Writing a book is not easy; getting it published is even more challenging. As a writer, you must be aware of a few things if you wish to publish your book in India.
The two major players besides you who play a very crucial role in getting your book published are the agent and the publisher. Agents are people who have contacts within various publishing houses and therefore act as a catalyst in speeding up the process and ensuring the manuscript reaches the hands of individuals who matter.
Publisher on the other hand is the company that will publish your book. The editors in the publishing house are the ones who select books that they deem worth publishing. In India, these editors can be approached directly by writers. However, you and your work both will be taken more seriously if you can be recommended by an agent.
In order to initiate the process, do not share the entire manuscript with the agent or the publisher. It is always advisable to write a query letter first. A query letter typically contains details about your manuscript, such as the name, type and length. It contains a brief synopsis on what the book is about, your qualifications and a thank you note to the editor /agent for reading the letter. Remember, the query letter should be a single page document.
After you submit your query letter, wait for a response. The response might not always be positive but the mantra is to keep trying.
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Comics have been entertaining children of all ages in India for years now. They are a great way to know more about the culture of our country. Since they are published in several languages, they are read by children from all regions.
Amar Chitra Katha, on which generations have grown, was launched in 1962 by Anant Pai. This series of comics, focusing primarily on Indian stories, legends, mythology and personalities is currently published in twenty different languages. Anant Pai also introduced Tinkle which had tales from India and other faraway lands.
Indrajal comics was launched by Bennet Coleman and Co. in March 1964. The first 32 issues contained “The Phantom” series. After that Indrajal comics published stories on characters such as Mandrake, Flash Gordon, Bahadur and more.
Chacha Chowdhury was a creation of Diamond comics, and remained popular for a long time with the fast thinking Chachaji and Saboo (a giant from Jupiter) and the main characters.
The recent super hit in India is, of course, Chhota Bheem. This series is a set of ongoing stories about Bheem (a super powered child) of Dholakpur and his friends.
With time, comics have evolved and besides being available in book stores they are now available in digital format as well. buy your favourite comic book now.
After debating for weeks, the IIT Council finally gave its go ahead on the new format for the common entrance test for admission into engineering colleges, 2013. The test will now be a two-tier test where students will need to first appear for the JEE-Main examination followed by JEE-Advanced. Only the top 1.5 lakh students who clear JEE-Main will qualify to appear for JEE-Advanced (formerly known as AIEEE) which will be held for those students seeking admissions into the IITs. However, of the students who clear the advanced examination, only those who were the top 20% in the various board exams will be granted seats in the various IITs.
Since the number of students clearing the JEE-Advanced examination is high, the council is now deliberating upon whether to adopt a subjective test approach for the advanced examination. Currently, the JEE pattern tests students using the Multiple-choice questions (MCQ) format.
If the format of the examination changes to a subjective format, the preparation for the exams will need to alter accordingly. For a subjective paper, students will need to understand the concepts well and apply them appropriately to succeed.
With the possibility of a change in pattern, the books that students will need to refer to might also change. Watch out for the latest on IIT JEE Books as chances are what you have or are planning to refer to while preparing for the exams are not up to date.
Vaania Kapoor Achutan won two golds at the 29th National Sub-Junior Aquatic Championships in Rajkot. An ace swimmer, Vaania is a class V student at Primus Public School in Bangalore. She is also a KOOLSKOOL customer, and Primus is one of our affiliated schools.