Another great Saturday with another great indie author. Today we have Sagarika Sabarwal joining us. She writes romantic suspense. Let’s find out more…
Welcome, Sagarika! We’re glad to have you here on Love Indie Romance. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Sagarika is a pen name. Does that have any particular meaning behind it?
First I planned on keeping my identity anonymous. Some of the characters in my story had a strong resemblance to people I knew ( I can go ahead to say, some characters were inspired by my friends) and I didn’t want people to assume it is my story. But then I realized for widespread promotion, I need to start from my social circle for which disclosing my identity was essential, and so I gave up on my animosity but retained it on book covers. I chose the name Sagarika because mom in particular was fond of that name and came up with it when I asked her for a name.
You just started writing a story on Wattpad. What has your experience been like?
My experience in Wattpad hasn’t been too great since I don’t have followers there and I haven’t spent much time in promoting my work there either. I am not sure how to go about it either. Since the story I am writing there has some sexually explicit scenes, it has been made private and until the readers follow me, they won’t be able to read it. So the number of readers following the story have been less. I haven’t completely given up on that platform, but I need to think of ways to get followers.
Besides writing, you also accept review requests. What’s your favorite part about that? Least favorite?
Favorite part about accepting reviewing requests is getting a chance to meet new authors and reading their stories. I will also be supporting and promoting indie authors, which is something I will always be proud of. The journey the indie authors have to undertake to promote their book is very tedious and I want to support them in every way possible. The sad part about it is, I won’t be able to accept all the requests. Firstly, it’s lack of time and secondly I am a very picky reader. I enjoy books that are either dark, unconventional and Taboo. And until I get into the book completely ( which is dependent on my book) I won’t be able to do justice to them. I rather not read a book than reading it half-heatedly.
Rita Stradling is the author of The Deception Dance series, the Dakota Kekoa series and The Fourteen Day Soul Detox Novella Serial. She has a BA in Art History and a particular love for modern and medieval art.
Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California.
She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: romance, paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.
“If I think you might disappear on me, I’ll just be thinking about that all night, and I don’t want to have to deal with that shit. Just not worth going for me,” Culter said.
Wow, he made me feel like I was his odious chore, that was nice. I found it ridiculous that he was giving me a hard time about going off with people.
“Just go do your thing, Culter, I’ll be fine.” I might have put a fair dose of insinuation into my words, but the whole conversation was bugging me. I stood, gathering my makeup from the floor as I did.
“What’s my thing?”
“Like I know,” I mumbled.
“Sounds like you think you know,” he said. He stood too, stepping a little closer.
“It doesn’t matter.” I threw my stuff onto my bed.
He stepped in even closer, way too close, and smirked down at me. “Come on, I want to know. What’s my thing, Cassie?”
As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of experimenting with, well, absolutely everything. So, of course, I’ve been playing around with pre-orders for my current series.
Book One: None cuz I tossed it into the wild at random haha! No, really. Totally random.
Book Two: 3 weeks
Book Three: 6 weeks (currently 4 weeks in/2 weeks left)
Personally, I’ve found that a longer pre-order tough to “maintain” since the majority of sales happen when I first announce and my Amazon ranks peak at 5-7 days into a pre-order. Therefore, I’ll be doing 5-7 day pre-orders moving forward. Brilliant, I know! LOL But, for reals, I reckon everyone has a different experience with this, eh? So here’s a super informative article by the fabulous Chris McMullen: