Saturday, May 25, 2013

Introducing Sherpa - Madness Mandali's book coaching service.


For the past few days we have been harping about Sherpa on our Facebook page. The response has been amazing. A lot of people have been asking, "Sherpa, Sherpa, kya hai? Yeh Sherpa, Sherpa". So we decided that we do a post for all those shy people who never seem to email us for details.

Sherpa basically is a book coaching service. We will help you publish a book, start to finish. We, after having published KaviKala with a 0 budget realised that self publishing is awesome. We had a pool of awesome artists, literary enthusiasts, book lovers, and writers. So we put together a team of people whose services will be put to used to make your book.
Coming to how this will done, let us elucidate by showing you Mandali's involvement in each stage of production.

Stage 1 is pre-production where we at Mandali will be your book-coaches who annoy/bully/encourage/push you to keep writing. We also promise you unabashed, unbiased constructive criticism/feedback/sarcastic comments on your writing. This will ensure that your plot makes sense, and your characters are strong.
Then comes Stage 2 where we begin fine tuning the editorial aspects of the book. Here a copy-editor will come in and clean up the grammar and spelling, cut away florid and unnecessary sentences and make the copy tight and sharp. And then comes in a proof reader who will literally go through the book word by word and ensure your book is typo free and all the T's are dotted and the I's are crossed.
Finally in Stage 3, our awesome designers will come in and design the interiors (pages) and exterior (cover) of your book! And voila! You have a book that reads like it came from a publishing house much better than the kinds that publish C-Bag and a cover that is pretty friggin awesome as well! We can also get your book made into an e-book after this stage!

Sounds good, right? But expensive? Not at all. 

Fixed costs:
  • Editing
  • proof reading
  • cover design
  • book design
Variable cost:
  • Book coaching
What do these mean? 
1. Book coaching (which is necessary only if you don't have a manuscript ready)- Charges by the month.
[You will have to pay this for at least one month, so that we can suggest edits, give comments, help you understand the strong points of your story]
2. Editing and Proofreading - When you enter this stage, your manuscript will be locked. There will be no major changes after this. Only refining of statements and correction of those silly grammar mistakes than simply seem to evade the eye.
3.Cover Design - Our team shall give you a choice of amazing cover designs and then you shall be spoilt for choice.
4. Book Design - No book is complete until you have all your pages aligned, the font all right, the pages number and type set. That 's what is done here.

By the time, you come here, you shall have a book ready to be printed. This is where our work ends but since, we by this time, would have become your best friends (or worse enemies - but we hoping for the former), we will help you decide if you want to do an eBook and/or if you want to go for print on demand. We will help you negotiate a deal with them. (Your contract is not inclusive of this and you will have a separate one with the publisher). 

That done, soon you shall have the book in your hands and major bookstores. How do you think you will feel then?

For further queries, contact

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Water Glass Project simplified

We know all of you are really smart and all but we thought we'll make things simpler, just in case. So here is The Water Glass Project simplified.


So a collaborative writing challenge. Okay?

BUT who?

Well of course, YOU! But let us make it clearer?

You along with a friend or more (upto 4), write a story with more than one voice. Capiche?

How much time do I have? How much to write?

Here, Dobby do the answering...

The challenge will run from 1st January to 31st January, 2013. So get your quills and ink ready.

If you are still reading this horrendously long post, you must be interested, right? Oh yay! Let me the first to welcome you to the Minions.

Officially, you need to register. So that the Manoos has all your details and knows where to find you and your team.

Registrations open from 1st December, 2012 and will be on till midnight of 30th December.

Phew, a full month of writing is tough, I know but think of everything you get in return. A published book! We'll promote, publicize and do everything for your book, including running around in the market with drums. So yes, you can win, yes you can.

So once again, a team of 2 to 5 people write a book with more than one voice in a span of 31 days. The registrations start on 1st December, 2012 and the challenge runs in the month of January.

If at all, you are still confused, need to clarify some doubts, we are always online. Here's our FB page, and our email and our twitter. You can stalk us!

Minion on behalf on the Manoos, signing off!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Water Glass Project

Madness Mandali and its Mad Minions proudly present to you our newest challenge, 'The Water Glass Project'. This awesomely designed poster has everything you need to know about, but if you still need more information, the FAQ section shall answer your remaining queries. And yes, the site will be up soon to accept entries for this project.

Now go tell every baccha baccha of your neighbourhood, Mandali is back!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The face of KaviKala

The cover for KaviKala is out, all 6 by 9 inches of it. Deleeshus no?

Oh Yeah!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

How I Mate You Are Mandali

We at Madness Mandali keep getting asked how we came together, why we came together, why we came up with the idea of a visual poetry book and will the nanga naach ever stop?

Aavar pagal phellow Hari Chakyar a.k.a. Nature Baba a.k.a. the guy who drew and wrote this kaumik decided to answer these koschins once and for all.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

First Look: KaviKala (Coming This November)

Ram Ram Mandali!

Firstly we are very very overjaaied with the love that Mandali has been receiving from you peepalz and even the media. If we could describe how much joy we have it would look something like this ossum dance routine from this video:

Pictured: Exact Reaction

As you also know, over the last couple of weeks we've been slowly but surely building up the momentum as we head closer and closer to the release of our first book of Visual Poetry titled KaviKala - (the name was suggested by our dear Maavshi, Mrs. Suranga Date)

What's that you say? You don't know we're coming out with a book this November? Seriously? You mean you didn't see it when Suresh 'Sir, I Made Lakhs' Kalmadi assured the world on Facebook and Twitter that this would be a World-Class book? Okay fine, we admit that may have not been the smartest decision on our part, but seeing how everyone started to say good things about the CWG village after a few pics 'showed up on FB' we thought it was worth a shot.

Accha chalo, did you saw when Genelia (who is also Kabhi Kabhi referred to as Aditi) said we're rare, na? Nahi?

That mince ke you are as oblivious to aavar book as an #Amit is about the South of India (See now we're even dropping them cool hashtags!)

Fikar not. The very ossum people from Afternoon Despatch & Courier (Not a courier service, as aavar middiya-parson Hari Chak(Norris)Yar would say!), have featured us in their newspaper today which you can read here

But since website links are web 1.0; we have for you an awesome Issuu version of the article complete with Topless Mermaids and a joke about that guy who burned copies of that novel which was on the syllabus of Mumbai University.

Now if that's not what you call SEO then Veena Malik and Ashmit Patel's upcoming affair on Bigg Boss 4 is totally not scripted!

Okay so it looks like we've covered every trending topic for today, so without further ado, here's the awesome article in Afternoon about our upcoming book KaviKala!