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May 1, 2019

Sweek Publishing in India

Have you always dreamt of publishing your own book? We are thrilled to announce the launch of Sweek Publishing in India as over 150,000 users of the reading community at Sweek are from India. That’s right, you can now publish your own book (paperback/e-book) through Amazon, Flipkart and other sales channels.

Sweek Publishing is already live in Europe and thousands of books have been successfully published so we can’t wait to see how many books our Indian writers are about to publish! Read on to learn more about how Sweek Publishing works in India.

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So why self-publish your book with Sweek Publishing and not any other platform?

Firstly, it’s free, unlike other self-publishing platforms in India. During the entire process, you only have to pay for an ISBN. Sweek provides you with an ISBN for 999. An ISBN (International Standard Business Number) is required if you want to sell your book on sales channels such as Amazon, Flipkart, Google Play Store, Kindle, etc. However, if you want to sell it on the Sweek webshop or on your own site, an ISBN is not required.

You can write and publish on just about anything! Is it a work of fiction? A meme book? A book of quotes or personal anecdotes? A photo book? Whatever you want to write about, we don’t mind. Do you want a matte cover instead of a glossy cover? white paper instead of creamy paper? You also have control over all the specifications of the book.

You earn money per copy sold. Our Indian writers earn an attractive margin of the net sales price. The rest of the money paid by the buyer for your book goes into the printing of the book and a small percentage goes to Sweek Publishing. This means that you can earn a better margin if you are selling an e-book because there are no printing costs involved. Bear in mind that while self-publishing, the writer typically pays the company in order to get their book published. However, this is not the case with Sweek Publishing because we believe that anyone should be able to publish their own book!

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We work on a print on demand basis. This means that there is no storage or inventory with your books. The printing of the book begins when someone orders the book. However, you do not have to worry about the delivery of your book because our printing partner has print facilities in Mumbai, Surat and Chennai so we ensure fast delivery within India.

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If you want to sell your book to a large audience, we recommend selling your book on Amazon India and on Flipkart. If you want to sell your book worldwide, that is possible as well. Do you want the book just for yourself? As there is no minimum, you can publish just one book or even hundreds, whatever you prefer!

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Once you have published your book, selling the book might seem scary. Don’t worry, we have got you covered for the marketing. We have many blog posts explaining different ways to promote and market your book so definitely check them out!

So what are you waiting for? Start Publishing!

To start, you need to create an account on Sweek Publishing. After creating your account, there are a few steps to follow before you are ready to publish. For a detailed step by step guide to the self-publishing process with Sweek Publishing, we recommend checking out this blog post.

If you have any questions about Sweek Publishing in India, leave a comment below. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

 

June 20, 2017

Sweek writing competition: India College Clash

*The winners: https://blog.sweek.com/announcing-winners-indiacollegeclash-writing-competition/*

Dutch company Sweek is looking for young talented writers! Do you want to win cash prizes to cover a part of your tuition, take a weekend break from studying or treat your family to a great dinner? Start writing now and get a chance to win over ₹35,000 in cash in our student writing competition! As long as your story is less than 3,000 words, you can write in any genre and on any topic: a thrilling mystery, a breathtaking fantasy, or an epic love story!

HOW TO JOIN IN 5 STEPS?

Step 1: You must be registered to a college in India. If you graduated any time in 2017, you can still participate ?

Step 2: Download the Sweek app or use our website

Website: https://sweek.com/

Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid

iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

Step 3: Create an account or log in

Step 4: Go to ‘My stories’ and then click on ‘New story’. Create a chapter and write or copy in your story.
Step 5: Publish your work and fill in the tag #IndiaCollegeClash in your story details.  Finalize by ‘Publish’ – your story is now published and part of the writing contest! If you would like your college to win the best college award (so not mandatory!), put the abbreviation of your college in the tags section, or write the university and college full name in the short description of your story.

PRIZES

Upload your story on Sweek with the hashtag #IndiaCollegeClash and get a chance to win prizes below!

Jury prizes
Jury 1st choice award: ₹10,000 cash + printed certificate
Jury 2nd choice award: ₹5,000 cash + printed certificate
Jury 3rd choice award: ₹2,500 cash + printed certificate
Jury 4th – 10th choice: printed certificate
Best college award: ₹5,000 cash + all entries get a printed participation certificate

Community prizes
Most popular story award: ₹5,000 cash
Most active reader award: ₹2,500 cash
Best feedback award: ₹2,500 cash
Best cover design award: ₹2,500 cash
Predict the winner award: ₹2,500 cash

DURATION
Participation: June 20th – July 31st
Winner announcement: August 22nd

RULES & REGULATIONS

  1. You must be registered to a college in India. If you’re a prize winner, you need to be able to hand over a proof of enrollment. If you graduated any time in 2017, you can still participate 🙂
  2. Your story needs to be written in English or Hindi
  3. The story must be tagged #IndiaCollegeClash in the story details
  4. Word limit: maximum 3,000 words
  5. The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive (so it can be a story from an existing blog for instance), but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek and the story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  6. The story must be created by you
  7. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 31/07/17, 23:59
  8. You can participate with multiple entries
  9. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction, crime and it can have the form of both prose and poetry

Good luck, Sweekers!

*EXTRA INFORMATION*

Sweek is based in the Netherlands, Europe.

JURY
Your story will be read by these expert jury members and the Sweek editorial team.

Pragya Sharma is a blogger, book reviewer, and clinical psychologist. Find out more via ReviewingShelf.

Avnika Gupta is a Spoken Word Artist and street theater artist. Check out her Facebook page!

PARTNER CLUBS
Although any student and literary club can join for this contest, our official partners are great literary clubs who help us make this competition possible. Introducing:

Literary Committee, LNMIIT. Visit them on Facebook!
KalamKaar: the Literary Society of DDUC. Check them out on Facebook!
Literary & Debating Club | NIT Calicut. Follow them on Facebook!
University Debating & Literary Club – AMU. Read more on Facebook!

PRIZE EXPLANATIONS

Best college award goes to the college with the highest total score. The score is based on number of entries multiplied by the average score of the stories on a scale of 1 to 5, given by the jury. If the college has a literary club, they will be awarded the prize. If not, the college will be contacted.

Most popular story award goes to the story with the highest number of followers. The deadline for the followers count is: 15/08/17, 23:59. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.

Most active reader award goes to the reader that gave the most likes, follows and comments on any Sweek story. Be sure to add #IndiaCollegeClash in your profile ‘about’ section to let us know you want to participate. You don’t need to have written a story yourself to participate. The deadline for the activity count is 15/08/17, 23:59

Best feedback award goes to person who gave the most useful feedback to a story that participates in the #IndiaCollegeClash competition. Simply add #IndiaCollegeClash to the end of your comment to have the jury read your comment. You don’t need to have written a story yourself to participate. The deadline for writing your comment is 15/08/17, 23:59.

Best cover design award goes to the most beautiful and original cover. For participation you need to upload the cover on Instagram and add in description #indiacollegeclash and tag @sweekstories. The winner will be selected by the Sweek team together with the Sweek Keepers.


* The cash amount will be transferred via paypal or to a bank account with a valid IBAN and BIC code. The transfer fee will be paid by Sweek, but is not responsible for the conversion rate from Euro to a local currency the receiving bank uses. In case of non-availability of either, a gift card to a webshop can be considered. The printed certificates for the top 10 will be personalized and sent to their home address. The certificates for the college award will be sent to one address of the literary society or university and are not personalized.

 

April 15, 2017

Writing contest: #AspiringIndia – Celebrating Storytelling

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 16.05.17, 23:59 CET

Upload your story on sweek.com to enter in this writing contest!

Stories bring us together and let us immerge into a beautiful world. We believe that we owe  it to each other to tell stories and we want to celebrate the magnificent art of storytelling by inviting you to share your ‘Aspiring India’ story with the world. Grab your pen or keyboard and submit your fiction or nonfiction masterpiece in our writing contest.

Nonfiction: What are your aspirations for India, Indian society or Indian culture? How do you see India changing and what are you proud of? Or what are your hopes and dreams for your own future – what will you achieve?
Fiction: Let your creativity run freely and reflect the aspirations of India or Indian people in a fictional tale. Take the reader into a new science fiction world, into an epic love story or simply into a compelling anecdote.


DURATION

20th of April – 16th of May

PRIZES

Impress our jury to win the jury prize or gain the most followers on Sweek to win the crowd prize:

Jury prize: 5000 + featured quote on Scribbled stories
Crowd prize: 5000 + featured quote on Scribbled stories

Next to these prize winners, we’ll select top 10 stories to be featured on Sweek for 3 weeks! The winners will be announced on the 5th of June on the blog, social media and via email.

JURY

Your story will be read by these expert jury members and the Sweek editorial team. Introducing:

Avnika Gupta is a Spoken Word Artist at National Youth Poetry Slam and street theater artist. She writes at Berlin ArtParasites, Thought Catalog, Terribly Tiny Tales and Gender Pages Project. She’s also Chief Editor at Survivors of India. Find more about Avnika Gupta on her Facebook page.

Atul Purohit is the author of bestselling novel ‘Love Vs Destiny‘, serial entrepreneur and ethical hacker. You can find more about Atul Purohit on his Facebook page.

Anuradha Goyal is a travel blogger, book reviewer, speaker, author of The Mouse Charmers – Digital Pioneers of India, co-author of CII India Innovates Report and blogger on innovation. Read more about Anuradha on her Facebook pages (IndiTales & AnuReviews), her IndiTales travel blog and Anureviews book review website.

Pragya Sharma is a blogger, book reviewer, and clinical psychologist. Find more information about Pragya on her Facebook page or her website ReviewingShelf.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • You need to live in India OR be of Indian origin to participate
  • You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  • Your story needs to be written in English or Hindi
  • The story must be tagged #aspiringindia in story details
  • Word limit: maximum 1,000 words
  • The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  • The story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  • The story must be created by you. You can also write with a friend if you want to, but in case you win, the prize will be shared. It’s just one prize per story
  • The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 16/05/17, 23:59 
  • You can participate with multiple entries, as long as they all meet our guidelines
  • The story can be of any genre, as long as it is related to the topic. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction, crime and it can have the form of both prose and poetry.
  • Crowd prize is determined by the number of followers. The deadline for the followers count is: 04/06/17, 23:59.
  •  Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.

* The cash amount will be transferred to a bank account with a valid BIC code. The transfer fee will be paid by Sweek, but is not responsible for the conversion rate from Euro to a local currency the receiving bank uses. In case of non-availability of a bank account, a solution using Paypal or gift card to Amazon can be considered.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDELINES

Step 1: Download the Sweek app
Step 2: Sign up, click on “My stories” and then “Start a new story”
Step 3: Fill in the title of the story. You can also add an image and write a description (optional)
Step 4: Click on “Add a new chapter.” Then provide a chapter title and write your story in not more than 1000 words
Step 5: Click Publish. Put the tag #AspiringIndia in the tags section. Also fill in the story category and hit Publish again. Your story is now published!
You can also use Sweek on your desktop computer/laptop

#MYFEEDBACK challenge!

#Myfeedback challenge is open for all Aspiring India participants! Celebrate storytelling and help your fellow writers get even better. The 3 best critiques on any Aspiring India story will receive ₹ 1000 prize each. How to join?

1. Search for #aspiringindia on Sweek and read a story

2. Provide feedback/critique in a comment on the story

3. Add #myfeedback at the end of your comment so that we can find it

4. You can participate as many times as you like until June 4th

You can participate even if you didn’t write a story on the topic 🙂

SHORT CONTEST SUMMARY

Max. 1,000 words // all genres // fiction and nonfiction // prose and poetry

Tip: see who’s commenting on your story via the app!

iOS app: http://apple.co/2kFB2IR
Android app: http://bit.ly/2jSwcrX

Good luck, Sweekers!