Srinagar: A 19-year old youth from Srinagar has started an e-magazine for young and budding writers who dont get space in the local newspapers and other publishing houses. Computer applications student, Faisal Ibni Maqbool, who hails from Solina neighbourhood of city here, has started Writers Capsule (www.writerscapsule.com) for those writers who dont get any space in local publishing houses and often fail to raise their issues and display writing skills in absence of space and platform.
Faisal, who also does promotion of brands online, has himself been in the digital marketing from last more than two years. At present he is pursing bachelors degree in computer applications from Iqbal Institute of Technology and Management (IITM) here and was also brand ambassador of Mcent Boston, currently 340 employees are working under him.
In an interview to Sunday Magazine, he said: Writers Capsule is the essential online community and resource portal for writers in every stage and genre. It is a resource that offers frequently updated articles and blogs, educational webcasts, informational e-newsletters; and the Writers Forum, a lively virtual gathering place where writers share experiences, offer critiques, and make connections. He said the writers can post their articles at their own after the approval. There is no bar on the topic of the article and anyone can post his or her relevant write up on the magazine, he said.
He said the Writers Capsule has sixteen writing categories that include politics, entertainment, and society. The magazine space and content is not restricted to a particular age group but we have included sections for teens and kids as well, he said.
Faisal has been previously a techie writer and there is a story behind opening the e-magazine for the writers. I was a techie blogger and writer and I used to write thousands of words. But unfortunately I could not get space anywhere. Also, if occasionally my write-ups were published anywhere they were shortened to a very large extent. This disappointed me and diminished by writing skills, he said.
The 19-year old computer applications student says he wants to give a chance to budding writers to establish their profile and name without any hurdles. Basically the aim is that all the budding writers should write and their content should get published within 24 hours. I want to publish everyones writing. By this they will get a boost and I want them to write their heart, he said. He said he will also contact the writers on regular basis to assist them and sort their problems, if any.
Faisal said no one is funding and sponsoring his e-magazine and he is utilizing the money he earned by working in digital world. No one has assisted me in this initiative and I am doing all alone. I am utilizing the money which I earned in working with online brands on this initiative, he said.
The Srinagar youth has previously worked with UNICEF on Juvenile Justice Bill, Swipe Technologies and housing.com. With his wide reach in the online world, he will help the best writers of his e-magazine to tie up with leading blogging websites where they can also earn money. He said he will announce a gift on the occasion of New Year for writers that also include kids.
If Faisal succeeds in sustaining his e-magazine then it would become major platform for aspiring and budding writers of the Valley, whose write-ups are often rejected by publishing houses due to various reasons that include lack of space and conflict of interests.
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