“Writing does not understand any boundaries, age is one of them”, this line fits well with our recent addition to the esteemed list of authors. A young 15 years old poetess that goes by the name -Porishtaes is here with us to share her journey of writing verses and becoming a published author using Voice Verso.
Porishtaes is a 15-year-old, just on the verge of finishing her 12 Board exams and looking forward to make her career in literature. Lets’ hear from a young school student and her journey to become a published author through her Book – Untraveled Roads to Sunshine, here.
1) What inspired you to write a Book?
It was something I decided impulsively, a spur of the moment decision. I was a happy child who had matured suddenly in her high school due to a lot of things that pushed me into hell. I was in depression for three months, writing, writing and writing, until I finally came out of it.It was hard,very very hard,but sometimes when you come to know the world of your age, when you know the people who you know will stand for you,life becomes a decimal better.And that takes a lot of effort.
Every family has problems,but I,being the insecure,over thinking kid often took the meaningless taunts by them to heart.I always wanted to a publish a book,and wanted to start earning for the family.Always.Just like my dad,who had started working at almost the same age as mine.
I was in a conflict with myself,arguing about how I had decided my way of life,when the silly thoughts became concrete.I knew where to go,I just did not know how to,and I am very very grateful to voiceverso for each and everything.
2) How this idea of materializing a Book for verse come to you ?
I was browsing through the normal Instagram stories when one of my acquaintances had put one about her pleasure on getting featured on the bookshots page. Naturally being a teenager,15-year-old kid, I stalked them up and they turned out to be a publishing site. God bless them, an amazing one!
Poems have always earned me a bonus point, whether it was an essay for school, speech for competitions, verses for sharing, or just simple rants on being so depressed all the time. On finding voiceverso, I knew I had finally found out the way.
3) What message to young budding writers you wish to give ?
There is no particular message actually. Everyone is different, everyone is unique. I think not only the young, budding writers but each writer, how much ever pro they maybe, should write what they want to,freely without any fear.
4) How is the landscape of publishing and sharing your voice through technology helped you?
More than I can imagine.Technology is one of the most speedily increasing and easily accessible assets in the country and I am blessed to have it as a canvas for painting my career.
What is the meaning of Porishtaes? Why this pen name ?
The meaning of Porishtaes…well,it is the name of my angels,my FARISHTES (in Hindi), so yes it holds a very important meaning and place to me.
6) Any new book you are working on?
For now,I am just focusing on enhancing myself,the rest depends on future.
7) Book seems to be more of romance and erotic poetic collection? Any similarity /inspiration drawn from your personal life ? How?
My first poem was a love poem,and since it is a very queer concept to me,I write more of it.Home lies within darkness,hence no inspiration to give away for now (giggles)
8) What sort of readers you believe will connect to this more ?
I always take a poem, in a lot of different ways. Every sentence, for me at least, is a new verse, a new inspiration. If the readers connect to it, if they take it on a level and interpret, I think all ages can connect to them.
9) You are just 15, and you are already a published author. How does it feel?
Phew, 15 is a very difficult age,because boards and writing do not go along very well. But being a published author feels absolutely great. More than I can express.
10) Any word for Voice Verso – eBook Publishing and social networking platform for authors?
Voiceverso is the best platform one could use and I think I am blessed to have been a customer of its services.
At Voice Verso, we focus a lot on understanding our authors, their needs and their perspective towards e-publishing. We thought of getting some insight into one of our very special books “Becoming Assiya- The story of Children of War” by Voice Verso author Simran Keshwani. She is currently majoring in International Relations from Australian University and is a literature graduate from Lady Sri Ram College for Women, Delhi University. She ran a startup called Born of a Million Thoughts which conducted charity drives in Delhi and was into investigative documentaries around illiteracy and mental illness.
Let’s find out more about one of the most fascinating books in VV shelf.
1- What influenced you to write a story set on such a sensitive setting of war?
Pablo Neruda wrote about Spain’s civil war when he himself was a Chilean. Why? “Come and see the blood on the streets!”, in his words.
If there is a catastrophe that’s engulfing you, how can you sing songs of indifference?
2- You attempted Dystopic fiction in your very first book. Many bestselling authors fear to attempt it. How did that go?
I think genres are restricting and what’s dystopian fiction to a reader could be somebody’s reality. The world we live in today is no better than a living model of a Dystopian Novel.
3- What do you aim to instill in reader’s mind with Becoming Assiya?
Becoming Assiya was my first book and it isn’t even 1 year old yet, but looking at the current public memory, I expected it to fade off much much earlier. The very fact that it is still being read tells me a lot about its impact. I expected a lot more, but I’m grateful that it’s been received so well.
That said, my message through the book was simple – all it takes to bring a regime down or to unmask the worst kinds of oppression is just one word. As utopian as that sounds, it’s all you need.
Having led a protest that started merely with an article that went viral, I can safely vouch for the fact that the word has a lot more power than anything else.
4- You interviewed and met many people through your journey in the middle east. Please share more about the whole experience.
Getting to know the “other” side of the story always helps. There’s always 20 sides to each story, probably even more. In order to see the big picture, you have to possibly place yourself in all 20 angles. That’s a taxing job, and you may hear contradictory accounts, but remember, as a writer – Truths are subjective.
5- According to you, how can peace be restored and maintained across the globe?
Only when we understand that the value of life will always be far greater than material possessions. Sadly that is not the case today, where women are sold to sex trade for as less as ₹5000. The day we begin to relish human life, our story as a race changes. I’ve argued as nauseam about the capitalistic system putting money above everything and its inherent contradictions and how to find an alternative to it we must be willing to acknowledge it’s dirty work. But there are victims of the same disease that justify it as the best thing to happen to the human race. Doctors, lawyers, businessmen, civilians – we sadly love our vices!
Up until there’s recognition of the wrong, we can not reach a stage of introspection.
6- You are just 20. Your thought provoking book will surely be an inspiration for many. What would you like to say to budding authors?
That indeed is a lot of flattery! Age has very less to do with writing or any art form for that matter. You can be 5 and your experiences as a human being could surpass 20-year-old. Depends on how life shapes your narrative and how you do justice to telling your story.
I am not perfect myself, so if anybody reading this is looking for advice on perfection, I’m sorry I wouldn’t do justice to that concept. All I can tell you is that if you’re unhappy with what you’ve achieved as a writer, there’s hope for your graph to go up. But, if you’re lax and satisfied and happy, growth stops. Always question “success” in relative terms and remember if you’re on top of the world today, you can be at its lowest end tomorrow, because the world revolves.
I think a writer who wants to aim for something big has to have an appetite for heartbreak, hurt and pain, as cliche as that sounds. Because putting out your innermost thoughts for the world to scrutinize is a path not many can walk. There will be positivity and understanding, but there will be criticism too. Be unfazed in the face of both.
7- How did writing this book transform you as a person?
I’m going to be a realist here.
It made me understand failure and hurt and blown out expectations. When things go kaput, we ideally question ourselves. That’s one thing I’ve stopped doing because I realized I do not control certain external things. Like, a book doing well or not has less to do with your will and so much more to do with market visibility, which comes as a result of heavy PR, because the lone standing talent is nowhere as compared to the average writing that has a million rupee marketing campaign to add to it. That’s sad but that’s true – there’s less you can do to change things and if you’re an author, you have to endure some teething issues as part of demographics of the job.
8- Is there something you would like to tell your readers?
There are going to be 50,000 opinions on every issue. Listening to each of them is your prerogative. Personally for me, forming your own viewpoint is important rather than your mind being a pastiche of some author’s words.
9- When can we expect your next book?
Sadly there’s no numeric answer to that. I am currently in a space of life where I’m contemplating the idea of “love”. It’s been one concept that has rattled men and women of perfect reason. I’m trying to reach out to its blind spots and stay there. I think the realization is near…
10- Lastly, please share about your eBook publishing experience with Voice Verso.
Absolutely smooth and amazing! The staff was very receptive to all my needs and addressed grievances immediately.
Get the book Becoming Assiya here. To write and publish with Voice Verso fill up this form.
At Voice Verso, we are always more than happy to welcome budding authors and new talents. The enthusiasm and zeal with which artists are coming up with their works these days are indeed commendable. We thought of interviewing one of our youthful author & poetess, Pakhi. She is an IT undergrad student from Manipal University, is involved and vocal in various social and entrepreneurial platforms and most importantly is the author of the book “The Next Sky: A poetic collection published by Voice Verso”
1- Your poems revolve around depression and hope. What inspired you to write them?
I have been a very depressed person myself for over 2 to 3 years, as far as I remember. I
have been through it and came out successfully. And I am still trying not to sink again.
2- Would you like to give any message to youngsters who undergo depression?
There will be light at the end of the tunnel, only if you believe enough.
3- How would you describe your poems?
According to me, what breaks you makes you too, in some or the other way. Although you
may not realize it at that moment, in the end of the story, you will realize. I try writing
stuff that could connect people because heartbreaks are the only common thing all of us
4- Your works are deep and connecting. How is the process of poem writing for you?
Put down that printed copy of the bestseller and tune into the modern era of reading with eBooks. Download that eBook reading application in your smart phone or get an eBook reader, but switch to this user-friendly way of reading and make your life full of more tech friendly reading adventures!
Need reasons to read e-books? We have jotted down plenty of them for you:
1- Environment Friendly
No cutting of trees, no paper involved. All digital means of reading do justice to the environment and let readers enjoy the most eco-friendly way of content consumption.
Eliminating the printing cost, eBooks provide a great scope of trading good content and stories for money. It is like a win-win situation for both readers and authors. Publishing becomes easy for authors and buying becomes cheap for readers.
3- No need of extra space to carry them
Traveling and reading almost go hand in hand. Everyone loves reading while exploring new places, but seldom have space to carry all of their favorite books. With eBooks, you can carry tons of them in just one single device. Win-win again!
With an e-book reader, you can turn on your favorite modes to personalize your reading experience. Take care of your eye sight with the Night reading mode, while Sepia mode will give you ancient book reading experience. Zoom in or Zoom out the text to make it readable according to your comfort.
5- Access to millions of books
Isn’t this the most tempting benefit of eBooks? As a reader, many of us like to read 2-3 books at once. What can be better than having access to millions of them, just a click away?
6- Improve your reading skills
Thanks to reading stats in some reading apps which allow you to track how fast you read, the amount of time it will take for you to finish the book or how many books you have read so far. It allows you to manage your reading journey in a systematic way and guides you as per your reading speed.
7- Free ebooks
We have rarely heard of going to a bookstore and coming out with a free printed version of the book. With lots of promotions and deals on, you can often get free e-books while sitting in your comfort zone of home or office.
8- Instant access
Unlike paperbacks, no need to wait for eBooks to be delivered at your home. Buying and downloading them are just a click away.
9- No external light dependency
All devices have their own light and with that benefit, you can read in any position and at any cozy corner, you are comfortable at. So twist around, crumble up, read in dark or hide up to get engulfed into your favorite classic.
10- Read more as eBooks are convenient
All the above features and benefits will make reading a much more pleasant experience for you. As a result, you will end up reading more and more of great books.
“The words you choose and how you use them, show people who you are.”
Have you ever felt that English (what we call the universal language) is not enough to express your feelings?
Although when we use a computer, English seems a natural way to write but some expressions, some words are so unique that they can only be expressed in a specific language. And that’s why we at Voice Verso though of introducing one of the most promising features; the freedom to express and publish in your own language. 25 languages of a nation so diverse, that with every 100 km there is a change in language.
Once you are given that freedom to express in your own language, you get that flow of thoughts where no conversion/ translation is required. You put on paper what you think. You write what you truly feel. You express more clearly and your thought process is weaved into your writing the way it should come. People often come across loss in originality of expression when it is converted to another language. Eliminating all these hiccups, Voice Verso thought of giving its authors the power to express in their native language.
Choose words that portray your expression clearly. Choose the ones in the language you think. Bring your feelings alive with words and choose to write on Voice Verso.
Don’t you think readers and authors need a separate Social Media platform?
The cliché viral content flowing throughout the social media irks me at times. The same “Ten things to do this” or ” Click to know more” and other click-baiting articles are less accepted by everyone’s brain system now.
At Voice Verso, we are well committed to creating a community of authors and readers, where publishing a book is free and reaching out to an author is easy. We are a company by authors, for authors and devoted to serving authors. Apart from having a DIY Drag and Drop eBook publishing tool, we are building a platform to increase the interaction and reachability between authors and readers. We have designed voiceverso.com in such a way that post signing up, any user can create his/her “Voice Verso Profile”. The user can set a profile picture, cover image and follow various other authors and readers.
Your Voice Verso profile will look something like this…
Add a bit about yourself in the “Bio” section of your profile.
My Books Section- For the author in you…
My Reads- For the bibliophile in you!
Currently, under construction, my reads section will be coming soon. As of now, we are distributing our published books on various eBook stores like Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Book Bub.
Followers and Following option- So that you don’t miss any update!
Another interesting option at Voice Verso is that you stay updated with the latest published books, reads and what the person you are following is working on. This gives an opportunity to the readers and authors to bond even more.
Further to take Social Networking experience for readers and authors to the next level, we are building a news feed that will add the extra bling to the Voice Verso Community!
Can’t wait and want to start writing with us?
Get started and request your invitation from here.
About, a year and a half ago team of 2 simpleton writing enthusiasts thought of curating a platform that becomes an end to end solution for authors to publish, market, sell and scale their books online.
The idea was so non convoluted and unthoughtful that, “We will be the WordPress of book publishing”, were the exclamations we used to make jovially at our brainstorming sessions.
We are scaling now and we are scaling huge. From organizing a workshop for authors wherein, they were prompt to be the part of an extempore short story writing competition, which became “Fastest Book Ever Made- Collection of Short Stories from a Workshop” to publishing 4 books in all, we have come a long way and still more sprints needed.
Sure, but who will read eBooks?
India is still in its baby steps towards the transition of technological medium such as eBooks, but we are getting there and Voice Verso really wanted to be the flag bearer for that. 96% of the market of Indian bibliophiles rely on Paperbacks and there is no denying on this fact. But, those other 4% are influencing the book market in a huge way. Plus, with eBooks and services used with Voice Verso, authors can sell their content globally without restrictions. An author writing a romance in India would be made available for readers in UK or an author writing the plight of Syrian War from India, would be made available in Syria too, such is the power of eBooks. Simple, yet efficient! And,who said we won’t get into paperbacks. Well, we will! Just a matter of time.
Is Publishing with Voice Verso FREE?
Damn right, it is! We believe costing upfront payment packages is demotivating to the service of the art that we are for. So, we draw volatile royalties based on the premium services chosen by authors. The offered plans are –
Our babies that shined like diamonds and are making their mark to global reading diaspora are –
Let’s build an ebook publishing revolution together.
On 31st July 2016 around 12pm(IST), Voice Verso released its private beta for its privilege authors who would love to try the revolutionary DIY(Do it Yourself) book writing and publishing tool. To our overwhelming disbelief, around 25 authors signed up in just 24 hours of the release, to prove us that we are on a right track.
Since, then we are growing with a moderate speed of eminent writers, with the tally reaching up to 75 authors.
The Daily Active Writers(DAW) which is one of the key metrics to our growth is around 45 and we intent to increase that more and more.
After 1 month of our launch(i.e. – 31st August 2016), we released a new feature, wherein photographers, fashion blogger, visual storytellers, etc. can create their visual anthologies and portfolios using our revolutionary page by page image uploading option.
Voice Verso is first of its kind DIY(Do it Yourself) book writing, publishing and selling too. It is an end to end solution for budding authors to turn out to be best-selling authors. The product have been designed keeping in mind the craftsmanship of artists, poets, storytellers etc. to create their book page by page using our propitiatory “Drag and Drop book turning and 3D book modeling tool”. This way the writers fell as if they are writing and creating their own book, thereby making us a truly indie publishing platform. It takes out the boring cluttered manuscript and age-old Microsoft Word writing practices and gives a feel to the authors as if they are truly interacting with their content.
Page by Page making your own book.
What we intend to do?
Our future goals is to make every budding author, who ever have dreamed of publishing their books; a best seller. Our goal for coming 6 months is to publish the books of 100+ authors and make them sell it online. With the positive acceptance of the ecosystem all around, I see that we will hit our benchmark real soon. There are 120 million authors that goes unnoticed every year. Even, J K Rowling rejected 20 times, only to get her first Harry Potter . We want to cut this lag time for authors, so that they accelerate the book publishing process faster and better.
1) Multiple Books management system
Facing a writer’s block already with the first manuscript? No worries, you can publish multiple books. And, you have the access of all of them at one single place.
Your personalized multiple books management system.
2) You can publish unlimited eBooks FREE.
Publishing eBooks demands no costing from Voice Verso. Even, publishing paperbacks too. 😀 You will get to see this in my last section.
3) Chose a befitting Genre for your Book
From sci-fi to romance, from short stories to poems, from kindergarten to academics , from article anthologies to business and corporate books and from photography portfolios to modeling shoots. Publish anything under the sun and assign your befitting genre.
4) Targeted readership and data visualization to track/sell your books to them
Which Facebook page of which demographic from what country, from what city, from what gender, from what age group and from what reading habits is interested in buying your book? Target that and generate sales per copy. So, that you don’t have to waste time marketing it door to door. You can all do this by Voice Verso’s Smart Targeted book readership recommendations and data visualization real-time tracking tool.
5) Buy/Sell books on Voice Verso e-commerce and promote too.-
You can buy and sell your books on Voice Verso e-commerce and you can promote your titles on other retailers like Flipkart, Amazon, Kindle , iBook store etc. And, best part is you can do this all FREE.
6) In line book editing
You can select editors for per page or multiple pages editing as in when you need to do so. Your DIY book will be co shared with the editor of your choice and then you can give them privileges to edit your book. Furthermore, you can keep tabs of the editing first hand. This avoids hassle and communication lags between authors and editors.
7) No Cash upfront
Remember at point 3, I told you that you can publish both eBooks and Paperbacks free? Yes, you heard it right. We at Voice Verso, understand that, authors may not have enough economics to support their book publishing, editing , marketing and selling endeavors. So, we do not demand any cash. However, for using premium services we demand meager royalty ranging from 0% to 50%. Wait, did I just say – “0%”? Yes, you heard it right, there is a plan in the tool(which is least) which helps authors to publish and sell their books by keeping up 100% royalty. How cool is that?
8) Book Publishing houses aggregation
This is our futuristic attempt. We are in talks with some good old and famous traditional publishing houses to collaborate with us. Using our tool, if your book performs real well or you become our premium author, you will get a chance to choose your favorite book publishing house with your negotiable royalties and you can publish your book with them too. Told you, truly a best-selling deal here!
Voice Verso is making an end to end all round authors and readers marketplace. With our refined iterations with tech, we want to offer best possible book writing, publishing, editing, marketing and selling experience to our authors. We are hopeful to serve the author community in best of their interests. Keeping that in mind , we have kept the platform an “invite only” deal. Meaning, only privilege writers, poets, authors etc. who are serious enough to publish their books can try and receive the fruits of our tech. We are adamant to do so, to keep up content and publishing quality. However, we are excited to make platform live for all very soon.
Next Up! –
What we have in plans for next 100 days is to give multiple freemium templates and marketplace of editors to make your book publishing a boost. Do keep in touch with us on the same as the new update is releasing soon.
Meanwhile, for all those who’ve already started, I urge them to keep writing your book, page by page everyday. You may never know, you will see new surprises for your good every day.
Blogging as a whole industry is streamlined and is growing gruesomely. It has been reported that, every 1 second 9 new blogs are created on the World Wide Web. People from all across the globe share their thoughts, life, processes etc. via blogs.
It has been reported that almost more than 45% of the website on the internet uses WordPress(A blogging site) to record, write, publish and share their thoughts. This is growing more abruptly. However, there were certain setbacks due to the advent of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter etc. As, these sites always have tried to become the new face of blogging. Nonetheless, pure blogging still has its roots grounded and its very foundation supports the people to create their voices and share it to the world.
Words have always been powerful, whether being spoken or written, otherwise. It’s the power of shear words which can move mountains, win us battles and create the transformation of one form of knowledge into another.
Below is a bar graph of the number of blogging websites from 2009 to 2014. See, the exponential growth these writing platforms has. It includes, all WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger etc.
As, you can see how many blogs are piling up from 2009 to 2014 and, how the content driven internet is erupting in a mass manner. We are basically, surrounded by the content driven internet since, the inception of the Dot-com bubble.
We saw the eruption of a blog storm, from all these years. Now, let us look at how many self-publishing books are there from 2009 to 2014.
Here, is the graph for the same –
We can clearly observe that, how there is a consistent increase in the self publishing authors in the world. From 2009 to 2014, the trends are changing really in positive vectors. Especially, with the access of Kindle, Google books etc. People have become more digital savvy to publish their content. Further, analysis shows that, due to the increase of self publishing scenarios, the market of e-book has been sky-rocketed.
Voice Verso entering into the picture
Now, what voice verso is dealing here is providing a blend wherein writers or bloggers can have a common notion of reaching to their respective audiences, not just via blog posts, but via books. Genuine, published e-books! Eventually, they can sell these e-books online too.
It has to do with the amazing set theory, wherein the readers and writers are the universal set and, Voice Verso‘s sweet spot lies in the intersection of blogging, book publishing and the eCommerce for Books(both buying and selling).
So, notice how our metric is working here? We are dealing with all the writing enthusiasts to create, publish and share their authentic, quality oriented and genuine content. Once, you do have some considerable amount of posts(say 30-40), you can publish your own eBooks and sell them online. This is how Voice Verso is dwelling forward and we wish to change the blogging industry for better.
So, start writing your stories, articles, poems, etc., with Voice Verso and start getting it noticed in World Wide Web. Once, you do have some considerable amount of posts, go on to publish your own eBooks, with our Voice Verso Dashboard feature(which will be activated automatically, once you have 30+ posts in the site).
The one who use to get passionate about the beauty for the art and words carries. He has all his equipments with him, to showcase his talent.
A Thinking Ninja
Once he knows how to be passionate, he then frugally tries his hands into something which he discovered his latest passion. He used his equipments to create his content.
A Writing Ninja
Once, he knows what he was conspiring about all the time, he then turn to his options. He use his techniques and processes to produce his thoughts and contents.
A Proofreading Ninja
Write, Read, Re-read and Re-Re-read your content always. That is what they do. They master their art, until they become perfectionist. He “proofread” his stunts, just the same way you “proofread” your content on a paper. So, always master yourself, before hitting the final nail.
The Editor Ninja –
He supposedly became an editor, once he sharps his imperfect skills. He edit his work through processes to become a master. He practice and revise his work so hard, that for him the “editing” becomes a child play. Something like this.
Finally, a Book Published Ninja –
Publish your content and execute. Go for the final fight and bring all the above actions into systematic plan. Bring all the skills you got and then hit the final nail in the coffin. Now, you are a master zen and you become invincible. So, publish it !
The above approach can be different for different people. But, this is how a standard sword bearer is born. This is how you will the inductee for the Shotokanth school for badasserry.
So, follow all these and try to be a published Ninja soon, you can start your badass training from here
Unless, you want to be the best in the world, like this one.