Jaya Bhattacharji Rose
Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, co-founder, Ace Literary Consulting, a literary agency that only looks at the best of the best, across genres. She is also Associate Professor, School of Modern Media Studies, UPES University and has been associated with the publishing industry since the early 1990s. She has worked with literary magazines, independent presses, feminist presses, multi-national firms, and academic journals. She has written reports on the publishing industry in India for the Publisher’s Association UK, Canada Livre Books, and the ELT report for the British Council of India. She was invited by the Australia Council for the Arts to participate in the Visiting International Publishers Delegation 2019. The projects range from specially commissioned strategic papers, in-depth reports and analysis to social media strategy; offering professional expertise on publishing to individuals, firms and start-ups; and curation of literary events. Her blog has received more than 7.7+ m visitors; some of the authors she has interviewed include 2021 International Booker Prize winners — David Diop and Anna Moschovakis, Charlotte Wood, Markus Zusak, Lord Jeffrey Archer, Kamila Shamsie, Cornelia Funke, Namita Gokhale, Vivek Shanbhag, Eka Kurniawan, Michael Bhaskar, Daisy Rockwell, Chitra Bannerjee Divarkurni, Maha Khan Phillips, and Randa Abdel-Fattah. Her columns on the business of publishing include Bibliobibuli (Times of India online), and previously PubSpeak (BusinessWorld online) and Literati (The Hindu Literary Supplement). She has extensive corporate editorial experience including stints with Zubaan, Routledge, Scholastic and Puffin. During the pandemic, in June 2021, she helped establish the Scholastic Writers Academy, wherein students are mentored in online creative writing workshops. By Dec 2022, over 1200 students and some adults had been mentored, their short stories published in print anthologies and made available through online retailers. She also mentors authors, evaluates and edits manuscripts and does one-to-one sessions with authors. Her weekly podcasts on Times Specials is called TOI Bookmark — it is about books and literature. It is a marquee new offering by The Times India. It has been created as part of the newspaper’s new Times Specials initiative, with specially curated premium content from across the Times Group, for digital audiences. The Times of India, of course, is the world’s largest newspaper and India’s No. 1 digital news platform with over 3 billion page views per month. Times Specials podcasts will be promoted across all TOI platforms, including print. Email: jayabhattacharjirose1 at gmail dot com
Her articles, interviews, comments and book reviews have also appeared in Frontline, The Book Review, DNA, Outlook, The Hoot, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Brunch, Scroll, Bookwitty.com, LOGOS, BusinessWorld, Housecalls, The Muse, Kitaabnama (Doordarshan), The Guardian, BBC Radio, Radio France and The Independent. She has also been Member, Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for Master of Writing and Publishing, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.