Pakistan Startup Daastan Creates First Self-Publishing Platform: Qissa

Pakistan’s First Self-Publishing Platform

Pakistan Startup Daastan has created Pakistan’s first self-publishing platform called Qissa.  However, publishing in Pakistan is not easy.  The country does not have enough platforms.  If you are a writer, editor, or designer, discovery can be hard.

Pakistan PublishingThat is why Pakistan Startup Daastan created the QISSA platform with a creative marketplace.  Talent hiring can be done on QISSA and publishing costs are almost zero.

How does Qissa work?

  • Users go to and submit their content.
  • reviews the content for approval.
  • Approved content goes to Qissa’s social media.
  • Enough funds raised will allow for preorders, printing, and publishing.
  • Content that has not raised enough funds will be published digitally.

It really is a win-win for not only Qissa but also the content creators.  Also, Qissa is great for talent discovery and hiring talent.

How does talent discovery work?  Users go to and place a request to hire talent.  It is that simple.  They will get many applicants and it is up to the user to decide which applicant fits their job or project.

In 2017, Qissa was publishing 3 books a week and gets over 1,000 visits during that time.  In addition, they have 12 foreign authors, over 2,500 signed up users, and 135 books in 13 genres.  Qissa is operating in Pakistan and India and could expand to other countries in 2018.  Furthermore, Qissa offers young and hungry entrepreneurs a free marketplace to find their worth.  Currently, they are part of the Telenor Velocity Acceleration.  As a result, Daastan was invited to participate in Startup Festival 2017 in Seoul late last year.

John Yoon

John Yoon is the Editor in Chief at Startup Radar, Organizer for Startup Festival 2017, and the Intl. BD Manager at 500v2. Email = [email protected] Wechat, Kakao, and Line user ID is jswy315

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