Her passion for telling stories compelled her to self publish her novel, which incidentally topped charts at Amazon and prompted leading Indian publisher to line up to print the fiction.
Author Savi Sharma's book 'Everyone has a Story' first launched as an ebook sold over 5000 copies when launched last year. She was her own publisher as well as distributor. The sales of the ebook resulted in a multi-publisher bid for the print run, which was finally bagged by Westland in early 2016.
'Everyone has a story' tells the tale of Meera, a fledgling writer in search of a story that can touch millions of lives and Vivaan who dreams of travelling the world but gets trapped in the corporate world. The story unwinds when Kabir, a cafe manager and Nisha, the despondent cafe customer joins the crew.
As American author Nicholas Sparks said, 'Every great love starts with a great story...', the romance between Meera and Vivaan starts with a story affair.
According to Savi, in a way the story is autobiographical. All characters of 'Everyone Has A Story' are fragments of her own personality, imagination and thoughts. They have been sketched based on her experiences and feelings.
"Meera is a carbon copy of mine. Her search for story, her thoughts about life and love, her struggles and weaknesses, her lifestyle, almost everything is a reflection of mine" says Savi.
"The success of her first novel was so significant that it has gone back into reprint and even the second print is an Amazon bestseller," publishers said.
The book, detailing a story of friendship, dreams and love has been Amazon's No. 1 bestseller in the Contemporary Fiction category, the Indian writing category and No 2 in the Romance category.
The book also got among the highest number of reviews on Amazon. It has 112 reviews, 80 of which gave her 5 out of 5 stars. Her average was 4.5/5.
Her publishers put it into perspective.
"Author Anuradha Roy's Booker short-listed 'Sleeping on Jupiter' has 11 reviews and the same average rating as Savi Sharma. Salman Rushdie's latest book, 'Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Days', has 21 reviews and an average rating of 4.0," they said.
This is not Savi's first book but the first that has been published. After "Silent Love" a debut novel which was never published she decided to write something more personal, 'from the heart'. "Vivaan, the bank manager and traveller, is that part of mine who doesn't't just want to live but feel lively. It's not about escaping what we are doing but exploring so much more in this one lifetime. I love to explore new places and people as they inspire me to write stories", she says "I guessed having stories stuck in my own soul was the reason and the need to hear other people's stories. But I didn't just want to hear stories; my heart was aching to tell a beautiful story which would change people's lives or at least mine," says Savi. The author says she wanted to discover herself yet live different lives in one life-time, which could be attained only through stories.
She aims to enter deep into reader's heart, heal them and inspire them. Last year, Savi self published her book as she had decided to opt out of the conventional publishing route for a faster output. She approached Thompson Press with her manuscript. And so 'Everyone has a Story', was out in the open. Soon it became Amazon's bestseller. Less than a year later the fiction found a new publisher, Westland Books. "If I had gone the traditional way, I would have had to wait for months to get it published. I didn't want to wait; I knew I had a good story to show the world. I simply believed in the power of social media and Internet to promote my book myself. "The way social or virtual media has shaped our lives in last few years has been surprising and shocking. The time spent on virtual lives is more than on our real lives. When it comes to publishing, you very well know where your readers are. You just needed to be in front of them. Sell yourself. That's what I did. With smart marketing and creative content, I was able to reach out to my audience and the response was overwhelming", the author says. Savi who seriously considers writing scripts and screenplays for films in the future is currently working on her next novel to be launched by the end of this year. Meera from the book says "Everyone has a story to tell, everyone is a writer. Some are written in the books and some are confined to hearts", but Savi has put her heart into the book.