Chelsey Flood has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers to publish her debut young adult novel.
The UK division of Simon & Schuster Children’s Books released the hardcover edition of Infinite Sky in February 2013. The US edition is set to come out in May 2014.
Random House Children’s Publishers (RHCP) has signed a deal for three books about a children’s detective agency from debut author Robin Stevens, who works for Orion Children’s Books.
Natalie Doherty, editor at RHCP, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency.
The books are aimed at 10-13 year-olds, with the first title, Murder Most Unladylike, set in 1934 and following the young duo of Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong who set up their own secret detective agency.
The first book is set for publication in March 2014.
Bloomsbury has signed two new novels from HarperCollins Children’s Books editorial director Nick Lake.
This year, Lake’s last novel In Darkness (Bloomsbury) was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and won the Michael L Printz Award.
The deal for world English rights was signed by Rebecca McNally, publishing director for children’s books in the UK, and Cindy Loh, publishing director for Bloomsbury Children’s Books in the US, with Caradoc King and Louise Lamont at AP Watt.
Bloomsbury plans to publish the first as-yet-untitled novel in the UK, US and Australia in 2014. It follows Shelby Jane Cooper, whose life is turned upside down when she is hit by a car and discovers her entire life could be a lie.
The second book will be released in 2015.
Julie Strauss-Gabel, publisher at Dutton Children’s Books, has acquired a YA memoir by a 15-year-old writer, billed as a “Julie & Julia for teens.”
The book, which is titled Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek, chronicles the year that eighth-grader Maya Van Wagenen spent working her way through a Guide for Teenage Popularity from the 1950s, written by former teen model Betty Cornell, and applying its “quaint-yet-timeless instructions” to her life in an exploration of what it means to be popular. In a statement, Strauss-Gabel said, “Funny, beautifully observed, and sweetly sincere, Maya’s experiment takes the reader on a journey that tells an important story about friendship and self-confidence that every teen—and adult—needs to read. Her voice instantly grabbed my attention. Maya is not only a strong teen voice, she is a standout writer of any age.” Daniel Lazar at Writers House brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.
At the end of May, Candy Gourlay flew to the other side of the world to appear in the Singapore Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore and then in the Little LitFest in Manila. It was her second year to be invited to the AFCC – this year she was also a judge of the Sing-Tel Picture Book Awards.
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Important subject this and one that has been exercising me for some time.
When I first established ACHUKA in 1997 our buy-me links went to Bookpages, a UK online bookseller that was soon bought up by Amazon. My ‘affiliate’ status moved to Amazon automatically.
For most of the time since then I have been happy with the arrangement. Amazon has been an extremely efficient online seller. But more importantly the affiliate scheme it runs is managed directly from the Amazon website, which makes adding links to books and other items incredibly easy to execute.
In my experience all other affiliate schemes are much more complicated, because you have to go through third parties. (I have made this point previously.)
I introduced Watertstones links alongside Amazon links on ACHUKA’s book pages a year ago. I would very much like to move to a position where I could eliminate the Amazon links and have an exclusive affiliateship with Waterstones.
But this wouldn’t make Keith Smith – who has raised this issue in The Bookseller – happy either, because he views support for Waterstones (as opposed to support for “independent bookshops”) as being just as pernicious.
I can’t agree with that.
Waterstones does need support. It’s important for the booktrade that it survives.
But as long as Amazon can provide a significantly slicker and more efficient online trading experience it’s unlikely that I, or authors who want a quick and simple method of making their titles buyable from their websites, are going to be in a position to cut them out of the equation.
Several publishers and authors have told The Bookseller that they are in the process of changing their author websites to link to independent booksellers, after a protest over author sites that link to Amazon or chain retailers.
Keith Smith from Warwick & Kenilworth bookshops has expressed anger at the issue in a piece for The Bookseller. Smith cited the websites for Joanne Harris, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Alison Weir and Julia Donaldson as among those that link directly to Amazon, while those for Kate Morton, Ian Rankin, Tom Holland and Patrick Ness link to Amazon or chain retailers.
Smith said: “As someone who owns two independent bookshops I feel angry that these authors, unthinkingly or by design, have chosen to support Amazon, W H Smith or Waterstones without giving a fig for independent bookshops. Many of these are authors who, when asked, will say they couldn’t imagine life without their local bookshop. But words need to be matched by deeds if they are to make a difference.”
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards winners for 2013:
• Best Young Adult Fiction and New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year: Ted Dawe, Into the River (Mangakino University Press);
• Best Non-Fiction: Simon Morton & Riria Hotere, 100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa (Te Papa Press);
• Best Junior Fiction: David Hill, My Brother’s War (Penguin Group NZ);
• Honour award, Junior Fiction: Barbara Else, The Queen and the Nobody Boy: A Tale of Fontania series (Gecko Press);
• Best Picture Book: Margaret Mahy & Gavin Bishop, Mister Whistler (Gecko Press);
• Best First Book: Hugh Brown, Reach (HarperCollins); and
• Children’s Choice: Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo and John O’Reilly, Melu (Scholastic NZ)
Diana Wynne Jones final book has been completed by her sister and will be published next year:
The children’s fantasy novel which the late, much-loved author Diana Wynne Jones was writing shortly before she died has been completed by her sister, and will be published next year.
Wynne Jones was working on the manuscript for The Islands of Chaldea when she became too ill to continue, said her sister Ursula Jones, also an award-winning children’s author. Diana Wynne Jones died of cancer, aged 76, in 2011, leaving behind some of the best regarded novels in children’s fantasy, from the Chrestomanci series to Howl’s Moving Castle.