Mon, 22/04/2013 - 10:59
What do authors want from their publisher? In my experience it is two things:
1. Their book to get to as many people as possible in the most agreeable form and manner possible.
2. See Point 1.
What authors and agents also want these days is for publishers not to get in the way of...
Thu, 21/03/2013 - 10:00
Book industry figures around the world have expressed their sadness at the death of bestselling horror writer James Herbert at home in Sussex yesterday (20th March). Herbert was 69.
The author is understood to have been in good health recently, with events planned to support the publication of his new paperback, Ash,...
Mon, 18/03/2013 - 10:26
A L Kennedy's The Blue Book and Jake Arnott's The House of Rumour are to be the first books in a literary imprint from Amazon US, 'Little A'.
Kennedy is published in the UK by Vintage and Arnott by Sceptre.
The imprint, which is headed by senior editor Ed Park, will publish 10 titles a year...
Mon, 11/03/2013 - 09:28
Basic book contracts should grant a fixed-term licence in a book rather than rights for the length of copyright, agent Peter Straus has said.
But publishers have argued that such a change would hit advances and damage their ability to invest in titles.
Fri, 15/02/2013 - 09:00
The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency has become the latest to set up an in-house digital and p.o.d. publishing imprint. The Thistle imprint will use Amazon publishing programme White Glove to release e-books and print-on-demand copies of titles where the e-book rights are not controlled by a publisher.
Lownie (pictured) said...
Thu, 03/01/2013 - 08:40
A Twitter account impersonating author John le Carré has been suspended after publishing a malicious tweet claiming J K Rowling had died.
Le Carré's agent Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown (pictured) alerted Twitter to the account, @JLeCarre, which claimed to be the "official" account of the novelist and had...
Tue, 04/12/2012 - 09:15
Agency Curtis Brown has launched a digital self-publishing programme through Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace, in a venture primarily aimed at breaking UK authors into the US market.
Writers including Tony Parsons, Adele Parks, Colin Bateman, Emily Barr and Rosie Goodwin are among those...
Fri, 05/10/2012 - 12:02
My favourite moment in cinema history is when Lawrence of Arabia convinces his friend Sherif Ali to do the impossible: attack the fortress harbour of Aqaba from the rear, through the punishing Nefud desert, with only 50 unreliable mercenaries. His thinking is that the huge guns face the sea to protect the Suez Canal and that they cannot be...
Tue, 31/07/2012 - 10:05
The trade has paid tribute to multi-award-winning Irish author Maeve Binchy after her death at the age of 72.
The journalist, short story and novel writer sold over 40 million books with her work translated into more than 30 different languages. Her last novel, Minding Frankie (Orion), which was published in September 2010,...
Wed, 30/05/2012 - 11:48
Curtis Brown has restructured its top management, with c.e.o. Jonathan Lloyd moving to the role of chairman of the agency, while Jonny Geller becomes joint chief executive officer alongside theatre, film and TV agent Ben Hall.
Geller and Hall will chair a management board of senior agents across the departments, with Colin Lewis...