UK and US editors are in Germany this week—on a trip organized by the Frankfurter Buchmesse—and hearing German publishers address a big issue in the market right now: finding more book buyers.
In a tightening market for fiction and especially for debut authors looking for that big break, editors can be choosier—and many are more dependent than ever on literary agents to find their next debuts.
Taking audiences behind the scenes of the editorial process, publishing house editors at the recent Kbh Reads festival showed how they handle their work—and an author’s.
He’s just won a major award for a book that doesn’t name him on its cover. Translator Daniel Hahn has endowed a prize for new translators and their editors.
A new competition has been announced in Australia’s publishing community. And this time, the honorees aren’t authors but editors.
Contrasts and comparisons, challenges and opportunities: a group of English-language children’s book editors share their observations of the Germany market following their summer German Book Office tour.
‘We’ve been waiting for another type of book for the last two years,’ says one editor in Paris. So far, though, it’s a dystopian fiction double-down. To some in Europe, ‘This is another wave of Americanization.’
‘People who write well and are very readable’ are featured in the new anthology, Mehrotra says, and ‘I have a reputation for drinking.’
‘Book discovery has changed a lot over the years,’ says Riverhead’s Laura Perciasepe, who sees boundless opportunity for works in translation.
Not in every case does an Editors’ Buzz panel spot at BookExpo America ensure good sales in the autumn. But there’s a curatorial factor at work that may pay off in the longer term.