Amish Tripathi, the author of Shiva Trilogy has recently received whooping 5 Crore in advance from his publisher Westland for his next series.
However, Amish has not yet decided what to write next. Looking at the sales records made by Shiva Trilogy which included three bestsellers in order namely The Immortals of Meluha (Published Feb, 2010), The Secret of the Nagas (Published Aug 12, 2011) and The Oath of the Vayuputras (Published Feb 27, 2013).
Gautam Padmanabhan, CEO of Westland is very optimistic about Amish’ coming project. He said :
We made the deal based on Amish’ sales record. It’s a pre-emptive bid of 5 crore for the book, audio and e-publishing rights to his next series for the south-Asian region. It’s the largest advance we’ve ever paid, and the largest Indian deal.
The extremely humble Amish is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta. He was a banker before and after the hit of Shiva Trilogy he resigned his banking job to become full-time author. He wanted to become a Historian but he couldn’t afford it and chose initially a career in financial services industry. His interest in history and mythology is evident in his books. He is very fond of his wife Preeti Vyas and son Neel Tripathi and has dedicated the Shiva Trilogy to them. He has created a furore similar to Chetan Bhagat, although their writing styles and subjects are entirely different.
Amish’ agent Anuj Bahri of Red Ink Literary Agency helped him publish the first book of the trilogy The Immortals of Meluha after more than 20 publishers had rejected it. He says :
Amish’ advance is only for the south-Asian rights, which means it could turn into a USD $4 million deal by the time we finish with film, foreign and translation rights. The advance is large but it makes sense considering the Shiva Trilogy has sold more than one million copies over two years and notched up gross retail sales of 22 crore.