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Kitaab podcast with Stephen Leather: Should new writers go for e-publishing?

Is e-publishing the right route for you? Should you go for traditional publishers or should you e-publish on your own? What are the required steps to successfully e-publish a book? British thriller writer, Stephen Leather, explains all this and more in this Kitaab podcast.

Stephen Leather is one of the UK’s most successful thriller writers. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series.

This talk was recorded at the Publishing Symposium@Singapore Writers Festival 2013.

SWF: The contrasts between publishing in India and China

In a panel discussion yesterday at the Singapore Writers Festival 2013, Beijing-based Jo Lusby, head of Penguin North Asia and Bangalore-based Deepthi Talwar, Managing Editor, Westland Ltd (India) discussed the new developments in Asian Publishing

by Zafar Anjum

Yesterday I had the good fortune of moderating a session at the Publishing Symposium at the Singapore Writers Festival, hosted by Jacaranda Literary Agency. Along with Beijing-based Jo Lusby, head of Penguin North Asia and Bangalore-based Deepthi Talwar, Managing Editor, Westland Ltd (India), we discussed the new developments in Asian Publishing.

First of all, there was no agreement on the term Asian Publishing because the Asian market is so huge and diverse and fragmented. Markets like India, Hong Kong and Singapore are well-defined in terms of English language publishing but beyond that, every other market in the region is fragmented while publishing in local languages is vibrant. However, a lot has been happening in the Asian market and books from Asia have started to travel out of Asia and find readers in the West. Read more

Andrea Pasion-Flores: Pushing the Asian Agenda

andrea“Asians have far too long been the consumer of books from the West and I speak from a country where many kids know the stories of the West better than their own canon, much less the younger writers,” says Andrea Pasion-Flores in this exclusive interview with Kitaab. “I am sure this is not just true for the Philippines but for many Asian countries.”

Andrea is the first literary agent from the Philippines, working from the Philippines. Recently, she joined Jacaranda Literary Agency as an agent. Jacaranda is one of Asia’s most well-known literary agencies with offices in Singapore, India, Kenya and the Philippines.

Based in Manila, Philippines, Andrea is a copyright lawyer and she teaches English at the University of the Philippines as a member of the faculty of the Department of English and Comparative Literature.  She is also the author of a bestselling book, Have Baby Will Date, published by Summit Media. Her forthcoming collection of stories For Love and Kisses will be published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in January 2014. Read more