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Simran Chawla's "Planet NRI" sold to Hachette India

We're delighted to announce the sale of Simran Chawla's Planet NRI to Hachette India.

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Journalist Puja Changoiwala's "Front Page Murders" snapped up by Hachette India at auction

We're delighted to announce the sale of journalist  Puja Changoiwala's Front Page Murders to Hachette India at auction.

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Rinku Paul and Puja Singhal's "Dare to Be" sold to Penguin Random House India

We're delighted to announce the sale of Rinku Paul and Puja Singhal's Dare to Be to Penguin Random House India.

If you have ever toyed with the idea of giving up your high paying corporate job to venture out on your own, only to be told by both your inner voice and a range of well meaning naysayers that it’s a silly pipe dream, this book is for you. It chronicles the stories of 11 women who have dared to turn these pipe dreams into successful ventures. Some have done it by setting up multi-million dollar businesses, others by using their natural talents for singing, writing and motivating others to achieve commercial success and inner satisfaction.

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Arjun Raj Gaind's Pucca Murder Trilogy sold to HarperCollins India

Writer's Side is delighted to announce the sale of Arjun Raj Gaind's Pucca Murder Trilogy to HarperCollins India. 

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Amandeep Sandhu's "Journey Through Fautlines: Deciphering Punjab's Disquiet" sold to HarperCollins India

Writer's Side is delighted to announce the sale of Hindu-prize shortlisted novelist Amandeep Sandhu's ambitious book on Punjab Journey Through Fautlines: Deciphering Punjab's Disquiet to HarperCollins India at auction. The book will be released around the time of the next state assembly elections.

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Penguin Random House acquires Anees Salim

Penguin Random House is delighted to announce that it has acquired award-winning novelist Anees Salim.

 

The deal includes a new paperback edition of Salim’s Crossword Book Award winning book, The Blind Lady’s Descendants, which will be released under the Penguin Books imprint in November this year and Salim’s new novel, to follow in 2016.

 

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WS Fellowship at the Sangam House!

We are delighted to announce the Writer's Side fellowship that will support a first-time non-fiction writer from South Asia. Sangam House will award  the fellowship to one of this year's applicants for the winter session.

Sangam House is an international writers' residency program located in India which brings together writers from across the world to live and work among their peers in a safe, supportive and nurturing space. (Read more about Sangam here)

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!