Aug 022016

Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate has reignited the debate about the recent eligibility rule changes for the Man Booker Prize, saying that making US authors eligible for the Man Booker – which unlike some critics of the move he had been “excited” about when it was first mooted –  has turned out to be “disastrous” for the health of the prize.

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Oct 172015

Describe your role

It’s my job to support the authors I represent through the whole publishing
process. This includes everything from working with them editorially and
pitching their work to editors, to negotiating contracts on their behalf.

What do you like best about your role?

As a brand new agent actively looking for clients I spend a lot of time
looking at submissions and I love the excitement of reading the first few
chapters of a manuscript and knowing you’ve found something special.

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Sep 082015

Quick Reads is set to become one of the The Reading Agency’s programmes after the two charities have decided to work together.

Cathy Rentzenbrink, project director of Quick Reads, told The Bookseller she is very excited about the partnership. “All the work we now do will have a greater impact. There will be much more value for our stakeholders because the same contribution will have a bigger impact.”

She said it made sense for the two charities to work together because they both work on adult literacy and “there is huge synergy” between the two, she added.

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Jun 192015

Waterstones is expecting a “busy day” marking the release of the latest edition of E L James’ blockbuster hit series Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told By Christian (Arrow).

The chain’s flagship Piccadilly store in London has a front of store window display dedicated to the release (pictured), only announced two weeks ago, and excitement for the book’s publication is building on Twitter under the hashtag #GreyUk.

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May 082015

Macmillan Children’s Books has acquired Mumnesia, a new middle-grade title by Kate Dale.
Editor Rachel Kellehar bought world rights in a two-book deal for the book, which is about a 12-year-old girl whose Mum starts to behave like a teenager, from Jenny Savill at Andrew Nurnberg Associates,
She said: “Katie’s writing is fantastic and we are immensely excited about the prospect of having her on our list and bringing her hilarious writing to middle grade readers (with irritating parents!) all over the world.”

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Apr 032015

Canongate has signed  memoir from Amy Liptrot, combining her recovery from alcoholism with a tribute to the natural world.

The Outrun was signed by senior editor Jenny Lord in a deal for world rights with James Macdonald Lockhart at Antony Harwood Ltd.

Liptrot grew up on a sheep farm on Orkney, where she longed for the excitement of a big city. When she did move to London, she found excitement, but also succumbed to alcoholism, before returning to Orkney where its wildness and history plays a key part in her recovery.

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Feb 192015

Random House Children’s Books US will this July publish a recently discovered Dr Seuss book.

What Pet Should I Get? features the brother and sister characters introduced in Seuss’ One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and is about a child’s excitement over selecting a pet. The book will be illustrated and will hit bookshelves in the US on July 28th.

The manuscript was found in a box of the author’s texts and sketches by his wife, Audrey Geisel, and his secretary Claudia Prescott, said Random House. The story and the illustrations were nearly complete.

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Feb 142015

Reading charity Booktrust has been chosen as The London Book Fair’s Charity of the Year for 2015, the year of Booktrust’s 90th anniversary.

Benefits will include promotion and marketing support in the lead-up to the Fair and at the event itself, as well as year-round promotion and an opportunity to fundraise via a button on the LBF website.

Booktrust chief executive Viv Bird said: “We are very excited to be chosen as LBF’s Charity of the Year as it gives us the chance to demonstrate the importance of our work with publishers and continue to improve so many lives.”

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