Savi Sharma has been regaled as India’s fastest selling debut author. She quit her rigorous Chartered Accountancy course two years ago to pursue a burgeoning career in writing. The then 22-year-old self-published her first book, Everyone Has a Story and was able to sell 5,000 copies of it only to be immediately noticed by all the major publishing houses in the country.
Everyone Has a Story has sold more than 100,000 copies in the first four months of its release, making it India’s fastest selling debut novel
This led to a two-book deal with Westland and her first book, Everyone Has a Story, was republished with a new cover. It sold more than 100,000 copies in the first four months of its release, making it India’s fastest selling debut novel. The entire process, started for Savi, when she realised she wanted to inspire people – to charter their own path and follow their dreams fearlessly. She wanted to change their lives, and writing felt like the way to do it.
“I used to participate in writing competitions in school and write for my college magazine. But my first book also stemmed out of the belief that one could use simple language to frame different characters and tell their story beautifully,” says Savi.
“The chapter is not closed once I have written a book, but it is a stepping stone for my audiences to engage with me on a deeper level.”
What is perhaps one of the key factors for Savi’s success is her innate ability to engage with her audience. No comment, no question on her social media accounts go unanswered. She adds, “A 17-year-old boy once wrote to me that he wanted to commit suicide but after reading my book, he was willing to start his life afresh. The chapter is not closed once I have written a book, but it is a stepping stone for my audiences to engage with me on a deeper level.”
Savi’s new book, This is Not Your Story, releases on February 14 and she is looking forward to travelling across cities and meeting her fans in real life. The author admits to not having been much of a reader before, but with the success of her first book, she’s started reading the works of Paulo Coehlo, Devdutt Pattanaik, Mitch Albom, among others.
Listening to her readers and reading motivational and spiritual books feeds into her creativity in an organic way. She insists that she writes only about issues she feels deeply about. Savi, who also wants to venture into screenwriting and see her books being made into films, says “If I don’t believe in anything, I can’t give anything to my audiences. Being part of films or television shows will again be an effort to touch many more lives and remain connected to them.”