Bloomsbury Qatar Parties with the Queen, Launches First List

In English Language by Chip Rossetti

by Chip Rossetti Not many new publishing imprints are feted with a launch party at Windsor Castle hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, but Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP), a unique joint venture between the Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Publishing, got the royal treatment when it launched last week. The Windsor reception was attended by Sheikha Moza, the consort of the …

How to Become a Bestseller in Europe: Write in English, German, French and…Swedish?

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Rüdiger Wischenbart This may sound like an odd question to ask: Are books diverse? Sure! With hundreds of thousands of new titles published every year in the US, over 90,000 in Germany, and a “Long Tail” of millions of titles available to readers and buyers online, there are more books distributed and, arguably, read than ever before in history. That …

Fired & Hired: Three Professionals on Working in the New Publishing Economy

In English Language by Daniel Kalder

Interviews by Daniel Kalder The 2008 financial meltdown cut a swath of destruction through many industries, and publishing was no exception. Today, Publishing Perspectives talks to three publishing professionals who were victims of the crash to find out how they coped, what they’re doing now, and how their experience changed their attitude to the world of books. Liz Scheier Until …

The Bargain Book Business By the Numbers

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Larry May, director of The Spring Book Show KNOXVILLE: When I was younger and much more foolish, I studied Judo with a former South Korean Olympic Champion. Quite often, after a grueling round of randori (Judo sparring where he used the bodies of his students to “clean up” the mats) he loved to go out and eat and drink…and …

Austin and Abu Dhabi Face Down Digitization, Scantily Clad Women

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka SXSW: As I wrote last month, the book conferences are coming fast and furious. Though I’m still suffering from jet lag from my recent trip to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), I’m already at another conference, SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. What’s noticeably different this year at SXSW are the number of panels –- …

Is Penguin Trying to Rewrite History?

In English Language by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins The Popular Penguins follow Allen Lane’s ethos of making great writing affordable and available to everybody — now you can own a piece of the Penguin story. — marketing blurb from Penguin Web site If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. — Sir Isaac Newton MELBOURNE: You may have heard …

Stumbling on My “Dream Story” in Malta (Circa 1941)

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Mark Mills My new novel, The Information Officer, marks something of a new departure for me in that it’s a story that came about through pure chance. My previous two novels, Amagansett and The Savage Garden, are set in corners of the world that I know intimately — the South Fork of Long Island and the hills of Tuscany, respectively. …

Building the World’s Biggest Book Club

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Kathy L. Patrick JEFFERSON, TEXAS: They say everything is bigger in Texas…and it’s true. When I opened Beauty and the Book in January 2000 — the ONLY hair salon/book store in the world — in January 2000, one of the first things I did was start my book club, The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas. We started with six complete strangers …

Author Nick Flynn Finds an Unlikely Friend in Facebook

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Sharon Glassman How do you go out into the world to promote a book about “torture and babies?” For Nick Flynn, author of the recently published memoir The Ticking is the Bomb (WW Norton), the answer mirrors the author’s way of working. The PEN Award-winning author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City writes memoirs that limn personal tragedy in poetic prose. …

Career Reinvention for Publishing Professionals

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Andrew R. Malkin NEW YORK CITY: Fifteen years ago, after I already had spent ten years in trade book publishing with three major houses, I thought I had figured out my dream destination: a marketing manager spot under the tutelage of Carl Lennertz, at Knopf.  I had held two field sales positions for the Knopf Publishing Group in what …