When I started my agency almost five years ago, there were very few literary agencies in India. Times have changed. People suddenly took notice of the fact that South Asia is an enormous market with a growing demand for books.
If an author’s primary publisher will be in his or her country of residence, then there can be advantages to being represented by an agent located in the same country. I’ve compiled the following list of literary agencies in India so I can link to it whenever the question arises. I’ll try to remember to add to this list whenever I learn of a new agency.
Aitken Alexander Associates – Shruti Debi
The Boxwallah Literary Agency – Renuka Chatterjee
HMA Literary Agency – Mike Bryan and Heather Adams
Jacaranda (now located in Singapore, but its advisory board member remains in India) – Jayapriya Vasudevan, Helen Mangham, and Andrea Pasion-Flores
Kadalu – Geraldine Rose and Sridhar Gowda
Labyrinth Literary Agency – Anish Chandy
Purple Folio – Urmila Dasgupta
Red Ink – Anuj Bahri, Sharvani Pandit, and Sanya Sagar
Sherna Khambatta Literary Agency – Sherna Khambatta
Siyahi – Mita Kapur
WordFamous – Dipti and Rushabh Patel
Writer’s Side – Kanishka Gupta and Rahul Soni
In India, it’s still very common for authors to submit their manuscripts directly to publishers without the involvement of literary agents.