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Karthika VK Set To Launch A New Division For Amazon-Owned Westland Publishers

By Somak Ghoshal

Karthika VK, who stepped down as Publisher and Chief Editor at HarperCollins Publishers India (HCI) last October, is set to start a new publishing division for Westland Publishers, now wholly owned by Amazon, according to sources. The name of the division is not known yet, but it is likely to start publishing titles from the third-quarter of this year.

Amazon.com Inc. acquired the publishing business of Westland, a Trent Limited subsidiary and one of India’s major publishing houses, last October as well, after initially having bought 26% stakes in it.

Westland, which includes imprints like Tranquebar and EastWest, published best-selling authors like Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Rashmi Bansal, Rujuta Diwekar, Preeti Shenoy, Devdutt Pattanaik, Anuja Chauhan, Ravi Subramanian and BKS Iyengar. Read more

Source: Huffington Post

 

 

Amazon Signs Deal To Acquire The Publishing Business Of Westland

Online retailing giant Amazon.com Inc. has signed a deal to acquire the publishing business of Westland, a Trent Limited subsidiary and one of India’s major publishing houses, according to reports.

This acquisition, Vice President and Country Manager of Amazon India Amit Agarwal said, will “bring Westland’s highly talented authors and their books to even more customers in India and around the world”. Earlier this year Amazon had bought 26% stake in Westland for an estimated Rs 9.5 crores.

The publishing list of Westland, which includes imprints like Tranquebar and EastWest, feature best-selling authors like Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Rashmi Bansal, Rujuta Diwekar, Preeti Shenoy, Devdutt Pattanaik, Anuja Chauhan, Ravi Subramanian and BKS Iyengar. Read more

I’m outraged a media house doesn’t want to review Indian authors: Amrita Talwar

It seemed like a normal “Monday” working day.

I logged in and started trawling through my email. I came across a name marked in bold that I was dying to hear from. The email was from a journalist to whom I had pitched an author profile and I had been following up persistently for an answer. You know how publicists feel when they are desperately trying to pitch an Indian author for an interview and then suddenly a mail pops up on the screen. It’s the equivalent of finding a Rs 1,000 note in your jeans when you are absolutely broke.

I manage publicity for a reputed publishing house in India and my forte is promoting writings by Indian authors – novels, narrative non-fiction, commercial and literary. Finding media space for their work is something that I quite like doing. And I tell people happily and proudly that “shrinking” media space in India is a myth. I gloat to my UK counterparts that India is probably the only country that still has lavish Sunday pages dedicated to books, author interviews and websites that happily carry book-related stories. Read more

Do writers also need to be readers? Perhaps not in India

If you attend the Jaipur Literature Festival—in whatever capacity, as author, journalist or star-struck reader—you expect to pick up lots of quotable quotes: Erudite, highbrow ones, certainly, but a few ear-popping ones too. I didn’t have to venture far this year. During a session I was moderating, the words came at me from just two feet away. The other people on the panel were saying them, and most of the audience was cheering in response.

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Penguin Random House acquires new Ravi Subramanian

Penguin Random House has acquired a new thriller by Ravi Subramanian for publication in 2016. This will also be followed by an anthology compiled by Subramanian, the publishing house announced in a press release.

Ravi Subramanian is India’s premier thriller writer and thrice winner of the Crossword Popular Choice award.  His 7 novels have all been national bestsellers.  A career banker and financial services professional, Ravi is well-known for using this experience to bring authenticity alongside pace and riveting plotting to his financial thrillers.

“I am delighted that we will continue our relationship with Ravi Subramaniam and publish his next thriller due next year as well as an anthology,” said Milee Ashwarya, Editor-in-Chief, Commercial and Business at Penguin Random House India.”Ravi is one of the most popular and talented authors in the country today and I am really looking forward to continuing to work together to build his list. ”

India: Raymond Crossword Book Award 2014 winners announced

The winners of 2014 Raymond Crossword Book Award have been announced and they are:

  • “The Blind Lady’s Descendants by Anees Salim” won the Raymond Crossword Book Award in the Indian Fiction category
  • This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War by Samanth Subramanian won the award for Indian Non-Fiction
  • Children, Women, Men By Sundara Ramaswamy Translated by Lakshmi Holmstrom” won the Indian language Translation category
  • “Bankerupt by Ravi Subramanian” won the Popular Award
  • “Timmi in Tangles by Shals Mahajan Duckbill” won Kotak Junior Children writing award
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Anees Salim, winner in fiction category

The winners were honoured at a glittering award function at NCPA in Mumbai. Eminent jurist and a former mayor and Sheriff of Mumbai Nana Chudasama and Indian fashion designer, politician, and a social worker Shaina NC were the Chief Guest for the evening which also included a memorable performance by The Raghu Dixit Project.

With over 50,000 voting entries for the popular award, it was the highest number of votes ever received in the history of the Book Award, Crossword said in a statement. The entire judging process took more than 3 months.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Kinjal Shah (CEO – Crossword Bookstores) said, “This year we complete 13 years of the Book Award. These awards have always been an integral part of the brand & we are thrilled at the way it has grown over the years & supported Indian writing. We at crossword would like to thank the readers, authors, publishers, the jury, and all our sponsors for their support in the endeavour of rewarding the best of Indian Literature”

The 13th edition saw an outstanding response, from the various distinguished writers, publishers, critics and book-lovers who enjoyed the biggest celebration of Indian literature. Shortlisted authors Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Dutta, Ashwin Sanghi, S Hussain Zaidi, Rashmi Bansal, Anand Neelkhantan, Ravi Subramanian, Jerry Pinto, Amitabh Bagchi were present at event.

The plight of the hapless Indian literary agent

What does it mean to be a literary agent in India? Kanishka Gupta reveals it all in Scroll.in

Many authors have no idea about the print runs and the advances prevalent in the industry. A writer from the film industry wanted Rs 1 crore for a seven-book deal. “If Ravi Subramanian can get it, why can’t I?” Subramanian delivered three smash bestsellers too, you see, but this fact went completely unnoticed by this particular writer.

Some authors expect the potential print-runs of their books to be a certain percentage of literate people in India, and sometimes even of the entire population of India. “We are a country of one billion people. I think it would be fair to do a first print run of ten lakh copies.” Read more

Indian publishers wake up to new generation of homegrown thrillers

Readers increasingly swapping Agatha Christie and Dan Brown for compatriots with a focus on fast plots and happy endings: The Guardian

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A stallholder waits for the customers at a book market in Kolkata. Photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA

At the Om bookshop in a mall in southern Delhi, Prabeen Kumar has been watching the browsers for years. There are the young people who usually head directly for the love stories. There are the “mature” readers who go to the classics. And now a new category has arrived, in search of India’s new wave of thriller writers. “It is a big thing now. There are more and more liking. All sorts of people … gentlemen and ladies,” Kumar enthused.

The new wave of homegrown writers are climbing the country’s bestseller lists, challenging the dominance of international heavyweights such as Dan Brown, John Grisham and Tom Clancy, and even affecting the tenacious local taste for Agatha Christie. Read more

India: Chennai gears up to celebrate literature, art & cinema

The 4th edition of The Hindu Lit for Life begins on Saturday: The Hindu

This weekend, the city will see a celebration of literature, arts and cinema as the fourth edition of The Hindu Lit for Life takes off on Saturday.

The three days of lectures, panel discussions and workshops by distinguished national and international authors, experts and opinion-makers have something for everyone. Fans of literature can look forward to insightful dialogues between Man Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga and literary agent David Godwin, and Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Jim Crace and physician-writer Abraham Verghese. Other best-selling writers who will grace the festival include Ashwin Sanghi, Ravi Subramanian, Anita Nair and Naresh Fernandes. History enthusiasts can look forward to lectures by Romila Thapar and William Dalrymple.

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Ravi Subramanian: Guns don’t kill people, bad prose does

ravisubIn writing about gun rights and academic malpractice, Ravi Subramanian strays from his usual subject to decidedly mixed results: Tehelka

It’s one of the most clichéd pieces of advice given to new authors of fiction, both literary and commercial. Write what you know. It’s good advice; one of the worst things a new author can do is seem inauthentic. Indian commercial writers certainly follow it to the T, with a conveyor belt of engineers writing about being engineers, bankers writing about being bankers, college students writing about being college students. Read more

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