Profit up at Jonathan Goodman Publishing and Literary Agency Aitken Alexander have amazing start to the year

Aitken Alexander has reported an "amazing start to the year", following a restructure of the agency in 2010 and the full opening of Aitken Alexander's offices in Delhi at the beginning of March. Gillie Russell joined the agency last year to develop the YA and children's list. At the time of writing the Literary Agency's web site was down for maintenance.

Alexander said: "Retooling our business in the light of what is working in the UK, but also in strengthening our position in other major English-speaking territories, is reaping considerable rewards".

Profit before tax at Jonathan Goodman Publishing, the parent company of Carlton Books Ltd and Andre Deutsch Ltd, has increased by 72% to £1.6m.

The figures, for the year to end December 2010, also show turnover is up 6% to £15.8m. In a statement, chairman Jonathan Goodman said: “In a challenging environment we had a good year across all our imprints, Carlton, Prion, Andre Deutsch and Goodman."