Thursday, October 20, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

Brexit has not stopped the flow of deals struck by UK publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair, as new imprints, “hungry” for big acquisitions, are stoking an “overheated” market.
The Society of Authors is pushing its case for "fairer" contracts in the wake of a newly released European Commission study which found writers in Europe on average earned £12,500 a year in 2015 (calculated from a euro sum of €17,500, using 2015 exchange rates).
Former Hachette US and Orion boss David Young is to succeed Sir Christopher Bland, long-serving chairman of Canongate Books, in January 2017.
Jonas Bonnier
Jonas Bonnier, former c.e.o and president of the Bonnier Group, has signed deals in 18 territories for his novel The Helicopter Heist, based on the events of a Stockholm cash-depot robbery in 2009.
The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train (Black Swan) has thundered into its 10th week in the UK Official Top 50 number one spot, shifting 41,156 copies for £193,441.
Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz has penned a new Alex Rider novel for Walker Books, despite previously announcing that the series had concluded.

Dara O'Briain
Scholastic UK has acquired the debut children’s book by Irish comedian and presenter Dara Ó Briain.
Mark Allin
John Wiley president and c.e.o. Mark Allin called on the trade to tackle the “acute crisis” in the research community and the recruiting and retention of staff.
Joe Wicks
Joe “The Body Coach” Wicks has signed up for further books with Pan Macmillan imprint Bluebird.
William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award
Seven titles, including the first book on surfing to be shortlisted for the prize, are in the running for this year’s £28,000 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
Amy Lankester-Owen
Interactive entertainment company To Play For has acquired virtual reality (VR) rights to the Fallow Trilogy by Amy Lankester-Owen, in the first deal for the books.
Alex Wheatle
UK authors Tanya Landman and Alex Wheatle are amongst the writers shortlisted for this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

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