A Journey to Self-Publishing is another one by a member of the Writers of Chantilly. The author here is Kalyani Kurup, who gives us a brief (five chapters) but charming memoir of her experiences as a writer and her misadventures in the publishing world in India and the United States.
I can definitely recommend this book to other authors, especially those considering the alternative world of self-publishing. Writers will find a lot of useful lessons on dealing with publishers and free-lance employers, as well as the occasional pointer on improving one’s writing style. Some non-writers may find it to be a lot of shoptalk, but I think others will appreciate how well she laces her story with self-deprecating humor and careful observations of the people she meets. I especially love her story of a lengthy search for a certain address in Bangalore, accompanied by the world’s worst-oriented auto-rickshaw driver.
I might also add that despite her frequent protestations in the text to the contrary, Ms. Kurup’s English is impeccable! Her prose style is elegant and tasteful, a little like one of those Bangalore gardens she must have seen that day–perhaps more flowers and ornamentation than are strictly necessary, but all directed towards the end of creating a beautiful, well-tended place for relaxation and edification.