Tindal Street picks up midlist authors

<p>West Midlands-based Tindal Street Press has scooped up two well-established authors in &quot;significant&quot; acquisitions as some of the larger publishers look to trim back their midlist in light of the downturn. </p><p>Tindal has signed a one-book deal for four figures with Lesley Glaister for her new novel <em>Relatives in America</em> via A M Heath agent Bill Hamilton. </p><p>She has previously had nine books published by Bloomsbury, but has already edited an anthology of short stories called <em>Are You She?</em> for Tindal Street. </p><p>Publisher Alan Mahar said: &quot;She fits in well with us culturally as she writes from a regional perspective&mdash;the main difference is that she&rsquo;s an established name. So our job is to find more readers for her.&quot;</p><p><em>Relatives in America</em> revolves around a young woman&rsquo;s attempts to extricate her brother from a hippy cult in America.</p><p>Mahar said Tindal Street expects to sell 10,000 copies &quot;which, when you think we can only hope for 1,000 or so on books by unknown authors, is big for us&quot;.</p><p>The publisher, funded by Arts Council England, also signed Richard Francis for his next book O<em>ld Spring</em>, snapping him up from his former publisher Fourth Estate via United Agents&rsquo; Caroline Dawnay. </p><p>The novel, which tells the story of &quot;the haunted lives of staff and customers in a West Country pub&quot;, is due out next year. Mahar described Francis as &quot;a champion of the regional novel&quot; saying this made him &quot;a &#8232;perfect fit&quot; for Tindal Street. </p><p>He said: &quot;It&rsquo;s partly down to the economy that we are able to get these names. Agents are seeing people like us as viable alternatives&mdash;we&rsquo;re looking more reputable as the bigger houses cut back on their midlists. On our list, they&rsquo;ll be the top names. We&rsquo;re reaping the benefits.&quot;</p>