It is Wednesday and I am here with another post in my MiniSeries- Rewind #Indie TBC 2018. I had stated in my last post (read it here) that my journey as an author had made me meet this marvellous bunch of wordsmiths in The Book Club. This series is dedicated to a few of them who brought out their books in the year 2018.
Two days before, I was sitting and typing away a post on one of those authors when a thought struck me. One question arose in my mind that how can I just ask you all to read this series when many of you may not be knowing about this group. This question gave birth to a doubt – how will my readers connect with my posts if they don’t know about TBC.
So, to resolve the problem, I kept my initial post aside and decided to give you a little peek of TBC first.
THE BOOK CLUB-
TBC stands for The Book Club. It came into being when the concept of Indie Publishing was not in vogue in India. The club was a union of three WhatsApp groups – Groups of Writers, Bloggers and Instagrammers who had come together with a sole purpose of promoting Indie authors in 2014. The reviewers of TBC have always been famous for their unbiased book reviews from day one. The tradition is well-kept till date. The co-founder of TBC, Rubina Ramesh says that due to TBC’s reputation of being brutally honest, there are many authors who approach them for spotlights but back out when it comes to Book reviews. ‘We take such things as compliments’, she proudly says. Rising from measly 6 reviews to impressive 40 reviews for every blog tour is no ordinary feat and TBC achieved it in less than 2 years of its existence.
THE AUTHOR TEAM-
The Author team of TBC consists of some precious gems of Indie world. I requested the co-founder of TBC- Rubina Ramesh to help us in knowing the authors a little better. In the words of Inderpreet Uppal (author of Generously Yours) – Rubina Ramesh herself is a dedicated author, promoter and a constant support for indie authors. A good human being, a strong woman and a wizard with words sum up Rubina perfectly. Even with her books, she shares about the trials of women and their inner strength. Rubina is a selfless woman with determination and poise.
Rubina agreed to my request gladly and this is what she has to say:-
Sundari Venkatraman was the first author launched by TBC. Today she is a well-renowned figure in the world of writers and authors who do not need introduction of any kind. Sundari was the first one to take the challenge of getting reviews from TBC. She courageously went ahead with blog tours by TBC in spite of knowing that the reviewers will not hold back to point out her shortcomings as an author. Her guts showed her the right path and she never looked back since then. Sundari V’s simple stories and a writing style which connected straight with the reader’s heart never gave her the problem of getting reviewers for her creations.
Varsha Dixit is yet another author who is highly recommended in the Indie world. Her books are claimed to have an ‘oomph’ factor. They are always well received by the readers. Along with this, she is well-known in this group for her skills in marketing. ‘She is fun to work with and keeps us all motivated’, says Rubina Ramesh.
PG Van is an author of another calibre. We count hours when her book will hit the No.1 position on Amazon. With a good fan following, she has won many hearts with her bold love stories. She is one of the first writers to write about the Mafia background in India and readers have gone totally hots about it.
Summerita Rhayne is another prolific writer we have among us. Her romances are sweet and heart touching. She still believes in our good old love that some of us are forgetting.
Sunanda Chatterjee writes books which are a bit different from the general romances. Her well-written books always have a strong issue to talk about. Serious romance readers should really check them out.
Ruchi Singh is another author whose blog tour left a mark. A story of a strong woman is always loved by our readers. We never had any issue with her blog tour. Even hardcore reviewers are forced to give her a good review.
Reshma Ranjan brings a smile on my face. We call her our own Barbara Cartland. Sweet heroines and the damsel in distress kind. Trust me we have readers who rush to pick up these books. But don’t you get carried away by her damsels in distress. They pack a punch by the time you close the books… Or so the readers say.
Then we have Karthik Lakshminarayanan who has reached a different level with his ‘Unfairy Tales’. You have to read his book to understand the diversity we have in TBC.
Saiswaroopa is an author we are very proud of. Her books have reached a different pinnacle with them being adapted on-screen. And this for me is what makes our Indie journey successful. Stories like hers and Sundari’s are ones that make us believe in the path we are walking on.
On the same lines is also Sumeetha Manikandan. While Sai won many hearts with ‘Avishi’, Sumeetha’s ‘Ponni’s Beloved’ can definitely make one love the bygone era.
Devika Fernando is a writer of royal romance. She is well-known to leave behind a trail of sweet romances.
Reet Singh also writes sweet romance with rich Indian flavours.
As I move from romance authors to mythological authors, how can I forget the philosopher in our group – Ruchira Khanna. Her stories have such one-liners that will make you want to quote them. Especially her latest book called ‘R.S.V.P.’
TBC also has many short story writers whose full-fledged novels are coming out soon.
Paromita is a writer of short stories which have a unique style of psychology and horror.
Inderpreet Kaur Uppal’s short story will make you yearn for more. Those tears in your eyes will be wiped out soon when she brings out her full-fledged novel.
On the other hand, D.R Downer’s series of short stories deals with human emotions like family love and anger. Psychological thrillers that will make your skin crawl.
Janaki Nagaraj is also a short story feminist writer. Her stories leave you wanting for more.
Our new authors are Nivedita Verdula, Sunita Saldhana Rodrigues, Jisha Rajesh, Mariyam, Dee James, Shree Author, Debolina, Vansh, Aditi Gaur and Sarbari Chowdhury. We are yet to do blog tours for these authors so before I speak about them, let me see how they take our reviews. 😀
Moving forward while exploring new dimensions is one of the goals of TBC. Working on that, TBC is has come out with a series of Toolkits called ‘Writer’s Toolkit’. Here TBC will be writing about different aspects of writing, marketing and pitching to a publisher. TBC is the first group to come up with this idea and now it seems to be cropping up on blogs and other platforms. ‘I am glad authors are becoming so generous with their ideas to train new authors’, said Mrs Ramesh. TBC is working hard to make indie publishing more lucrative for aspiring authors so that they are not cheated by vanity publishers.
All in all, after learning about TBC, its members and its’ goals’ I can confidently say that with TBC around, the newbie indie authors will always have a ray of hope to pursue their dreams and achieve them.
With a hope that you all readers feel more connected to TBC-The Book CLub when I bring my next post in this series, I take your leave for today.