Like most people, I thought my biggest challenge of becoming an author would be writing my debut novel. Believe me when I tell you, writing a book is not an easy task. Writing a good book is even harder. Writing a universally-beloved book is next to impossible. Which is why I have nothing but respect and admiration for all the Sir Arthur Conan Doyles and J.K. Rowlings of the world.
But I soon found out that writing my first book was the easy part. The real challenge came afterwards. Choosing a publisher was the first hurdle. For some authors, this is the end, a quagmire that there is no escape from. But I was lucky. I found a good publisher in Bee Books.
Job well done; lean back and relax, right?
Getting a book published is all well and good, but it's for naught if no one knows about it. You have to spread the word and convince people to spend their hard-earned capital on something that might just end up disappointing them. This is the part that I face difficulty at. Spread the word on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, by word-of-mouth to family and friends. The needle does not seem to move. Sales stay where they are. After all, when you think of buying a novel, you probably think of Dan Brown or Frederick Forsyth or some other established, acclaimed author. No one thinks of some kid from Kolkata. I won't lie to you - there have been times when I doubted my skills, when I doubted myself. There have been times when I considered giving up on writing altogether.
But somehow, I can never do that. It's in my blood. I am a writer. That's who I am, for better or worse. I will keep on writing, and I will keep on trying to convince people to buy and read my books.
Because, as cliched as it sounds, that is my destiny.