In today's post, we will be sharing the interview of Anoop Kumar, who is a lawyer by profession and an author by heart. He is an alumnus of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad and the author of the book “Protecting Little Angels: An Insight into Child Rights and Laws".Today we will be sharing his journey as an author. Let's start with the interview,
Q1>Tell us something about yourself. What's your background (Academic/Professional)?
Ans: Currently, I am a PhD scholar at Bennett University. I graduated from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow, in 2011 with a law degree. After that, I received admission to NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad after clearing my CLAT. I studied LLM in Intellectual Property Rights there. Besides academic pursuits, I am also passionate about music.
Q2> What inspired you to become an author? Who inspired you? What's the story behind it?
And: In the past, I was under the impression that only intellectuals could publish articles. However, when I entered my graduation year, I realised that my peers and teachers were already submitting articles. This motivated me to continue doing the same, so I attended conferences and got a few papers published in law journals. My main motive is not money rather it is the joy of completing the book that intrigues me.
Q3> Can you name some books and their briefs that you have written?
Ans: I have written a lot of books about the rights of individuals, including “Laws relating to life of a women :From Womb to Tomb” which I wrote in collaboration with my PhD adviser Priya Sondhi. Earlier I published “Protecting Little Angels: An Insight into Child Rights and Laws” as well as a report on status of legal literacy in India named
Q4> What mistakes have you made as an author and don't want others to repeat?
Ans: I used to write my articles in a time-bound manner, making them seem somewhat dull. I have learned from experience that writing requires patience and time. If an author wants to publish a book in 2 months, then the quality will be sacrificed. I would suggest to new authors to take as much time as is needed to write, and that time should not be a burden. Additionally, I was making a mistake regarding the synopsis. In the past, I was not able to write a synopsis properly, but by practising and experimenting I was able to improve my abilities.
Q5> How long does it usually take to write a book? How to become a published or self-published author?
Ans: There are many online self-publishing platforms available. One of them is Notion Publishing. There are many appealing books there. The first benefit is that this platform is free for authors.
When we want to publish with a publishing house, we have to agree to their terms and conditions. Moreover, publication determines the market value of your book. Therefore, one has to write according to their interest, and if our field of interest matches theirs, we must submit a rough proposal with timelines for completing the book. Then they will review it and you have to make appropriate changes.
My suggestion is that any author should have a clear mind on which publication they want to publish their book. Choosing a publication house means asking, "Does my area of interest match this publication or not?" and making a decision accordingly.
Q6> Have you ever faced criticism in your writing career and how did you deal with it?
Ans: Yes, I faced criticism in my earlier days from my teachers and colleagues. For me, criticism is always welcome. It helps me to improvise and retrace the writing process to improve. Everything in the world has flaws and so does my article. I view criticism as an opportunity to grow.