Showing posts from March, 2012

[Interview] Bunny Suraiya

Bunny Suraiya has worked in the advertising industry, first as a copyeditor and then as creative director. She has also worked as a freelance writer and has contributed material to magazines that include Illustrated Weekly , JS , Time Out and Khaleej Times . In this interview, Bunny Suraiya talks about her debut novel, Calcutta Exile (Harper Collins Publishers India, 2011): When did you start writing? My first short story was published way back in 1973, by eminent author, Khushwant Singh , when he was the editor of the Illustrated Weekly . After that, I wrote another short story for the iconic Indian youth magazine, JS . Shortly after that, I got into the profession of advertising as a copywriter, ending up finally as Creative Director with JWT and before that Ogilvy & Mather – and the long hours, crazy deadlines and relentless pressure drove all thoughts of writing anything not connected with advertising out of my head. When I quit full-time advertising and went int

[Transcript] The Future of the Book Industry

In an interview that was conducted during at the States of Independence fare which was held at De Montfort University in Leicester on March 17, 2012, David A. Bowman ( Bluewood Publishing ) talks about the books his company publishes and about where he sees the book publishing industry going: Hi, I'm David Bowman. I'm one half of Bluewood Publishing . We are an international small press publisher. My business partner is actually in Christchurch, New Zealand. We publish genre fiction in ebook and print. We've been around for about two and a half years. We have about 150 titles currently available as ebooks, 32 of which are now in print. When you say 'genre fiction', what do you mean? Genre fiction is popular fiction as opposed to literary fiction. For example, we have alternative history, romance, western romance, fantasy, science fiction, thriller and, dark fantasy... i.e. the vampire type stories. We also have one non-fiction title but that was because t