27 September, 2020


What makes rival publishing houses see eye to eye? And what you didn't know about about the reluctant autographer ...

Agents of Competition
When it comes to agents, even rivals like Penguin and HarperCollins seem to see eye to eye. At the recent litfest in Mussoorie, editors from both publishing houses dismissed the invasion of agents as a passing nuisance. Agents are more interested in making money than in promoting an author's career, they said. And we thought that's what publishers were all about! Privately, their fears are quite different: they think if agents go in for auctions, there'll always be a publisher willing to outbid others for prestige's sake, regardless of whether the book can recover the advance paid or result in the publisher going broke.

Battlefront EU
It's not the domestic market that India's first agency, set up by Osian, is eyeing, nor even high-profile publishers in US and UK. It's the rest of Europe that's beckoning with its untapped potential in translation rights of Indian books, whether...



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