English Fiction WritersBritish fiction writer
Many fiction writers find editors & writers, but can they live off their own histories?
It' s no wonder that the sessions were a big draw, especially for young, star-eyed admirers of the author and the Bollywood-divas. However, despite his numerous supporters and auto-signers, Sanghi, whose first novel, The Rozabal Line, was released in 2006, is skeptical as to whether India's fiction writers can live off their work.
"India has a total annual production of 84,000 books, while an ordinary bookshop has only 2,000 to 3,000 shelves. English fiction is also a specialty and new authors have to negotiate many obstacles in order to be commercially successful," says Sanghi, who insures his risk between authoring and managing his own company.
According to Sanghi, the first issue of this magazine is a 50,000 copies, a great business achievement for an English fiction writer in India. In his opinion, this is why the vast majority of would-be writers have India's daily careers as writers, reporters and writers. AC Nielsen, the research firm that has been monitoring India's books since 2011, has seen a 11% increase in the last four years in favor of India's authors and authors.
"We are a publisher concentrating on business literacy in all common styles. Our aim for the years to come is to specifically address the young adults segment," Padmanabhan added. In fact, much of the publisher's world is full of coffee-bean. "The fiction of the wholesale markets seems to have increased strongly in recent years and is continuing to do so.
Criminality, thriller and romanticism are other emerging genres," says Diya Kar Hazra, editor of Pan Macmillan India, 40% of whose books are fiction. Penguin Random House, the biggest publishers, also concentrates on fiction in India. "As for fiction, we are continuing to search and publicize some of the best authors in the area and increase their sales," says Caroline Newbury, Random House India VP of Global Market.
Authors such as Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta and Sudeep Nagarkar, translation of KR Meera and Perumal Murugan and new talent such as Sakshama Puri Dhariwal (The Wedding Photographer) are some of the companies supporters. With its IndiaInk print, Roli is now aiming for a stronger foothold in the fiction world.
"Of course, this section will grow with the readership in India, getting the first reading opportunities to hear tales that have been created by those who encounter them, adore them and then have dreams of how to become them," says Neelam Narula, editor-in-chief of Roli Books.
In addition, young Indians who write fiction in English are a rapidly expanding sector as the number of readership grows, the number of publishers that offer possibilities focusing on feel-good fiction for young people, the number of literature fairs in India and above all the possibilities this type offers for young authors.
Nielsen BookScan, which uses information from a specific retail distribution network, estimates that fiction in India, which mainly comprises English literature, will account for 24% of the overall retail book publication industry and 19% of the value in 2015. Some of the most beloved subgenres in the adults literature genre are general & fiction, criminality, thriller and adventures, followed by romantic & legends.
The IndiaBookMarket Report published by Nielsen at the Frankfurt Fair last year estimated the total Indian retail trade, which includes the import of books, at 261 billion dollars in 2013-14. India is thus one of the biggest English-speaking books worldwide. Writers like Sanghi have a need to support their careers in literature with a more lasting profession, while those who see good perspectives in fiction - and in the fiction-publisher.
One of India's leading English fiction writers, Ravinder Singh announced a resignation from Microsoft to found his own Black Ink publisher and support young writers from India. I wasn't long ago a first-time author myself with a great history and didn't know any big publisher.
I' m now making my contribution for first-time authors," says Singh, who made his debut in 2008 with I Too had a Love Story. Singh considers a best-selling fiction writer in India to be one whose Rs 100-175 volume gives a first glimpse of at least 2,000 of them.
Singh says that the bestseller figure of around 2,50,000 was only reached by three or four English fiction writers in India, of whom he is one. With regard to signature sums, he felt himself to be a winning writer in India could be as much as ranging between 50 kr and 1 kr per work.
Nowadays fiction is largely fueled by the phenomena of "writing by chance". The Zoya Factor, Anuja Chauhan's first novel in the rom-com category, was written in 2008, when she was in the midst of a very succesful promotional carreer at JWT India. "I' m not really thinking of a demographic when I do.
Indeed, my mantras as a novelist is that everyone around us merits a little romanticism in the fight against the burgeoning cult of cynicism," says Chauhan, who retired from her advertising work in 2010 to start a full-time literary work. Ahuja Komal, who made her debut with Love, No Matters What!, enjoys playing different parts of her own life - as a schoolteacher in the mornings, as an enterpreneur and business coach during the days and as an author at nights.
Everything except the written part was like in the screenplay. "My boldest dream was not to writ. Ahuja, who does not see herself as a full-time author because the management of the company is her daily work.
American Amisha Sethi, creator of It Doesn't Hurts to be Nice, published in 2015, says that the tale came to her in a minute of self-realization. "It was impulsive for me to start to write - not a self-help guide, but I wanted to get in touch with young people," says Sethi, who works as a consultant for start-ups and is a motivation speech and write.
An entrepreneurial author, Aroon Raman began to write his first novel, The Shadow Throne, after selling his first business in 2011. And I think that applies to all important narrative and adventurous fiction stores. Nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2009, Siddharth Chowdhury, who works as an editor's advisor in Delhi, has no particular demographics for his work.
"However, I believe that my perfect readership is the top elite, an formed convention to the south of the center and has its mind in the clouds," says Chowdhury, who thinks that one of these days he can live as a fictionist in India.