of reading but had to post them in forums mostly for free. Would that be of any value to my writing career? Also can you suggest some paid writing forums for book reviews. Does writing on blogs and forums for others and ourself create any foothold for the writer?
Sweta Lal: I realize that several writers do self publishing and e-Books but would that be suggestible for getting one’s work recognizd by the masses and classes as well? How important is traditional method of publishing for a writer?
Kiran Manral: Well, Ashwin Sanghi and Amish Tripathi self published before they became the best selling authors they are today, so go for it, I would say.
Kiran Manral: Thank you so much.
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