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What do you do?
I am a writer; my latest offering is a nonfiction book entitled “American Tricksters: The shadow side of a culture’s psyche”–published by Cascade Books, a division of Wipf and Stick — http://wipfandstock.com/american-tricksters.html (Also available at amazon.com)
Several other books of mine are available on amazon.com also.
A number of my books are about south Indian composers and poets, others are about fractal geometry in cultural artifacts, and traditions of generosity in America.
I am also an artist, and have made many collages in blank books for several decades.
What are the biggest changes you see happening in your industry?
There are many self-published authors today, and print-on-demand publishers, and ebooks, and other new forms of publishing, and the decline in the number of bookstores, and the rise of amazon.com and other internet booksellers has changed the field for writers. The complications of these factors alone mean many uncertainties and decisions for a writer, beyond the challenges of writing.
What opportunities and challenges will these changes bring about?
With the flurry of new modes of publishing, it is hard to know which ones are most likely to work best for a particular writer. One ends up guessing. The old ways of finding an agent, or a traditional publisher, often seem more difficult. There are many doors open but the old ones are often closed. If one self-publishes, how does one distribute? If there are so many thousands of self-published writers, how is one more than just one more name on a list? I have been working on a series of adventure novels featuring a group of friends from multicultural backgrounds, who solve crises nonviolently, with creativity.
What are your biggest goals?
To reach a wide audience with my series of novels, which are set in exotic locations, such as India, New York City, the Kashmir valley, Boston/Cambridge, the mountains of Vermont, etc.
Also, to exhibit the best of my collages, printing one from each year in large poster form, for wall displays, and to publish a book of selected collages, as a retrospective.
Who and what would you need to reach your goals fast?
A publisher with an international distribution network, who is on the same wave-length with me, who has an interest in adventure stories with quirky characters and the brightness of intelligence to use creativity instead of violence to solve problems and avert crises and catastrophes.
And also a backer/advocate in the arts who would look at the art I’ve been making and like it enough to help me find a venue and get art prints and books made and distributed.
Finally, who should contact you and why?
An agent or publisher with similar interests (colorful timely stories about friends of different ethnicities solving problems nonviolently) and knowledge of the field of publishing international adventure for a wide audience. Ideally the agent or publisher would be willing to actually read some of my work, rather than just my descriptions of it, before rejecting or accepting.
Also an art world person interested in seeing photos of my collages, and originals, for an exhibit of a retrospective.