About Nihar Suthar:
Nihar Suthar is an award-winning writer, covering inspirational stories around the world. Believe it or not, he stumbled upon writing completely by accident after moving to New York City for the very first time (at the young age of 17). While in the Big Apple, Nihar noticed that there were thousands of people missing out on the greatness of everyday life, due to the very fast paced lifestyles they lived.
As a result of his observations, he had a big idea to inspire people around the globe by writing a book (which was strange, because he always hated reading books. Why would he ever write one?). With the support of his family and friends though, Nihar ended up debuting his first international book, “Win No Matter What,” with Balboa Press in May 2013.
Since then, Nihar’s work has taken him to both distant parts of the globe and down strange alleyways. For his 2016 release, “The Corridor of Uncertainty,” Nihar traveled to the United Arab Emirates and received threats from the Taliban, as he sought to chronicle the miraculous story of the Afghan cricket team. To deepen his understanding of the Middle East region, Nihar also studied Pashto, one of the official languages of Afghanistan.
Nihar graduated cum laude from Cornell University, where he studied applied economics and management, with concentrations in finance and strategy. He currently calls Boston home, and is constantly on the prowl for fresh, inspiring stories to document.
What inspires you to write?
I am always inspired to write, because I only release positive and motivational stories. As a result, every single time I write something, I know it will help someone somewhere in the world. Many readers of my books have even approached me and told me that my work changed their lives. Just knowing I am able to make that sort of impact through my writing is what keeps me going everyday. If I can change somebody’s life for the better, why not do it?
Tell us about your writing process.
I am definitely an outliner. I like to envision how my books will be laid out first in terms of chapters, and how the overall story or content will flow. Once I have that vision in place, I begin writing. In the first round of writing, I just aim to get words on the page. I don’t care about making grammatical errors at this point. Once I am happy with my first round of writing, then I go back and revise the story and fine-tune the content. After these two rounds, then there are countless rounds of editing and eliminating grammatical errors.
I sometimes get a few people to read my work along the way just to get feedback and see if they like it. You might find it helpful to do something like that too.
What advice would you give other writers?
I think the biggest mistake many new authors make is rushing to get their book published. While you want to get your book out there as soon as possible, having formatting errors and language errors in your work instantly gives you a bad reputation. Don’t skip out on steps of the writing process, take your time, and do whatever makes you feel comfortable :).
Also, be resourceful! Newer authors may not have all the luxuries like more established authors do, but there is a way to always make it work out. For example, my recently released book, “The Corridor of Uncertainty,” is about the miraculous journey of the Afghan cricket team against the Taliban. I really wanted to interview players on the Afghan cricket team so that I could include completely new, never-before heard content in my book. The only way I could properly interview the players was if I traveled with them in the Middle East.
However, I didn’t have the money for such a trip. I’m sure most people would have been discouraged by this point…but not me. I was resourceful. I set up a great crowdfunding campaign for my book and raised the money necessary to travel to the Middle East, interview the Afghan cricket players, and successfully complete my book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My goal was to publish my books with a publisher, and I did. The only reason I wanted to publish with a publisher is because self-publishing sometimes doesn’t have the legitimacy and reputation that a traditional publisher does. However, that doesn’t mean self-publishing is bad. There are many self-published authors who do even better in terms of sales than traditionally published authors. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. I think the pros of traditional publishing are the legitimacy, reputation, resources, and opportunities it brings. I think the pros of self-publishing are the rights to your work that you totally retain, higher payments you receive, and of course the quicker time in which you can get your book to market.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think as it becomes easier and easier for an average person to publish a book (through self-publishing), the traditional publishers will have to try harder and harder to differentiate themselves in some way.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction, narrative non-fiction, self-help
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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