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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Sarwatt Chadda

Today on My Overstuffed Bookshelf, I have author Sarwatt Chadda.  He is the author of Devil's Kiss and Dark Goddess.  Let's give him a warm welcome and read what he has to say!

I’ve been a full time writer for three years now so I thought it would be good to use this blog to review how I got here, my second novel being published in the US. 
If you’re interested in being an author yourself, here’s the way I became one. With handy tips.

  1. Read and write a lot. Like, d’uh. I don’t mean just ‘how to’ books, but the genre you want to write and all other genres around it. The more you read, the more you’ll absorb and the better your own style will become. Writing is working through the 90% of rubbish to get to that 10% that’s any good. Then doing it over and over again. Rewrite after rewrite. If, after rewrite five, you’re still loving it, then you’re writer. If after ten and you’re still loving it, you’ll get published, eventually. By ow most of the others will have fallen by the way side.
  2. Don’t be afraid of the crap. You will churn out loads of awful words, sentences, chapters. Get them all out of your system. The more you write the quicker this process will be. Give them to your friends. Now you’re not listening to their advice, their suggestions. You’re measuring how quickly they respond. If aftera month you’re still waiting, well it’s not the page turner you thought it was. When they’re emailing you the next day, in the morning because they stayed up all night to read it, then you’ve got something.
  3. Accept people will hate it and don’t let it stop you. Just before I landed my agent, Sarah Davies, I had one (very famous) agent reply stating my manuscript was ‘poisonous and no parent, librarian or schoolteacher would let a child read it, let alone stock it.’
    If you can deal with criticism like that then you’ll do well and be able to survive this career where every negative comment is like a dagger to the heart.
  1. There is no secret handshake or club. This is the biggest myth to do with publishing. That it’s about knowing people rather than writing. I was in construction before I became a writer. No-one, but no-one I knew in construction had any dealings with the world of publishing. My only writing qualification in writing is an ‘o’ level I did when I was 14. That was a looong time ago.
    You don’t need a degree in English Literature. You don’t need a fine arts MA in creative writing. You don’t need a cousin in Penguin or TimeWarner to get published. You need a passion for telling stories.
  1. Enter writing competitions! I advise this all the time but everyone ignores it. Why? That’s how I got published. In fact I know about eight people who entered the same competition as me and that’s how they got published too. If you want a short cut and avoid all that slush pile misery then competitions are that short cut.
  2. Don’t rush. This is where I slip up, time and time again. Speed and quality are diametrically opposed. Simple as that.


Thanks to AuthorsOnTheWeb, I have ONE set of the authors books to giveaway! That's right! One lucky reader will get a copy of Devil's Kiss and Dark Goddess.

1. This contest is open to the USA and Canada only.
2. No need to be a follower, but I would love it if you would!
3. Leave a comment with an email address to contact you with if you win.
4. Contest will end on 2/5/2011.


Blogger Theresa @ Fade Into Fantasy said...

Great tips! Would love to read these books!


February 1, 2011 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

These books look great! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

chellie83 at gmail dot com

February 1, 2011 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

Thanks for the contest! I would love to read these books. The covers are great!


February 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Thanks for the contest!


February 1, 2011 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

These books look really good.

February 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

I have been wanting to read this series. Thanks for the great giveaway.

February 1, 2011 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) said...

This looks so interesting. I like all the points the author made about believing in your own work.

jlelliott08 AT gmail Dot com

February 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Robin K said...

Love these covers. I am a follower.

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

February 1, 2011 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!
I'm a follower via GFC as audreyclair.

February 1, 2011 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Lexie said...

I would love to read these books! Thanks for the giveaway!
I'm a GFC follower (Lexie@BookBug)

February 1, 2011 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Natasha said...

I really, really want to read this! What beautiful covers as well! Count me in!

I follow!


February 1, 2011 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger rubynreba said...

I'm a follower - please enter me. Thanks!

February 1, 2011 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

The covers are really pretty! (:


February 1, 2011 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Brittany said...

These look really good! I love your blog :)

February 1, 2011 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger YzhaBella's BookShelf said...

I LOVE THE COVER ART!!!! Blurbs have totally piqued my interest! Thank you so much for the chance to win!!


February 1, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger ReaganStar said...

Beautiful covers,
I am your follower


February 1, 2011 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger kjovus - my life with books said...

these books have kept grabbing my eye - the colors and covers are awesome, Now I am going to have to read them. Thanks for this post and contest.

February 1, 2011 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Germaine Dulac said...

Thanks for the contest!


February 1, 2011 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger Vivien said...

Thank you! Love this series.

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

February 2, 2011 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger debbie said...

I would love to read these books, they sound really good.

February 2, 2011 at 4:53 AM  
Blogger Library Lady said...

I enjoyed the tips for becoming a writer. Thanks for sharing! I'd love to read these books. Thanks for the contest. *follower*

adsanders77 at gmail dot com

February 2, 2011 at 5:53 AM  
Blogger Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this series. Tore923@aol.com

February 2, 2011 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger Jenn S. said...

Nice! I have been wanting to read this series.

jas8929 at gmail dot com

February 2, 2011 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Chi Kittie said...

Wonderful giveaway. Thanks. Please enter me. :)


February 2, 2011 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

These look great...I can't wait to read a seires from a mans point of view...they are pretty rare!

Thank you! mmafsmith!

February 2, 2011 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

I love those covers! I can't believe that someone would say such mean things about something someone worked so hard to write! Can't they just say no in a nicer way?! Geez!

candace_redinger at yahoo dot com

February 2, 2011 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Jenny O. said...

Wonderful tips! I'm in.


February 2, 2011 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Brynne said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! Please enter me.

February 2, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Juana said...

Thank you for the fab giveaway and prizes.


February 2, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

Thank you! :)


February 2, 2011 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Indigo said...

Wicked giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity! (Hugs)Indigo


February 2, 2011 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.


February 2, 2011 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

I just love these covers! Thanks for the giveaway!

TaraTagli at gmail dot com

February 2, 2011 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Melanie L said...

Great advice for aspiring authors. These books look wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.

February 3, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Love the coverS!

February 3, 2011 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger lulilut said...

Thanks for the tips, I enjoyed reading through them.
Also, thanks for the giveaway.
d.septer at insightbb.com

February 3, 2011 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Carina L. Tai said...




February 3, 2011 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

I'd enjoy reading these books
Thanks for the chance!
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

February 4, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Tena said...

awesome post, awesome books... just AWESOME!

Thanks for the chance to win


February 4, 2011 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Kelly M said...

Oh I love the covers of these books.. Thanks for sharing Amy...


February 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Great tips! I can't wait to read the books!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

February 4, 2011 at 7:48 PM  
OpenID Scarlet Kira said...

Love the covers.


February 4, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Single country gal said...

These books look awesome would love to win them!

February 5, 2011 at 5:33 PM  

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