The idea of a book can emerge from almost anything: family dynamics, relationships, a character you have known or imagined, your personal sufferings, a fantasy, or a breaking news that brought your attention. But rarely these ideas appear full-blown. They can come to you in a sequence or randomly at different stages of your writing. Somewhere between these ideas and 300-400 pages of fiction, they need to be collected and pulled together in a cohesive manuscript.
Close your eyes and imagine an author. Let me tell you what I would have imagined a few years back. I might have imagined a person writing under the piles of books or reading at a scenic lonely place. But today even the picture in my imagination has changed. What do I see now is a person who wants to cling to its laptop but is pulled in a different direction: in the clutter of the digital marketing world.
We often hear authors say, “My book is like my child.” I don’t disagree. Of course, it is. It’s their brainchild and it’s as dear to them as their own child. Let us stick with this connotation and try to understand roles of some of the key people associated with books in relation to a mother and her child.