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Roger Tagholm

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Roger Tagholm is based in London and has been writing about the book industry for more than 20 years. He is the former Deputy Editor of Publishing News and the author of Walking Literary London (New Holland) and Poems NOT on the Underground (Windrush Press).

Mysterious J.J. Abrams Novel Inspires Mysterious Sale

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Canongate’s Jamie Byng has bought what he describes as “the most high concept novel I have ever come across”, a debut novel from J.J. Abrams, creator of Lost and director of Star Trek. Byng concluded the deal with Cathryn Summerhayes of William Morris Endeavour (WME) in London, with the primary agent being Jay Mandell of WME US …

#LBF11: Waterstone’s to Close 200 Shops in the UK?

In Global Trade Talk by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: A shadow hangs over the aisles this year and if it’s not made up of volcanic ash this time, the consequences could be even more worrying for British publishers. The shadow is called Waterstone’s whose fate is of concern to almost everyone at Earls Court. At the moment, the chain’s founder Tim Waterstone and his Russian investor …

#LBF11: LeCarre’s Son Inks Digital Deal, King Speech Backs Kwai Nov, Hecht’s B’day

In Global Trade Talk by Roger Tagholm

London Book Fair “Floor Talk” by  Roger Tagholm Digital Deal for LeCarre’s Son Roland Phillips at John Murray has bought the first non-fiction title by Nick Harkaway, son of John le Carre. Peak Digital will look at where “society and technology are interacting”, says Phillips, who concluded the deal with agent Patrick Walsh. “It’s about the search for authenticity in a technological …

#LBF11: Deals for The Tools and Secret Nazi Conversations

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Vermillion Acquires The Tools “Event publishing” is one of the phrases of the fair, it seems.  It’s how Ebury Publishing MD Fiona McIntyre is already referring to next spring’s publication of The Tools, the self-help title that has had London publishers talking (and calling their own therapists if they missed the deal). The book is by US therapist …

At #LBF11: The Book is Dead – Long Live the Global Book

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm In order to protect territorial rights and the best interests of authors, the industry should adopt the model used in other areas of publishing, such as STM and academic, and look at global publishing for trade works. That’s the view of Evan Schnittman, Bloomsbury’s MD, Sales and Marketing, Print and Digital. He says: “Whilst the ineluctable surge …

At #LBF11: 24symbols – the Spotify Model for Books

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Given that music is now “tasted” and explored through sites like Last FM and Spotify, why shouldn’t this model be applied to books? That is part of the reasoning behind 24symbols, the Madrid-based books site whose co-founder Justo Hidalgo is at the fair to outline his particular vision of the digital future. “With 24symbols you can read …

Proof that Publishers Know the Public Doesn’t Care About Publisher Branding

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Notice anything odd about this illuminated panel advertisement for Sean Rayment’s Bomb Hunters currently adorning the London Underground? No? Try answering this then: who’s the publisher? It’s a real oddity. Think how many times you read about publishers launching new imprints, re-vamping existing ones, re-doing their logos “we’re really pleased with this design, the way x represents …

UK Publisher Orion Still Knows How to Party

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm To the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden – where the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) were held at the weekend – for the Orion Group’s annual Author Party. Just as the highly successful British film The King’s Speech was on everyone’s lips at the BAFTAs, so at the party on Tuesday night …