In conversation with Rohit Goel – The Best Selling Author of the book Fall, Don’t Fail
Rohit’s debut book Fall, Don’t Fail became Amazon Best seller in its category a few months back; This book is inspired by real life incidences; it gives a great insight on what happens inside corporations and affected people’s life when the companies decide to downsize their workforce and go for the layoffs.
Rohit is an Industry veteran with more than two decades of corporate experience. A large part of his career has been with global automobile giants.
He has worked as National Director for General Motors India, National Head for Maruti Suzuki and Bajaj Auto. He has some unique ‘Industry-First’ management paradigms to his credit.
He is a proven self-transformed fitness enthusiast. He is also a certified laughter yoga facilitator and founder of laughter yoga club ‘Laugh. Every. Day – Nirvana’.
Rohit is also a crusader of promoting Road safety and undertakes several projects as a volunteer in this context.
Rohit enjoys working with individuals and groups as a mentor and transformational strategist. Based out of the National Capital Region, he is an avid sports lover and an experimental cook.
He loves writing poems and short stories. He is presently working on a collection of poetry and his next fiction book.
With so many thousands of people getting laid off by global giants like Google, Microsoft to name a few; we thought of hearing straight from the author of this marvellous book.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Rohit Goel: Inspired by the circumstances and ignited by the desire to give back, I realised that writing could be my way of sharing my thoughts and learnings with others.
I didn’t plan for Fall, Don’t Fail to be my debut work. I thought of starting with a blog or an article, but when I started writing it became clear to me that the content I had could not be shared in an article. So I continued writing and ended up with a book-length draft.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Rohit Goel: I wrote the first draft of my book, but it remained untouched for a few months before I shared it with a few people known to me.
The feedback was overwhelmingly encouraging. This gave me the push to convert the first draft into a full-fledged book. As the book took shape, I started to realise that I could now call myself a writer.
How many books have you written?
Rohit Goel: I’ve published one, and working on another three. The good part is that they’re all are different from each other in the subject matter and also distinctly different from Fall, Don’t Fail.
One is a collection of short stories, one is a collection of poems in Hindi, and another one is in the self-help genre.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Rohit Goel: I don’t follow a writing schedule. Writing for me is a liberating experience so I don’t put boundaries around it.
When I write, I write for hours and days together and sometimes I don’t write for weeks. But, yes I do keep making my notes as thoughts and ideas come to mind.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Rohit Goel: It’s very difficult to define that in days or months. My debut book, from writing the first chapter to getting published, took some years, but that doesn’t mean I was writing all that time.
It also depends on the book’s genre and the depth to which an author wants to go. As I said earlier, I try to keep it unconstrained and boundless when it comes to writing.
When did you write your first book?
Rohit Goel: I started writing it a few years back and completed it a little over one year ago, in Oct ‘21.
How do books get published?
Rohit Goel: In traditional publishing, as many of us know, a publisher takes over the final manuscript and does rest of the work, which broadly includes editing, typesetting, cover design, printing, listing and marketing.
The other path, which I took, is getting it self-published and doing all the work yourself using technology and independent service providers.
What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
Rohit Goel: Writing is a great form of expressing oneself. For me it is very liberating as well. The difficult part in my case is to find the right balance between my passion of writing and my passion of the professional work that I do. I love both of them equally and try to give them equal time.
What advice would you give to new writers?
Rohit Goel: I would just like to say that do a good job and do it in a non-compulsive way, which means giving your writing the time it deserves.
Be under no pressure to be in a rush. Just focus on the central idea, plot or whatever you want to present to the world, and take it slow and steady.
Where can readers purchase your book?
Rohit Goel: Fall, Don’t Fail became a bestseller on Amazon some time back. Readers can purchase it at the following link: https://lnkd.in/gs7YadgT
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