Tue, 20/12/2011 - 07:04
Independent publisher Choc Lit has bought the world rights to two debut romance novels.
Choc Lit director Lyn Vernham acquired both titles direct through from the authors for publication in late 2012.
Up Close by Henriette Gyland [pictured left] is a romantic suspense story in the tradition of Hitchcock...
Fri, 16/12/2011 - 11:30
Hay House has bought world English rights to a new title from How I Said Bah! To Cancer author Stephanie Butland. E
Editorial director Carolyn Thorne acquired the rights for Thrive from Oli Munson of Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. The book will be published in September 2012 and provides anecdotes and techniques to...
Thu, 15/12/2011 - 08:00
Avon commissioning editor Caroline Hogg has made her first acquisition for the publisher, a two-book deal with debut writer Liz Trenow.
Hogg acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from agent Caroline Hardman of the Christopher Little Literary Agency. The first novel is lined up for September 2012 and is set during the...
Wed, 14/12/2011 - 15:55
Random House editor-at-large Rebecca Carter is to join Janklow & Nesbit as an agent.
After 15 years at Random House, where she published authors including Gerard Woodward and Irène Némirovsky, Carter will take up her new role at Janklow & Nesbit's London office in March 2012.
Carter said: “I...
Wed, 14/12/2011 - 15:30
The author Russell Hoban, published by Bloomsbury, died last night at the age of 86.
Hoban is best known for his post-apocalyptic novel Riddley Walker, set in Kent 2,000 years after a nuclear holocaust. Published in 1980, it earned him cult status and has since been included in Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon....
Wed, 14/12/2011 - 08:25
Roger McGough has been announced as the new president of the Poetry Society.
The poet has been a member of the society since the 1970s and until recently held the position of vice-president. McGough said: “I believe that poetry will become more relevant and important over the coming years, and an efficient and well-run Poetry...
Wed, 14/12/2011 - 07:30
Simon & Schuster has bought the memoir of entrepreneur and creator of the Giggly Pig sausage brand Tracy Mackness.
Senior commissioning editor for non-fiction Kerri Sharp bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Andrew Lownie for a five-figure sum. Pigs Might Fly: The Life and Times of an Essex Bad Girl is being co-written...
Tue, 13/12/2011 - 14:14
The British Library is celebrating the 90th anniversary of writers' charity PEN with a permanent sculpture on its piazza by Antony Gormley.
English PEN commissioned the cast-iron sculpture of an empty chair, a symbol the organisation has used for the last 30 years to represent imprisoned writers around the world.