Tue, 18/12/2007 - 16:36
Alan Sutton has left NPI Media Group, the group he set up in order to buy back the publishing house that bears his name, Sutton Publishing, as well as a number of other companies. The group's business has also been acquired by new company The History Press, as it seeks to put a number of disputes about author payments behind it.
Fri, 14/12/2007 - 14:41
It has been a difficult 12 months for Amanda Ross, joint m.d. of Cactus TV and creator of the “Richard & Judy” Book Club. Earlier this year, the “You Say, We Pay” quiz scandal erupted over misuse of premium phone lines on “Richard & Judy”. Cactus was under investigation—it was later exonerated...
Fri, 14/12/2007 - 12:22
Just as every dog has his day, every editor has his (or her) Christmas. This year, it's the turn of Nick Davies, who acquired arguably the celebrity success of the season, from Russell Brand (175,000 sales and counting), as well as a surprise hit from Pub Landlord Al Murray (83,000).
But Davies is not toasting this chart-topping...
Thu, 13/12/2007 - 15:41
In an urban fantasy novel by one Darren O’Shaughnessy, Orion’s Simon Spanton—the book’s first editor—appears as a corpse and has his extracted guts used as a divining tool to predict the future stock market performance of his company.
Gruesome? Gory? Unsurprising when you realise this is the work of Darren...
Wed, 12/12/2007 - 08:07
Waterstone's has reported strong sales growth in its latest half-year thanks to the chain's acquisition of Ottakar's a year earlier and the success of the final Harry Potter book. However, the growth did not prevent the chain suffering what it described as "some dilution in market share" over the period thanks to its store...
Wed, 12/12/2007 - 06:51
Lily Allen is to be on the judging panel for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Lang will chair the panel for the award, now in its 13th year, and the other panel members are Lisa Allardice, editor of Guardian Review, novelist Philippa Gregory, veteran journalist Bel Mooney and Allen.
Tue, 11/12/2007 - 08:06
Virgin Books managing director KT Forster has departed the company, eight months after its acquisition by the Random House Group. Random said Forster had "decided to leave to develop new projects". RHG board member and Virgin Books chairman Richard Cable is taking on the day-to-day management of the publisher.
Forster has been...
Thu, 06/12/2007 - 16:49
Headline editorial director David Wilson is a man with a smile on his face. Having worked flat out for the past few months to ensure his three big Christmas sports memoirs—Bobby Charlton, Lawrence Dallaglio (who was phoning in chapters from the Rugby World Cup) and Jackie Stewart—were out on time, he's now taking it (slightly)...
Thu, 06/12/2007 - 16:40
Given that in Cecelia Ahern's novels everyday life takes on a magical tinge, it's appropriate that she herself has had what looks like a charmed career. She made her name with her début novel, PS, I Love You, written when she was just 21, which reached number one in her native Ireland and made it into Richard and Judy...
Tue, 04/12/2007 - 10:59
As flexible working arrangements go, Jane Johnson's must count as one of the most unusual ever seen in publishing. While continuing her role at HarperCollins as publishing director for HarperFiction, running the Voyager fantasy list and editing bestselling authors such as Sam Bourne and Michael Marshall Smith, Johnson now spends much of the...