From time to time in this space, Balboa Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. These are the words of Salwin Anand, author of “Caught in a Storm“. You can find out more about Salwin and his book on his Twitter and featured on this website. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information on self-publishing your book with Balboa Press.
Tell us a little bit about your book. What inspired you to write it?
In the winter of 2012, my father told me lovingly while he was crying, “Sunny, I am going to die. After I die everyone will forget me. But, all my friends in the dialysis unit tell me that I am so lucky to have a family and grandchildren that care about me. You always told me to enjoy life and keep a bucket list. Today I am telling you, I want you to write a book on us whether I am alive or not.” Whilst, I was sitting in my living room when all the guests left after offering their condolences, I saw my father’s photo and remembered his idea of writing a book. That was when I realized what I needed to do next.
After my health had deteriorated, the book was equally divided into parts about me and parts about my father. Through both of our struggles I realized that this book wasn’t just for him, it was for every person who failed to see the potential in their family. I want everyone to know how valuable time is and how many regrets we can have if we trust time instead of our loved ones. The message I also would like to convey is spend quality time with the people who care because time doesn’t wait.
What are 5 things you’ve learned about self-publishing?
- Balboa press was wonderful and really wanted to understand my expectations.
- They responded very quickly to any demands.
- They offered assistance whenever it was necessary.
- They made sure I was satisfied with my end result.
- I didn’t need to be experienced for them to consider publishing my book.
Balboa Press is the ideal publishing company for all future authors because they gifted me with an opportunity to express my feelings to the world without looking into my education or work experiences. It was quickly and simply published based on my manuscript’s appeal.
What do you love most about self-publishing and would you recommend it to other authors?
I loved the fact that Balboa Press made an effort to keep me informed and incorporate my visions into a reality. They promised to deliver and they were sincere. I would definitely recommend this publishing company to other authors.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Believe in yourself.
Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books, are invited to do so by sending a message through our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BalboaPress, by tweeting us @BalboaPress, or by emailing dghosh@ balboapress.com. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.