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How book business middlemen become reliable doorkeepers to literary realm

The idea of the literary agent is still in its infancy in India. Compared to the UK, which has them in a few thousands, they are easily numbered in India, perhaps less than 20

Literary agent Preeti Gill
Literary agent Preeti Gill

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 ...