onWriting started out as a quest to get authors to talk about writing, to get them to open the secrets of their craft. But it’s never just one thing with literature, is it? onWriting is a group of passionate readers who know something about everything – writing, editing, getting published and reading good words.
“If you read what everyone is reading, you can only think what everyone is thinking.”
So it is out vision to help readers pick up fabulous reads, the ones that make you smile and laugh, the ones that make you weep, the ones that introduce you to varied worlds and unique cultures. India’s literary scene is young, so we are not going to heavily criticise the state it is in today; but it doesn’t have to be like that.
We are looking at book reviews, we are looking at magazines and journals you can submit to, we are looking at tips for writers, we are asking for tips from authors, we are asking publishers for tips on getting published and we are seeing where our efforts take us.
Lots of young readers of diverse fiction, lots of aspiring writers and hopefully, equally courageous publishers out there. And then there’s us, hoping to connect the three.
onWriting was started by Jaibala and Saurabh, and was later joined by Sakhi. The book review section is currently edited and moderated by Sakhi, an aspiring writer and student of literature. Other things are maintained by Saurabh.
Thank you for considering us to do a review of your book. However, before you request a review, please go through the following:
- We do NOT take any money for posting reviews.
- We will NOT be able to review a book mailed in the electronic format. We would want a printed copy (paperback, hardback, printout, handwritten etc).
- We try to do a review within 2 weeks but we do NOT guarantee a time for review.
The parameters of our rating system are:
- The story: First. Above everything else. It has to be interesting and be worth the time a reader puts in
- Language: but we aren’t elitists. As Indians, we understand the uniqueness and the difficulty of writing creative fiction in English. But we do expect it to be readable
- Context: ‘Death of the author.’ Maybe. But a writer is not an other-worldly creature; he lives and breathes among us. He lives through the same troubles that we do. She goes through a lot to achieve her dream, like a lot of us, working towards our passion. So she is not dead to us. She is alive and he is thriving and they are all part of the story they write.
- Significance: “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” There is power in literature, and each story holds it. Should hold it.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Wherever you are in doubt, please use common sense. And if not that, please put yourself in our shoes and us into yours. And then take a call.
Finally, we are here to help you reach your audience. Please help us help you!
Our Rating System
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?? – Borrow it, use it as a travel companion. Or don’t. You won’t miss anything great
??? – Make a purchase. Maybe an online purchase, or a kindle purchase. But buy it, encourage it
???? – Go to a bookstore and buy it. Pay those extra bucks.
????? – Buy a hardback and show it off in your bookshelf! And then wait for a signed anniversary edition and buy that too
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