Columnist Meghna Pant on Monday released her book ‘How to Get Published in India’- a useful guide to navigate the often-opaque Indian publishing industry amidst popular author Ashwin Sanghi and comedian Sorabh Pant. The event which was hosted by a popular bookstore in the Kemps Corner area of Mumbai, saw a huge attendance from the young crowd of Mumbai who had aspirations of writing a book. One of the youngest writers was only 17 years old and she shared how she had already published a book and was also ready with another book to be published.
Replete with essays by mavens in the publishing ecosystem- Meena Kandasamy, Jeffrey Archer, Namita Gokhale, Anup Jerajani, Twinkle Khanna and Shobhaa De among others; the book fills a vacuum in the market; and is sure to answer many questions nesting in the minds of aspiring authors.
The book was officially unveiled by best-selling author and writer, Ashwin Sanghi, who said in a lighter vein, “There is a story inside everyone. Sometimes it requires a little whiskey to coax it out,” acknowledging that many young authors would like to be heard today.
Meghna set the context, for her book by saying, “Every 10 minutes a top publisher gets a manuscript in their inbox. The rejection rate with traditional publishing is 95%. That’s because a lot of people who have the desire to publish a book don’t know about the process. There are 5 million books that come out every single year, across the world, and 1 lakh books that get published every year in India alone, if you leave out the academic books. You are competing not just with other books, but every medium of entertainment.”
Stand-up comedian Sorabh Pant, also the author’s brother, spoke at the launch; and emphasised how tough the journey is. “Writing a book is a ridiculous amount of work. Ashwin Sanghi, a bestselling author today; has gone through 47 rejections.”
“The Indian publishing industry has seen massive growth in the number of books produced- at the rate of 30%. Meghna Pants How to Get Published in India, is a bonus to those who are entering the field of writing or are struggling to create a space for themselves,” said Maulik Desai, head of a popular chain of bookstores in India.
The panel fielded many questions from the audience; about challenges they had faced while publishing their book.
As a closing remark, Meghna Pant added, “We need to stop treating our publishers like our enemies. From the time you sign a contract to editing, book covers, blurbs, marketing, to the availability of the book, there are many stress points between an author and a publisher. So you must remember as an author, the publisher is your friend.”
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