Mon, 19/07/2010 - 12:47
John Blake Publishing has bought a book that will examine "the full story behind Raoul Moat’s 10 days on the run".
Blake acquired world rights to Raoul Moat: His Short Life and Bloody Death directly from author Vanessa Howard for an undisclosed sum.
Blake said the book "traces his final steps in...
Mon, 19/07/2010 - 11:40
The winners of the inaugural Brit Writers' Award were revealed last week, with nine unpublished authors picking up £10,000 in categories that covered poetry, songwriting, short stories, novels, non-fiction and children's stories.
The Brit Writers’ Awards were set up last year to "throw the doors wide open on the...
Mon, 19/07/2010 - 09:25
Random House chief executive Dame Gail Rebuck and Pearson chief executive Marjorie Scardino have both risen in the ranks of MediaGuardian's top 100 media moguls.
Rebuck, who is the highest placed representative from a book publisher, has increased her ranking from last year, when she was placed at number 55. Scardino, who heads up...
Mon, 19/07/2010 - 09:22
Booksellers are placing their hopes on a stronger non-fiction for this year's Christmas period, the Daily Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, retailers are pinning their hopes on...
Mon, 19/07/2010 - 08:57
Granta has brought forward publication of the B-format paperback edition of Nothing to Envy to this month, after it won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize.
The non-fiction work, subtitled Real Lives in North Korea, had originally been scheduled for paperback publication in January 2011, but was brought out this weekend. The...
Mon, 19/07/2010 - 07:40
Kogan Page has launched its first iPhone app for the bestselling Creating Success series.
The app, which is available free through the App Store, contains excerpts from nine of the titles in the series, accounting for roughly 1200 words each, including action tips, quotes and a selection of ideas to create success. The ...
Mon, 19/07/2010 - 07:30
The chairman of the London Library has stressed the proposed increase to members' fees is just one of four options being pursued in a bid to make up for the withdrawal of Gift Aid relief on subscriptions. The library has estimated this move will cost the service between £275,000-£300,000 a year, or 10% of its current income....
Sun, 18/07/2010 - 08:53
Literary scout Louise Allen-Jones is branching into the world of children's books, with the launch of a children’s scouting division.
Nicolette Jones, literary and arts journalist and author of The Plimsoll Sensation has joined Allen-Jones as children’s scout, and will work alongside Naomi Tongue. Jones will...
Fri, 16/07/2010 - 11:21
Hodder & Stoughton has bought a "hotly pursued crossover novel", tentatively entitled, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
Encouraged by "extraordinary levels of excitement" from within Hodder, Kate Howard, senior editor, flew out to Los Angeles to meet agent Jane Putch, president of Eyebait...
Fri, 16/07/2010 - 08:55
John Blake Publishing has made another acquisition for this autumn’s schedule, buying a collection of advice columns written by Graham Norton for his fortnightly slot in the Daily Telegraph.
Editor Michelle Signore bought world rights to Ask Graham via Norton’s agent Dylan Hearn. Ask Graham will...