The dark side of the publishing world and nearly all the mistakes a writer could possibly make--is the subject of this literary and publishing memoir by an Indian with an American Dream. He lands up in New York and "writes" for a literary agency, until he realizes that it's a scam exploiting innocent American and Canadian writers. He earns an MFA at Columbia University, attends numerous workshops and conferences including Breadloaf and Aspen, meets Tim O'Brien, John Irving, and Saul Bellow's agent, whereupon his career takes off . . . well, almost. Until the long nightmare begins. Gritty, unsparing, honest, and at times laugh-out-loud. This book could teach you to avoid dozens of mistakes even one of which could cost a thousand times the price of this book.
“Crasta has a sense of humour which he maintains from the start to the end." --The Deccan Chronicle
More information at: http://www.richardcrasta.com and http://crasta.typepad.com
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By Phaedrus P
Aug 29, 2011
Its a book that touches your innermost soul - with all its raw emotions, desires, pain, anguish and a feeling of injustice that any Indian author can experience at the world's publishing capital - New York. Its not a book - its an act of bravery, its a kick in the pants of the publishing lords and its an eye-opener for anyone who is awed by the glitter of the modern day institutions of the world, be it publishing world or another. Reading this book was a very different experience for me since I laughed, I cried, I was pained, I felt angry, I was shocked... but I smiled nevertheless and thanked the author many times in my heart for such an open and honest writing, for such a courageous book and ofcourse for such a gift of words that he has. Richard knows how to weave a magic with his words and always maintains a wonderful sense of humour in his books. Its a book that is not to be missed and its not a surprise that it had to be self-published by the noted author. Who else would dare... More > publish such a courageous book after all?< Less
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