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Editor and Publicist

On being an editor and publicist: Sam Eades interview

Sam Eades spent eight years as a publicist working for Transworld, Headline and Pan Macmillan on authors including Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume, Jessie Burton and Hercule Poirot (David Suchet). She is now Senior Commissioning Editor & Associate Publicist at Orion Fiction. She is looking for crime fiction, speculative fiction and reading group fiction for commercial and literary/commercial crossover markets. Here Norah Myers interviews Sam about her work as an editor and publicist.

1. How do you organise your time as both an editor and publicist?

It is very much a 50/50 split so each day varies from the next. I might be pitching an author for interviews or setting up their tour one minute, and the next I’m out meeting agents talking through the kind of books I want to commission. No two days are the same (which I love!).

2. How does your work as a publicist inform your work as an editor?

Publicists have a great overall view of the book market. We sound out the competition early for similar titles we are working on, spot trends in publishing which we can use to our advantage to position our own books, we see what books share review space, which ones are getting social media buzz, who we can pair authors up with for events etc etc. Plus journalists will share with us what they are reading. We also (mass generalization) are a generous bunch, and read books from our friends at other publishing houses and hear what they are excited about working on. This knowledge of the market is very useful when it comes to commissioning!

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Francesca Best Moves To Transworld

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 Girl on the Train shatters sales records

Paula Hawkins’ novel The Girl on the Train has broken UK sales records this week, claiming its 20th consecutive week atop the hardback fiction bestseller lists. It overtakes Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, which stayed at number one for 19 weeks following its release in September 2009, to become the longest reigning bestseller since Nielsen BookScan began monitoring sales in 2001. Not only has it stayed at the top of the hardback chart for longer than any other title, it is second only to Brown’s The Da Vinci Code – which stayed at number one in the paperback chart for a jaw-dropping 65 weeks – in most weeks held at the top of any book chart.

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Two more Terry Pratchett novels set for posthumous publication

When Terry Pratchett died last week at the age of 66, he left behind a body of work that includes 40 novels set in his beloved Discworld, alongside a couple dozen further titles. It is a substantial bibliography by any standard, and one that his fans will no doubt take great comfort and pleasure in revisiting over the coming months. Those fans, however, can take further solace in the knowledge that the day when they have no more Pratchett left to read hasn’t arrived just yet: the author completed two final novels that are both likely to see publication this year.

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Publishing

What I wish someone had told me about publishing

This is a guest post from Alice Murphy-Pyle. Alice is Marketing Manager at Transworld Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Follow her on Twitter @alicemurphypyle “Learn digital skills!’ people bellow when you try to get into publishing. ‘It’s the future!’ Well. It is and it isn’t. When I started in publishing I did bring some digital skills with me – not exactly shaking the industry foundations, but enough to get by. I quickly learnt, however, that marketing is about much more.

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