Publishing Next is organized by CinnamonTeal Publishing, a Margao (Goa)-based publishing house that provides publishing services to authors and publishers.
The conference is aimed at providing a platform for publishing professionals to meet and discuss the issues that they are most concerned with. With an eye on the future and the new business practices and technologies that publishing professionals can hope to encounter, the conference also focuses on current issues, especially with reference to Indian language publishing.
The conference is held each year in September. In 2014, we also had a one-day conference during the New Delhi World Book Fair in February, organized in association with National Book Trust, India.
Besides the two co-founders, the conference is also guided by an advisory body. This body plays a large role in shaping the conference and charting for it a distinct identity, and the audience it should primarily target, and deciding the issues it should address through various panel discussions and workshops.
Leonard J Fernandes co-founded dogearsetc.com, an online bookstore for used books in 2006 and CinnamonTeal Publishing a year later, thus pioneering the business of providing publishing services to authors and trade publishers in India. Leonard has completed his B.E. (Mechanical) from the Goa Engineering College and his MBA from the Ohio State University. Leonard has previously worked for Tata Infotech Solutions and has had stints at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (Cincinnati), CarrefourSA (Istanbul), and at Bank One, later JP MorganChase,(Columbus). In 2010, he was awarded the Young Creative Entrepreneur (Publisher) Award by the British Council.
Queenie R Fernandes, qualified with a Masters degree in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, is co-founder of Dogears Print Media Pvt. Ltd, an online bookstore, and of CinnamonTeal Publishing, its publishing arm. Queenie overseas the day-to-day operations of the company which provides publishing services that include e-book development and distribution, digitization and archival. Prior to that, she worked on several research projects for various organisations such as Maharashtra Industrial and Technical Consultants Limited (Mitcon), Pune, and Gokhale Institute Of Politics And Economics, Pune; and has worked on the India-Irrigation Impact Study Project of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Vinutha Mallya, Principal at LineSpace Consulting and consulting editor to Mapin Publishing advisory based in Bangalore. She is a consulting editor to Mapin Publishing, a contributing editor to Publishing Perspectives, and is a principal advisor to the Publishing Next conference, in which role she is responsible for developing the agenda, identifying and engaging with speakers and negotiating with conference partners. Vinutha has a keen interest in documenting and reporting on the Indian book-publishing industry. She manages and edits Booksy.In, a web resource for the publishing industry in India.Vinutha has a master’s degree in Journalism from Goldsmiths College, London, and a master’s degree in Communication from Manipal University.
K. Satyanarayan, co-founder of New Horizon Media, a Chennai-based Indian language publishing house with a focus on publishing non-fiction in the Indian languages in multiple formats including, printed books, audio books and e-books. He is excited by the opportunities for democratising access to knowledge as the areas of publishing and journalism evolve in today’s digital world. He also has a longstanding interesting in public policy, especially in the area of education. He has been writing a blog on education for many years at http://prayatna.typepad.com/education. Satya is an alumnus of IIT Madras and Cornell University.
Rubin D’Cruz, editor/ publisher by profession, has worked for many public sector / voluntary publishing firms since 1987, mainly in Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad, Kerala State Institute of Children’s Literature and National Book Trust, India. He is presently working as editor of the Malayalam department of National Book Trust, India (NBT). Rubin has participated in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy and Jerusalem International Book Fair in Israel as an Indian delegate. He was also a speaker at a conference of writers and literary translators (WALTIC) at Stockholm, Sweden. He lives with his fifteen year old son, Aaromal and wife Sajitha in New Delhi.