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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10 comments:

  1. Sometimes, a small conversation leads to great ideas and execution. I am happy that your project saw the light of the day and the more you are criticized, it's proof that you have arrived.

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    1. I agree, Vishal.
      Thank you for your support

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  2. When your intentions are positive and when you are determined to achieve your dream...then yes, the Universe helps you gradually.
    I m super proud to know Namu and u arti
    :-)

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    1. Thanks Gayu.
      Yes, I am a firm believer of this. Good intentions ALWAYS yield good results. We are learning and growing each step of the journey.

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  3. Who knows the same universe may give back your publishing enterprise, why not, who knows? Meanwhile keep the great work that you are doing at WE going. All the best. Ram, Chennai

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    1. Yes, who knows! But this time, I would prepare myself well enough before taking the first step, though I do not see it happening in near future, at least.
      Thank you, Ram for your support


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  4. So happy for you, Namrata and WE!! Sharing about WE on my blog posts...:) I wish you all the very best and success...:)

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    1. Thanks Tarang, it means a lot to me.


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  5. Am really happy for you, Namrata and WE. I am sending WE all my positive, loving energies truly with all my heart. I have always wanted to start a library with all the world's best books and lovely corner seats for kids and grown ups alike to sit and read their favorite books in. Yet several fears always kept me back from doing that. I am so happy to meet some one like you who has been able to overcome those fears and take the right step forward.

    You are right. The Universe will reward you. If there is anyway in which I can participate in WE as part of a creative endeavor, don't hesitate to let me know. I'd be happy to hear from you.

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    1. Thanks, Swapna and I send you good positive thoughts as well. Hope your wish comes true.
      Drop in a mail to Namrata at admin@writersezine.com though WE is not recruiting right now.
      WE will star the mail for future reference.


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