A Voice for Asian Writers

Indo-American co-publishing venture launched

We hope to present a finished product to American publishers that will minimize their development and production costs, and would be cost-effective for the author, Stevens adds. 
US publishers, Tarang Press has joined with New Delhi based publishers, Hemkunt Publishers, Private Ltd., for co-publishing literary work in English in the South Asian region.

Payson R. Stevens founder of Tarang Press informs: Our mission is to publish primarily English language literary works by South Asian and Americans authors who are outside the mainstream. Our hope, as an alternative publisher, is to give authors and poets a voice.

Tarang will co-publish in India with Hemkunt Publishers of New Delhi, who are known for their excellence in book publishing since 1948, specializing in academic and children’s books, as well as books of general interest for all segments.

Stevens will work out distribution of their publications in USA since increasing pressures to publish block-busters has made it very difficult for unknown authors to see their books in print. We hope to present a finished product to American publishers that will minimize their development and production costs, and would be cost-effective for the author, Stevens adds. This model has great potential and has worked well for several authors who have self-published books and had them picked up by larger publishers later.

We see a tremendous potential of this venture, which would simplify the publishing process especially for writers who normally get discouraged by the cumbersome process of publishing and reaching out to larger reader base abroad, , says Arvinder Singh, Director of Hemkunt, who will be marketing and distributing in India.

Tarang-Hemkunt will publish a few books every year which reflects our mission, says Stevens who was the founder and President of California-based InterNetwork Media, Inc., an educational CD-ROM publisher (1994-2004). The company was a recipient of the Presidential Design Award (1994) given by Bill Clinton for their innovative CD-ROM multimedia publications.

"We hope to present a finished product to American publishers that will minimize their development and production costs, and would be cost-effective for the author", Stevens adds.