Friday, June 18, 2010

The Week in Book News

So what's been happening in the world of book news for the past week?

In Book News. . .

Richard and Judy have joined up with WH Smith for a new book club. For autumn, then spring and summary 'The Richard and Judy Book Club' will return. It will be promoted in stores but not through a TV show. Read more here. . . For non UK/Irish readers, Richard and Judy are two presenters who book club has launched many excellent books into the bestseller list. As a buyer, you are 99% guaranteed a brilliant read if a book has Richard and Judy stamp. Glad to see this is back again - will make picking good books alot easier.

In lieu of global deals, US publishers are chipping away at traditional UK rights territories, with India being on of the most contested areas, followed by Malaysia, South Africa and Singapore. In most cases US publishers seek non-exclusive rights, meaning that although UK pubs can export, they have to compete on launch dates and price. Seems there may be a bit of conflict ahead which will make spats over territories 'small skirmishes' when compared with larger issues of global territories which is "a huge battle to be found" according to Anthony Goff, President of Association of Authors Agents. Read more here. . .

Penguin accidently axed the fictional foreword of Lolita, Penguin is now pulping the books and reprinting - whoopsy!

Artemis Fowl has been voted the Puffin of Puffins (68%) in a national poll, set up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Puffin Modern Classics. Read more here. . .

Transworld plans on publishing two untitled books by Terry Pratchett, which were started in 1986 but left unfinished because of the DiscWorld Series. The Books are due out in spring 2012. Read here for more. . .

Everyone knows the genuis that is Stephen Fry, but soon the world will get to know the secrets of Mrs. Stephen Fry! Edna Fry (who has 56,000 twitter followers) shall recount her life as a celebrity wife and mother of 5-7ish kids in her 'top secret diaries' which Hodder & Stoughton have acquired. The book will be published in Hardback this Christmas. News reports state that Mrs. Fry has been very excited since hearing the news, having a good chat with Mrs. Norton and Mrs. Winton. Personally I can't wait to hear all the sordid secrets of the Fry household! Read more here. . .

Popular Self-help author Wayne Dyer (never heard of him myself?) has been accused of plagarism by author Stephen Mitchell (nope, never heard of him either) who filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in LA yesterday. Mitchell claims that Dyer plagarised 'at least 200 lines' from his Tao Te Ching: A New English Version in two books and digital spin offs. Read more here. . .

In the happening world of the book blogosphere. . .

The amazing Nathan Bransford has done another critique post on Monday (and will again today around GMT 21-23.oo) which provides great insight into the mind of agents who are assessing your work!

CKHB has done a great post listing of agent and publisher's blogs - invaluable information so check it out!

The Wonderful Rachelle Gardner, is talking contradictions and confusion for writers in regards to Feedback and Advice on signing with agent !

Edward Nawotka from publishing perspectives ask the question: Does working help or hinder your writing. . .


AND extremely important post which shall have huge reprecussions on writers everywhere (or should I say 'cuddly' writers such as myself) - so definitely give this a read. . . i'm making a shopping list as I type lol. . .

1 comments:

Anne R. Allen said...

Great news round-up. Nice to have some UK news.

Interesting news about Wayne Dyer. I've alwasy thought his new-agey stuff sounded sort of recycled. Now there's proof.

Thanks! I like the new directions you're taking with the blog.

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