I have these strange little overcurious queries about things.One of those was to see if authors actually replied to their guestbook entries.Although I had an initial interest in his first book 'Five Point Someone',because afterall it was about IIT,the entire enthusiasm vanished once I read that book.But the initial fervor motivated me enough to scribble in the guestbook and make him my guinea pig of sorts. The reply came back in a day or two. Thanked me,was oh-so-nice to me and then subtley slipped in a request asking to popularise the book through word of mouth (or click of mouse,whatever).I did that solely because I hadn't read that book.After I read it,I followed up with even more publicity.This time of a negative kind though.
I'm bringing that up because I found this mail in my inbox today:
Dear All,Boy,they still haven't forgotten me.And they try and make me feel all proud and sentimental that I am a part of the select few who got this mail! Maybe they didn't,but I hated that book so I presume they did.
This email goes out to a special group of people - those that personally made the effort to write to me about "Five Point Someone".
I am pleased to share with you the limited release website of my second book which will release next month. The website is only for my readers, well wishers and their friends as of now. This time the topic is totally different - call centers. The book is called "one night @ the call center".
The link is:
the password is 463
Yes, you can (and please do) share the password with your friends.
I thank you once again for your mails to me. I know I have not been able to reply to all of you yet - mainly because of the huge workload associated with the second book's release. I apologize for the same. However, rest be assured that I have read all your mails, some of them more than once. On days I am feeling down, it is your mails that keep me going.
Lots of love,
The masala filmi type first book ensures that I'm not going to read this one.But I respect this guy's business sense.Bring out a book on IIT,everyone will read it.And they did.The 'catchy' storyline made sure it became popular among the students.A bit like "Catcher in the Rye",every not so sucessful student started seeing it as his story.This added to the success.He sold a story,and we bought it.Then tried to live it.
Now he brings another one on call centres.Huge reading market to tap considering the number of BPO employees.Obvioulsy everyone will try and see what's it all about.The storyline (I'm presuming here) will have the same sort of effect.Another point scored.
As a vague acceptance of his superior money earning skills (I still have none),I publicise his book yet again.Not reading it though,not this time.Which is good for him considering that there won't be any more negative publicity if I did read it.
One thing I couldn't figure out was why the preview site is password protected? Any explanations?
Stop Press:I gathered courage enough to read the excerpt and I didn't like it.
Six people. One night. Call Center. Call from God. The phrases keep repeating in my head.They begin to irritate me now,and I don't want to know the suspense.Good luck to those who do find out.Hope you get a call from God.