Juggernaut Books announces new programme for emerging writers
Juggernaut Selects, a programme of the Juggernaut writing platform, will identify and develop five new writers every month
Published - 19-January-2019
Juggernaut books has launched a new programme for emerging writers called Juggernaut Selects. Juggernaut Selects, a programme of the Juggernaut writing platform, will identify and develop five new writers every month. These writers will be provided all the benefits of a publishing house, and Juggernaut will strive to form long-term relationships with them.
These five authors will be edited by Juggernaut’s in-house team of highly experienced editors and copyeditors, their book jackets designed by Juggernaut designers, and their stories promoted by the marketing team. These authors will also receive a certificate and a creative toolkit, but the most exciting part of the programme is that they will be able to pitch their novels or work in progress to Juggernaut commissioning editors. Writers who publish on write.juggernaut.in are able to publish their stories and design a book cover for their stories as well.
Juggernaut Books Writing Platform
The self-publishing platform allows writers to showcase their work by simply uploading the text and designing a cover. The platform gives aspiring authors access to 1.5 million readers on the Juggernaut app and website. New writers get editorial feedback from other authors on the writing platform, and also stand a chance to be commissioned by Juggernaut. Select stories from the writing platform are also pitched to film and TV studios: recently, Rensil D’Silva has acquired the rights to writing platform author Neeraj Chawla’s story The Last Poisoners of 6. The platform was launched in May 2017 and Juggernaut has contracted 30+ new writers since and organised 50 + writing workshops and webinars.
Chiki Sarkar, Publisher, Juggernaut Books, says, “My dream is to give an amateur writer not just a platform but also some of the things that publishing houses could provide - feedback, interaction with editors, the opportunity to be showcased alongside famous writers they admire. And above all, an effortless way to get discovered, and Juggernaut Selects will do exactly that.”
Parth Mehrotra, who is Juggernaut non-fiction commissioning editor and handles film rights, says, “The stories from the writing platform are generally from authors who haven’t been discovered or published yet. The concepts and ideas they come up with are truly original, and we are so excited to find more such writers.”
Says Sahana Ahmed, author of Combat Skirts, “My story ‘Zeenat Aman Is Not a Soldier’ was a finalist in the inaugural Juggernaut Love Story Contest. The editors loved the milieu — the story was set in a military Special Train — and asked me if I would like to write “a love story, set in the army. That’s how ‘Combat Skirts’ was born, and my publishing journey began.”