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SamKam
12-15-2011, 08:02 PM
For a country that hosts almost 20% of the world population, it's tough to believe that there's hardly any desi footprint on this forum. If you are an Indian writer (published or aspiring), come forth and introduce thyself. Let me break the ice with a short self-intro.

My name is Sameer and my first book (titled 'Beyond The MBA Hype') on international MBA education got published recently. Within a few weeks of being released, it has been featured in the Times of India bestsellers list and is heading for re-print.

As the milestone was reached after a long, tiring journey, I felt I should share my experiences about the Indian publishing industry with other writers. I manage two blogs related to writing.

On my personal blog, I cover topics related to literary agents, author advances, query letters...and in general anything that may be of interest to first-time authors hoping to get published.

The other website Booksoarus (http://www.booksoarus.com/) helps new writers improve their writing skills.

I am still finding my way through the maze and I hope this thread would be a good way for Indian writers to get connected and share ideas about being successful in a unique and super-competitive market that is unlike any other in the world.

Anyone else willing to say hello? It would be great to know about your story.

schttrj
12-27-2011, 02:42 PM
Hi Sameer, so nice to meet you. I am a blogger, copywriter and wannabe-novelist. I stay in Kolkata. You?

ncochrane3
02-16-2012, 10:56 PM
I am not Indian, but absolutely ADORE India and am counting down the months (4!!) until my next flight :)

kranemetal
02-19-2012, 02:03 PM
Hey Friends, im Amit from Mumbai, India.
im an engineering graduate and write a blog too.

padnar
02-19-2012, 05:37 PM
Hi Sameer I am Padma Narayanaswamy a Chennai based Indian scriptwriter .
Yeah it is a tough world for us , Bollywood or Kollywood wont accept me on the ground I cant write in the regional and obviously I am having a tough time being not a native writer .
Anyway as I am a passionate writer I dont allow myself to leave the arena .
I am haunting this forum for a long time and I have a friendly experience here .

schttrj
02-20-2012, 08:53 AM
I am not Indian, but absolutely ADORE India and am counting down the months (4!!) until my next flight :)

Absolutely, do let us know where you visit here?

schttrj
02-20-2012, 08:54 AM
Hi Sameer I am Padma Narayanaswamy a Chennai based Indian scriptwriter .
Yeah it is a tough world for us , Bollywood or Kollywood wont accept me on the ground I cant write in the regional and obviously I am having a tough time being not a native writer .
Anyway as I am a passionate writer I dont allow myself to leave the arena .
I am haunting this forum for a long time and I have a friendly experience here .

I always had this question in mind. How much does a scriptwriter make (if you don't mind me asking this question!)?

padnar
02-20-2012, 12:06 PM
A successful scriptwriter earns nearly $300 US dollars and in India a marathi scriptwriter said he gets one lakh. But I sold my first script for peanuts . Hopefully I want my second script to fetch me Rs 30,000 ,as I spent 100 US $ for it.

schttrj
02-20-2012, 12:26 PM
A successful scriptwriter earns nearly $300 US dollars and in India a marathi scriptwriter said he gets one lakh. But I sold my first script for peanuts . Hopefully I want my second script to fetch me Rs 30,000 ,as I spent 100 US $ for it.

Oh! And how many scripts does a regular scriptwriter get to write per month?

Keyan
02-20-2012, 01:36 PM
Hi, I'm an NRI writer in the US...

Kudra
03-13-2012, 09:54 AM
I'm a long-time member of this forum, but have been away for a bit. I'm a freelance journalist and live and work in India. Nice to meet you all!

sian
03-13-2012, 09:24 PM
I'm AngloIndian. :) I used to be a journalist, but I'm mostly an editor now. I write for the horror genre but haven't been published as a fiction writer. I'm considering putting together an anthology of horror shorts for Amazon. I just need to work on my confidence. :)

Nonuw
03-14-2012, 12:00 AM
I live in California but am from New Delhi. I'm writing my first novel - a cozy mystery set in India. It's tough going with this first draft -need constant motivation not to falter and give up.

Nice to meet you all :-)

plebeian
04-08-2012, 01:06 AM
Hola guys! I am an Indian, living in Colorado. Got done with writing my novel, now chipping my finger nails in anticipation for the beta readers to revert.

Nonuw
04-18-2012, 03:17 AM
Hi plebian - what's the novel about?

Tinkerbelll
06-09-2012, 05:54 PM
Welcome!

Rachel Udin
07-24-2012, 07:50 AM
Not Indian, but writing about Northern India and feeling increasingly guilty because I can't find anyone from the country other than one person to help me on the facts of India. Which means I'm on the last crutch of the "I checked with my one Indian friend." Which means I feel like crap writing that book section no matter how hard I'm trying NOT to get it wrong.


Anyone from or been to Ayodhya? Anyone can tell me how the city smells? What the dirt color is? Is there a smell of the river? What does the river smell/taste like?

TT Where do Indian writers hang out anyway? Where I can bow to your feet and humbly ask questions and not feel guilty? Anyone willing to give me a good beating? I need it before I post to all the non-Indian writers. OK. I'm sounding desperate.

I know there has to be some otherwise there wouldn't be Bollywood movies and Indian novels...

Or in the famous words of the Beatles, "Help!"

And yes, I know saying my great something-times Grandmother rumoured being Indian does not count as giving me a right to make the book wrong....

Simran
07-28-2012, 04:09 AM
Hi all, I'm not Indian {although I would like to think otherwise. :-)} but I love everything Indian and most of what I write about has to do with some aspect of it; be it the culture, books, music, movies, food, etc.

exhale
08-08-2012, 01:41 AM
Hello! I'm an Indian expat who lives in the American Deep South. It's pretty interesting!

Rachel, I lived near Ayodhya for a few years. PM me your questions and I will answer them as well as I can.

SpiderGal
08-08-2012, 10:11 AM
Hi!

I'm a journalist based in India. I used to be quite active on AW forums back in college. It got tougher to keep up that level of activity after I started working. But I've decided to come back -- I miss this place a lot!

padnar
08-14-2012, 06:11 PM
Hi, to you all . I am always haunting this forum . As I write crossover scripts , I need to do research.and the research group is wonderful

Purple Rose
08-14-2012, 07:08 PM
How lovely to meet so many of you, of us!

My parents are Indian and although that's my ethnicity, I identify more as Singaporean. Still, I love the food, am familiar with the history and culture and hope to find an agent for foreign rights in the world's second largest English market. My book will be published in Singapore within the next 4 weeks.

Snuggles
08-24-2012, 05:54 PM
Hello from another Indian here.

Snuggles.

CinthiaX
08-24-2012, 11:19 PM
Hi everyone! Cool thread...have been on this forum for months and never thought to join one for Asian authors...silly me:) I'm Indian but was born in Malaysia. Welcome everyone and see you around the forum!

adharma
09-17-2012, 03:42 PM
Hi all,

I'm from Mumbai. Nice to meet the gang here, hope to communicate more with you guys soon.

Just getting started with this whole writing business and finding my voice again (see link in sig). I used to write a bit in college (a decade ago) but haven't had the time for it for many years.

Always glad to help anyone who needs help with facts/research on India.

arramiah1
11-13-2012, 08:11 PM
Hi Everyone! I am a writer in Chennai. I have been writing in Tamil, a couple of short stories in magazines, a couple online and so on. Unfortunately, the Tamil commercial market for short stories or novels disappeared with the advent of cable television. Magazines, which used to support commercial writing now provide half a page for a "story". The literary magazines publish "serious" stories, but they cater to a different market. So the entire popular fiction area in Tamil disappeared. Big publishers do not even publish fiction. It would be a miracle if a book sold 500 copies.
Last year, therefore, I decided to write one of my ideas as a screenplay. I completed it in 8 months. It was set in the 500 AD and I immediately realized that was a problem.
But there were much bigger issues. In Tamil movies, there are no agents; and directors write their own scripts. Therefore there is no "scriptwriter" separately. If you wrote a script, you have to try to become a director. The production houses like UTV won't even touch your script unless you are an assistant director.
I had no intention of directing movies.
So, the commercial story market does not exist. And no scriptwriters. Which means that my role as a Tamil writer does not even exist. I have decided to publish straight to my blog, since more people read it that way. I get about 2000 visitors per month for one of my short stories; which is a relief.
This year, I decided to try my hand at an English novel. I did not like the decision, but tried it anyway. Completed a 55,000 word novel in 4 months and sent off the synopsis and first three chapters to a big publisher here. After 5 weeks, they asked for a full manuscript, which was great! It has been 6 weeks today after that, I am praying for good news.
I have not gone completely crazy in these weeks because I started writing a small Tamil novella - even though nobody is going to publish it. That has been progressing well till now.
I really, really wish Tamil commercial writing market can get back to the glory days from 50s to 80s. It does not bode well for writers if it does not - A language needs popular fiction to maintain its relevance, I think.

Animad345
01-04-2013, 06:21 PM
I'm British Indian- my parents were born in India (Delhi and Agra respectively), but my sister and I were brought up in England. It's nice to meet you all! :)

Wilde_at_heart
01-15-2013, 02:31 AM
My spouse's parents are from India and I'm from Toronto most recently - where there is a sizable Indian population.. I have in-laws who live in Bandra and stayed there last spring when I went to Mumbai.


I'm British Indian- my parents were born in India (Delhi and Agra respectively), but my sister and I were brought up in England. It's nice to meet you all! :)

My late father-in-law was born in Agra. He was of Goan background though.

WriterBN
01-17-2013, 02:41 AM
Hi all,

I used to live in Bombay (back when it was still called Bombay). I'm working on a collection of short stories set in Bombay that will be out by the end of next month (I hope).

I've lived in the US for 20+ years now, but it's hard to get Bombay out of your blood.

RichardAnderson
02-02-2013, 11:50 PM
Hey - Nice to see this thread. I'm someone who's just started doing what he's been threatening to do for a while - write. I'm a banker by profession and currently based in Mumbai - drop by and say hi.

padnar
02-18-2013, 01:54 PM
Hey - Nice to see this thread. I'm someone who's just started doing what he's been threatening to do for a while - write. I'm a banker by profession and currently based in Mumbai - drop by and say hi.
Hi to you by Padma Narayanaswamy

Ananya
06-18-2013, 07:30 PM
I live in the US but am have written a literary novel based in India. Have queried a few agents and am awaiting their response.

Ananya
07-19-2013, 07:02 PM
Congrats on the forthcoming publication of your book of short stories set in Bombay! Glad to see another desi soul slaving away on something like short stories! My book is literary fiction, set in Darjeeling... Trying to find an agent, but have only received kind rejections so far.

bookworm92
11-04-2013, 11:24 AM
Hi! I'm an NRI who lives in Singapore but I'm currently studying in India. I'm working on my first novel right now.

writingale
11-23-2013, 11:58 AM
Hello resident and NRI friends,
I am Radhika Meganathan, children's/YA author based in Chennai. I have published a few picture books and short stories in publications like Tulika, Hachette India and Chandamama, and am currently working on a series of novels. I blog at www.radhikameganathan.in

I am always looking for Indian children's writers/YA to interview. Please drop in and if you are a children's writer, do consider participating in my Chapter book challenge 12x12, where I attempt to write one chapter book every month, starting from Jan 2014 :)

R

Dantai
11-24-2013, 03:35 AM
I recently discovered a brilliant Indian writer by the name of Shombuddha Majumdar who I'm publishing in an upcoming volume of Argosy. I'll have to let him know about this thread!

carey
02-09-2014, 11:15 AM
Hello fellow Indians!
Though I have just had to adopt another country's citizenship, my heart, mind and soul belongs to India and so I AM and Indian.
My first novel, Neil Must Die, was written in India.
It is a brave story of silent rebellion, desperate escapism, self-destruction – and thunderous passion.

The book begins on a rather unconventional note of incest, when Neil falls in love with his newly-wedded sister-in-law, Tuli, forcing seeds of suspicion and spilling blasphemy into the conservative Bengali family. Thereafter, he runs away from the chaos, drowning himself in lies and false assurances, only to discover that Tuli is pregnant with his child – and all becomes clear. His fears and doubts evaporate, and he sets out to make life wonderful for Tuli and their child, completely unaware that, even with the impending battle he has to fight, it is written in stone that he must die.

But I sat with the unpublished book for 10 years, since publishing it really never crossed my mind. Until I left the country and settled down in Canada. It was on my friend’s insistence that I approached the publishers, and Neil Must Die was published by Trafford, USA, in 2010.
However, Neil’s story was written in India and began and ended in India. So when Blackbuck Publishers from India contacted me to re-publish Neil Must Die in India, I realized Neil, the novel’s main protagonist, had come a full circle. I let go of her novel and it was re-published in India in June, 2013.

Neil Must Die has been reviewed and featured in a number of newspapers in Canada and India. But it received its “15 minutes of fame” when it got an exclusive review in Desh, the most prestigious literary magazine in the country.

Now, Neil Must Die is about to be featured at the New Delhi Literary Festival, starting Feb 7-9, 2014, at Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts and New Delhi World fair starting February 15-23, 2014, at Pragati Maidan.


I sincerely hope you guys find time to get a copy of this novel and read. See, authors don't make much money unless they are J.K. Rowlings and Jhumpa Lahiris. I just want people to read it, connect with the characters, let me know what you feel about the ending, and give me your opinions. I will really value and treasure them.


It's price is below Rs 200 and available online at Flipkart (http://www.flipkart.com/neil-must-die/p/itmdnc9z2xbcrhzg?pid=9781628400700&otracker=from-search&srno=t_1&query=Neil+Must+Die&ref=67d01709-0f9e-4704-a384-fdf483608c5b), Homeshop18 and Crossword (http://www.crossword.in/books/neil-must-die-chatterjee-kaberi-chatterjee/p-books-1426928785.html) (imported version), mostly. Also available at various book shops in New Delhi & Mumbai. [HTML]http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1374333434l/12220551.jpg[http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1374333434l/12220551.jpg].

Cheers and best wishes!
Kaberi Chatterjee

carey
02-09-2014, 11:20 AM
I live in the US but am have written a literary novel based in India. Have queried a few agents and am awaiting their response.

Hi Ananya,
It's ok to queue up in front of the agents' door. But just read my website content once, and let me know what you feel.
FinalDraft Editing & Publishing Services (http://www.finaldraftedit.com/home)

Cheers!

carey
02-09-2014, 11:27 AM
Hi Sameer, so nice to meet you. I am a blogger, copywriter and wannabe-novelist. I stay in Kolkata. You?

Hi Schttrj,

Ooops! That was some name!!:D Nevertheless, just to let you know that I am a publisher and we give special attention to first time authors. Please check out our company website, FinalDraft (http://www.finaldraftedit.com/home), and let me know if you like it.
I too am from Kolkata, btw. :)

noorilhuda
08-20-2014, 11:29 PM
Just wanted to say hi just the same!

Nikhar
09-27-2014, 06:28 PM
Hi everyone,
I'm Nikhar Agrawal. Currently pursuing my B.Tech. from IIIT-Hyderabad. This is my last year in college. I joined this forum recently as a means of rekindling my interest in writing. Not that I'm much good. But I like to try and I love people's opinions.