Getting a book Traditionally Published is a dream of every Indian debut. However, not all traditional publishers entertain direct submissions. They accept proposals through Literary Agents in India who narrow down a bulk of unsolicited manuscripts to a few that are really worth selecting. They do this in the best interest of the authors and the traditional publishers.
The scripts that don’t go through the Literary Agent’s selection criteria can be further well developed by the respective authors and the script that are selected go for further evaluation by the Literary Agents or the Traditional Publisher.
If you also have a script ready to be published and are looking for the Finest Literary Agents in India to help you represent your script to the Traditional Publishers, here is the well curated list of such agents:
A Suitable Agency: A Suitable Angry is India’s youngest literary agency who has a team having significant experience in publishing and marketing of books. They work mainly in adult fiction and non-fiction.
First Forays: First Forays was founded by Lalitha Ravindran who mostly works with Debuts. They prefer dramas, romance and historical fiction. They do not entertain books from sci-fi, fantasy, poetry and erotica genres.
HMA Literary Agency: This agency aims at establishing a close partnership between the new authors and their company. They offer editorial support and prepare your manuscript proposal that fits the requirements of publishers. HMA is being run by Mike Bryan who was the CEO of Penguin Books India.
Jacaranda Literary Agency: Jacaranda is one of India’s oldest Literary Agencies. It was started by Jayapriya Vasudevan in the year 1997 when the concept of Literary Agents did not even exist in India. It is an international agency with global connections.
Labyrinth Literary Agency: Anish Chandy founded this agency in the year 2014. Labyrinth handles some of the very well known authors including Nikita Singh, Anita Nair, cricketer & commentator Sanjay Manjrekar and children’s book writer Roopa Pai (Taranaut Series).
Lotus Lane Literary Agency: Founded in the year 2013 by Priya Doraswamy, Lotus Lane Literary Agency represents over 55 Indian Authors worldwide. They accept ideally one or two scripts every year.
Majha House: Founded by Preeti Gill, this literary agency has its center in Amritsar, Punjab. They are very selective about books and encourage new thinking and voice.
Osian’s Literary Agency: Osian’s is one of the oldest Literary Agents in India. It was founded by Renuka Chatterjee. They represent authors who write books in adult fiction (short stories & novels) and non-fiction category (biography, narrative travel, memoir, and current affairs).
Red Ink Literary Agency: Red Ink typically accepts scripts from all genres, but they are keener to publish food narratives, histories, current perspectives and Mythologies.
Sherna Khambatta Literary Agency: The best part about this Literary Agency is the quick response. It is run by Sherna Khambatta, who is committed to helping Indian writers publish their fictional and non-fictional work with the best publishers in India.
Siyahi: Based in Jaipur, Rajasthan, Siyahi was founded by Mita Kapur and is one of the oldest and largest Literary Agents in India. Apart from being a literary agency, Siyahi also facilitates translation services. They accept Hindi manuscripts with open arms.
The Debi Agency: The Debi Agency is a Delhi based independent Literary Agency by Shruti Debi. She accepts very few books at a time and prefers selected genres, but aims at getting a fair number of deals for every selected book.
Word Famous: Word Famous was founded by Dipti Patel who has a penchant of working with older writers. She has placed books with A list publishers written by writers in their 70s and 80s. She charges a flat fee of Rs. 15000 on the signing of your manuscript.
Writer’s Side: Calling itself to be South Asia’s Largest Literary Agency, Writer’s Side was founded and is managed by Kanishka Gupta. They have placed more than 300 books to the traditional publishers. They believe in doing fair negotiations with both parties and offer personal assistance to every author.
We really hope this list would help you select the right Literary Agent. However, you have all the options to directly approach several Traditional Publishers in India who entertain direct submissions from the authors.
Thank you for the informative article.
Can you pls do a write up on how to pitch your books to these agents?
Hey! To pitch your books to these agents, you need to visit their website and check for their submission guidelines and follow the same.