Pan Macmillan has made four “major” acquisitions as part of a “significant investment” in its business and popular science lists.
Non-fiction publisher Robin Harvie bought UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada to The Storyteller’s Secret by Carmine Gallo from SMP.
Gallo is the author of Talk Like TED, which Pan Macmillan said has sold 120,000 copies across all territories and formats.
In The Storyteller’s Secret, to be released in February 2016, Gallo “reveals the secrets to telling powerful, inspiring, and game-changing stories that will help you achieve any goal”.
Harvie said: “We are absolutely over the moon to be continuing our extremely successful relationship with Carmine, and I see no reason why we can’t sell at least as many copies of The Storyteller’s Secret as well as push sales of Talk like TED closer to the quarter million mark by the end of 2016.”
Harvie has also pre-empted three major titles for spring 2017.
He bought UK and Commonwealth rights, exlcluding Canada, in a deal with Pan Macmillan Australia New Zealand, to New Power by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms from Natasha Fairweather at AP Watt United Agency on behalf of Elyse Cheney.
In the book, Heimans and Timms argue that the distribution of power from traditional stakeholders to the broader public will be the defining transformation of our age.
New Power, a “key” title for Pan Macmillan in 2017, is “poised to be the bible for a new global movement, one with the power to transform the structure of our politics and our business and usher in a more equitable, democratically empowered world”.
From Riverhead at Penguin Random House US Harvie pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada to both The Hive Mind by Steven Sloman and Phil Fernbach, and Accident Prone: The New Science of Being Careful by Steve Casner.
In The Hive Mind social psychologist Sloman and cognitive psychologist and marketing professor Fernbach, argue that “our basic individual thought processes barely scratch the surface of the true complexity of the issues we deal with in everyday life”.
Accident Prone is by NASA research psychologist Casner, who presents a “user’s guide to our sometimes accident-prone minds and help us understand why we do things like insist on the fat-free salad dressing but then text and drive”.
Both books will be released in spring 2017.