HarperCollins Children’s Books is delighted to announce a new multi-book deal with master storyteller Michael Morpurgo. The deal for world rights, concluded by Executive Publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh and Veronique Baxter at David Higham, sees HarperCollins remain the principle home for Michael’s fiction until 2019.
Today marks the start of BookMachine’s partnership with Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union. To launch this initiative, Gareth Lowe, Chair of Unite’s National Publishing and Media Branch, gives a brief introduction to trade unionism, focusing particularly on its relevance to our sector.
Publishing Scotland is launching a new Translation Fund, on behalf of Creative Scotland. Designed to encourage international publishers to translate works by Scottish writers, the fund will be launched this evening at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
The purpose of the fund is to support publishers based outside the United Kingdom to buy rights from Scottish and UK publishers and agents by offering assistance with the cost of translation of Scottish writers. The funding will be received in the form of a grant.
Top professionals today are able to apply their skills to a range of industries, helping them to become the best in their chosen field. In an environment where adapting to new markets and industries is the new normal, how do you go about transitioning into a new role? What are the best ways to gain new expertise? Does the publishing industry have a skills gap to fill?
Speakers Stephanie Hall (Resourcing Manager at Harper Collins), Jon Ingold (Co-founder of inkle) and Louise Rice (Touchpress) addressed these questions and more in a lively talk in this sell-out event.
Francesca Best is to join Transworld as a senior commissioning editor for the women’s fiction team.
Best has been at Hodder & Stoughton for eight years, publishing commercial women’s fiction and working with authors such as Lucy Dillon, Alexandra Potter and Katie Marsh.
Best will start at Transworld on 24th August.
Harriet Bourton, editorial director of the women’s fiction list at Transworld, said: ‘I am thrilled that Francesca is joining the women’s fiction team here at Transworld. She has an infectious enthusiasm for the genre and brings an analytical, strategic approach to her publishing which I know will be a fantastic complement to our plans for the list.’
Best said: ‘While I am sad to say goodbye to Hodder, I am delighted and privileged to be joining Transworld. Not only are they a publisher I have long admired, with a fantastic women’s fiction list, but their recent publishing has been incredibly impressive to watch. I am very excited to become part of their editorial team.’
The initial round of nominees for this year’s Man Booker Prize has been revealed with the unveiling of the 13-strong longlist. Now, for the second year in a row, open to any author writing in English and published in the UK (as opposed to writers from the UK, Ireland, Commonwealth and Zimbabwe alone), the list has a decidedly international bent, featuring a mere three nominees from the UK and five from the USA.
Crime fiction festival Bloody Scotland has revealed the shortlist for its annual book of the year award, recognising excellence in Scottish crime writing. Drawn from a longlist of 55 by an independent panel of readers, the winning author will receive a prize of £1,000 and promotion of their work in Waterstones branches across Scotland.
BookMachine co-founder Laura Summers has been awarded proxime accesserunt (runner-up) at this year’s Young Stationers’ Prize. Judges called her ‘forward-thinking’, ‘innovative’ and possessed of ‘masses of drive’, and said of BookMachine itself: ‘a great idea, and she’s executed it brilliantly’.
Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee’s unexpected companion piece to her sole previous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird – has sold 1.1 million copies across print and digital in its first six days on release in the US and Canada alone. After going on sale last Tuesday (14/07/2015), the book became the fastest selling title in the history of HarperCollins, with the publisher saying on Monday morning (20/07/2015) that it had gone back to press for a further 1.3 million copies. With an initial run of 2 million, that puts the total number of copies in print at 3.3 million.
On Tuesday night, Tim Pilcher treated a packed room at the Phoenix Artist Club to an entertaining talk on comic books. Currently working as Humanoids’ UK Liaison and Chair of the Comic Book Alliance, Tim has been in comic book publishing for over 25 years and a go-to guru on the medium.