Tara Khandelwal

Editor | Bound, Founder

Tara Khandelwal


Msc Management Imperial College, London, UK

Bachelor Of Arts from Barnard College, Columbia University


Hello! I’m an editor, writer and bibliophile based in Bombay. I have been editing and writing professionally for the past 10 years. I have worked at companies such as BloombergQuint, HarperCollins, Penguin India and SheThePeople.TV. I graduated with a degree in Economic History from Barnard College, Columbia University, an Msc in Management from Imperial College, and I’m an alumna of the Columbia University Publishing Course.  I work as an editor with India’s largest literary agency Writers’ Side, where I have evaluated submissions and provided editorial feedback for over 100 manuscripts and counting.

I also work as a freelancer for Hachette, Rupa, Bloomsbury India and UK-based Eyewear Publishing, among others.

My passion project is hosting India’s most popular author interview podcast: Books and Beyond With Bound. We have interviewed authors such as Avni Doshi, Manu Pillai and more. We are at 100k downloads and counting.

My journey as an entrepreneur and editor has been nothing but fulfilling. I began my startup Bound to help writers like you go from good to great. We  provide editorial services, online classes, one on one mentoring and more.

My team of veteran editors and I look forward to working with you on your book!

We provide editorial services for authors, biographers, business writers, academics, journalists and non-profits. We work with all genres.

I have edited the following books: (Please note that these are only the books which have been published by major publishing houses. We have also worked on countless other works in progress and evaluated many manuscripts):
  • Mirror City, Chitrita Banerji  (Penguin)
  • Sons of Brahma, Dhruba Hazarika (Penguin)
  • Quantum Siege, Brijesh Singh (Penguin)
  • Nongrim Hills, Ankush Saikia (Penguin)
  • Many Roads Through Paradise, Shyam Selvadurai (Penguin)
  • The Truth Will Prevail, Sadruddin Hashwani (Penguin)
  • A Convenient Culprit, Vibha Singh (Penguin)
  • The Essential North East Cookbook, Hoihnu Hazel (Penguin)
  • Analog Virtual, Lavanya Lakshminarayan (Hachette)
  • Jobanomics, Goutam Das (Hachette)
  • What Mina Did, Geeta Menon (Rupa)
  • Once Upon an IAS Exam, K. Vijayakarthikeya (Rupa)
  • Tides Don’t Cross, Simar Malhotra (Rupa)
  • Wonked: A Policy Guide to 21st Century India, Vivan Sharan (Bloomsbury)
  • Road to Mekong, Piya Bahadur (Pan Macmillan)
  • Running With The Dragon, Saibal Dasgupta (Penguin)
  • Dark Destiny, Kamal Kant (Rupa)
  • Saints and Martyrs, Martin Penny (Eyewear Publishing)
  • The Gollanz Book of South Asian Science Fiction (Hachette)
  • Skyfall, Saba Karim (Bloomsbury)
  • Essential Items, Udayan Mukherjee (Bloomsbury)
  • Girls in Green, Tanushree Podder (Bloomsbury)


Do you provide sample edits?

No, we do not provide sample edits. The most difficult part of an edit is the first ten pages – that’s where the editor comes to understand the author’s patterns, gets into the story and more. It is very difficult to gauge the level of edit by just a few sample pages. Only by reading the entire book not once but two or three can an editor do a really good job. We focus on quality over quantity.

What are your prices and timelines?

Depends on the scope of work. Please send in a few sample pages of your work to us at either connect@boundindia.com or tarakhandelwal489@gmail.com to take the conversation ahead.

Who will be editing my book?

Our team of editors has extensive industry experience, all vetted by me. You can be assured of nothing but the highest quality working with any one of our editors. Read more about our team on www.boundindia.com

I want only you to edit my book:

Due to high demand, I only take on select work at a premium rate. Do write in to me at tarakhandelwal489@gmail.com to take the conversation ahead, and we’ll see what we can do!

How many rounds of edits do your provide?

Typically there is one round of edits and one phone call to clarify your doubts. If you want more intervention, we offer one on one mentorship programs in the form of once a week editorial sessions. You can read about it here: https://boundindia.com/events/writing-mentorship/


How do I know what service I need? 

Usually, one begins with a structural edit. Once the story is set in stone, one moves on to a line edit. A copy edit is usually the last stage of the journey.


Can you connect me to publishers?

If we really believe in the work, we can put you in touch with the literary agent we work with (Kanishka Gupta). However, this is not a paid service and is only for those clients whose work we think is ready to be picked up by a mainstream publisher.


Can you guide me on the publishing process?

More than happy to!