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Super Book | An ode to publishing world

There is nothing more enlightening than what is found in the ?reserved? section of a library. As a matter of tradition brought forth by necessity, reference books are always out of bounds for borrowers. They are the Uberbooks, rich in gloss and leather bound, or in the least, expensive and therefore well cared for. And it is in these that the wealth of knowledge lies encapsulated.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2005 16:36 IST

There is nothing more enlightening than what is found in the ‘reserved’ section of a library. As a matter of tradition brought forth by necessity, reference books are always out of bounds for borrowers. They are the Überbooks, rich in gloss and leather bound, or in the least, expensive and therefore well cared for. And it is in these that the wealth of knowledge lies encapsulated.

I take special pleasure in burdening myself with the weight of these nascent gems. This is where I found The Writer's Handbook.

India might be the third largest publisher of English books in the world but the publishing industry and the writers themselves have not quite come to terms with the workings of this trade. The Writer's Handbook is meant to accompany writers in their quest for a better publisher or agent.

And it must be said that there is little that even comes close to the resources listed in here. A complete list of UK, US publishers and agents, hints and advices towards making a better presentation to prospective publishers. In fact the whole nine yards have been covered in this handbook.

This book is meant specifically for wannabe authors or poets who find it a hard enterprise to access information regarding the proper channels of getting a book published. The sheer variety and scope of the details are a triumph in itself. Add to that an exhaustive list of everything an author could ask for and what you get is a working encyclopedia of success. This book is a staple for better publishing, but nowhere does it claim to make a bard out of a bird. It can only help one get a better deal, not a better book.

First Published: Nov 26, 2005 16:36 IST