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Aug 19, 2011 09:25AM

36442 More wins for SIKANDER :

2011 Beach Book Festival - #1 in Fiction category
2011 New York Book Festival - #2 in Fiction category
2011 Hollywood Book Festival - #1 in Fiction category

May 19, 2011 12:38PM

36442 Thanks much Rachel, Elizabeth and Snapdragon!
May 16, 2011 03:39PM

36442 Hi all, hot news in the past week. On the 12th of May I learned that SIKANDER was named Grand Prize winner of the Paris Book Festival's 2011 Awards and yesterday SIKANDER was named the WINNER of the National Indie Excellence Awards 2011 Prize for the Multi-Cultural Fiction category. Three top awards in three months!! We are on a roll...

Apr 17, 2011 09:57AM

36442 Jenny wrote: "Very cool. See you there. Safe driving."

Thanks. BTW, I see you too grew up in England. Swindon I've been to many times as I once consulted for and supplied the Austin Rover Group people (old Pressed Steel Fischer). I grew up in Doncaster and worked in different parts of the country over the 32 years I lived there. Moved to the US in 1988.

Apr 17, 2011 09:40AM

36442 Jenny wrote: "Congrats on the prize - fantastic. I've heard the Festival is always busy. I plan to bring between 50-100 books, plus bookmarks etc. No idea how many I'll sell but I'd rather have too many than sel..."
Hi Jenny! Thanks for the congrats - visit www.sikanderbook.com by the way to get a sense of it. OK. So about 100 - 3 case-packs of hardcover, 3 of softcover should do it. Since I'm driving from Chicago (adventure!) , I'll have 'em in my trunk and some on the back seat.

Authors' Den is at Both# 942 so it seems it might be near to Murder We Wrote.

Looking forward to it.
Apr 17, 2011 08:46AM

36442 Hi Jenny, I'm not sure which booth is AuthorsDen but I'm on with my novel SIKANDER. We're doing book signings and I've no idea how to estimate a quantity to bring. It's my debut novel; won the grand prize in last month's LA Book Festival. Apart from "as many as I can bring," any suggestions?
Apr 16, 2011 06:42PM

36442 Michael wrote: "Very Good!"
Thanks much! Hope you get a chance to take look at the book.
Apr 16, 2011 04:50PM

36442 Does anyone have any experience of this event? It's taking place at California State University not far from LA Live on April 30/ May 1. I'm going as part of the Authors on the Road initiative with AuthorsDen. Book signings etc. Anyone else going?
Apr 16, 2011 04:46PM

36442 Check the trailer on Youtube at

Mar 09, 2011 04:17PM

36442 Joel wrote: "Congratulations! That sounds wonderful."

Hey Joel, many thanks!
Mar 09, 2011 04:17PM

36442 Rachel wrote: "A belated congratulations to you!"

Salahuddin wrote: "Amazing night at the LA Book Festival Awards at the charming Roosevelt Hotel (site of the very first Oscars in 1929)!

There's nothing quite like external validation and accepting the top prize in..."

Thank you Rachel! Had another great day briefing the literary agent and his staff in their NYC offices.
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Mar 08, 2011 04:54AM

36442 Robyn wrote: "Hi there. Thought I might introduce myself. I'm normally a lurker. The name is Robyn and I'm from northeast, Ohio. By day I'm your typical call center rep. By night, I'm a writer. I would love to ..."

Welcome Ann, Robyn and congratulations Sam - your story seems like an intriguing romp through space and time. Levine Greenberg is a major player - you're in good hands.
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Mar 06, 2011 06:14PM

36442 Jan wrote: "Salahuddin, what wonderful news. Do tell us how the award ceremony goes."

Hi Jan, see my "report" on the following topic:


Basically, it was a blast!

Thanks again for asking.
Mar 05, 2011 06:34AM

36442 Amazing night at the LA Book Festival Awards at the charming Roosevelt Hotel (site of the very first Oscars in 1929)!

There's nothing quite like external validation and accepting the top prize in a room full of like-minded peers! Lot's of people (award judges in particular) clamoring for a movie of the book!

It was the first award for a first novel. It might have been the first and only, or the first of many, but as a first, it's permanently etched into my heart and mind as an indelibly warm memory. I made several new friends and it was a great platform to promote SIKANDER to the Hollywood community.

I also got a resounding cheer upon announcing the signup up of NYC-based LJK Literary Management's Larry Kirshbaum (formerly Chairman and CEO of TimeWarner Books and Publisher's Weekly Publisher-of-the-Year for 2005) as my agent on Wednesday. Onward and upward!

Visit www.sikanderbook.com for more info.
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Mar 02, 2011 05:26AM

36442 Jan wrote: "Salahuddin, what wonderful news. Do tell us how the award ceremony goes."

Will do!
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Feb 28, 2011 11:07AM

36442 HI everyone, Salahuddin here. I'm thrilled to reveal I've been told that I have won this year's Los Angeles Book Festival Award as #1 in the General Fiction category AND #1 overall across about a dozen or more fiction and non-fiction categories. How cool is that!?

It was my first novel and my first contest. Very auspicious considering the time of me getting the news was just before the Academy Awards last night and the book award ceremony is due to take place Friday in Hollywood right across the street from the Kodak Theater at the Roosevelt Hotel, where the very first Oscars were held back in 1929!

Feb 28, 2011 07:00AM

36442 Reena wrote: "Congratulations. :)"

Thank you!
Feb 28, 2011 12:09AM

36442 Whoopee! My book Sikander has won the 2010 Los Angeles Book Festival Award!
It won in the general fiction category AND has been named overall winner!Sikander

Award ceremony is next Friday evening (March 4th) at Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, CA. Can't wait!!
Feb 24, 2011 06:07PM

36442 I self-published SIKANDER (http://www.sikanderbook.com) in the middle of last year as my first foray into being an author. I have to say it positively erupted from me with a central or "apex" idea coming from a book/movie (Les Misérables) but highly adapted so a reader couldn't readily draw the connection. Its 586 pages were "written" in just about 6 weeks (requiring about another 10 weeks of editing by a pro-editor).

I'm sure that won't be repeatable but I did note some dynamics which seemed to work for me. One thing was that even though I didn't rigidly follow it, I did write a crude outline. The aspect of outlining that seemed to work best was that it created "turning points" in the story. It didn't seem to matter so much how the narrative wove through from one turning point to the next and that gave me latitude to let the characters do some heavy lifting by "telling" me what should happen or how they should react and as long as the aggregate narrative was headed to that next turning point we were all fine. I found that this approach allowed the characters to be very true to themselves and hopefully thereby, to be credible to readers.

Once the first pass was done, the next was to prune it for unwanted distractions but carefully, so as not to hack away at texture and backdrop.

In the end the story finished a little differently from the plan but not too much. Sort of like when the house that's actually built is always a little different from the architect's drawings.

Does anyone else approach it this way? I ask because I'm about to start the second book and would love to know if I'm simply reinventing a tried and tested methodology or have a perhaps less effective approach than other writers.
Feb 24, 2011 05:51PM

36442 Gary wrote: "The real cost for digital book production is in the formatting - and each format is a slightly different standard so it does require a bit of effort on the part of the author/publisher. However, th..."

You're right Gary. Actually when I did it, I went to a single "e-convertor" shop and they did a fair job though it required a couple of iterations and it's painful proof-reading almost 600 pages of e-text.

One thing I liked is that the convertor I used seemed to have a standardized process to get the Kindle ".prc" format created first and then to convert to the more widely used ePub format. The cost for the entire conversion was no more than about $375 across all formats, including some "my-fault" corrections which only came to light after the ebook rendition was created.

But I am chagrined at the absence of a really good protected pdf solution by that same convertor as that would allow me to market the ebook directly from my web-page, alongside going to Apple or Amazon..etc.

I think with tablet devices, the Goodreader software is superb and it creates a very authentic, scalable rendition of the book on a page by page basis, that's really easy to navigate. I hate the inability to scale graphical content on ebook products, for example. I've read too many books in which annotated illustrations have been impossible to read. Also, while I can see the benefit of flowing text at different scales, I also like the preserved pagination and direct non-flowing scalability of pdf files. I understand the value of the former but not having the option of a scalable rendition is a pain also. mutli-touch tablet devices make this by far the preferable solution. Now, a scaling encrypted pdf-reading Kindle with multi-touch...well, that would be cool too.

Hope that was intelligible.
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