Thu, 01/03/2012 - 12:38
Verso Books has appointed Leo Hollis as senior editor, effective immediately, with responsibility for acquiring and publishing a central part of its list.
Hollis has worked in publishing for 14 years including editing and acquiring at Fourth Estate and Viking. His most recent role was as an editor at Constable and Robinson. He is...
Thu, 01/03/2012 - 09:45
Lee Child is the most successful British Kindle book author worldwide, followed by Stephen Leather and Ken Follett, according to Amazon UK.
The company has released a list of the top-10 bestselling UK-born Kindle e-book authors, based on purchases from 1st January 2011 onwards in the US, UK, France, Spain and Italy.
Thu, 01/03/2012 - 09:30
Media content group Chorion has sold its 64% stake in the Agatha Christie estate to US media group Acorn Productions, with the Agatha Christie family retaining its 36% holding.
The sale was completed yesterday for an undisclosed sum, with the business to continue to be chaired by Mathew Pritchard, Christie's grandson. The estate...
Thu, 01/03/2012 - 08:30
Harvill Secker has appointed Michal Shavit as editorial director, with Shavit leaving Granta Books to join the Random House imprint on 10th April.
Shavit joined Granta Books in 2009, having previously worked at Allen Lane for three years. Her first job in publishing was as a literary agent at the Wylie Agency in London in 2002....
Wed, 29/02/2012 - 16:24
English PEN has welcomed the government's announcement of a new visa for visiting writers and artists, which will enable them to visit the UK for short periods for paid work
Home secretary Teresa May MP has created a new category, "permitted paid engagements", for visiting professionals who will be undertaking specific...
Wed, 29/02/2012 - 11:39
Quercus executive director of sales and marketing Mike McGrath has been appointed as the new managing director of Bonnier’s Templar Publishing.
McGrath has worked at Quercus for five years and will begin his new position at the children’s book publishing imprint this summer, when current Templar m.d. Amanda Wood will step...
Wed, 29/02/2012 - 10:58
Ragged Bears Publishing has entered into administration due to the "difficult" foreign rights market, with the publisher's original parent company, Ragged Bears Ltd, to "take back the responsibilities and commitments of Ragged Bears Publishing Ltd".
Ragged Bears Publishing appointed The Frost Group in...
Wed, 29/02/2012 - 09:48
Jackie Collins is going into self-publishing, with plans to release an e-book version of The Bitch, "a complete rewrite of her previous version of the novel", in the US.
Collins is published by Macmillan in the US, and Simon & Schuster in the UK. S&S has already published the new version of The Bitch...
Wed, 29/02/2012 - 08:25
Collins has signed a new cookery title from Australian chef Bill Granger.
Lizzy Gray, editorial director for Cookery and Lifestyle, bought translation, UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding North America and Australia) from Antony Topping at Greene & Heaton. Bill’s Big Easy will be published in autumn 2012.
Tue, 28/02/2012 - 15:05
Chalke Valley History Festival is to return in 2012 with a five-fold expanded programme and partnerships with Waterstones and the Daily Mail.
Now in its second year, the Wiltshire-based festival, which focuses on literary events devoted entirely to history, has expanded to 50 events across four evenings plus a weekend,...