In conversation with Abhilasha Dafria for YourStory.in, Dr. Karunesh Kumar Agrawal tells us how he went about to build the greatest gathering of Creative Artists, to create a better world to breathe in.
Tell us about you and your background.
I have done my PhD in Commerce, and am now Managing Editor at Cyberwit.net. In 2008 I was invited by Du store verden,Oslo,Norwayto attend the international literary festival, WORDS – one path to peace and understanding, where I released 10 books of poetry. This was really an exciting event for me to promote the books published by Cyberwit. Again in 2009 I attended the 20th Annual International Literary Festival Druskininkai Poetic Fall and 5th World Haiku Association Conference inVilnius,Lithuaniato promote Haiku books there.
What exactly is Cyberwit?
Cyberwit specializes in promotion of new poets, women poets, and also recognized authors. Devoted to the cause of poetry and literature, so that our planet may be a better place to live in, Cyberwit publishes poems in English, some truly literary gems which might otherwise been unknown. We publish Poetry Anthologies and Literary Journals to enhance poetic sensibilities. Our published Anthologies and Journals Taj Mahal Review and Harvests of New Millennium have poems that are sensuous, picturesque and impassioned.
Taj Mahal Review is a quality production using the finest material and craftsmanship. Cyberwit’s Taj Mahal Review extends the hand of friendship, in the true spirit of Peace across the continents. Taj Mahal Review preserves a collection of some truly literary gems, and is truly a milestone in publishing history.
Harvests of New Millennium is doing its best to promote understanding and enjoyment of literature and artwork. The best thing about artwork is that there are no language barriers.
So how did you come up with this idea?
It was the year of 2000 when the Y2K problem was over and then there was a boom in information technology sector inIndia. Internet was at an initial stage in small cities likeAllahabad. At that time I came up with an idea of establishing a publishing house which could give an opportunity to new as well as established authors to publish their books. And thus, I launched the website of Cyberwit.net.
Since when are you operational? How big is your team of writers?
I’m in the publishing field since 2001. I’m highly thankful to Cyberwit editor Dr. Santosh Kumar for his hard work in bringing quality books and journals. Dr. Santosh Kumar (b. 1946) is a poet, short-story writer and an editor from India; DPhil in English; Editor of Taj Mahal Review and Harvests of New Millennium Journals; several awards; member of World Poets Society (W.P.S.); member of World Haiku Association, Japan; presented papers in the seminar, interviews as special guest at international literary festival WORDS – one path to peace and understanding Oslo, Norway; attended 20th Annual International Literary Festival Druskininkai Poetic Fall and 5th World Haiku Association Conference in Lithuania.
I can never forget the help I received from renowned poets and writers like Adam Donaldson Powell, Norway, Albert Russo, France, AZsacra ZARATHUSTRA (Russia) and María Cristina Azcona (Argentina). Now Cyberwit has editors in USA and Australia also, who assist in bringing quality books of poetry.
We are based in UP,Allahabad. We have writers from USA, UK, Norway, Ireland, Romania, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Spain, France, Portugal, Japan and many others. The name of Cyberwit is known to readers in several countries.
How many unique visitors visit your site everyday? How many contributions do you upload in a month?
We have approximately 100 hits for a day. We receive a good number of submission for publishing in Taj Mahal Review and Harvests of New Millennium. Both are our international journals. Taj Mahal Review is published in June and December annually and Harvests of New Millennium is published in January annually.
Are your contributed poems theme-centric?
I often contribute the Japanese genre Haiku. I don't always follow the 5-7-5 syllables. My Haiku are not limited to Nature only.
How does your revenue model work?
We have an online bookstore too at our site Cyberwit.net. We sell books both in India and internationally. We are also in agreement with Amazon,USA, so all, Cyberwit books are listed on Amazon too.
Are there other players in the market doing similar things? What is your USP?
There are few other publishing houses too but no one is doing what Cyberwit does for poetry promotion. Cyberwit seeks to publish the best in Poetry from novices to established poets. Cyberwit has published a myriad of new poets, and an increasingly large number of collections of verse. The significance of Poetry has not declined, and the 21st century seems to be the Golden Era of English Poetry.
Can you share with us some interesting trends about the market that you are trying to capture?
Cyberwit.net is a leading Publisher of fiction and non-fiction across the globe with a strong presence in USA via Amazon.com and Alibris.com. Recently we have published an author from Bahamas. This is a new country where Cyberwit has made its presence.
Only creative artists can create a world of Peace, Love, Beauty and Freedom. Check out CyberWit for further details.