Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Story

The thought of starting an on-line magazine was at the back of my mind for quite some time. Since the day I closed the publishing house I had started, to be specific. Those who have known me and been visitor to my blog know about the publishing house and the reason I had to shut it down. I was not only depressed, I was furious and guilty conscious for not being able to do justice to the work of authors I had published through my publishing house because of my inexperience in marketing/distribution.

During those ugly pessimistic moments, there was only one thing that was positive - my intention. I kept reminding myself that, whatever I had done, I had done it with good intentions and some day, the Universe will reward the intentions. I needed time to heal and once I was sure I was ready to step into publishing yet again, I bought the domain. Did not take much time for me to think of the name. It just came to my mind, as if it was waiting for the right moment to present itself. I took this as the first positive hint.

Even though I was full of ideas, even though I had the domain, even though I knew I could work on the template and take care of the back-stage. I needed someone who could run the show for me. As if, in answer to my request, Namrata stepped in. I still do not know how the conversation exactly started. We discussed WE and I showed her the Demo site I had designed and asked her what she thought about it. The Universe had started responding to my thoughts. Hence, I was not too surprised when Namrata thought that the idea was wonderful. I was joyous. Everything seemed to be falling into right places. 

Namrata's support meant a lot to me and I started working on the site. Apart from being a huge support, Namrata efficiently took care of the marketing/publicising monster by sharing the news with her friends, her groups, her library. The contributions started pouring in. 
I do not know what I would have done without her. Writer's Ezine is truly WE. It is neither Namrata nor Arti. WE. WE did it.
And as Namrata says in her Editor's Note
"It is a moment of pride when dreams come true but it is a moment of joy when you see many dreams come true together through that one dream of yours."

WE are overwhelmed by the positive response WE got for our first issue. Each facebook like made us smile and at the same time increased our heart beat, wondering whether WE would be able to keep up to the expectations of the readers.
WE also had an ugly experience of mudslinging; where someone accused Namrata - no scratch that - accused US of stealing their idea. WE knew WE were on the right side of the things, and as it always happens, truth won in the end. The issue was resolved. But it did teach US the ways of the world.

Our release on 2nd and the wonderful response WE got, the statistics rising up by 1000+ in just a couple of days has proved that If your intentions are pure, you get what you truly deserve.
WE just hope that WE are able to continue this journey with our head high and good intentions in our hearts.
WE got offers for advertisements, which WE turned down. WE were constantly asked by our friends, "What about your earnings from Writer's Ezine?" To them WE answered - WE want no monetary returns for what WE are doing.
All the efforts taken in reading the contributions, selecting entries from the numerous ones received, editing the entries, searching for images, designing, posting, creating e-book versions, all were rewarded when our readers appreciated US.

If we had been the kind who were easy to cry, both Namrata and me would be always be seen with a napkin wiping the happy tears.

I want to thank all the contributors, supporters and readers for the love and respect shown for our effort.

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