Jacaranda is a boutique literary agency with its agents working out of Singapore, India, and the Philippines. We represent authors from across the world, including the US, UK, Kenya, and Australia, with a strong focus on writing from Asia. Our list is eclectic, including literary fiction, humour, women’s writing, crime, fantasy, science fiction, business, cookery, and travel. We have recently started a Jacaranda children’s list that is equally diversified and exciting.
Jayapriya Vasudevan has over twenty years experience of working in publishing, during which time she has 'done it all'. Born in Calcutta, to a family of writers, she studied literature at college and went on to work for several publishers, learning the business first hand - from editing to sales and distribution. Spotting a gap in the market, she and a partner went on to set up India's first bookstore cafe in Bangalore. It was here that she began to organise literary salons, inviting up to fifteen authors at a time to speak. Bookseller magazine hailed her as "one of India's most dynamic booksellers". In 1997 Jayapriya founded Books@Jacaranda literary agency which has just celebrated its Twentieth Anniversary. Under her leadership Jacaranda has continued to grow its diverse list of authors. During the past two decades Jayapriya has had several stints living overseas, first in Beijing and latterly in Singapore and Nairobi. Each new country has been an opportunity for her to meet new authors and make new connections. Jayapriya has spoken at literary festivals all over Asia, from Istanbul and India to Manila and Singapore and further afield in London and Frankfurt. Recently she returned to India to live and was the Festival Director of the Times of India Literary Festival 2017.
Helen joined Jacaranda in 2013. Originally from Britain she started her publishing career in London at Curtis Brown Literary Agency, where she was Assistant to one of the senior agents for three years. She was at the same time one of the Agency’s readers, responsible for reading manuscripts languishing on the ‘slush pile’. During this time she also worked as a freelance reader for Piatkus Books. Helen continued to build on her experience by working as a book publicist for Belinda Harley Associates where she promoted a range of titles from some of the leading UK publishing companies - devising and implementing publicity campaigns for a number of high profile books including Michael Chabon’s ‘The Mysteries of Pittsburgh’, Andrew Morton’s controversial biography of Princess Diana, Whitley Streiber’s ‘Communion’ and the autobiography of Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin.
Helen has lived overseas for many years including stints in Budapest Hungary, Warsaw, Poland and Taipei, Taiwan. She has lived in Singapore for the past eleven years.