Thu, 20/11/2008 - 15:30
Agents are struggling to sell début and literary fiction, with novels taking longer to sell to publishers and more failing to find a buyer at all.
Tough times were "undoubtedly affecting confidence about acquisitions" warned one agent who preferred to remain anonymous. A publishing m.d., who also requested to remain...
Thu, 20/11/2008 - 13:51
Stef Bierwerth, Michael Joseph's editorial director for crime and thrillers, said she has bought a "fantastic" debut novel: Tim Weaver's Chasing the Dead a psychological thriller "in the vein of Michael Marshall and Mo Hayder". Bierwerth bought UK and Commonwealth rights in a two-book deal from Camilla...
Thu, 20/11/2008 - 12:53
Heinemann has bought a debut novel from award winning Canadian poet Patrick Lane. Publishing director Jason Arthur bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Judith Murray at Greene & Heaton.
Red Dog, Red Dog is described as "an epic novel of unrequited dreams". Set in the mid-1950s, it focuses on a...
Thu, 20/11/2008 - 08:45
Random House is to begin marketing its print-on-demand titles as a distinct list, Random Collection, in January. Random is launching a dedicated website, which will be interactive and searchable and there will be a launch list of 750 titles with further books added throughout the year.
Deputy group sales director Faye Brewster, who is co...
Tue, 18/11/2008 - 07:44
Sarah Emsley at Transworld has bought a road-trip memoir from Australian stand-up comic Brendon Burns. Fear of Hat Loss in Las Vegas is based on a seven-day foray into the Nevada desert by Burns and friends, and is described as "a true-life tale of fate, coincidence, broken hearts, drugs, sex, debauchery and, ultimately,...
Mon, 17/11/2008 - 15:15
Jonathan Cape has acquired a new book from Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story. Dan Franklin acquired UK and commonwealth rights in The Empress Dowager, a biography of the woman who ruled China for nearly 50 years, from agent Gillon Aitken for a "substantial" sum.
The book will...
Thu, 13/11/2008 - 16:00
Charles Elton's début novel Mr Toppit, which Viking is set to publish with much fanfare in February, has a premise full of familiar resonances for those who work in the book world.
Mr Toppit is about a series of children's books, The Hayseed Chronicles written by Arthur Hayman, which start out...
Thu, 13/11/2008 - 15:42
Books covering thrift and frugal living are becoming a genre of their own, with publishers producing a slew of new titles and booksellers looking at ways to promote them.
Amazon.co.uk has opened a "Thrift Shop", featuring titles ranging from money-saving tips and personal finance, to cost-saving cookery and interior decorating...
Thu, 13/11/2008 - 05:58
Random House US has launched a generic promotional campaign, Books = Gifts, that is set to kick off in the New York Times on 23rd November. Dan Brown, Christopher Paolini, Maya Angelou and Dean Koontz will be among the Random House US authors telling Americans why books make good Christmas presents as part of the promotion.
Tue, 11/11/2008 - 10:18
Palgrave Macmillan is to launch its own e-book platform for libraries in January. Palgrave Connect will offer access to 4,000 e-books, organised by discipline and year of publication, and the list will be updated quarterly.
The platform has been developed in association with sister company Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and is powered by...