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How book business middlemen become reliable doorkeepers to literary realm

The idea of literary agents is still new to authors in India. A few are leading the wave here, compared to a few thousands in the UK

Literary agent Preeti Gill
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Literary agent Preeti Gill

Veer Arjun Singh
Lavanya Lakshminarayan’s vision of a dystopian world, where Black Mirror meets Bengaluru of the future, will soon smell of freshly printed paper. She is 29, a gaming designer and now a sci-fi writer. Her story, however, is less than suspenseful: she wrote a manuscript, attended a writing workshop, found an agent and received an offer from publishing house Hachette. 

Lakshminarayan’s story is also unusual. Consider these instead: A broke J K Rowling received 12 rejections before she became arguably the world’s most famous author. Ernest Hemingway was called a “bombastic dipsomaniac” when he submitted The Sun Also Rises. George Orwell’s

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First Published: Apr 26 2019 | 11:14 PM IST

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