Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Interview with the Storyman himself - Sidharth Jain

Sidharth Jain
What is the dream of a writer? To see the book they have written reach a wider audience. But most of the writers lead an obscured life, hidden away from the limelight. Sometimes due to the lack of knowing who's who and sometimes one can't afford to market themselves enough. We have a saying in our book world, 'everyone makes money except the author.' It's very difficult for an author to make cash, after marketing, paying the media, getting endorsements. And if a writer ever dreams that her book will reach the production houses, the waiting and the rejections often make her leave this profession. 

And then comes a man, who opens the gateway for authors to reach the production houses of India.

And when I first heard about Sidharth Jain, I was amazed at the confidence the authors had on his honesty and dedication.  Personally, I found him very easy to get in touch with and always ready to answer your queries. 

According to Saiswaroopa who has already bagged a contract for her book Avishi, "He gets deals closed with lightning speed."

So without much ado, here is my chat with the Storyman himself, Sidharth Jain. 

1. Before we proceed further, can we know the man behind Story Ink? What is the vision of Sidharth Jain?

My vision is simple. I want to be the ideal and the most loved story company for writer, author, filmmakers, and producers. I want to be the first port of call for every creator. I am very passionate about stories and writers. I love connecting the dots between story and producer, and the vision is very simple and clear.

Books that have bagged contracts via Sidharth Jain

2. There was no media man who was so easily accessible to the writers before you came to the scene. What made you open the door for writers to such a large extent?

I believe numerous people have stories to tell. One never knows the source of the next amazing story, so one has to be accessible and alert all the time.

3. Do you think this trend will continue? How do you envisage Story Ink say after 10 years for today?

Storytelling is here to stay. Formats and mediums will evolve, but the basics of a story will always survive. It's integral to human beings and society. I am sure I will continue to be a passionate and compulsive storyteller, even after 10 years. The stories might change, but the storyman won't!

4. Siddharth, we know how plagiarism is rampant in our industry. How do writers protect themselves?

By working with credible professionals, getting the paperwork right, registering material and sharing it professionally are various tools for efficient copyright protection. In fact, it's so much easier nowadays with emails.

Books that have bagged contracts via Sidharth Jain

5. What makes you pick up a book and decide if its the one you want to represent?

Instinct, instinct, and instinct!

6. What are the major problems you face in this line of work?

Not enough time to read!

7. What is the message you want to pass to all writers out there who want to reach out to you?

Once writers have written their long stories or books, its imperative they work very hard on their synopsis, title and most importantly, a 3-5 pager story summary.

Now those are some positive tips for authors who are looking for a gateway to production houses, here is the right person to get in touch with. You can get in touch with him here.

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At December 19, 2018 at 9:38 PM , Blogger Reshma Ranjan said...

A platform where the author's stories meet the visual media.

At December 19, 2018 at 10:12 PM , Blogger Dola said...

Interesting interview. Thanks for arranging it, Rubina. My thanks to Sidharth Jain fir his honest answers and great tips.

At December 20, 2018 at 12:36 PM , Blogger Ruchira Khanna said...

Love Sid's vision. Wishing him the best :)

Thanks Rubina for allowing us to get an insight into it.

At December 20, 2018 at 8:22 PM , Anonymous Damyanti said...

Wonderful interview, Rubina!

At December 20, 2018 at 8:24 PM , Blogger Neil D'Silva said...

I connected with Sidharth in January this year and signed up with him soon afterwards. My book Pishacha is optioned with StoryInk. Sidharth is a great guy to work with!

At December 21, 2018 at 8:09 AM , Blogger rakeshmenon said...

It's a novel initiative. Hoping to see more breakthrough stories coming alive on screen, thanks to him.


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