- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (24 January 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9352643038
- ISBN-13: 978-9352643035
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,06,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kissing the Demon: The Creative Writer's Handbook Paperback – 24 Jan 2017
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Amrita Kumar is an anthologist, novelist, writing-mentor and creative writing teacher. She began her career in the godowns of Daryaganj to select books for a chain of bookshops, moving on as research writer for the Department of Culture, Government of India, then on to publishing as associate editor, Penguin India; editor-in-chief, Roli Books; managing editor, Encyclopedia Britannica; editor, Indian Design & Interiors magazine; and vice-president, Osian's Literary Agency. In addition, she has freelanced for Rupa & Co., HarperCollins India and Oxford University Press. She lives in New Delhi.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter mobile phone number.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
She starts from the absolute beginning – why one should write, for that is the most important question a writer must be able to answer. Not to anyone else but to the self. Once that is established, she goes on to explain the integral elements of creative writing: plot, characterization, narration, setting, dialogue, that help form a compelling story. She explains with examples which are relevant to the aspiring as well as the seasoned writer. Kumar draws parallels from notable films as well as award winning and popular books.
What is most important, however, that sets this book apart from almost all others on the subject of writing, is that she dedicates an entire section to the publishing process, specifically tailored for the Indian writer.
Starting from when, how and where to look for a publisher and/or agent, pitching your manuscript, waiting for a response, negotiating a contract, understanding advances & royalties, to the actual editing, and finally publicity/marketing, she brings focus to an otherwise blurry image that few debut writers can claim to have fully understood.
Last but not the least, she also helps with tips and tricks to manage the complicated balance of dealing with everyday life, and staying fit while indulging in an altogether sedentary writing habit.
You may choose to read this book before you start writing, or after you have written a first draft, nonetheless it has a wealth of information on both creative writing and publishing that you would otherwise rarely come across – one you cannot afford to miss.
For complete review, visit aquamarineflavours.wordpress.com
Kissing The Demon is a book to help the writer in you become the writer others can see in you and maybe read too. It is perfectly set up for the Indian publishing scene and also gives you all the advice needed for here that international books won’t do. Divided conveniently into various parts like Narration Techniques, POVs, getting ready to publish, getting over writers block an the most important of all, how to prepare your book to send to a publisher. And each one is crisp and concise, written just to get the point across with a big of humour thrown in.
What I liked the most about this is the author tells you the differences between the publishing scene in India and the one abroad. The things you need to take into account while sending out your books here and the differences between the language we now use in Indian literature. The advice given is so easy to understand and helpful that I started writing my next book that I’ve ben wanting to write for three years now, immediately. I’m writing it right now and I’m about 6000 words in at the time of writing this post.
My review is short yes but that’s simply because I have no clue what to say about a book that I rated five stars. I just have to say that if you are having trouble putting your book down on paper, get this book and you’ll probably start off immediately.
This book is a great help for those who are either at early stage of writing or are planning to write one. This book helps a lot to channelize the literary prowess of budding authors. There are so many things that aspiring authors may be oblivious for. This book is perfectly for them to understand the whole process.
Set up for the Indian publishing scene, the book is divided conveniently into various parts like Narration Techniques, POVs, getting ready to publish, getting over writers block etc. The most important part which I think is one of the most difficult is preparing your book to send to a publisher. Kissing the Demon provides crisp and concise suggestions for this department as well.
The most interesting things are the differences between the publishing scene in India and the one abroad. Indian publishing scenario is totally different from abroad and the book comes handy for learning things one needs to consider while aspiring to get published in India.
Sometimes I feel that taking a systematic approach may make the process monotonous and I should go with flow. But in the book, the author has very well explained why a systematic approach helps in making the process seamless.
The book is recommended for all writers who want to publish their first book. It is also a great help for authors who are new in the industry and need to hone their skills of creating an effective and successful book.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
As the tagline states- Kissing The Demon is ‘The creative writer’s handbook’.Read more
Kissing The Demon by Amrita Kumar is a Creative Writer's Handbook released on...Read more