A Happy New Year to you!

A couple of days after the euphoria of the new year has faded, I take stock of where I am.

A new year, a new day but it is the same old me, the person, but some old, some new aspirations, and goals.

With my focus more on health and home, the blog did feel quite neglected for the past several months. Some of this will change as the decade changes and the new year stretches from days to weeks and months.



My focus on my health remains the same, I know I have to work really hard for it. My aim to post regularly on the blog, to share consistently needs work. Other things are changing. 2020 is the year of being different, moving out of the box.


Not everything was slow, my work on the editing front went well with some excellent projects. I suggest you pick this thrilling book, The Treasure Syndicate by Jatin Kubekar. (Yes, pots of gold are involved. ) Plus the writing is smooth and the storyline is so strong, it was a breeze to edit.

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I also published another book, my third and this time about the craft I love so much – editing.

It wouldn’t have been possible without Rubina Ramesh, my friend, author, Marketing Strategist for Authors and Publishers, and founder of The Book Club.


The book, Self-Editing, Editing, and Editors will help writers and authors demystify the nitty-gritty of editing for both fiction and nonfiction authors.

It is a Writer’s Toolkit that covers the basic steps needed to ensure that you have a well-edited book.

This is a short and crisp book that gives an insight into the overall process of fine-tuning your work and writing.

Editing Simplified!

Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions on :

  • How to search for an editor, and how to negotiate and finalise the right editor?
  • Do you need self-editing?
  • How can self-editing help you?
  • How to ensure that you have the best editor?
  • Why does every writer need an editor?
  • How to negotiate, find the right editor and have the best contract?
  • How to ensure your work is safe and edited as per your needs?
  • All your questions and doubts answered.

The Writer’s Toolkit is for Self-Editing, Editing, and Editors for a polished book and a calm author.

Editing explained and why you need it.


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Lessons Learnt from Last Year 2019.

Every time the year begins, we feel we have a lot of time yet how quickly the illusion shatters as the weeks rush by and our to-do list piles up. This year is not going to be any different if I don’t be different.

Something I read recently has added fuel to my dreams and plans but first what was 2019 all about?

The biggest takeaway from me from last year was that I had a lot of activities planned but none well executed. Many in fact left halfway or abandoned on the drawing board or my planner.

Yes, I do have a couple of incomplete plans.

  • A course I bought and didn’t start.
  • A book I started but didn’t write.
  • A project I planned but didn’t execute.
  • A social media plan I couldn’t follow.


Yet I am not disheartened, I did wish for 2019 to move out and get in the new year 2020 only because not only is it a new beginning. It is also a continuation of what I have been doing in the past year.

If something worked out, it is because I put in effort towards it. All the goals I managed to achieve were possible because I wanted those and worked for them.

So as is the norm, I have no new word of the year nor do I have any new year resolution but just one line of action.

This is the quote often heard as a kid. Whenever I wanted something or was trying to achieve something? I was simply told this and now I tell my son the same.

“God helps those who help themselves.”

This is one line that works whether you believe in God or not!

Anything will get done only if you do it, work for it, try for it.

No amount of dreaming and planning will work until you execute it.

This is what my plan for 2020 is – Aims & Action.


Affirmations and Action for 2020

The plans I made last year continue this year as well but I am holding myself accountable for the actions I take or not for achieving them.

I have to help myself so I can leverage that effort in all aspects of my life.


I understand it is not easy to always follow through on our plans but most of the time one stops due to overload of work or taking up too much, too soon.

Luckily I had help and guidance to understand my shortcomings, all of last year.

A big shoutout to Shailaja V for her productivity hacks and blogging Bootcamp.

She has been a big help for me to understand my pitfalls and fine-tune my plans.

Take a look at her blog or Instagram – you will love it! I know you will.

Small actionable projects, simple steps designed to support my goals of writing more, reading more and editing more books.

My plans, goals and aspirations will work only when I do.

2019 was a good learning process for me. Not always does our environment support our plans but there is always plan B.

Staying is a good and positive frame of mind is equally important. Look at the bright side, there is always something to be thankful for.

Last year, I didn’t read or blog as much as I wanted to but the upside was recovery from a bad knee issue and much better health in 2020.

The silver lining was that I was able to understand what really mattered to me.

I no longer feel bad when I have to choose, I know what I choose matters the most at that point in time. Be it my family, my work, my health, or my hobbies. Win-win.

I plan to follow my heart, my aspirations and wish the same for you.

I wish you a very Happy and Successful New Year!

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  1. Vinitha

    Wow, author of three books! That’s a great achievement. Much like you I too have some poorly executed plans. But that’s okay. As long as we are aware of the whats and why, we can put the plans into action. I like that quote and it is so true ” God helps those who help themselves”.
    Wishing you a fabulous year ahead, Indy. Felt good to read your post after a long time. 🙂

  2. Parul Thakur

    I loved how you were so honest in this post about what you did not accomplish. I think the first step is acknowledging. Good luck to you Inderpreet. I also don’t make resolutions or WOTY but I do have a few themes that I track and that works for me.
    Happy new year to you!

  3. Shilpa Gupte

    God helps those who help themselves…it’s what I keep repeating to myself everytime I feel I need something. Unless we do something, things aren’t going to happen.
    Wishing you a happy new year, Indy! I am sure you will make it one of your best years! <3

  4. Rajlakshmi

    congratulations on publishing another book. That’s an awesome feat. I have been guilty of not meeting some of my goals too. It does keep bothering me, but as you said, we learn to sort out priorities. I wish you an even more successful year.

  5. Shalzmojo

    You have been so objective in assessing yourself for 2019 – I really commend you for that Indy. Congrats for the new book and I wish for it do really well.

    I am in the same boat as you for unfinished projects and yes its because I didnt put in the requisite work required for it.

    Wish you a very happy new year and hope 2020 is fulfilling and brilliant for you!!

  6. Obsessivemom

    You just reminded me that I have two courses that I downloaded waiting for me. I hope I can get to them soon. Congratulations on your book and also on your editing assignments. I hope 2020 is even more productive for you.

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