Diaries of a Lit Fest Rookie


Diaries of a Lit Fest Rookie

Illustration: Namaah

* All resemblance to authors, living or dead, is coincidental. Please take with ample literary licence.

The novel is about to come out finally. Your publisher says that launch parties are passé. It’s all about social media, they tell you. We have to be smart about marketing. You realise that’s code for, “We don’t want to spend any money.” But you are a first-time author. You have no option but to go along.

Later, you see pictures in your local tabloid for the launch party for Amitav Ghosh’s latest book. It’s at some fancy hotel with fancy people drinking fancy wine. No one invited you. Your blurb from a DSC Prize long-lister counts for nothing.