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The Result (Annual Book Sales in Year 1 of Launch) Yes, the better I’ve gotten as a writer (not just my assessment—below are the average Goodreads ratings), the more my book sales have plummeted. From once being considered a major mass market pull by my Indian publishers, I’m just a touch above the midlist. Reliable but not blockbuster. Relevant but dispensable. I’m not particularly surprised. If I’ve learnt anything in my corporate career, it’s that a product earns mass success when it meets the unmet needs of the masses. The Yoga of Max's Discontent I Random House. Five Mindful Meditation Benefits with Karan. Sugar Addiction is to Stop Eating Sugar with Meditation. Book Review: The Yoga of Max's Discontent by Karan Bajaj. Coffee Break 015: Karan Bajaj.
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Much of the writing on my blog is about creativity, yoga, meditation, etc. but done with the right spirit, a simple corporate job can be a tool for transcending your self. Or at-least a source of tremendous personal growth. James draws a distinction between two kinds of performers in this article: Swimmer: A strong performer. Water-Walker: The rare one-of-a-kind hire who changes the trajectory of any company he or she joins. After reading this article, I hope you all decide to be WATER-WALKERS, treating your job as a tool for growth and never ever setting a low base.
Having observed over time a vast array of different corporate training courses, there is a not-so-surprising consistency from our younger participants during the Q+As along the lines of, An inspiration: How to change your life in 2016. This is a brief snapshot of my last three years: 2013: Started the year as a Senior Director in Kraft Foods in New York; ended the year sleeping on the floor of a yoga ashram fifty miles from Madurai in a forest in South India.2014: Started the year as an unpublished novelist with sixty rejections; ended the year with an international book deal with Penguin Random House.2015: Started the year in my dream job as the Chief Marketing Officer of a Brooklyn based start-up; ended the year going full throttle to launch The Yoga of Max’s Discontent in the US.
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I’m an eternal optimist so when I completed my debut US novel, I confidently queried all the best literary agents in the country. Some didn’t reply at all, others sent a form rejection, yet others’ assistant’s assistant wrote back saying their client list was full. Amid the doom and gloom, these literary agents with A-list clients responded quickly asking for the full manuscript and provided specific, detailed feedback on the same.
Eventually, a few offered to represent me as well. Note: I approached them cold through the slush pile without industry or author connections so this comprehensive list should work for every debut author. 6 Tips to get a top US Literary Agents. Finding a literary agent who’s respected in the industry is the best thing you can do for your writing career.
A top literary agent will refine your manuscript to make it saleable, pitch it to the very best editors in top publishing houses, get you a deal quickly, and continue to support you after you are published. For perspective, Mollie Glick, my wonderful agent at Foundry got me an international deal for THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT with Penguin Random House worldwide (Riverhead Imprint) within weeks of signing me up. A few tips on how to find a literary agent who’s excellent–also please read the companion piece on 10 Top US literary agents who will actually read your query and manuscript: 1. Write a book which means somethingThe best literary agents get more than 500 queries a month and pick just one or two manuscripts to represent, if that.
Travel as a spiritual pursuit or skip the beach vacation - Karan Bajaj. A couple of years ago, Kerry and I went to a resort in the Dominican Republic for a vacation: all-inclusive, swimming pools, beach views, room service etc. Sounds lovely, right? Actually, no. It was entirely forgettable. The incredible upside of loneliness - Karan Bajaj. I was a little depressed when I first landed in New York alone in the middle of a thick snowy winter.
It was the sixth or seventh time I’d moved countries/cities in the past decade. Once again, I was going to live in a place where I didn’t know a soul. I was in thirty-one, single and lonely yet unable to stop drifting. It was a gift–even though I didn’t know it then. The ancient yogis had a 4,2,1 rule. The one book advertising approach that works.
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The only reason to write a book or create anything. I thought Johnny Gone Down would change the world.
I’d written it in a dark phase of my life when I was single, broke, and almost unemployed at age 30, a far cry from what I thought my life would be with my stable Indian middle-class upbringing and top B-School degree. Johnny helped me understand my seemingly self-destructive choices. I thought it would give the world hope, help millions see the light in their darkness. It didn’t. Johnny came, did pretty well for a while, then dwindled as books usually do. The Seeker came, did pretty well for a while, then dwindled as books usually do.The Yoga of Max’s Discontent, the US/international version of The Seeker, launched six weeks ago and is off to a solid start. Because it changes you. The only way to make tough decisions - Karan Bajaj. Here are three tough decisions I made: In 2008, I started working for a management consulting firm and didn’t like being a data monkey at all.
I wanted to quit immediately but worried how it would look on my resume. So I stayed on for another eighteen months.I was in a relationship that was mutually un-beneficial but didn’t leave for many years because I was worried what people would think.In 2013, I was at the peak of my career when I left to travel from Europe to India by road and learn yoga and meditation in the Himalayas because Kerry and I wanted to grow, deepen ourselves, and become more silent.
Guess how the first two decisions turned out? I was miserable, my world shrunk to think only about my problems, and a part of me went dead. And the third? There are only two decisions: decisions of growth and decisions of fear/worry/what people will think/what resumes will say/all the bad things you can conjure up. Choose growth each time. Does Life Have A Purpose? - Karan Bajaj. The first draft of The Yoga of Max’s Discontent was a disaster.
I was trying hard to write a story with a message. It doesn’t work. The storyteller has to become the story he’s telling. If there’s a separation between the author and his message, between the artist and his art, art falls apart. The creator has to dissolve into his creation, experience such oneness with the story that s/he becomes just a medium for the story to express itself. The author has to lose himself for his story. Proven creative tips that help in creative writing. Keep off the Grass was published seven years ago in 2008. Back then, I had never thought this “hobby” would end up taking over my life. In the years since, I’ve changed careers, taken sabbaticals, exited relationships and entered important new ones, and experienced moments of both overwhelming despair and excitement, all directly or indirectly because of my writing. How to have the best ideas in the world.
I was re-writing my novel for the hundredth time the night Leela was born. She’d wake up, I’d help take care of her, she’d go back to sleep, I would continue writing. I should’ve rested, I should’ve enjoyed the moment, I should’ve… But I’d reached a point where I couldn’t breathe anymore until I finished the book. Don’t become a writer or an entrepreneur until you have that one idea that’s possessed you for days, months, years. Else you’ll lose the will to plug away through the unending rejections and disappointments inherent in the journey (read this for a timeline of my sixty rejections). The world doesn’t need one more “5 ways to become productive” listicle or another e-commerce app. Meditation & Nutrition: Why You Should Quit Sugar Today - Karan Bajaj. I’ve been experimenting with cutting sugar out of my diet on the advice of my wife, Kerry, a leading nutritionist in New York.
The benefits have been almost as transformative as when I first began meditation. I’ve more natural energy, my thoughts are calmer, the nagging runner’s knee pain that had bothered me for months is gone, and so on. I wanted my readers to experience the same benefits so I requested Kerry to share both why a sugar detox is necessary and how one can resist its sweet pull. Over to Kerry: The urgency to quit sugar For the past five years, I’ve worked as a nutritionist alongside Dr. Sugar is linked with obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, migraines, autoimmune disease, and of course tooth decay. My 4,1,4 rule or why you shouldn't feel the pressure to become an entrepreneur - Karan Bajaj. My second novel, Johnny Gone Down, was optioned into a Hollywood film the same month I got my first US book deal for The Yoga of Max’s Discontent with Random House. I never wanted to be a full-time writer but I’d been reading self-help books for years, all of which advised me to leave my job to pursue my passion.
I decided to quit. My manager convinced me to stay part-time. I agreed reluctantly to stay on for two days a week. Who wants to work in corporate America when you can “live your dream”? Three steps to achieve transcendence in your work - Karan Bajaj. On May 3rd’ 2016 when Penguin Random House’s Riverhead imprint launches The Yoga of Max’s Discontent in the US, I will join the ranks of debut novelists in the US, speaking in empty bookstores and shaking their heads at their #350,000 Amazon ranking.
But that’s fine. The one thing writing teaches you about life. - Karan Bajaj. I was rejected for the sixtieth time. Six Signs Benefits in Meditation. Is Life Destiny or Free Will? Should you quit your job to pursue your passion? Ask the Author with Karan Bajaj. Karan Bajaj: Shun comfort and take a MIND-DISSOLVING VACATION [Your Creative Push Ep 81] How to know if you're doing the work you were meant to? Karan Bajaj: "How to Plan a Sabbatical, Dharma, & The Yoga of Max's Discontent"
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Willful De-construction: Why you should self-destruct every so often. I thought my life would go like this. I analyzed every decision to death so that it would be the right one—find the perfect partner, choose the right jobs that would accelerate my career, buy a house in the perfect city at the perfect time. Then, my life collapsed. I quit my job to travel for six months and landed back in the US on the day Lehmann collapsed in 2008. My savings evaporated. A seven year old relationship ended. I picked up the pieces but I was full of regret. The Best Money Decision You Can Make Today - Karan Bajaj. The one thing writing teaches you about life. - Karan Bajaj. How to not let your dreams die after kids - Karan Bajaj. The One Question That Will Change Your Career - Karan Bajaj. Step-By-Step Guide On How To Write A Novel. From Kafka, the insurance clerk to Lewis Carroll, the mathematics teacher, writers have tried to balance the call of the muse with the call of the dollar for generations.
Should you aim for a US publishing deal for your debut novel? - Karan Bajaj. What Is The True Meaning of Life. In our consumption driven world, a question like this typically provokes a chuckle or a snigger rather than a thoughtful enquiry. But for those who aren’t content to sleepwalk through life or accept Hallmark card-like exhortations to “leave the garden a little better than you find it”, here are my thoughts after jostling with this question for some time. While I’m heavily inspired by Yoga and Buddhist philosophy, I do believe that the paths are many but the truth is one. Spiritual Gear: 5 Material essentials for your spiritual path. Lululemon is a $2 Billion company. Kripalu pulls in annual revenues of $30 Million. The only reason to write a book or create anything. How to sell 200,000+ copies of your books in India: A complete guide - Karan Bajaj. 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Experience.
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