Posts from 2015-06-27

Half-year Update (2015)

It’s been a good year for Writer’s Side so far. We’ve placed 100+ books with various publishers, with a few more in the works, and that means that WS retains its position as the top literary agency in India and by far the best performing one in South Asia. What makes this achievement sweeter is the fact that we managed to land quite a few multi-book deals. Now as anyone who’s ever written a book will tell you, the first one’s easy – it’s always the second one that needs selling!

Our deals so far this year:

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Welcome to WS Blog!

Back when we first started Writer's Side, I never imagined the flood of submissions that would hit our inbox. It's quite a task mining for diamonds; it's even more difficult when you come across a manuscript that's almost there but not quite, and you have to make a tough call. As an agent, I've felt the pain of rejection and the joy of acceptance as much as the author I've represented.

This blog - a weekly indulgence for now - is perhaps a reflection of the fact that the writing scene in India is getting even hotter. There are twice as many books coming out in a fortnight as used to be released in a month, and this is excluding the foreign authors who've always found a ready-to-read market in India. Indian writing is no longer a copy of the West, and the range of topics that you now see on the shelves (or getting ready to go on them) is unbelievable.

This blog will be an attempt to make sense out of these 'chaos'. News, rumours, updates... deals and trends... tips on presenting your manuscript the right way... questions, and maybe a few answers from some of the emerging authors of the day... If it's got something to do with publishing, we will probably share our $0.02 on it - and feel free to add your two to the mix too!

So once again, welcome to the Writer's Side website's newest feature, this blog, and happy reading!