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Leckie's Ancillary Justice optioned for TV - 27 min 12 sec ago

Ann Leckie's prize-winning sci-fi novel Ancillary Justice (Orbit UK) has been optioned for TV.

Writing on her blog, the author revealed that the book has been optioned by production company Fabrik and Fox Television Studios, which previously worked together on the US version of "The Killing" and "Burn Notice". Fabrik is also producing "Bosch" for Amazon, an adaptation of Michael Connelly's crime series of books.

Mason wins £10k Dundee International Book Prize - 27 min 12 sec ago

Amy Mason has won £10,000 and a publishing deal by winning the Dundee International Book Prize.

Mason's debut novel, The Other Ida, beat off competition from 400 other entries, and will now be published by Cargo Press.

The prize has been running since 2000, organised by the city of Dundee and the University of Dundee. It is given out every year at the Dundee Literary Festival.

The Other Ida follows a woman named after her alcoholic mother's most famous play, who has to return home as her mother's illness worsens.

Zátopek biography for Bloomsbury - 27 min 12 sec ago

Bloomsbury has signed a new biography of running legend Emil Zátopek, who went from working in a Czech factory to winning a three gold medals at the 1952 Olympics.

Sports publisher Charlotte Atyeo signed the book by Rick Broadbent, a Times sportswriter who has twice been nominated for the William Hill prize, in a deal with David Luxton Associates.

Digital first romance for Corvus - 27 min 12 sec ago

Corvus has signed a novel from Carrie Elks, to be published as part of a digital-first project.

Louise Cullen signed UK and Commonwealth rights in Fix You from Lorella Belli at Lorella Belli Literary Agency on behalf of the Bookcase Agency. It will be released as an e-book on 25th December 2014.

Angry Robot acquires two from Helms - 27 min 12 sec ago

Angry Robot has made its first acquisition since the company was sold off from the Osprey Group.

World English rights were signed in two books by Alyc Helms in a deal from Lindsay Ribar and Stefanie Diaz at Greenburger Associates and Anna Carmichael at Abner Stein.

The first title, The Dragons of Heaven, will be published in Spring 2015.

Mills & Boon signs women's fiction debut - 27 min 12 sec ago

Harlequin UK's Mills & Boon imprint has signed two novels by debut author Eva Woods.

Commissioning editor Anna Baggaley signed UK and Commonwealth rights from Diana Beaumont at Rupert Heath Literary Agency.

The first book in the deal, The Thirty List, follows a newly-divorced woman setting out to redefine her life. It will be published as a paperback original in 2015, with a second novel following in 2016.

Vermilion wins hot FBF title at auction - 27 min 12 sec ago

Ebury imprint Vermilion is to publish GRIT: Passion, Perseverance and the Science of Success, after winning a “hotly contested auction”.

The book, by Angela Duckworth, was one of the big books of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.

Vemilion publishing director Susanna Abbott bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Bill Hamilton at A M Heath.

Grit explores the concept of being gritty and how people can harness their grit to achieve their goals.

Thomas memoir and Moore biography on William Hill shortlist - 27 min 12 sec ago

Gareth Thomas’ autobiography and a book about footballer Sir Bobby Moore are among the seven titles shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

The books will compete for a £26,000 prize in the award’s 26th year.

Yellow Jersey Press, an imprint of Vintage, and Bloomsbury each have two shortlisted books.

Orion creates group publicity department - 27 min 12 sec ago

Orion has created a new group publicity department, to be headed by Helen Richardson, who takes on the role of group publicity and communications director.

The new department will comprise of two teams – a non-fiction team led by deputy publicity director Elizabeth Allen, and a fiction team led by deputy publicity director Gaby Young.

The change will also see Rebecca Gray promoted to senior publicity manager, taking on the remit for Weidenfeld & Nicolson fiction. Young and Allen will both report to Richardson, while Gray will report to Young.

Amazon losses increase in third quarter - 27 min 12 sec ago

Amazon has reported increased third quarter losses of $437m (£273m), prompting shares to tumble in after hours trading in New York.

The internet giant’s losses were significantly higher than in the same quarter last year when it reported a $41m (£25.57m) deficit. 

The company reported the losses despite achieving high sales, which were up  by 20% to $20.58bn (£12.84bn) in the third quarter, up from $17.09bn in 2013.

Sales 'level' for Pearson at nine-month point - 27 min 12 sec ago

Pearson has reported sales level in underlying terms for the first nine months of 2014, with Penguin Random House performing "well" in the third quarter. 

Meanwhile chief financial officer Robin Freestone is to stand down after eight years in his role, the company said.

Reed Elsevier revenue grows by 4% - 27 min 12 sec ago

Underlying revenue at Reed Elsevier increased 4% over the first nine months of the year, although print book sales declined.
The information company released an interim management statement yesterday (24th October) saying that although revenues in the scientific, technical and medial division grew 2%, sales of print books were down.
It added: “Although print book revenues showed positive year-on-year growth in the month of September, their sales trajectory in the final quarter remains uncertain.”

Literary agents look to change 'distant' image - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:00

Literary festivals can “provide help and support for new writers” and enable them to ask questions in a “relaxing, happy, supportive environment”, event organisers and literary agents have told The Bookseller.

Festivals can also bring would-be authors closer to the publishing process by connecting them with agents, who want to move away from the perception that they are “very distant and difficult to meet”.

Earlier this year, the Battersea Literature Festival and the Literary Kitchen Festival included dog walks led by literary agents as part of their programme.

Waterstones defers website relaunch to avoid festive fall - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:00

Waterstones will postpone the relaunch of its website until after Christmas in order to avoid losing sales during the all-important festive season. 

The retailer has been working on the revamp of its website for several months. It was originally set to relaunch in the summer, but it was then delayed until October. 

Jurassic London in exclusive deal with Best Little Bookshop - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:00

Independent publisher Jurassic London has signed an exclusive distribution deal with online boutique bookseller Best Little Bookshop.

Jurassic London was founded by Anne C Perry, editor at Hodder & Stoughton and winner of the 2014 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, and her husband Jared Shurin, in 2011.

The company has published more than 20 titles, including luxury limited editions, anthologies of original fiction and selected reprints of classic works.

Horowitz tours Waterstones stores for Moriarty - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:00

Orion marked the release of Anthony Horowitz’s new Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, by taking the author on a horse drawn carriage ride of Waterstones shops in London.

As part of the campaign for the book, the publisher arranged for a specially branded Brougham carriage to take Horowitz to his book launch at Waterstones Piccadilly, stopping off at other Waterstones and the Sherlock Holmes pub on the way.

HC signs O'Porter in six-figure deal for adult novels - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:00

HarperCollins has signed a six-figure deal for two novels by TV presenter Dawn O'Porter.

Commercial women's fiction director Kimberley Young signed a deal for world rights in all languages with Adrian Sington at Sington & Co Ltd. The books will be O'Porter's first adult novels. She has previously written YA novels, which will continue to be published through Hot Key Books.

Wales 'should develop national library service', says report - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:00

Wales should seek to develop a nationally coordinated library service as a longterm goal, according to a new report into Welsh libraries.

The Welsh Public Libraries Review was commissioned at the end of last year by the culture minister John Griffiths and carried out over the first half of 2014 by a panel led by Claire Creaser of Loughborough University.

PIPCU gets funding to 2017 - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:00

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), which fights piracy across industries including publishing, has been awarded a further £3m in funding, covering its operations up to 2017.

The funding was announced today (23rd October) by Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the minister for intellectual property, at the Anti-Counterfeiting Group Conference in London.

The Friday Project signs interview collection - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:00

The Friday Project has acquired an “idiosyncratic” collection of interviews with people including Dame Judi Dench and Stewart Lee by author Dan Richards.

Publisher Scott Pack acquired World English rights in the book, titled The Beechwood Airship Interviews, from Carrie Plitt at Conville & Walsh.