Italian Calaspia Rights Sold

Mondadori, Italy’s largest publisher, has purchased rights to the first three books in the Insanity Saga for a substantial advance.  Book One to be published in 2008 in prestigious i grandi range.

Switzerland Book Launches, Nov 06

Over 100 people filled the respective rooms to congratulate the Guptara Twins on the publication of Calaspia. The Book Launch in Zurich on 14 November was hosted at Orell Fussli English Bookshop, on Zurich’s prestigious Bahnhofstrasse, where the Guests of Honour, author Theodore Beale (Eternal Warriors) and Culture Minister Marc Wehrlin, spoke before Suresh and Jyoti gave a reading each.  In Weinfelden the book was launched on 15 November in the local language Schwyzerdütsch by Mayor Max Vögeli, who interviewed the boys.  At both events, the crowds then mingled over King’s Kurry snacks while the Guptara Twins autographed copies and answered questions. Friends of the twins stayed on after the event to celebrate the boys’ 18th birthday a week early, before Suresh returned to school in England the next morning.

Journalist vs. Author: teenage Writer at Frankfurt Book Fair 06

3 – 8 October 2006: Jyoti Guptara attended the world’s largest Book Fair at Frankfurt as an author with Indian publisher Tara Press and as a journalist with The International Indian magazine.

Despite over 7,000 exhibitors at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2006 and my lack of a map, my feet lead me directly to the collective stand of my Indian publisher and its relevant imprint. The same instinct that directed me here tells me that these four Indians are my publishers and agents even before I catch sight of the lettering: India Research Press / Tara Press – and Red Ink, the first, and to my knowledge only, Indian literary agency.

We meet for the first time after months of electronic correspondence.  I immediately feel at home with them; it’s as if we already know each other, and just happen not to know much about one another.  It’s always been business.

“All Delhi’s turned up,” they laugh.  Indeed, a glance at the area between Halls 5.0 and 6.0 yields more brown faces than white.  It is the 3rd of October and publishers are setting up their stands, arranging their products, books and promotionals.  India is the Guest of Honour this year.  I hear more Hindi than German.

After weeks of being chained to a computer and editing, it is refreshing to be meeting people and talking.  After six years of working on a book you know may never be published, which was the case until recently, receiving overwhelmingly positive responses from international publishers, literary agents and scouts is like having your batteries recharged. More >

Accepted for Publication!

Good news: I woke up at 08.00 this morning!

But the story doesn’t end there.  I woke up because my father woke me for exercise (although he did not wake me for exercise).

It gets better still; before I could be motivated to get out of bed and begin the violent process of circulating blood around my body, a rush of blood to the head was inspired by a phone call.  My father said it would be for me in his typical manner, but it was eight o’clock – all my friends would be at school.  However, it did turn out to be for me.  Debbie Smith from Tara Press, Bahrisons, India.

They liked our book, and they had given it to a Reader, who had read it cold (without any information about the authors, including our age).  The Reader had liked it very much, and so had the other people in the publishing house.  Basically, they want to publish us!

Very exciting!  Very, very cool!

But … not as much as you would have thought, considering we’ve been waiting for publication for 5 years already. As Dan Gilbert says: we consistently overestimate the emotional impacts of events.  Precisely because we’ve been looking forward to acceptance for so long, with such ecstasy, reaching the goal loses some of its magic.  It’s more of a relief than anything else.  But that made the journey all the more interesting.

As we were to discover, this is anything but the end.  This is the beginning.