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Publishing Next 2019

Dates: 19th September to 22th of September 2019
Venue: Goa Science Centre, Panaji, Goa – 403001. India.

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

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

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: Niti Kumar | Vaishnavi Singh

Open Mic Sessions
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

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

Panel Discussions
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.

Panelists: Allwyn Pais | Guruprasad D N | Manas Saikia | Meethil Momaya

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.

Panelists: Heeta Parikh | Leonard Fernandes | Naveen Valsakumar | Prosenjit Dasgupta

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.

Panelists: Ananth Padmanabhan | CP Vishwanath | Mandira Sen | Rakesh Khanna

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.

Panelists: Ravi Singh | Sudhanva Deshpande | Yogesh Maitreya

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.

Panelists: Arshia Sattar | Kabani C | Karthika VK | Manisha Chaudhry | Sugata Ghosh

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.

Panelists: Arpita Das | Indu Chandrasekhar | Mandira Sen | Rakesh Khanna | Ritu Menon | Yogesh Maitreya

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

Translating Europe:
Panelists: Anya Malhotra | Delfim Correia da Silva | Prashasti Rastogi