by Jonny on Jul 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm
Steven Erikson’s latest novel Forge of Darkness is already getting some great reviews, including a rave thumbs up from none other than music legend Gary Numan!
Gary praised Forge of Darkness, as well as Steven Erikson’s previous series, The Malazan Book of the Fallen, going so far as to say that Steven’s writing had even inspired him in his own career.
Forge of Darkness is the first novel in an awesome new fantasy trilogy from Steven Erikson. The trilogy is a stand-alone series but also a prequel to the author’s epic Malazan Book of the Fallen.
To order a copy of the book visit rbooks.
For more information about Steven Erikson visit www.stevenerikson.com.
by Jonny on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:59 am
The longlist for the Man Booker Prize has been announced, with The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by debut novelist Rachel Joyce featuring on the list. Rachel joins three other debut novelists, Will Self and former Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel.
Since its publication in March, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry has already been sold to 29 territories worldwide and was shortlisted for The Desmond Elliott prize earlier this year. Waterstones also featured The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry as their April Book of the Month. Erica Wagner of The Times has described Rachel Joyce’s debut novel as ‘the next One Day’ and it looks set to continue to be one of the most high profile debut novels of 2012.
The Man Booker Prize shortlist will be announced on the 11th September and the winner on the 16th October. In an exclusive interview Rachel has said:
“What a wonderful surprise that The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry has been selected for the Man Booker Prize long list. I’m delighted, excited, honoured – all in wild measures. The publication of the book still feels so new to me, and I feel truly privileged to be included on such a prestigious list.”
Need a refresher about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry? Check out the trailer below!
by Kate on Jul 20, 2012 at 7:44 am
Hot news from Transworld and agent Jane Gregory – announced this morning from Harrogate
Transworld Publishers are delighted to announce the acquisition of two novels by UK debut author Paula Daly.
Rachel Rayner, Commissioning Editor, bought Just What Kind of Mother Are You? and The Day Before You Came from agent Jane Gregory at a lively auction involving six major publishers.
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is a novel that plays on one of your greatest fears – what would you do if your best friend’s daughter went missing on your watch? That’s what happens to Lisa Kallisto – an overwhelmed working mother of three – one freezing December day in the Lake District. Not only is thirteen-year-old Lucinda missing and it’s all Lisa’s fault, but she’s the second teenage girl to go missing from the area in the last fortnight. But, as she peels away the layers surrounding Lucinda’s disappearance, Lisa learns that all is not quite as it first appears to be.
“I’m incredibly excited to be working with Paula Daly at the beginning of what I’m sure will be a brilliant career. Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, with its terrifying premise, distinctive voice and cracking plot, has that instant word-of-mouth quality, evidenced by the enthusiastic in-house reads and immediate buzz from my colleagues across all departments here,” said Rachel Rayner.
“It has been an exciting auction and I’m thrilled that Transworld are publishing,” said Jane Gregory.
Paula Daly said: “I am absolutely delighted to be published by Transworld. It’s a real honour to be in the company of such incredibly talented authors as Kate Atkinson, SJ Watson and Belinda Bauer.”
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? will be published in Bantam Press hardcover and ebook in Spring 2013, with Paula’s second novel The Day Before You Came to come a year later. Transworld Publishers hold UK & Commonwealth (excluding Canada) rights for both books. Internationally, rights have already been sold in Germany (Goldmann Verlag), Italy (Longanesi), Holland (De Fontein (De Kern)) and Israel (Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir Publishing).
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by Kate on Jul 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm
Whilst in New York earlier this year, Lee Child and Marcus Sakey met up to discuss Marcus’s latest book The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes which is out now.
Lee is a huge fan of Marcus’s writing, especially for this new book. Here is a short interview of them talking about the book, Marcus’s rather extreme research and also what they love most about writing crime and thriller novels.
by Elizabeth on Jul 19, 2012 at 9:00 am
Happy Publication Day to JAMES WILDE!
The Devil’s Army is published today in hardback, the story of Hereward, forgotten hero of English history, continues in James Wilde’s second brutal and bloody novel – a must-read for action-packed historical fiction fans!
To celebrate, we are giving away 3 signed copies of this amazing new title and to be in with a chance, simply tweet:
Love historical fiction? RT to #win 1 of 3 singed copies of Hereward: The Devil’s Army by James Wilde @manofmercia @EKSwain #histfic
(This competition will close on 26th July and the winners will be contacted by @EKSwain after then)
by Elizabeth on Jul 19, 2012 at 6:00 am
HWA / Goldsboro Crown for Historical Debut Fiction
Goldsboro Crown award for historical fiction is announced from the Historical Writers’ Association
Goldsboro Books and the Historical Writers’ Association are pleased to announce the four shortlisted titles for their inaugural Award: the HWA/Goldsboro Prize for Best Debut Historical Novel. The Award, in its first year, accepted submissions from authors of historical novels first published in English, in the UK from October 2010 to the end of September 2011: for the purposes of the Award, ‘historical’ is defined as any period in the past 35 years or more from the time of publication.
The judges were Maria Rejt, Publisher at PanMacmillan, author and historian Tom Holland, David Headley, Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, blogger and reviewer, Ayo Onatade, blogger. and Manda Scott, author and Chair of the HWA.
Submitted books covered a wide range of styles, periods and approaches, leading to a lively and forthright judging meeting, at which four books were finally -and deservedly chosen for the short list.
They are, in alphabetical order of the author:
The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno, by Ellen Bryson, published by Picador
Partitions, by Amit Majmudar, published by OneWorld Publications
Mistress of My Fate by Hallie Rubenhold, published by Doubleday
The Emperor’s Gold, by Robert Wilton, published by Corvus
Manda Scott, Chair of the HWA said, “Our first year saw an excellent crop of first historical novels and choosing a short list was difficult; inevitably, it comes down to personal opinion, but we have a judging panel of widely varying reading tastes which gives everyone a decent chance. It was relatively easy to pick the short list: these four stood out as being exceptional – any author would have been proud to write any of them at any point in his or her career, but to have written them as a first novel is exceptional. Picking a winner will be immensely difficult, but before we do, I want to encourage everyone to read all of these: they hail from widely differing eras and locations and are written in utterly different styles, but each one is magnificent.”
Goldsboro Books has sponsored the £2,000 pirze, and has commissioned a hand made crystal Award which will be presented to the winner at History in the Court on 20th September 2012, at Goldsboro Books in Cecil Court.
NOTES TO EDITORS
The first Goldsboro Crown for Historical Debut Fiction will be awarded at History in the Court in September 2012.
This award is for the best historical novel by a first-time author of any nationality first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period. ‘Best historical novel by a first time author’ means that the author must not have had a novel of any sort published before under any name whatsoever. In the case of novels with more than one author, all the authors must meet this requirement. Authors may have written non-fiction works prior to the publication of the submitted novel.
We would like submissions for next year’s award. Further detail and prize rules may be found at the Historical Writers’ Association website www.thehwa.co.uk or by emailingGoldsboro.Crown@goldsborobooks.com
For further information, logos and interviews with the judges please contact:
Ayo Onatade or David Headley Tel: 0207 4979230
ABOUT THE JUDGES
MARIA REJT is the publisher of the Pan Macmillan imprint Mantle and is one of the most respected editors currently working in UK publishing. Her current list of authors includes C J Sansom, Kate Morton, Bella Pollen, Benjamin Black (aka John Banville) and William Ryan.
TOM HOLLAND is an author and historian. His first work of history, Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. His second, Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West, won the Anglo-Hellenic League’s Runciman Award. His new book, Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom is out now, published by Little, Brown.
MANDA SCOTT Manda Scott was born and educated in Scotland, gaining a degree in Veterinary medicine and surgery from the University of Glasgow before moving to Cambridge to take up a position as house surgeon. In 2000, she began to write historical fiction. The Boudica: Dreaming quartet have been bestsellers around the world, translated into over a dozen languages. The Crystal Skull followed, a dual time-line novel which explores the Mayan 2012 end-of-world prophecies in contemporary and Tudor time frames and was translated into 19 languages.
DAVID HEADLEY is the Managing Director of Goldsboro Books Limited, a much admired central London independent bookshop.
AYO ONATADE is a well known and respected blogger and reviewer and has a particular passion for historical novels as well as crime fiction.
by Jonny on Jul 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Adam Smith, Head of Boxing at Sky Sports, was today signing copies of his book, Beautiful Brutality, at Waterstone’s Leadenhall Market. Adam was joined by his Ringside co-presenter, former World Champion Johnny Nelson.
If you weren’t able to make it, here are some photos from the signing.
Adam has been one of Sky’s main boxing commentators for over 20 years and Beautiful Brutality examines a unique, but little-discussed aspect of boxing – the role that families play in the success, or failure, of many professional boxers. A fighter may enter the ring alone, but boxing is a family business, both financially and emotionally. As a lifelong fan and great advocate of the sport of boxing, no-one is better placed than Adam to reveal the extraordinary stories and extraordinary families caught up in it.
‘Adam has known my family for over twenty years, and has developed utterly unique relationships with
a host of other boxing families. He’s been closer to the fight game than virtually any other journalist or
reporter.’ JOE CALZAGHE
You can Follow Adam on Twitter @SkyAdamSmith
by Jonny on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm
Kate Atkinson’s new novel Life After Life is to be published by Doubleday in March 2013
Life After Life poses compelling and thought-provoking questions.
What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?
What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.
Life After Life traces the story of Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. This is a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.
Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been a critically acclaimed, Number 1 bestselling international author ever since. Her four most recent bestsellers featured the former private detective Jackson Brodie: Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
by Kate on Jul 6, 2012 at 11:04 am
Last night saw the announcement of the CWA awards and longlists at the annual Crime Writers’ Association dinner in London and we can say with pride that Transworld had an excellent line-up of winners and potential future winners.
Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan won the CWA Dagger for Non-Fiction for their definitive book about the events leading up to 9/11,The Eleventh Day, which will be published in paperback on 30th August.
Carrying our winning streak on, Cath Staincliffe was joint winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger for a story in the Murder Squad anthology, Best Eaten Cold. We published Cath Staincliffe’s novel Dead To Me earlier this year, which told the dramatic prequel story to the hit ITV1 TV series Scott & Bailey.
Debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash, has been longlisted for two awards – The CWA Gold Dagger, which is for the best crime/thriller novel of the year; and for The John Creasey Award which is for the best first novel. Inspired by a horrific true event and set in the deep South of America, A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting story about cruelty and innocence, and the failure of faith and family to protect a child. Click here to read a little more on Wiley’s inspirations on writing this first novel. We will find out in August if it has reached the shortlists in these categories. The winner is announced at the Crime Thriller Awards in October.
And last but not least in any way, Frederick Forsyth was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger which acknowledges a lifetime’s achievement in crime and thriller writing.
CWA Chair Peter James declared, “There has been a truly stellar line up of nominees and the judges in all categories had a very tough time selecting the winners. The Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards are the longest running literary awards, and the quality of the entries, judges and those attending the ceremony demonstrates just how sought after and prestigious they are. Many crime writers, including such great names as Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Elmore Leonard and of course tonight, Freddie Forsyth, have held these prizes – and, so far as we know, never yet stabbed anyone with them. But there’s always the first time…”
If you’d like to see the winners and longlists in full visit: www.thecwa.co.uk
by Elizabeth on Jul 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm
From the bottom of the [slush] pile
How to get your first job in publishing – an editorial perspective
After another debauched night discovering some of the seedier drinking establishments of my university city, my fate found me. Slightly nauseous and, most crucially, depleted of funds, I realised that I’d probably need to get a job. And after a whole host of jobs involving demanding customers, envelope-inflicted injuries and intimate dealings with photocopiers, I knew that not only would my future job need to earn me money, it would probably have to be interesting and challenging as well. Being an English Literature student, I looked around me and saw books, and that inevitably lead to the realisation that while I couldn’t write them, I could certainly help make them. Thus happened my eureka moment: publishing was THE ANSWER!
So far, so normal. But it was the part afterwards that was difficult. How to get a job in this highly revered, poorly paid and London-centric business? (Let’s be honest here.) Here are the few things I found out on my way, with input from many of my friends and colleagues:
These aren’t actually as important as you might think – while you need a degree, and it should demonstrate that you can read and write to a sufficiently high standard, the type of degree matters less. Lots of people have English degrees, but I’ve met other people in the industry who graduated in History, Media and even Geography, to mention but a few. However if you know that you want to enter publishing before you start university, you should definitely consider doing a publishing BA, as this shows potential employers you have specific knowledge in the area (an English Lit. degree gives you surprisingly little insight into the world of cover meetings and production schedules!)
MAs and PhDs look great, and will undoubtedly put you a little bit above others with the same experience as you, but in general I find that further experience trumps further education. Which brings us to…
2. Work experience
First, stop moaning! Yes, I know it’s impossible to get a job without experience, yet nobody wants to give you the experience to begin with! Catch 22, I know. But it is possible to get work experience (mostly unpaid), and the process is becoming a lot more open. There are often adverts online, meaning you no longer have to con your way into a publishing house pretending you are the post boy/girl, before begging the Editor to take you on. The clever thing to do is to get this experience whilst at university and getting money for free. After university, unless you have relatives with plenty of spare room and patience, it gets a lot harder.
I suggest trying two strategies:
- Apply for the big publishers’ work experience vacancies – go on their websites and search for ‘internships’ or ‘work experience’. You can find a list of the largest publishers here.
- Send off your CV together with a very brief but snappy covering letter to the smaller publishers. If they are very small, you can even try calling them. I shamelessly begged my way into some work experience with a small independent publisher purely by hassling them so much that it was less effort for them to simply employ me than to keep answering the phone.
Work experience can also be a good way to figure out what area of publishing you want to enter in the first place. You could try a few weeks in editorial, some in marketing, some in sales, and see what takes your fancy.
Once you have at least one period of work experience in publishing, preferably in your area of interest, you can then apply for jobs. However it is a good idea to keep on applying for work experience as well, as it tends to fill CV gaps well, and you never know whether it in itself may lead to a job…
3. Other experience
Other types of experience count as well – there’s that old corker, the student union magazine, plus anything that shows your interest in the world of words and work: organising book events, writing articles, keeping a blog, running a website, writing reviews, etc. Get involved, if you aren’t already, with the Twitter scene, and any other social media site that shows what a buzzy young person you are! Shamelessly tweet the writers you like, and about the books you like. Potential employers will often Google you, and you should use this to your advantage. (Note: the disadvantage is if you’ve twoasted – that’s twitter boasted – about how many pens you stole from your last job).
4. A Note on Location
A younger, more naive version of myself returned from a year’s travelling post-university and Googled: ‘publishing house, Birmingham’. I’m not sure what I was expecting to find – a publishing powerhouse just hiding in the backstreets of Digbeth? When only one – yes one – publishing company came up (that’s if you didn’t count all the B2B publishers of pamphlets advertising sanitary items), I realised that location could be important. Suffice to say, if you want to work in trade publishing, especially fiction, you almost without exception have to be in London. So if you don’t live there, get there, and if you do, then get out of the house and meet people in the trade. Try joining the Society of Young Publishers, and go to book events that are posted on the publisher’s websites and blogs.
However, there are other types of publishing in the UK, which takes us neatly on to…
5. The pigeon hole: part 1
Contrary to the title of this section and urban myth, you won’t necessarily pigeon-hole yourself by starting in a slightly different sector of publishing than you want to end up in. If you don’t fancy moving to the big smoke yet, and are interested in publishing but not sure which type is for you, then I suggest giving the publishers of academic, educational and professional books and journals a try (often called STM publishers). They are largely spread around the university cities of Oxford, Cambridge and Bath, with a smattering in Bristol, Manchester and other main cities. There are a lot more jobs going in the perceived less-glamorous end of publishing, plus most are big companies with well-defined career paths. I found it relatively easy to forge my path in these academic publishers, and while the books weren’t exactly my idea of perfect bedtime reading, I learnt an incredible amount about the publishing process and strategy, whilst also being given a huge amount of responsibility early on.
You may find that you decide to stay with these publishers, or you could decide to transfer your skills elsewhere. There is a growing trend in publishing to employ people from all parts of UK industry – people are now frequently recruited from other parts of the media, and from booksellers, literary agents and the like. Therefore if you come from another area of publishing you shouldn’t be scared of trying to switch direction slightly; you already have the key skills, it’s just a matter of developing your market knowledge and adjusting to new working practices.
The same applies to the department you choose to work in, for which see the next section…
6. Choosing your pigeon hole: part 2
Again, the department you first choose isn’t so much a pigeon-hole as an open bird table… Many people just think of the editorial department when they think of publishing – tweed-clad and slightly batty men or women with a talent for midday boozing. Think again. In fact there’s a whole load of departments to choose from, any of which is interesting and book-obsessed – and if you don’t find they are the one for you, you now have that proverbial foot in the door, and can hop from Marketing to Sales, or Editorial to Publicity, or wherever your bird legs might wish to take you!
7. Finding jobs
So how do you find that publishing job, be it editorial assistant, sales rep or publicity assistant? As with work experience, positions for the big publishers are now widely available online, and in fact many of them only advertise on their own careers pages. Other jobs websites are OK, but I find that with publishing it is best to go direct to the source.
The other option is recruitment agencies – again, I’d recommend going direct to the source, in this case specialist publishing recruiters; one general recruitment consultant kept trying to get me to go for a communications assistant role with a well-known risk assessment firm. Not exactly my cup of tea. Again, just Google ‘publishing recruitment consultant’ and you will find no shortage of companies begging for you to sign up with them. My other bit of advice in this area is to be quite specific with your consultant – tell them exactly what you want, while still remaining open to any slightly off-piste suggestions.
When you have beaten the 50 million other people who went for your job, and you finally have an interview, it’s easy to get lost in the general interview advice out there rather than focussing on the publishing side. As always, it pays to be clean, polite and fully dressed, but there are a few other things to consider too. The most important is to show your enthusiasm – you need to show that you want this job, more than, say, a trip to the Maldives with Daniel Craig and an unending supply of champagne. You should be able to see the glow of enthusiasm about books and the company coming off you in rays!
You should also make sure you research the company and the books they sell as thoroughly as possible. Memorise a list of their books you genuinely like and be prepared to talk about them. Also be prepared to show knowledge of the company’s profile, competition and market.
Many interviews now involve a proofreading test and other tasks, for example prioritising a list of jobs, to prove you have an eye for detail and that you have a decent head on your shoulders. (And that you haven’t lied when you said you can read and write.) Just keep your cool and do what you think is most sensible.
The other basic thing they want to know is that you are a nice, friendly person, with the ability to conduct a conversation, and that you will fit in with their team. So try your best to be yourself, relax, and show them your wonderful book-obsessed self.
So here endeth the lesson. It’s by no means a definitive account of how to get into publishing, although I hope it helps you on your way. In fact, perhaps that’s the most important lesson here: there is no longer any well-trodden publishing path – no prescribed route through the manuscript dust storms – if you love books, and are willing to show it, then you will succeed.
by Katy Loftus, Assistant Editor at Transworld Publishers