Coming Soon… “Blank Space : Filled with Inspiration”

It was just a dream… “A book of 100 inspirational stories penned by 100 people.” Many thought just another start but doubted the possibility for making it real. But now it is REAL. ūüôā

We had nothing but silence as an answer. Now the journey of Propel Steps begins with the first step of the big journey ahead aiming to bring realistic social changes by enabling the youth via education irrespective of their economic and rural/urban differences.

A concrete and powerful kickstart, this would not have happened without you all 100 Incredible People who support us with patience and perseverance always. Especially some very special people who gave way for a few others, with so much understanding and smiles.

Final Cover BS(small)It has become a reality specially because of Pankaj Haramwar, Preethi Venugopal, Barun Bajracharya, Karthikeyan Chandra Srinivasan , Balaji Rajagopalan, Karthikeyan Selvam, and Nijam Deen.

The list is so long if we mention all by name, we are concerned not to miss someone, hence we kept the list short. We have stories to share about everyone who helped us to make the book better. We will share those beautiful moments when we introduce the Authors.

Soon we will come up with 3 projects simultaneously following the release of Blank Space. (tentatively in the first two weeks of Jan 2015)

We need you support for making this project successful. Pre-orders beginning soon… ūüôā

- Din

Blank Space welcomes… Ruchi Chopra

RUCHI22Ruchi is an Akshaya Patra of smiles and positive energy ūüôā Right from the very first interaction via blogs, she has given us a lot of cheers and thumbs up than anyone else. The special thing about her is she just not keep the positive attitude with her but also spreads it to you. I wonder how she manages to share time to all sincerely, be it a little kind act of sharing her encouraging comments for blog posts, or any discussions, she rarely missed to give a pat on shoulders. If you knew her already, you must be synonymous about her.

Her Story for Blank Space: ‘Heart of Stone’ is a ‘close to heart’ story that she wrote for her daughters to make them understand the values of persistence & patience in life. She has given life to a stone in this story and let us live alongside with it. Most of us will get tired or feel given up hope at times, but she instills us to have a heart of the stone to come out successful.

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Her Profile: She is a homemaker by choice and freelance writer by passion, based in Cleveland, Ohio. She did her Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communications with a specialization in E-journalism. She has previously worked for Broadcasting Media Organization, Sahara Samay National, in India, for 3 years including her brief pursuit as a Freelance Journo for Regional monthly Hindi Magazine, India Inside, in India.

She has written the Title story for her first published Anthology ‚Äú HER STORY: Is Not Always a Story‚ÄĚ. She has recently scripted for one social corporate documentary for a plywood company. She contributes articles & editorials to various social networking websites, newspapers, and magazines. The passionate lover of Mother Nature and Photography expressed that writing gives her a creative space to express herself and extended her gratitude to her lovely family, friends & mentors for their leap of faith in her capabilities.

She blogs here http://ruchi2312.wordpress.com/

We wish her all the best for her works and future endeavours.
– Team, Propel Steps

Blank Space welcomes… Namita Sunder

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“Blogging is not just to express ourselves or to share some information, it also brings in some wonderful humans into our life. Namita Ma’am is such a wise person, whom I got to know via blogging. On a good day, we were introduced via a comment, gradually she become a well-wisher, whom I regard as a mentor.

She was one of the early supporters of Blank Space initiative. All she considered was “why we aim to publish such a book!” She believed in the purpose behind Blank Space to instill positivity in the minds of youth, which can make our society a better place.

For Alice like us, in the wonderland of publishing, it is the trust from a few people like her, which helps us to keep going.”

– Din

Her Story:

“Morning Puppies” is like a ray of hope of kindness in this fast moving world. The sunlight can’t be stopped by the hindering clouds, so as the little kids, we can’t stop them from being kind. This misty dawn story will surely touch your heart as soft as a puppy’s fur.”

Her Profile:
Namita Sunder had worked with a nationalized bank for more than 20 years. After taking VRS from the bank, she keeps herself engaged in writing, reading and giving free tuition to needy kids. She writes both in Hindi and English.

She blogs here http://namitasachan.blogspot.com and http://namitasunder.wordpress.com/

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Blank Space : Announcing the list of 100 Writers

Our initiative, Blank Space has now reached the penultimate stage. We have finalized the 100 writers of 100 inspirational short stories. We are blissful to announce the league of 100 writers.

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Blank Space is an anthology of 100 inspirational short stories by 100 people, on various genres and topics, with inspiration is the common thread. The book is expected to be published soon.

Update : Blank Space : 30 more Stories to go…

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We take this special moment to thank everyone who has contributed their stories for Blank Space РFilled with Inspiration, an anthology of 100 short stories by 100 people around the globe. We are so thankful to you from deep within our soul. We owe our sincere gratitude, especially for your patience and revamping support that have given, to fine tune the stories. 

We have reached 70% of the selection and we never thought it would be possible for a debutant publisher like us. All we can say is that our passion behind this initiative and your support are the only reason, which made this possible. Just 30 more stories to go to complete the selections. So we are extending the final date of submission to 15th of August 2014, also, many writers asked us for some time. Even we need time to spend our quality time with each writer, communicating the feedback and make Blank Space as best as we can. 

Note : A few of you may be awaiting for our selection feedback. We apologize for the delay in the feedback if happened. For sure every entrant will get the feedback personally from me.

Those who has mailed your story on or before 28th July, will get the feedback on or before 23:59hrs IST (today) and those who send their entries from 29th July onwards to 8th August shall get the feedback on or before 10th August.

All entries after 10th August shall get the feedback only on August 16th.

You can get more details by mailing here Publish@propelsteps.com , where you can also send your entries. 

All you need to do is write a short story which will give some inspiration to the reader. You can choose any theme as you wish like love, life, education, humanity, environment, etc. literally anything which will leave a positive vibe. Also you can choose your genre freely as you wish like fiction, real story, etc. (Previously published stories on your blog can also be send as entries)
Word limits: Max 1000 words, but if needed it can be flexible with more words. There is no minimum words limit, however we suggest keeping it as a short story, unlike a few lined flash fiction.
Jargon free and simple read: 
 
You try your best to keep the words less complex for the readers to understand, because many people are scared away from books because of this. Of course, we wish you show your writing skills, in terms of expression and feelings. Meanwhile, we together need to commit simplicity to the reader. No need to stress much about this if you can’t help with this, our editor will do it.¬†
 
Format : Send as Word Document. (.doc or .docx)
 
Mandatory Info Needed : (within the word document itself) 
 
  • Full Name¬†:¬†
  • Publish as (Pen name)¬†:¬†Mention only if you prefer any other pen name.
  • A short bio about you¬†:¬†Max 60 words.
  • Email Id (will be printed)¬†:¬†
  • Blog or website Address (will be printed)
- Din