Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Latest News from The Bookseller

Amanda Craig
Children’s authors have hit out at the slew of celebrity book deals struck in recent months, warning that full-time fiction writers are struggling while famous people attract big advances and sizeable marketing budgets.
Rik McShane
Waterstones’ retail director Rik McShane has left the company after 17 years.
Harry Potter
Bloomsbury will publish new editions of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone this June to celebrate the book’s 20th anniversary.
Sam Leith
Sam Leith, the author, columnist and literary editor of the Spectator, is chairing the judging panel for the 10th Desmond Elliott Prize. 
Jhalak Prize
Titles from independents Faber, Peepal Tree Press, Chicken House and Jacaranda feature on the inaugural shortlist for the Jhalak Prize for a Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour, alongside works from PRH's Harvill Secker and Pan Macmillan.
Jamie Quatro
Picador has acquired a new novel, Fire Sermon, and story collection, I Want to Show You More, from US writer Jamie Quatro

Elsevier has bought EBSCO's altmetrics business Plum Analytics.
James Crawford
James Crawford has been appointed chair of Publishing Scotland.
Mandy Baggot
Romance writer Mandy Baggot has signed a two-book deal with Ebury.

Baggot is “thrilled” to be joining the publisher, which has acquired world all languages rights from her agent Kate Nash.

Single for the Summer, publishing on 27th July, features sun, sea and romance against the backdrop of Corfu and promises to be the “ultimate antidote to negativity”.

Camille Whitcher
Camille Whitcher, a 2016 graduate of the Cambridge School of Arts Illustration MA, has won the 2017 Children’s Picture Book Prize, organised by the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival and Brighton-based indie publisher Salariya Book Company

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