Today I welcome Author Mayank as we understand the role of the book title in a creative journey of the author. #ThePrincessOfAWhorehouse is his first book and has been garnering thought provoking reviews from readers. Mayank Sharma is a computer engineering graduate with post-graduation in business management. He works with a leading technology multinational in Delhi.
Mayank has authored a number of articles and white papers on software technology and processes. Having travelled across continents and associated with people with diverse beliefs and values, he became more curious about the social riddles curtailing liberties across societies. He penned his debut novel, The Princess of a Whorehouse when he came across some real life incidents that quivered his soul.
What is the reason for this controversial title? Has it had a negative or positive impact on the promotion and sales of the book?
It is an intriguing title that reflects a poignant theme. It contains a metaphor to encapsulate the gist of the story in a catch phrase. It provokes the audience to delve into the out of the ordinary journey of an ordinary girl and her widowed mother, who battle against a ruthless realm of the stereotypes.
The title portrays a vivid picture of the protagonist, who can be compared to a princess in an abstract sense due to the sanctity of her inner strengths and perseverance. Aparajita is as tenacious as a princess in achieving her ambitions by challenging the status quo of society despite being raised in a milieu that is looked upon as a swamp.
Well, it is difficult to tangibly interpret the impact of the title on sales or the promotion. When I began writing on this subject, I was aware that such a book is unlikely to be commercially successful in terms of sales volume since it was never intended for masses. I believe that my story will merely remain a work of fiction forever, as a girl like Aparajita will never see the light of day in real life if the title alone creates a negative perception. As an aspiring author, it was a tough decision to initiate my journey in the world of creative writing with a sensitive theme like this one. Finally, I decided to take the bull by the horns wholeheartedly.
As an aspiring author, it was a tough decision to initiate my journey in the world of creative writing with a sensitive theme like this one. Finally, I decided to take the bull by the horns wholeheartedly.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Mayank.
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