Publishing/Writing: Insights, News, Intrigue

01/23/2011

The Globalized Publishing Industry


Kiran Desai, author of ‘Inheritance of Loss’ and Booker Prize winner

Please refer to my yesterday’s post on Writers Welcome Blog Digital Age Presents an Opportunity Not Threat for Printed Matter  for a little background for this post.

More info today from the huge annual DSC Jaipur Literature Festival.

“Writing used to be such a solitary and secret activity, which has changed with the globalised (British spelling) publishing industry. Now, they sometimes train the writer for public appearances, with makeup and all!”… Kiran Desai, author of Inheritance of Loss.

If you want to increase your opportunity to get published, especially traditionally in printed format…but digitally also, you need to think beyond New York…and even beyond this country.

While bookstores and booksellers are struggling in the U.S., the book market is actually growing RIGHT NOW in other English-speaking countries…BOTH the printed AND digital book markets.

This neat little slice about writers, writing and the world they write about is provided by Vandana Shukla in The Tribune India:

Write turn enthuses authors, publishers

“Of course I took a glass of wine to face it all,” said the author of ‘Inheritance of Loss’ and Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai, while recalling growing up with her mother, Anita Desai, busy writing novels.“Writing used to be such a solitary and secret activity, which has changed with the globalised publishing industry.

 Now, they sometimes train the writer for public appearances, with makeup and all!” said the author with a million dollar deal for her next book, with a straight face.

Kiran Desai never anticipated though that ‘Inheritance of Loss’ would spark off fierce protests by the people of Kalimpong where the narrative is set in the backdrop of the Gurkha agitation of the 70s.

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