Thu, 24/01/2013 - 10:50
There is an argument that because some publishers are getting bigger, agents should follow suit. I am sure that there will be further mergers among agencies and some fits will be better than others: the United Agents/A P Watt merger strikes me as an excellent example of combining two agencies’ largely different strengths. But I would...
Fri, 23/11/2012 - 08:30
Further major publisher consolidations will change the face of the industry in the next year, trade figures believe, as a report this week claimed HarperCollins owner News Corp had begun talks with CBS about acquiring Simon & Schuster.
The News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal reported that discussions between the two parties were...
Mon, 21/05/2012 - 15:26
Reactions of surprise and bemusement have continued in the trade today in the wake of this morning's announcement of a link-up between Amazon and Waterstones over e-reader and e-book sales.
Agent Clare Alexander of Aitken Alexander (...
Mon, 16/04/2012 - 09:25
The London Book Fair has opened in a mood of uncertainty and anger as the industry continues to absorb the news of the US Department of Justice’s move against e-book agency pricing last week.
But agents and publishers said business will continue at LBF despite the dramatic developments, which saw Hachette Book...
Fri, 04/11/2011 - 11:09
Random House Cornerstone imprint Hutchinson is lining up books for its 2012/13 fiction lists, with publishing director Jocasta Hamilton scooping up two novels—including a British début—and editorial director Stephanie Sweeney also adding to the list.
Hamilton, who made her first acquisition for the imprint at...
Tue, 26/07/2011 - 08:58
Penguin Press is the latest publisher to acquire a book on the News Corp phone hacking scandal, by Tom Watson MP and Independent journalist Martin Hickman.
Publishing director Stuart Proffitt acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander. The book will be published by the end of 2011, although...
Fri, 10/12/2010 - 10:06
Waterstone's was founded in 1982. Then in 1983 Granta published its first and most influential "Best of Young British” list identifying a new generation of writers. There was perfect congruence of readers' taste, a growing chain of booksellers at which to buy the books they wanted and influential advocacy from a trusted source....
Sat, 05/06/2010 - 16:14
There are two types of people who are essential for the well-being of our industry. There are the architects who make sure that their organisations work to the advantage of their books, authors and staff, but who also have a vision of the future and build their businesses accordingly. And there are editors and other creative individuals who can...
Wed, 20/01/2010 - 07:58
Gillie Russell is to join literary agency Aitken Alexander Associates from 1st February, as an agent specialising in writers for children and young adults. Gillie was previously publishing director for children's fiction at HarperCollins, where her list included authors Darren Shan, Garth Nix, Michael Morpurgo, Louise Rennison, Derek Landy...
Thu, 17/12/2009 - 15:00
Last year ended with the collapse of Entertainment UK and this year with Borders—it is hard not to conclude that book retailing is in crisis, while all print media confront enormous challenges.
But in a decade that started with J K Rowling enchanting several new generations into loving books, and which ends with such marvels as...