‘Gen X Author Turned Publisher ’


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These days we have so many young writers on the block from various parts of the country whose simple stories have been become a huge rage and have touched and inspired millions.

One such story is of author Sachin Garg who has written over 4 books and comes in the league of romance young guns such as Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Madhuri Banerjee and many more

Meet Sachin Garg, An MBA Graduate from MDI, Gurgaon who left his lucrative corporate Job for the love of writing and Books. As teenager he was always interested in reading books on varied topics and had a dream of writing a bestseller novel one day..

During his MBA course period he met Durjoy Datta, a classmate who happen to share the same dreams of writing and publishing books. Thus emerged the Publishing House called  Grapevine Publishers

Both Durjoy and Sachin jointly own and manage Grapevine Publishing house out of Delhi.

Apart from publishing and writing his own books, Sachin also provides a unique platform for various young authors to showcase their writing talents.

This multitalented author and publisher describes himself as a Wanderer, Philosopher, Travel freak, Movie Buff, and Party Rocker.

When he is not writing he is on the hunt for finding new writers…

His Latest Book ‘Come On Inner Peace’ is available at a Crossword near you..

Get to know the author better with his candid interview with us.

 

1.       The Transition from an author to an entrepreneur how did that happen?

I wanted to have a bigger footprint on the publishing industry than I was having. My strength is understanding reader tastes and executing projects. And being a publisher seemed the best way to put all my ideas into action.

2.       How has the experience been with dealing with authors for your own publishing house?

We have been fortunate to have not only to have  very talented people working with us, but also very professional and balanced people. We make sure we don’t set any unrealistic expectations and that communication is clear, because of which we’ve had very strong bonding with our authors and zero attrition with them.

3.       Any advice to young budding authors?

Have patience. Even though a lot of authors may seem to be overnight successes, there is always years of effort gone behind every brand. Work hard and respect your peers.

4.       You have written so touching and funny books… your inspirations behind them..

I derive my inspiration from the places I travel to. I’ve always been very fond of travelling and have travelled across 13 countries in the world, apart from extensive traveling within the country. Wherever I go, I talk to a lot of people and try to capture their stories in my books, which is why, you will notice, each of my book is based in a different city.

5.       How do authors approach you to get published or vice versa?

I attend a lot of events and meet a lot of people professionally. I get a lot of book ideas interacting with people who have nothing to do with the publishing industry. As I said, I believe execution is one of our biggest strengths. When I believe some people have an interesting life or career, we pitch a book idea to them.

Also, our submission guidelines are available on the net, for aspiring authors to submit to us.

6.       Are you enjoying more as an author or as a publisher?

That’s a very difficult question because I honestly enjoy both equally. Because I am an author, my readers welcome me in their lives. And as a publisher, I get to share my joy of getting published and reaching out to an audience with my bunch of authors.

 7.       Tell us something more about your new book ‘ Come On Inner Peace..’

The idea for ‘Come On, Inner Peace. I Don’t Have All Day!’ came to me while I travelling to Rishikesh for vacation. I came across an Ashram and received some unforgettable wisdom there. The first thought I had when I came out was – this needs to be put in a book! So I put the wisdom in a story which everyone would enjoy and came out with Come On, Inner Peace.

8.       A day in your life…

My days are very different during the time when I am working on a book compared to when I am not. When I am writing, I only write. But normally, it would be something like this –

I wake up at around five to catch up on some reading or writing. Around seven, I go to the gym and spend until nine there. I reach office around ten and manage my calls/meetings/ planning. For the evening, if I don’t have any meetings, I catch up with friends. I watch around three or four movies every week. And I enjoy playing squash on the weekends.

9.   With so many Indian authors and books flooded in the Indian market. You’re take on how can a publisher or an author stand out and compete with various books and authors?

One of the things we do is that we limit the number of books we publish. As a publisher its very tempting to sign on a lot of authors because it increases your chances of finding a bestseller but we have taken a call to publish only a certain number of books every month so that we can give adequate attention to each of our books.

As an author, the first rule is to not do what others are doing. Often aspiring authors ask me which genre is doing well so that they can write in that segment. That’s not how it works. Write what comes to you naturally and if its a good book which is marketed well, it will catch on.

10.   Best reads for you..

Michael Crichton, always.

11.   One author you would love  hanging out with..

I’ve had had the good fortune  to have had many author friends. Durjoy Datta and Nikita Singh remain the preferred choices.

12.   In your free time.. you

Read books, run.

13.   If you were not an author or publisher. You would have been..

I would have loved to be an athlete but I was never good enough. The dreaded truth is that I would have still been in some MNC marketing some boring product, which is what I was doing before Grapevine happened.

 

All his Books are available at a Crossword store near you or http://www.crossword.in

 

Signing off for now

 

Until next time Geeks.

 

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For details and queries write to crosswordconnect@gmail.com

 

Happy Reading!

 

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The New ‘It Bouy’ of Publishing


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All you girls who just go gaga over SRK’s cute dimples its time you meet the new chocolate boy in town.

Known for his cute dimples and his quirky and heart wrenching love stories that have touched over millions of girls all over the country..Durjoy Datta is the shy author(boy) next door.

An engineer and MBA by profession he has already written 6 run away bestsellers in a span of 4 years. As a successful author he continued his journey by venturing into his own Publishing Company titled Grapevine India Publishers  which has published over 20 books till date. Durjoy is also the recipient of Teachers Achievement Award 2012.

 Charming..Witty..Versatile..Modest that’s how we describe Durjoy Datta..

 

Read more from his interview..

 

1.       You have so many female fan who worship and adore you and go crazy with your writing..How do you handle all the fame & attention?

It’s very flattering and it’s really not that hard to handle. Obviously, I feel great about it and wish it would go on! But I make sure I don’t get too stuck with it and concentrate on the work in hand.

 2.  Do you think you are a better writer when you work in collaboration with another author..As most of your books have been  co-authored by others.

I think it brings in a different perspective to the story. I might write something that doesn’t make sense, but since I write it, I win my arguments against common sense. When you have another author working in tandem, it’s becomes very hard to ignore details that might be important to the story. A co-author is a constant source of criticism and keeps me from running haywire.

    3.        Your New book ‘Someone Like you’ Comes out by the end of this year under  Penguin Books India..Why the shift in publishing your book?

Grapevine India was set up after I had already signed up with Penguin for this book. So that’s the reason. But I may choose to associate myself with other publishing houses too. To broaden my experience as an author, to work with different organizations and other editors and to learn from them. It’s a decision I have to take as an author and not as a founder of a publishing house.

4.       At 25 you have already written 6 books and have started your own publishing company. People at your age are still trying to figure out life and where they want to be..Your message to these budding young guns.

I never really had a timeline or an action plan to go by. I didn’t really decide that I have to have these many books published or start a publishing house. I just did what appealed to me the most and I am happy where it has taken me. My only message to others like me is to do what you most love. And if you do it well enough, other things will fall in place.

 

Now some Fun questions..

 

Your favorite Adventure holiday spot..

I think I enjoyed my stay in Budapest a lot. And I am an at-least-once-a-year-Goa person.

 

Your favorite romantic read.

 It keeps on changing. The last romance novel that I read was “The Last Song” and I quite liked it. Even “One Summer” by David Baldacci is a good read.

 

 Your current read..

I’m Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells.

 

When you’re not working your..

 I am either out with friends, or well, reading a book!

 

Are you a typical Delhi boy..

       Oh yes, most certainly. I love my parties, I love my food, I love working out, I love honking in traffic jams and involve myself in road rage incidents. All the good parts, as well as the bad ones.

 

 Your fetish..

Is to be surrounded with books, women, great food and sports!

 

A memorable feedback from your fans..

A few days back, a girl tattooed the name of a protagonist from my book on her back. So that’s was pretty flattering and overwhelming!

 

Things who look for in an ideal partner..

Should be smart, funny, and non-clingy! Shouldn’t care too much about what she’s wearing and where she is going.  And good looks never hurt anybody.

 

Books By Durjoy  (@ Rs 100)

Of Course I Love You! …Till I Find Someone Better!

Now That You’re Rich! …Lets Fall In Love!

She Broke Up, I Didn’t! …I Just Kissed Someone Else!

Ohh Yes, I Am Single! …And So Is My Girlfriend!

You Were My Crush! …Till You Said You Love Me!

If It’s Not Forever… It’s Not Love!

 

Upcoming Books:

Till The Last Breath (Grapevine Publishers): September 2012

Someone Like You (Penguin India): December 2012

 

Signing off for now..

 

Do drop in your comments.

 

Until Next Time Geeks

 

Happy Reading!

 

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