Have You Met a Writer with No Formal Education? #WATWB

To spread peace and humanity on social media, a few of us have worked together to create  We are the World Blogfest , which is here with its 17th edition.

 wonderful bloggers helping cohost this month:Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Sylvia Stein Peter Nena . Go visit them please, and thank them for their hard work behind the scenes.

In the spirit of spreading good news and cheer, I’d like to share with you this story: Former rickshaw-puller inks big book deal

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Rickshaws are still a popular means of transport in some parts of suburban India, and yes, a Dalits are still a marginalised populace, poor economic support and ‘untouchability’ being only a part of the injustices they face.

Pic Credit (the Hindu)

I’m heartened that Manoranjan Byapari‘s voice will be heard widely in India and abroad–his stories and the stories from his community are needed in order to bring an awareness of the injustices that still happen in many parts of India due to the heinous practice of casteism.

He’s a writer with no formal education, and his journey is all the more remarkable for that.

He’s done all sorts of jobs from a cattle grazer, to a night guard, sweeper, cook, attendant at a cremation ground, a goon, writer, editor — and I hope he is able to do what he has worked towards: write, and speak about his life.

If you can spare the time, watch this documentary–heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure.

Have you heard of Manoranjan Byapari? Do you know a writer without a formal education? What jobs have you held down in life?


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Want #Querytips and more from Literary Agent Abby Saul ( @BookySaul ) ?

Here on Daily (w)rite, as part of the guest post series, it is my absolute pleasure today to welcome the wonderful Abby Saul, literary agent at The Lark Group. She’ s given a lot of sensible advice on the dreaded query process, some of which I’ve highlighted in blue!

Thanks for letting me come on your blog, Damyanti!

As a writer, have you worked with a literary agent or would you like to work with one? As a reader, have you wondered about the role of a literary agent? Agents and the whole publishing process sometimes get a bad rap because writers feel like there are hoops to jump through and too many pitfalls to possibly avoid. I love opportunities like this to dispel those myths. Yes, there are ways things are done in this business and it behooves you as an author to know those ins and outs, but at the core agents are people who are looking for great reads. If you have that – and present it well – you’re going to find success!

  1. How and why did you become a literary agent?

I love books. I knew I wanted to work with books and when I interned at a literary agency in college, I was hooked by the business of agenting and how it required (daily!) a mixture of editorial work, reading skills, business acumen, and sales and negotiation. It is such an incredible side of the industry – and incredibly challenging – that I knew it was where I wanted my career in books to take me. I spent a few years on the publisher side of things working on big brand cookbooks and digital initiatives, and then came back to fiction and agenting with all that insider knowledge. (The toughest and most valuable lesson I learned when I started working in publishing was that this is a business. A love of books is what draws people like me to, and keeps us doing, this work, but our day-to-day is not all reading for fun. There are tough decisions, financial problems, and moments of heartbreak alongside the amazing thrill of discovery and the joy of falling into a new world that an author has created.)