Mon, 15/08/2011 - 15:17
The Ways With Words festival is celebrating its 20th year by launching a new family arts and books event in south London this October.
Word Up! will take place in South Dulwich at the Alleyn's School theatre space from 22-24th October, during the school half-term. The programme will be aimed at children between the ages of three...
Mon, 15/08/2011 - 10:07
The Society of Authors has advised members to seek its help before dealing with Beautiful Books, after the publisher was unable to pay money owned to an author since March.
Beautiful Books m.d. Simon Petherick said it will resume paying authors within the next four weeks and has been "transparent" in discussing the issue...
Mon, 15/08/2011 - 08:49
Headline has settled a high court action brought by a former author for an undisclosed sum.
Author Amanda Smith had brought the action after Headline abandoned publication of her misery memoir Toxic. The court ruled the publisher had breached contractual obligations by failing to give Smith "appropriate warnings and...
Mon, 15/08/2011 - 08:20
Abrams has bought a book looking at the history of Oprah Winfrey's US chat show.
Abrams c.e.o. and president Michael Jacobs and editorial director Deborah Aaronson bought world rights from Erik Logan, president of Harpo, Inc, Winfrey's production company. The book, The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy...
Fri, 12/08/2011 - 08:25
Ebury has bought a memoir by "Mock the Week" and "Live at the Apollo" star Micky Flanagan.
Deputy publisher Andrew Goodfellow bought world rights from Cathryn Summerhayes at William Morris and Christain Knowles at CKP for an undisclosed sum.
Described as "personal, confessional and very funny",...
Fri, 12/08/2011 - 08:20
Egmont has launched a dedicated young adult imprint after an increase in the number of books it is publishing in this area.
Electric Monkey will launch in February 2012 and will be aimed at 12- to 15-year-olds.
The imprint will launch with three books for teenagers, including BZRK, a new series from Michael Grant, author of...
Thu, 11/08/2011 - 15:31
HarperCollins has had its best financial year since 2008, with e-book sales accounting for 10% of total revenue during the past four weeks, its c.e.o. has said.
Victoria Barnsley was speaking as parent company NewsCorp reported its financial results overnight. The media conglomerate no longer strips out performance for HarperCollins...
Thu, 11/08/2011 - 09:10
HarperCollins e-book sales now comprise 11% of its total revenue, the company has said following parent NewsCorp's latest results.
As has now become customary, figures for HarperCollins were not stripped out. There was no mention of the publisher either in NewsCorp's results for the year to 30th June 2011.
Wed, 10/08/2011 - 11:23
Cornerstone deputy marketing director Adam Humphrey has been appointed as marketing director for HarperFiction, Voyager and Blue Door.
An exact start date is to be confirmed but Humphrey will begin work in the autumn. He has been at Cornerstone for five years, working on authors including John Grisham, Karin Slaughter, Kathy Reichs,...
Wed, 10/08/2011 - 10:39
Marcella Berger is retiring from Simon & Schuster US from her position as vice president, director of subsidiary rights, after 35 years with the publisher.
Among the titles and authors Berger sold rights to are journalist Bob Woodward's books from The Final Days onwards, Good as Gold by Joseph Heller, ...