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The team at AuthorsUpFront has spent lot of time in creating, selling, and promoting books and e-books. We also have a network of well-wishers and highly qualified editors who are available with their expert help.

ARPITA DAS
Arpita took a risk, and started an independent publishing house called YODA PRESS 10 years ago. Her press has since then become known for its radical, progressive titles with error-free copy and excellent production values. She is also known for the avant-garde indie bookstore YODAKIN she ran in South Delhi's hip neighbourhood Hauz Khas Village, for four years. The store became known as a hub and haven for writers, readers and a whole range of literary-minded people. In her free time, Arpita likes to learn big words from her eight-year-old and teach them to her one-year-old, and when the kids are sleeping, she likes to write.

MANAS SAIKIA
Having handled almost all aspects of publishing—from editing to finance and distribution—in his 41-year-strong career in the industry, Manas Saikia is a thorough man of books. He began his publishing career at Oxford University Press as a 19-year old novice representative, and went on to work with Springer, Narosa, British Council and Cambridge University Press. Together with Vinod Vashishtha, he founded Foundation Books , which became the exclusive distributor for CUP in South Asia and was later acquired by CUP UK. Having received several awards and accolades, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the Publishing industry, his curiosity about new markets, trends and opportunities is as keen as ever.

MANISH PUROHIT
Manish has over two decades of experience in the world of newspapers, magazines and books. As far as the world of books goes, he considers himself lucky to have experimented in print, internet, mobile formats, and many Indian languages. He has set up and run publishing businesses and worked with leading brands such as The Times Group, Business Standard, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Popular Prakashan and Disney Publishing Worldwide. He also teaches media students as a visiting faculty.

RAKOV KIRPAL
Doc Kirpal to most of us, Rakov has over the last decade executed web initiatives for many organisations, including LexisNexis India, Businessworld, Encyclopaedia Britannica, GIZ,Vestergaard Frandsen, Gutenberg Communications, UNAIDS India, and Indian Development Foundation. He has also helped many authors in publishing their e-books. Rakov has an organic understanding of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Doc is hooked to the internet and running, which along with reading and watching movies are his principal means of relaxation.