A recollection of experiences of the Blogchatter E-book carnival 2018

Exactly a year ago, I was concentrating on writing my second last post in the A2Z challenge when the reminder mail from Blogchatter arrived in my inbox about signing up for the Blogchatter e-book carnival. I wasn’t sure if I had the time or skills to convert my posts to a book. That is why I was one of the last ones to sign up for the e-book. Little did I know that it would turn out to be one of the best decisions in my writing career.

As the days progressed, I realized that the book based on the theme ‘A Dollop of Bengal’ from my A2Z challenge posts needed more information, detailed research and better structure that looked quite difficult in the limited time period. With just a few days left for submission, I realized that the only way out would be to bow out of the carnival. But Blogchatter turned out to be a perfect example of what a sense of belonging to the blogging fraternity can lead to. Just six days before the date of submission, I sat down motivated by my fellow bloggers, to write my first ever detective thriller ‘Deal of Death’ introducing Raya Ray.

Deal of Death_Sonia Chatterjee
Deal of Death_Sonia Chatterjee

Post submission, I executed all my marketing knowledge for the next few days to create an interesting trailer for the book launch and a video on the book reading. Through social media promotions, I had managed to create such a hype about my book that it led to 80 downloads hours before the book could be officially launched on 22nd May. Deal of Death went on to become the first book to run out of stock despite getting restocked twice within a week of launch. Encouraging reviews and positive feedback helped me establish my identity as a writer. Two months later, Blogchatter gave the authors an option to take the book to a different platform and most of my fellow authors went ahead and published it on Amazon.

The reviews of Deal of Death on various platforms, especially Goodreads helped me set my credibility as a writer. E-book carnival also helped me become a part of the bigger writing community. If there is something that I wish I had known before, it is to have begun early. It would have given me enough time to elaborate the climax and edit the book multiple times in a bid to make it crispier. 

However, based on my experience, I have a five-pointer list of suggestions –

1. One can either make an ebook out of the 26 posts written during the A2Z challenge this year or from the 26 posts of any other previous year. It could also be completely unrelated to the A2Z posts (same as what happened in my case).

2. A blog post is very different from a book. It should give a feeling of a continuous flow. So feel free to edit, delete and add relevant items to the posts.

3. Ideally, the novella should be a minimum of 20-30k words. The uploading will be done by Blogchatter, so there’s nothing to worry about the size of the file on an individual level.

4. Everyone’s marketing and promotion skills will be tested throughout the process. It is essential to create a lot of buzz around the book. Be assured that Blogchatter will help facilitate this process.

5. Once the book is launched, remember that the book is offered for free. So the only thing that an author needs to actively seek is feedback in the form of a book review, social media post and later on Goodreads (once the author account is created). 

Journey of a published author
Deal of Death journey

I have written a more detailed post on my journey as a published author here.

The book launch trailer can also be viewed here.

The sign up for this carnival can be done by clicking on the link here.

As I take up the role of a mentor for the Blogchatter e-book carnival, I have a strong feeling of deja vu. Please feel free to reach out to me for any queries related to the carnival either through a comment here or on my Twitter handle link.

Author: Sonia Chatterjee

Who am I? An Ex-Banker turned Blogger/Writer/Solopreneur. Any qualifications? A Postgraduate degree in Chemistry followed by Post Graduate Diploma in Management. I am still trying to figure out how and when I can connect all these dots to what I do presently. Have I done any real work? If two years in Market Research and six years in Banking (three different Banks though) as Branch Head can be considered as real work. Where do I live? After a nomadic sixteen years in Delhi, Bangalore & Mysore, I am back to where it all started from - Kolkata. My favorite things - Food, travel, books and my three and half-year-old toddler son What is this blog about? Sonia's musings is an attempt to channelize emotions through words and pictures hoping they touch a chord with my visitors.

12 thoughts on “A recollection of experiences of the Blogchatter E-book carnival 2018”

  1. Congratulations, Sonia.

    As I read your post I am in the same mind frame. Whether I should go ahead with the ebook or not. And I don’t really feel the confidence to sign up yet. Let’s see what lies ahead of the A2Z challenge for me

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    1. If you ask me, I am going to say that go for it. In case, it doesn’t turn out to be as per your satisfaction (in the worst scenario), you have the option to bow out of it. But I say this from experience, the fraternity will pull you ahead. And don’t worry about the technical parts, you will have fellow bloggers and blogchatter community to help you sail through. Just go for it. I’m here for any help that you need.

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  2. Sonia. Loved how you traced your days and feelings from the challenge to the e-book. I’m in the same frame of mind as Janaki. Feelings of trepidation and uncertainty. There’s a deadline! Will I be able to compile everything the way it should be ……… Can I devote more of my time all over again for that?
    And to add to it all – I’m a bit dumb when it comes to computers – formatting, editing, etc etc gives me a bit of a headache!!! Sigh!!
    To give it a try or not to…. that is the question!!! 😦

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    1. If you ask me, I am going to say that go for it. In case, it doesn’t turn out to be as per your satisfaction (in the worst scenario), you have the option to bow out of it. But I say this from experience, the fraternity will pull you ahead. And don’t worry about the technical parts, you will have fellow bloggers and blogchatter community to help you sail through. Just go for it. I’m here for any help that you need.

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  3. Very nice to hear about your experience with the e book marketing Sonia. I can totally appreciate that it is an extremely competitive segment and very hard to get the users to do it. Kudos on your achievement. Interesting to know about possibilities with the blog articles. I am still unsure where to take mine, but always a nice strand of thought in the background to be able to think creatively.

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