Wed, 10/04/2013 - 10:15
A new venture to offer digital short stories and long-form journalism to readers through a subscription package will launch this autumn, with Tim Waterstone as its non-executive chairman.
Read Petite is founded by agent Peter Cox and consultant Martyn Daniels, who will be joint managing directors of the new business. Former editor of...
Fri, 11/05/2012 - 11:56
That old scoundrel Sam Brannan would have felt completely at home in today’s publishing business. Sam, you may recall, was the original promoter of California’s 1848 Gold Rush. After first cornering the market in picks, shovels and pans (paying a mere 20 cents each wholesale), Sam proceeded to run though the streets of San...
Mon, 30/01/2012 - 10:20
Leading authors' representatives have called for high discount clauses in publishing contracts to be scrapped in favour of "a whole new system" of royalties, with some publishers saying they would support a shift to a net receipts system.
High discount clauses see authors receive a diminished proportion of the headline...
Mon, 31/10/2011 - 11:50
This is a difficult letter to write. You know more than I do how much we've tried to make it work over the past 13 years. I've taken you into my bed almost every evening. I often reach out for you in the dark of the night and stroke your pale radiance.
Honestly, I think my wife is beginning to suspect something. But that'...
Fri, 21/10/2011 - 08:33
The News of the World phone hacking scandal has hit the book industry, with the revelation that private material relating to individuals within the trade has been discovered by police during "Operation Weeting".
Both agent Peter Cox and publisher John Blake have confirmed that their personal details have been...
Wed, 14/09/2011 - 10:41
Publishing has an acutely uneasy relationship with the internet. We all recognize its importance and inevitability, yet most of us aren't actually very good at using it profitably.
Publishers' websites are a case in point. Like drunken orgies organised by committees of virgin teetotallers, these sites mostly seem clueless,...
Tue, 05/07/2011 - 08:39
Redhammer has relaunched children's author Michelle Paver's fansite, The Clan, with a new look and additional features including simultaneous translation which will enable fans from different countries to talk in real time.
Andrea See, who previously worked at Canongate overseeing the Meet At The Gate site, will work as online...
Mon, 27/06/2011 - 09:50
Half the adults in the wasteland that used to be the great American city of Detroit now cannot read. We're not talking about their failure to perceive the finer nuances of Jonathan Franzen's latest flight of fancy. No. They can't read a bus sign, a pill bottle, or a McDonald's menu.
If that doesn't scare you,...
Wed, 22/06/2011 - 09:31
Literary agents who publish their clients' work were likened to foxes raiding the hen house at the Publishers Launch London conference held in London yesterday (22nd June).
Peter Cox, agent and founder of the agency Redhammer, talking as part of a panel on "Innovation in Marketing and Business Practice", moderated by...
Thu, 16/06/2011 - 15:44
The Association of Authors Agents has formally discussed the issue of its members publishing. One agent reported that a "consensus" had been reached that it did not breach the AAA's code of conduct, but other agents have since disputed this interpretation of events.
The issue was part of the AAA's annual general...