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Jakarta Post

Book editors look to internet to find hidden gems

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 12 2018   /  01:14 am

Publishers looking to find new writers with exceptional stories to tell are now looking online for new sources of ideas.

Before polishing the drafts of upcoming books, editors are also responsible for selecting potentially profitable books, head of the film rights adaptation and fiction editorial department at major book publisher Gramedia Pustaka Utama (GPU), Hetih Rusli, said. A sharp nose for a good story is key for an editor, thus Heti often browses the web to find hidden writing gems that could potentially be a hit book.

“We have to understand what our target market wants,” she said in a discussion held during the 2018 Litbeat festival in the National Museum in Central Jakarta on Monday.

As the internet allows aspiring authors to submit their writing to many publishers at no cost, publishers are often overwhelmed with scripts whose quality is questionable.