As the leaves fall from the trees, autumn descends and the turn of the seasons rolls relentlessly onward, it’s nice to be reminded that some things are, indeed, constant and unchanging, such as the neverending news cycle about the forthcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, which still hasn’t been made even though it feels like we’ve been writing about it since some time before the Boer War.
In a coup that bests the makers of any films based on his work to date, Twickenham based indie Honest Publishing have somehow managed to coerce wild man of Northampton, author of Watchmen, V For Vendetta and Lost Girls, and surprisingly non-member of Grinderman Alan Moore into promotional duties for their latest release.
A few weeks ago Eric Huang kindly answered some questions about his role at Penguin and how they are working and collaborating with new companies to strengthen their offer as a publisher.
There is no doubt that Penguin is going through an interesting transition, attempting to re-define and break the mold, while bringing content to their audiences in new ways and with new people…
In the run up to the launch of BookMachine.me I’ve picked out some of the top publishing partnerships and collaborations around. I hope it gives you some inspiration to get out there and start collaborating! … and also to come to the launch of BookMachine.me at BookMachine Unplugged on 7th November.
Widely beloved man with a hat Terry Pratchett has announced the formation of his own fledgling multimedia empire, operating under the name Narrativia. Named for Pratchett’s self-invented goddess of narrative, the Soho-based company will assume responsibility for all things Discworld and beyond in formats other than books, which in the immediate future appears to include assorted TV and film projects: Pratchett himself talks of ‘working closely with the team to develop new stories in areas other than just print and e-books and, of course, seeing my first big screen project come to fruition.’
BookMachine is helping For Books’ Sake, a UK based webzine and community promoting and celebrating writing by women, to celebrate its second birthday. If you’re in Manchester on Friday night, and fancy some booze, birthday cake and literary performances, simply RSVP for free below! In the meantime, Lorna Bleach has 6 questions for Founding Editor Jane Bradley…
The first Christmas trees are starting to spring horridly in corners of supermarkets everywhere; turkeys all over the world are being fattened for the kill; pubs are instructing everyone to book their office parties NOW to avoid disappointment; there’s a chill in the air and it’s raining in earnest; and mince pies have gone on sale. Yes, Christmas approaches, and with this festive season so, too, to we begin to see the race for top biography (celeb memoir) in the publishing charts. Start your engines…
If you have yet to reclaim your jaw from its position on the floor after last week’s totally unhyped revelation that JK Rowling had a new book coming out, maybe don’t bother making the effort for now – at least, not until you’ve heard that The Casual Vacancy racked up the highest first week UK sales of any book published since Dan Brown’s 2009 effort The Lost Symbol (whose 550,946 copies sold in its first week I’m sure are all still with their original owners).
Last week I attended the Patrick Hardy Lecture, an annual event organised by the Children’s Book Circle. This year the speaker was Marion Lloyd, a children’s literature guru with an eponymous imprint at Scholastic Children’s Books. She is very, very good at what she does – if her own imprint isn’t enough to convince you, take a look at the shortlist for this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Of eight titles, three are Marion Lloyd Books.
The Publishing Training Centre and Marketability are working together to promote training.
Preliminary step towards takeover? Absolutely not, says the PTC’s Peter McKay and Marketability’s Rachel Maund, who are cheerfully adamant that recent announcement is a pragmatic response to falling training budgets and recognition that it makes more sense to collaborate than it does to compete. Lottie Chase, Marketing Executive interviews the two about the new partnership.