Saturday, 13 April 2013

Video Clip - Pauline Rowson discusses characters, psychology and writing from the male point of view

In this video clip from CSI Portsmouth 2012 Pauline Rowson talks about enjoying a novel with a puzzle to solve, psychology and writing from the male point of view.




Pauline appeared at CSI Portsmouth with crime authors Stephen Booth, Matt Hilton and Ann Cleeves and with experts from Hampshire police and the Universities of Portsmouth and Surrey.


Read more about CSI Portsmouth 2012.  CSI Portsmouth 2013 will be held on Saturday 2 November.



Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Agency Group Opens UK Literary Division

Neil Warnock, CEO of The Agency Group (TAG), has announced the opening of a new UK literary division. The division will be headed by Jonathan Conway, with Juliet Mushens joining as a literary agent. Based in TAG's London office, the new division will work alongside TAG's existing literary agency in New York.


Jonathan Conway said: "I am delighted to be taking up such an exciting role at The Agency Group, working with Juliet to build on the success of Marc Gerald and his team in New York."

Juliet Mushens says "The Agency Group is a dynamic company with an entrepreneurial yet nurturing ethos. I'm thrilled to be a part of this new stage in its growth."

The Agency Group is one of the world's foremost entertainment booking agencies. The company operates five international offices with 76 agents, a staff of over 200, and a combined roster of nearly 2000 celebrated musicians, speakers and authors. The Agency Group's talent pool includes the full spectrum in artist development, including emerging artists, artists at the pinnacle of their careers, and legends of the entertainment industry.



Read more : booktrade.info - Book Trade Announcements - The Agency Group Opens UK Literary Division

Monday, 11 February 2013

New Literary Agency opens in UK part of The Agency Group

Neil Warnock, CEO of The Agency Group (TAG), has announced the opening of a new UK literary division. The division will be headed by Jonathan Conway, with Juliet Mushens joining as a literary agent. Based in TAG's London office, the new division will work alongside TAG's existing literary agency in New York.

Marc Gerald, Vice President, and head of TAG's US literary division said: "I am positively thrilled that Jonathan Conway has decided to lead our efforts in the UK and that Juliet Mushens has agreed to join us. Both have developed incredibly compelling lists over a relatively short span that synergize very nicely with what we have going in the US. In a time of enormous industry change, we see them paving the way."

Jonathan Conway said: "I am delighted to be taking up such an exciting role at The Agency Group, working with Juliet to build on the success of Marc Gerald and his team in New York. From the outset I have been so impressed by my new colleagues; their wide-ranging expertise across complimentary parts of the entertainment industry, and their vision for the growth of the business, with this expansion of TAG's literary department at its heart."

Juliet Mushens says "The Agency Group is a dynamic company with an entrepreneurial yet nurturing ethos. I'm thrilled to be a part of this new stage in its growth."

The Agency Group is one of the world's foremost entertainment booking agencies. The company operates five international offices with 76 agents, a staff of over 200, and a combined roster of nearly 2000 celebrated musicians, speakers and authors. The Agency Group's talent pool includes the full spectrum in artist development, including emerging artists, artists at the pinnacle of their careers, and legends of the entertainment industry.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Curtis Brown launches Jeffrey Archer Short Story Prize


Curtis Brown has teamed up with Kobo to launch a short story competition, to be judged by author Jeffrey Archer.

The finalists for the Jeffrey Archer Short Story Prize, set up by Curtis Brown Creative, the agency’s creative writing division, will be revealed at the London Book Fair on 15th April, with the winner announced on 29th April.

The prize for winning the competition, which is open to writers in the UK, US and Canada, is a free enrolment in a Curtis Brown online novel-writing course.

All story entries must be shorter than 100 words, and can be in any fiction genre. A shortlist of 20 will be selected by Kobo, which will be published as a free digital anthology.

Archer will then pick three finalists, who then must submit 3,000 words of their novel in progress, to be critiqued by Curtis Brown Creative.

Archer has written several collections of short stories, and is represented by Curtis Brown agent and c.e.o. Jonathan Lloyd.


Monday, 28 January 2013

Pauline Rowson on choosing locations for crime novels

In this video I'm talking to Tony Smith about how I choose the locations for my thriller novels and the DI Horton marine mystery crime novels.

 You can watch more of  my videos on writing, plotting, characters and research on my You Tube Channel.








Friday, 25 January 2013

Flash Fiction Competition at Crimefest 2013


CrimeFest’s Flashbang 2013 competition throws down the challenge of writing an amazing crime story in 150 words.
 
The Flashbang competition, is open to people who are not established writers. It will be judged by crime writer Zoe Sharp.

CrimeFest 2013 runs from May 30th to June 2nd in Bristol, UK. Details of the programme are being finalised and will be published shortly, but delegates can expect another year of exciting panels and sessions with international crime authors.




Thursday, 24 January 2013

Macmillan Children’s Books appoints Gosling to role of fiction director

Macmillan Children's Books has made further changes to its publishing team, appointing Venetia Gosling to the role of fiction publishing director.

Gosling moves from her role as fiction editorial director at Simon & Schuster, which she joined in 2003 having worked at Hodder for 10 years. Her start date at MCB is 19th March, ahead of the Bologna Book Fair. Gosling will report to publisher Belinda Rasmussen, and succeeds Ruth Alltimes who left at the end of December 2012 to join HarperCollins Children's Books. 

 Read more Macmillan Children’s Books appoints Gosling:

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

HarperCollins imprint Avon appoints commissioning editor

HarperCollins imprint Avon has appointed Lydia Newhouse as commissioning editor.

Newhouse, who has previously worked Penguin and at Transworld, will begin in the role on 4th February.
Editorial director Claire Bord said: "Lydia has a great commerical eye and flair and she'll be a terrific addition to the dynamic Avon team. We¹re thrilled to welcome her on board."

Newhouse said: "I'm delighted to be joining Avon and am very much looking forward to working with the team and its hugely talented authors as well as bringing new writers to the list."

Friday, 18 January 2013

Video - Pauline Rowson on writing a crime series

In this short excerpt from CSI Portsmouth 2012 I'm talking about the challenges of writing a crime series and keeping track of the characters and details.

You can watch a whole range of my video interviews on my You Tube Channel, from writing a crime novel, research, settings, creating characters and more.

You can find out more about CSI Portsmouth where crime fiction meets crime fact on my website.



 

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Hodder & Stoughton to launch new personal development list


Hodder & Stoughton is launching a new personal development list in early 2014, and has appointed Liz Gough to the role of publisher.

Gough will join Hodder on 26th February from Pan Macmillan, where she was an editorial director and responsible for books including Marie de Hennezel's The Warmth of the Heart Prevents Your Body from Rusting and Alain de Botton's The School of Life series.

Read more: Gough moves to launch list at Hodder:

Monday, 14 January 2013

Self-published authors on Kindle bestseller list


Amazon has revealed that 15% of its bestselling Kindle books in the UK last year were written by self-published authors, with Hodder & Stoughton's Nick Spalding landing the bestselling self-published author gong.


Amazon said overall 15 of the top 100 Kindle books sold in the UK were by authors using its self-publishing tool, with 75 by traditional publishers. Amazon added that since KDP launched, 61 KDP authors have sold over 50,000 copies of their books. It also revealed that 12 KDP authors have sold in excess of 100,000 copies, with 50 authors earning in excess of £50,000, and 11 of these earning more than £100,000.
The platform offers users 70% royalty benefits.

Amazon also said that since it launched the Kindle Owners Lending Library in the UK two months ago, “tens of thousands” of Kindle owners with a Prime membership have borrowed one or more KDP books.

Read more: Self-published authors on Kindle bestseller list:

Monday, 7 January 2013

Promotion at Penguin imprints Viking and Portfolio Penguin

Joel Rickett has been promoted to the role of publisher of Penguin imprints Viking and Portfolio Penguin.

The editor, who was responsible for Clare Balding’s bestselling memoir My Animals and Other Family, was described as having a “a terrific year in 2012” by Viking publishing director Venetia Butterfield.

She said: “His stand-out book has been Clare Balding’s My Animals and Other Family which he published and edited with great attention to detail. It has been a bestseller and Joel was declared by Clare, as she accepted Autobiography of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards, to be the ‘most gentle of editors'.”
 
Promotion for Penguin’s Rickett:

Friday, 4 January 2013

Sales down at Foyles Bookshops over Christmas

Sales slump at Foyles but internet softens blow:

Website orders keep bookshop's losses down to 2%, but boss sees equally challenging 2013 ahead
Thinking Fast and Slow by Nobel-prize winning economist Daniel Kahneman and Hilary Mantel's Bring up the Bodies were among Foyles' Christmas bestsellers as internet sales helped counter a drop in trade at its high street stores in December.

The independent bookseller said sales at its five shops – including the flagship on London's Charing Cross Road – were down 3.7% in the 24 days to Christmas Eve, but the inclusion of website orders meant an overall fall of only 2%.

Chief executive Sam Husain said this was "a satisfactory outcome" given the economic backdrop. "We expect 2013 to be equally challenging but are convinced there will be continuing demand for bookshops whose engaged, knowledgeable booksellers are eager to share their passion for books with readers," he said.