Mon, 14/11/2011 - 08:08
Constable & Robinson has acquired two novels by debut author Tom Winter, with the publisher pitching the first title as reminiscent of Alan Bennett and Roddy Doyle.
Commissioning editor Victoria Hughes-Williams bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in debut novel, Lost and Found, and one other title, from...
Fri, 29/07/2011 - 11:17
Headline has acquired two novels from debut Irish author Nicola Doherty, who currently works as a copywriter for The Folio Society.
Associate publisher Sherise Hobbs bought British Commonwealth rights for The Out of Office Girl and a second book from Rowan Lawton at PFD.
Hobbs said: "Headline has always...
Mon, 18/07/2011 - 12:15
Headline has pre-empted a debut novel about a man's whose nine month old daughter is abducted by carjackers in South Africa.
Publisher at large Martin Fletcher bought world rights to Held Up by Christopher Radmann from Juliet Mushens at PFD. The book will be published in July 2012.
Fletcher said: "It’s...
Fri, 08/04/2011 - 08:48
A record number of exhibitors are set to showcase at the London International Book Fair next week, as one publishing m.d. reported a "bouncy and optimistic" mood ahead of the three-day event and digital conference.
Alistair Burtenshaw, group exhibition director for LBF, said 1,696 exhibitors from 58 countries had registered...
Tue, 29/03/2011 - 15:24
HarperCollins has acquired a trilogy by debut author, journalist Lucy Lord.
HC publishing director Sarah Ritherdon bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Annabel Merullo at Peters Fraser & Dunlop.
The first in the series, Revelry, follows a "hedonistic and glamorous group of friends as they flit from Glastonbury to...
Mon, 10/01/2011 - 08:52
Canongate has confirmed it will publish the memoir of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in April.
The publisher bought world rights, excluding North America, to the title from Caroline Michel at PFD. The deal is believed to be for $1.5m. Assange previously said he wrote the book to keep Wikileaks afloat and defend himself from allegations...
Thu, 20/05/2010 - 15:35
A number of senior agents employed by PFD have been given notice of redundancy, and the closure of their relevant departments, as a result of the merger between the literary agency and talent group M F Management.
Staff were told of the cuts on Tuesday (18th May). Translation rights agent Louisa Pritchard, children’s agent Suzy...
Tue, 18/05/2010 - 13:14
Literary agency PFD has been acquired by film and TV agent Michael Foster, and is to be merged with his firm - MF Management - creating a new company called The Rights House.
Staff were informed of the move, with Foster taking a controlling interest in the company, this morning. He and PFD head Caroline Michel will act as senior...
Mon, 08/02/2010 - 16:42
Towards the end of last year the Association of Authors Agents held a seminar about the possible future business models for publishing. Amidst all the fretting, there was plenty of focus on the opportunities that digital technology made available. Toby Mundy made the point that with the recent shedding of talent within the industry there was a...
Wed, 27/01/2010 - 10:50
PFD has sold the iPhone app rights to John Enock's maths puzzle Quaso to Adduce Studios. The deal was struck by PFD's digital agent Tom Williams.
The app will appear in the iTunes app store this spring, and will use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to build a following.
Williams said: "This is a fantastic...