• Goa Science Centre, Miramar, Panaji, Goa

Program Schedule

  • 3:30-5:30pm

    The Green Ink || MASTERCLASS on Editing
    Join two experienced editors as they lead a masterclass covering more than just the nuts and bolts of editing. With an overview of the editorial process in publishing and its critical features, the session will also delve into the complexities and demands of the job.
    Panelists: Indu Chandrasekhar | Ritu Menon

  • 5:30-6:00pm


  • 6:00-7:00pm

    A Delicate Balance || OPEN MIC on the Author–Editor Relationship
    Gain insight into the challenges in the relationship shared by authors and editors, at this open mic. An author and editor who have shared a long working relationship will comment from their experience, offer observations and respond to queries.
    Panelists: Jerry Pinto | Ravi Singh

  • 9:00am

    Registration / Opening Remarks

  • 10:00-11:30am

    Point of Sale || PANEL DISCUSSION on Distribution and Bookselling
    The last mile of a book’s journey, before it reaches its reader, is a long one. Listen to distributors and booksellers as they discuss their respective roles and the concerns they must navigate in the supply chain.
    Moderator: Meethil Momaya
    Panelists: Allwyn Pais | Guruprasad D N | Manas Saikia

  • 11:30-12:00pm


  • 12:00-1:30pm

    Doing it Yourself || PANEL DISCUSSION on the Impact of Self-Publishing
    Technology-enabled self-publishing, which emerged as a viable option for authors over a decade ago, has transformed the industry in many ways. This discussion will look at self-publishing’s influence on conventional publishing practices and how it has altered authors’ expectations of publishers.
    Moderator: Manish Purohit
    Panelists: Leonard Fernandes | Naveen Valsakumar | Radhika Nathan

  • 1:30-2:30pm


  • 2:30-4:00pm

    The Fine Print || WORKSHOP on Reading the Author–Publisher Contract
    Learn about the elements of author–publisher contracts in this session led by a renowned publisher who has directed hundreds of agreements. Analyse and review the parts of a publishing contract at the workshop, which will include a conversation on author-friendly contracts.
    Panelists: Karthika VK | Vinutha Mallya

  • 4:30-6:30pm

    Bound Proof || MASTERCLASS on Book Production
    The masterclass will outline the processes involved in producing a printed book. This crash course will cover the stages of pre-production and post-production in small-sized publishing houses, and will address the specific concerns of independent publishers.
    Panelists: Amit Chavan | Sudhanva Deshpande

  • 8:30pm

    Networking Dinner

  • 10:00-11:30am

    Value Added || PANEL DISCUSSION on Partnerships and Collaborations
    Can two or more publishers collaborate to capitalise on their respective strengths in the marketplace? Quite a few examples exist in the Indian publishing industry. The panelists in this session will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of such partnerships among publishers.
    Moderator: Arpita Das
    Panelists: Ananth Padmanabhan | CP Vishwanath | Mandira Sen | Rakesh Khanna

  • 11:30-12:00pm


  • 12:00-1:30pm

    Staying Alive || PANEL DISCUSSION on the Economics of (Independent) Publishing
    Even as big business is fostering consolidation in the global publishing industry, publishing houses, especially the independents, are finding ways to sustain and continue their business. The speakers on this panel will talk about the challenges that they must overcome and the factors that aid them in their endeavour.
    Moderator: Vinutha Mallya
    Panelists: Radhika Menon | Ravi Singh | Sudhanva Deshpande | Yogesh Maitreya

  • 1:30-2:30pm


  • 2:30-4:30pm

    Go-to-market || MASTERCLASS on Promoting and Marketing Books
    With social media, SEO, and online stores effectively driving book marketing in trade publishing today, this masterclass will get you acquainted with the tools you need to develop a 21st-century strategy for promoting your books.
    Panelists: Kirti Jangra | Niti Kumar

  • 4:30-5:00pm


  • 5:00-6:30pm

    From the Books Desk || OPEN MIC on Book Reviews
    Two curators of book reviews, who are also reviewers themselves, will anchor an open exchange on the changing concept of reviews in a social media-led environment, and how more spaces could be opened up for book reviews.
    Panelists: Rihan Nijab | Shireen Quadri

  • 6:30-7:30pm

    Presentation of the Publishing Next Industry Awards 2019

  • 09:30-11:00am

    Working Capital || PANEL DISCUSSION on the Viability of Publishing Translations
    With more publishers launching imprints for literary translations from and into Indian languages, this discussion will focus on the economics and feasibility of publishing translations. The panel will also cast an eye over the academic texts coming into Indian languages.
    Moderator: Manisha Choudhry
    Panelists: Arshia Sattar | Kabani C | Karthika VK | Sugata Ghosh

  • 11:00-11:30am


  • 11:30-12:00pm

    Translating Europe
    Panelists: Anya Malhotra | Prashasti Rastogi

  • 12:00-1:30pm

    Bibliodiversity || PANEL DISCUSSION on Resisting Monocultures of the Mind
    The bedrock of the publishing vocation is a set of values that supports and propagates the diversity of ideas. However, current industry practices and the attitudes they engender are diminishing these values. The speakers on this panel will address the importance of diverse publishing and the responsibilities it entails on the part of everyone, including authors.
    Moderator: Ritu Menon
    Panelists: Arpita Das | Indu Chandrasekhar | Mandira Sen | Rakesh Khanna | Yogesh Maitreya

  • 1:30-2:30pm

    Lunch / Conclusion


For more information about the speakers at this year's conference, click here.

Meethil Momaya
Meethil Momaya

Co-Founder, Trilogy Bookstore

Prashasti Rastogi
Prashasti Rastogi

Director, German Book Office

Arshia Sattar
Arshia Sattar

Co-Founder, Sangam House

Sugata Ghosh
Sugata Ghosh

Publisher and Entrepreneur


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