Mon, 15/04/2013 - 07:30
Picador has seen off competition from 11 other publishers to win a fiercely contested six-figure, pre-fair auction, acquiring UK and Commonwealth rights in historical fiction début The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
Editorial director Francesca Main signed the deal with Juliet Mushens at The Agency Group, after the...
Tue, 06/11/2012 - 08:40
Pan Macmillan is the latest publisher to start offering creative writing tutoring. It will begin running events, called Notebook Sessions, later this month.
Picador editor Francesca Main and journalist and former literary editor Suzi Feay will lead the first session, billed as a "gentle introduction to creative writing", and...
Fri, 06/07/2012 - 14:00
Picador has won an 11-publisher tussle for a début by Lottie Moggach, daughter of novelist Deborah Moggach.
Editorial director Francesca Main paid six figures for UK and Commonwealth rights to Kiss Me First via Antony Topping at Greene & Heaton. Viking, Transworld, Little, Brown, Faber and Canongate were among the...
Wed, 15/02/2012 - 14:52
Picador has acquired a debut novel, Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love, after editorial director Francesca Main met the author Sarah Butler at a dinner party.
Main bought world rights in the novel and one other in a two-book deal direct from the author, who is now represented by Andrew Kidd at Aitken Alexander. Picador...
Wed, 19/10/2011 - 08:49
Picador has bought a debut novel by Royal Holloway creative writing MA graduate Emma Chapman, with editorial director Francesca Main making her first acquisition for the imprint.
Main bought UK and Commonwealth rights, including Australia and New Zealand, to How to Be a Good Wife from Jamie Coleman at Toby Eady Associates,...
Tue, 19/07/2011 - 15:45
Simon & Schuster senior commissioning editor Francesca Main is leaving the publisher to become editorial director at Picador.
She will join on 26th September and will acquire commercial literary fiction for the list. Picador publisher Paul Baggaley said: "Francesca will focus on the core areas of Picador’s publishing,...
Mon, 11/10/2010 - 08:22
Simon & Schuster has won an auction for rights to a book it describes as "a blindingly original debut thriller about a professional torturer".
Senior commissioning editor Francesca Main bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to Information Retrieval and Expertise by Mark Smith from Abner...
Tue, 21/09/2010 - 12:10
Simon & Schuster has bought a debut novel on pre-empt by Times journalist Chris Smyth, based on a partial manuscript.
Francesca Main, senior commissioning editor, bought UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada to Dinner at Mine from Jon Elek at AP Watt for an undisclosed sum. The book is about four London couples who...