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in collaboration with The English Department, Hunter College (West Building) at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue

OCTOBER 22-25, 2015
October 24th, 2015 - 2:15 – 3:15 pm
Session 3A - 2:15 3:15 pm
Self Publishing
Authors & Publishing professionals: Chandru Hira, Harish Gidwani, Jaya Kamlani, Miral Sattar, Anjali Singh, Rajdeep Paulus
Moderator: Sangeeta Mehta

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Harish Gidwani Harish Gidwani graduated Marine Engineering at the age of 19 and was the youngest officer in the Merchant Marine.  He has spent most of his life out at sea or communing with nature – both kind and cruel.  Harish is now a Marine Surveyor as well as a prolific writer although none of his musings have yet been published.  His only foray into Children's literature is this self-published story to his dearest grand-daughter Fathom.  Harish lives in Seattle, Washington State.
Fathom and the Sea of Stories - A magical, mystical story about a little girl and her fairy friends on the Oregon coast. Haystack rock off Cannon Beach, Oregon has long been the home of imaginative legends.

Chandru HiraChandru Hira is a celebrated structural engineer both in England and Canada whose passions are cricket and jazz.  He has been telling children's stories with the same characters for the last 40 years to wide-eyed children in his extended family as well as the community.  He has finally put pen to paper and written one of his many tales in "The bedtime Story".  Chandru lives in Toronto, Canada.
A Bedtime Story - A children's whimsical story based on imaginary Animals and humans mirroring human behavior.


Jaya KamlaniJaya Kamlani is an Indian-American author, poet, a former Silicon Valley information technology consultant, and a graduate of St. Xavier\'s College, Mumbai, India. She has been living in the USA since 1969 and presently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Jaya is the author of the non-fiction book "To India, with Tough Love," (published 2013), memoir "Scent of Yesterday" (2014), and a poetry collection “Garden of Life” (2015). As a human rights activist in the new millennium, she wrote the books with the intent to bring awareness of issues and ultimately change to the world.

Garden of LifeGarden of Life is an enchanting collection of poems about great legends and dreams, war and peace, the great divide of America, personal transformation, and nature scenes.

Rajdeep PaulusRajdeep Paulus - Award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds, Seeing Through Stones, and Soaring Through Stars, Rajdeep decided to be a writer during her junior year in high school after her English teacher gave her an "F" but told her she had potential. She studied English Literature at Northwestern University, and she writes masala-marinated, Young Adult Fiction, blogging at rajdeeppaulus dot com. Raj lives with her Sunshine and four princesses in New York. When Paulus is not tapping on her Mac, you can find her dancing with her four princesses, kayaking with her hubs, coaching basketball, or eating dark chocolate while sipping a frothy, sugar-free latte.
Swimming Through CloudsSwimming Through Clouds - "I live in the in between. Between what if and what is. It’s how I manage. It’s the only way I know. Everyone has their way. This is mine."
Senior year kicks off when the words on a Post-it note spark a sticky romance between two unlikely friends. Transfer student Talia Vanderbilt has one goal at her new school: to blend in with the walls. Lagan Desai, basketball captain and mathlete, would do just about anything to befriend the new girl. One Post-it note at a time, Lagan persuades Talia to peel back her heart, slowly revealing a world where hope seems to lie around the corner. She never turns.

Miral SattarMiral Sattar is CEO of Bibliocrunch, an award-winning platform that matches authors with trusted, prescreened book publishing professionals. Members of our community have worked for some of the largest publishing houses in the world, including Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins. Bibliocrunch has helped numerous authors hit the Amazon best-seller list. Miral  has worked in the media industry for 11 years, most recently at TIME where she launched several digital initiatives including an iPad and mobile site, mobile apps, a video and podcast channel, blogs, and SEO. She and her writing have both been featured in numerous media outlets including BusinessWeek, BBC, TIME, Forbes, Money Magazine, Consumer Reports, PBS, and other media publications. She has a  MS in Publishing (NYU) and a BS in Computer Engineering (Columbia). You can follow Miral on Twitter @bibliocrunch or @miralsattar. 

Anjali SinghAnjali Singh started her career in publishing in 1996 and spent 5 years scouting American books for foreign publishers; she then moved on to be an editor at Vintage Books (where she acquired Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun) , and later worked as a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simon & Schuster, where she acquired and edited many literary authors, among them Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan, Brigid Pasulka, Kalyan Ray, Elissa Schappell and Lara Vapnyar. Before becoming an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary Agency, she was most recently Editorial Director at Other Press, a list focused on international literature. At Other Press the books she edited include Andrea Gillies' The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay and, forthcoming, Saleem Haddad's debut Last Stand at Guapa, Bruce Bauman's Broken Sleep, and Baz Dreisinger's Incarceration Nations, a non-fiction reportage on prisons around the world.

Sangeeta MehtaSangeeta Mehta has worked in the book publishing field since the late 1990s. She has been an acquiring editor at both Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (the children's division of the Hachette Book Group) and Simon Pulse (the teen paperback division of Simon & Schuster). She later returned to Hachette to freelance-edit a New York Times bestseller. She currently consults on book projects for corporate and independent book publishers (with current and recent clients including Algonquin, Harlequin, Macmillan, and Workman Publishing), boutique literary agencies, and individual authors.
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