Is your Protagonist a hero of your story?

About the Project

PepperScript Publishing with Perspective lets all you budding authors to go crazy with your imagination and stand the chance to be published in an anthology!

Here’s how:

1. Write a story of any genre centered on Ruby – a 25 year old woman who’s beautiful and a bit of a mystery.

2. Submit your story by participating in the project and make sure you maintain a word limit of 2500 words.

3. Selected applicants will receive a mail from us stating that you’ve been shortlisted to get published in our Anthology. Then, pay the submission fee of Rs. 2,000 and allow us to fine-tune your story a little.

4. Lastly, you wait for your complimentary copy of Anthology Unmasked and spread a word among your friends and family!

Ruby’s Character Sketch: Ruby, protagonist of the story, is a 25 years old woman with a fair and clear complexion, honey colored eyes, brown wavy locks and a clearly defined jaw line. She is a confident and composed woman and loves exploring every facet of life.

Why this concept for Unmasked?

It’s not just about Women

It’s about you.

In an age where people survive only upon sms language, we intend to empower people with the art to express and how, through submitting their short stories for our Anthology ‘Unmasked’ which will have a common protagonist named Ruby. Reason why we chose Ruby, a 25 year old woman as our central character is to learn and understand the way women is being perceived in our society. Has the stereotypical behavior towards women changed over the years or is the society ice cold to the rising women issues.

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So it’s not just about women, it’s about you. We believe this Anthology differs from the ones been published over the years. Why you may ask? There’s a lot of thought process behind this project. We don’t simply want to publish selected stories written by authors but we want to highlight the ‘change’ an expression through writing can bring. One anthology – a common character – variety of genre’s – one social cause – various measures – difference of opinions and expressions; these factors build the core base of our Anthology Unmasked.

If you want to keep your short story private till the time its published and out in the market then you can mail us at submission@pepperscript.com

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Examples of how you can use one character for different genre’s:

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Am I Invisible?

When I dreamt this, I walked straight up to the mirror and began to admire myself. Phew! I am pretty much visible, unlike what I just dreamt, I exhaled. All day long this thought kept ringing in my mind like an echo. The inner voice tried to shut me up, but I was reluctant to do so. What inner voice are you talking about? Asked my friend. Oh! You can’t see it, but I know, it’s the real self hidden within.

What did I just say? A hidden self? That another can’t see? Right! I am invisible. I am invisible till the time somebody or everybody recognizes me. Listen up close, there is a difference between getting noticed and recognized. “I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids — and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me,” said Ralph Ellison the late author who is famous for his 1952 existentialist novel, Invisible Man.

Remember the magical cloak used by Harry Potter in his movies? Yeah! Certain literary characters preferred this cloak of anonymity while they acted nameless throughout their story.

Few compelling uses of nameless characters are as follows: http://www.flavorwire.com

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The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A nameless woman is confined to her bedroom by her physician husband. She’s been diagnosed with a vague nervous affliction, the details of which are recorded in a secret journal she hides from him. The conclusion of the story is hotly debated. Some see the character’s surreal visions of women hidden within the wallpaper of her room as a descent into madness. Others call it a feminist epiphany — a realization that there is no freedom in marriage and a triumph over her inner world. The nameless woman becomes a universal symbol of female social oppression during the 19th century.

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The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene

Haunted by his past, pursued by an anti-clerical government, and struggling with his devotion to God, the unnamed “whiskey” priest in Greene’s parable reflects his uncertainty and weakness. His formlessness and failings allow us to identify with the man who is ultimately “too human for heroism, too humble for martyrdom.”

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Everyman, Philip Roth

Roth’s spare novel recounts one man’s death. We are introduced to his working class beginnings, spent working in his father’s jewelry store. We learn of three marriages and divorces, mistresses, surgeries, and later, retirement at the New Jersey shore. Roth makes us face the inevitability of aging and death in a mere 182 pages — our identity quickly torn asunder. “Old age isn’t a battle; old age is a massacre.”

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The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe

Poe’s macabre short story, as told by a murderer who tries to convince us of his sanity, is a classic example of the unreliable narrator. The mystery surrounding the gender of the storyteller has led some people to speculate that the “madman” could very well be a woman, even suggesting that this could influence our sympathies for the troubled narrator.

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Blindness, José Saramago

A mysterious epidemic inflicting sightlessness upon the unnamed residents of an unnamed city threatens the collapse of society. Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago reveals a simultaneously bleak and hopeful view of humankind — people incapable of saving even themselves by banding together and those who offer selfless generosity. The dystopian allegory reveals the universality of these social orders in Saramago’s unnamed players with a striking, intimate style.

So, what happens when you encounter a nameless protagonist? Are you still able to draw a picture of the character portrayed? I think while you are analyzing what the protagonist’s name could be, you might just stumble upon your inner self. They might be the mirror you never wanted to face. They might be someone with whom you can resonate.

However, PepperScript found someone who is not nameless, but lacks identity. Or maybe she is hiding her true self?

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Ruby, protagonist of the story, is a 25 years old woman with a fair and clear complexion, deep set honey colored eyes, dark brown wavy hair falling till her shoulders, sharp nose, pale pair of lips and a clearly defined jaw line. She is an easy display of confidence and composure but inwardly innocent woman. To her genuineness is important, for pretensions won’t last long with this woman. She is blissfully ignorant of the ways of the world. She has a constant brooding look on her face; why? That is for the writers to decode.

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Six Reasons to get Published in India

After all the hardships that you have just heard about getting published in India, we’d actually like you to read the below stated points, only to better understand the Indian Publishing Market. Fact being, Indian publishing market is the place to be right now, provided that the market is only booming and making money but it is also expanding the english language market.

  • We Hate Slush Pile: Unread mails, pending queries, unanswered calls, Jeez! We hate missing out on opportunities. We deny the stereotypical thinking that only an author benefits when she/he gets published and not the publisher. How could that be?
  • Opportunities be in line please?: Reread point number one. Yes, we hate missing out on opportunities. How can we not read your manuscript over months and skip a chance to gain profits out of it? Both monetary and otherwise. As much as you hate to wait for a response, equally we hate not having received a good manuscript. You submit an evocative synopsis – we evaluate your script – we sign the publishing contract- and booyah! you are a published author.
  • You better fear rejection: Yeah! We reject a manuscript only and only if we taste a bad story. Quality of writing does matter, but we can always enhance the writing skills if the plot of your story is bang on! So yes, if we dislike your plot you better fear rejection, but if you give us an amazing plot, than its time for a sigh. Besides, if we think that your script is not good enough but can be drastically improved, instead of rejecting it we provide you with a feedback to help you understand the areas of improvement.
  • You will wear off sooner than you know: Well, smooth roads often out you to sleep, even if you don’t want to. So, obstacles is a common enemy regardless the race, creed, country, and writer, plot, story. Just because someone you know had a hard time getting published doesn’t mean you will face them too, it all depends upon how good you are at writing and expressing.
  • Wrong Subject line? Marked as spam!: Following submission guidelines mentioned on www.pepperscript.com is a must. However, we do understand the hard understanding sometimes and therefore if you send across a mail with a wrong subject line, exhaustive thesis less synopsis, fancy fonts and unnecessary attachments; Good Lord save you, we’re not trashing your email but we might just warn you to be aware.
  • Understanding: Being a group of young enthusiasts, we take pride in working with you and desire equally of fame like you. It is not about just publishing your book, it is about taking it to a level where dreams seem to come true, where your book is your identity.

Now, let’s analyse the Indian publishing industry.

  1. Indian publishing industry is growing at a rate of over 15% a year.
  2. The size is valued at 10,000 crores.
  3. There are enough new authors published each year to substantially calculate the growth in Indian literature.
  4. There are specifically designed PR and marketing services for authors.
  5. More than 50% titles published each year account for self-publishing, resulting a safety zone for the publishing game.
  6. Digital media is the fastest growing community in India, therefore, digital publishing is finding its way to the top.

PepperScript, plans on solving two problems with one solution. A self-publishing platform with well-planned approach, global reach, effective outcome and maximum ROI. No, we are not saying this to make you happy, we are saying this because we will make you happy.