Smita is responsible for all submissions that come to Write Advice. She has been working in publishing for the last twelve years. She began her career as a lifestyle journalist with The Times of India and then worked with well entrenched publishing houses such as Rupa and Dorling Kindersley in New Delhi before moving to freelance editing while she lived in Mumbai. She has worked with Penguin Random House India (when it was still Random House), Amaryllis and Jaico on books that range from romance to horror, mythology to thrillers and everything in between. She also has experience working on non-fiction titles from baby books to yoga and dieting to politics.
Currently based in Singapore from where she works for Write Advice and Jacaranda, Smita brings with her the experience of years of working as an editor on fiction and non-fiction titles, an understanding of what sells in today’s rapidly-changing, trends-oriented market and immense patience that is born of raising two young brats.
Ruchika is a writer and editor. She has written short stories, non-fiction books, and a Bollywood screenplay. Her children’s detective novel is due to be published in 2019 by Duckbill. She runs Wordsetc., a content/copy/ideas resource. Ruchika is also a theatre practitioner, and in another life, she has been a television producer, stylist and documentary film-maker.
Trisha Bora is a writer and editor. She studied literature at Miranda House and started a career in publishing immediately after. She has worked as commissioning editor at Penguin Random House India and Juggernaut Books, and on some excellent titles during her stints as editor with Rupa and Dorling Kindersley, New Delhi. She is currently features editor at Conde Nast Traveller India. Her first novel What Kitty Did was published by Harper Collins India in 2017.
Gaurav Jain is a seasoned editor and writer who has been a media entrepreneur, book editor, literary editor of a national magazine, art critic, senior journalist, and writing coach. He has worked across genres of literary and cultural writing, feminist writing, life writing, food and travel writing, investigative and public interest journalism, business writing, and academic writing. As co-founder of two digital media platforms, including the feminist e-zine The Ladies Finger, his editing work has won several awards, including 6 Red Ink trophies from the Mumbai Press Club. Gaurav was also awarded the Red Ink Award for Investigative Journalism for his groundbreaking work on the hidden story behind the Aarushi Talwar murder case, which turned the tide of public opinion and subsequent popular culture.
Debasmita is a Singapore-based internationally published picture book illustrator and graphic novel artist. She enjoys drawing both fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. Working closely with various publishers in India, Singapore, Europe, UK and the USA, she has illustrated over 10 stories as well as poetries and comics. She has also created a number of editorial illustrations and concept art for magazines plus book covers for novels. Her work is exhibited in Italy, Singapore, Thailand, Denmark and more than 30 international media outlets have featured it. As an art-for-change advocate, she works mostly with development organizations across the globe. She is also the founder of the non-profit, ArtsPositive.
Hope Rangaswami is a British-Indian student at New York University, currently pursuing her B.A. in English Literature and Environmental Studies. When she isn’t reading—likely something by Joan Didion, Jack Kerouac, or Jane Austen—she spends her time getting lost wandering the streets of Manhattan and guzzling green tea. She hopes to bridge her interests in literature and the environment, exploring the capacity of literature to bolster the environmental movement.