How do you feel when you see some chapters of your yet-to-be completed novel published as a book on a foreign website without your permission? I got really surprised when I came across twenty chapters of my novel "Serendipity and After" as a book with a new title"A novel about publishing of a novel" on Ridoro, a Russian website. Interestingly, it selected the chapters that related to publishing only. I published this novel on Medium a couple months ago - one chapter every day for seventy one days at a stretch and then stopped for some reason, leaving it incomplete. I haven't worked on it since. The new title was actually the tagline of the serialized novel. Is it right for this website to publish my novel this way without my consent? I wanted to shoot an angry email to the owner of the website, but strangely there was no contact email at the site. So I wrote to my editor-friend V Ramaswamy asking for his take and what I should do under the circumstances. Ramaswamy was also taken aback, and advised me to write to the website editor to take down my work from the site. But he added,"Actually, I wouldn't worry. It spreads the word."
Done with final proof read. Adhir will come this week to take back proof.
So I had another read of my upcoming novel "Shadowland" - after about sixteen years.
Still readable and relevant.
Reading Don Delillo's Mao II. It's about a reclusive author who has been writing a book for twenty six years and is now sitting over it. Just two days ago I had stopped publishing my novel after 71 installments as the book had burnt me out. I was so sick of writing. So we share more or less the same kind of problem.
I find the book therapeutic for me at my present state of being.