Monday, November 26, 2012

The times they are a changin'

As Penguin and Random House agree to merge, and HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster consider doing the same, an Hachette-Macmillan alliance can only be a heartbeat away. The landscape of traditional publishing is shifting more dramatically than at any time in the last 30 years. It's not all bad news - out of the mergers and consolidations of earlier recessions came the phoenixes of Bloomsbury and Headline - new companies started by gifted entrepreneurial publishers.

Much has already been written, but I particularly like Mike Shatzkin's blog piece today:

Monday, November 5, 2012


My wonderful client, Kevin Crossley-Holland has a book on the Carnegie Awards long list, announced today.  SCRAMASAX, (published by Quercus in the UK and to be published by them in the US next year) is an extraordinarily compelling novel about a young Viking girl's journey to find her father. For my US readers, the Carnegie is awarded by British libraries to the best children's/YA book of the year, and is thus the equivalent of the Newbery. Kevin has previously won for a younger book, STORM. It is terrific that this outstanding book has been recognized. Fingers crossed for the shortlist!