• Goa Science Centre, Miramar, Panaji, Goa

Program Schedule

A more comprehensive description of each session will be provided shortly.

  • 3:30-5:30pm MASTERCLASS || On Editing

  • 5:30-6:00pm


  • 6:00-7:00pm

    OPEN MIC || A Delicate Balance: The Author-Editor Relationships:
    Open mic discussion following a brief introduction of the important aspects.

  • 9:00am

    Registration / Opening Remarks

  • 10:00-11:30am

    PANEL DISCUSSION || Point of Sale:  Book Retail and the Distributor’s role in the Supply Chain
    Panel discussion on book retail, especially on the role of the distributor in the book supply chain.

  • 11:30-12:00pm


  • 12:00-1:30pm

    PANEL DISCUSSION || Doing it Yourself: The impact of self-publishing on conventional publishing practices
    Panel discussion on the impact of self-publishing on established publishing practices and authors’ expectations

  • 1:30-2:30pm


  • 2:30-4:00pm

    WORKSHOP || Reading the fine print: Understanding the Author–Publisher Contract

  • 4:30-6:30pm

    MASTERCLASS || On the book production process

  • 8:30pm

    Networking Dinner

  • 10:00-11:30am

    PANEL DISCUSSION || Value Added: Trends in Publishing and Distribution
    Panel discussion on the rising trend of collaborations between publishing companies, whether through co-publishing or distribution/sales collaborations.

  • 11:30am-12:00pm


  • 12:00-1:30pm

    PANEL DISCUSSION || Staying Alive: The economics of (independent) publishing
    Panel discussion on the factors that contribute to the sustainability and continuity of a publishing business, especially of independent publishing houses

  • 1:30-2:30pm


  • 2:30-4:30pm

    MASTERCLASS || On book promotion and marketing

  • 4:30-5:00pm


  • 5:00-6:30pm

    OPEN MIC: On book reviews, the changing idea of book reviews in a social media-led environment, and on encouraging more “review spaces”

  • 6:30-7:30pm

    Presentation of the Publishing Next Industry Awards 2019

  • 10:00-11:30am

    PANEL DISCUSSION || On the economics of translation, and of translations of English academic texts into Indian languages

  • 11:30am-12:00pm


  • 12:00-1:30pm

    PANEL DISCUSSION || Bibliodiversity: Resisting Monocultures of the Mind
    Panel Discussion on the almost disappearing class of publishers that set up publishing houses based on a set of beliefs, like those that published Dalit literature, and what that means for diverse publishing, and the role of the author in supporting publishing houses that “went against the grain”

  • 1:30-2:30pm

    Lunch / Conclusion


For more information about the speakers at this year's conference, click here.

Manisha Chaudhry

Publisher, Manan Books

Shireen Quadri

Writer and Publisher

C. P. Viswanath

Director, Karadi Tales & Karadi Path

Manas Saikia

MD Speaking Tiger Publishing


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    Arpita Das, Publisher (Yoda Press)
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