An international project will see budding authors from the University of Derby write a book published through a top overseas publishing house and distributed throughout the world.
A literary fiction by third-year BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree course student will be published for sale in UK and USA.
India-based ROMAN Books – which supplies works of fiction and literary criticism to major booksellers in America and the UK, such as Amazon, Waterstones and Barnes & Noble – will work with writers to develop their book for commercial sale.
The unusual arts deal has been developed by the publishing house’s founder Suman Chakraborty and Prof. Jason Lee, Head of Film and Media with Creative Writing and Professional Writing at the University of Derby. The project is supported by the British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) programme, which aims to promote a professional network between creative entrepreneurs in India, UK and internationally to inspire and facilitate the sharing of best practices, skills, provides access to resources and market and offers professional development opportunities.
Once the book is ready for publication Mr Chakraborty will visit the University of Derby to give a guest lecture to aspiring authors, on how publishing houses can encourage new writing talent.
Profits from the venture will be used as capital for next year in order to make this Indo-British project a regular event for University of Derby students.
Aanchal Sodhani, the Project Manager of British Council India’s Cultural & Creative Economy Unit, added: “We were happy to support this project through the Young Creative Entrepreneur grant as we found the skills development aspect of the project particularly interesting – that is, to develop the skills of new writers to understand market requirements, audience needs, marketing and promotional aspects, selling of rights and thereby becoming ready to be published internationally.”
Professor Jason Lee said: “Every writer has the dream of seeing their work published. Having the opportunity of working closely with writers, editors, and a publisher backed by the British Council, is a fantastic opportunity for Derby University students. Internationally, it also reveals how the University is further establishing its global presence in the cultural and creative industries, through the work of its own students and academics.”
Mr Chakraborty added: “We work primarily in the overseas market—mainly in UK and USA. We have a team of sales representatives working in the UK where we work with the market leaders of the book industry. Our titles are regularly featured in the largest British book-industry magazine, The Bookseller. This collaboration with University of Derby strengthens our bond with the United Kingdom—thanks to the British Council YCE initiative which has always remained an extremely encouraging part of my career as a creative entrepreneur.”