David Walliams’s best-selling childrens book Gangsta Granny is to be brought to life as a Christmas family drama for the BBC. The tale follows last year’s seasonal special when another of his novels, Mr Stink, was adapted starring Hugh Bonneville as a kindly tramp. Walliams will work on the script along with Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley who have previously worked on Gnomeo and Juliet and Robbie The Reindeer. The hour-long BBC1 film, which has yet to be cast, revolves around schoolboy Ben who is bored at his grandmother’s house until he learns she was formerly an international jewel thief and has been plotting to steal the crown jewels.The story was first published in 2011…
Sara Sheridan writing in Huffington Post:
how much does a writer have to sell to make it?
Average earnings in the UK were around £26,500 in 2012. To make this amount on a book contract for a paperback edition selling at £7.99 that pays 10% a writer would need to sell 33,166 copies a year. And that’s if the book isn’t discounted as part of a 3 for 2 promotion, for example. That is a lot of books! To put it in perspective to get to number one in the UK paperback chart last month you’d have needed to sell almost 20,000 copies a week. This means that going to number 1 doesn’t even earn you the national average wage (and that book may have taken the writer months or even years to produce). The odds of making a mint are very long – writing is a risky profession.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books drew thousands of attendees this past weekend, and as usual there was plenty of authors, panels, and activities for book-loving children and teens.
There really ARE lods of photos here. Keep on scrolling!
from Publishers Weekly, news of a deal struck in the UK by Hot Key Books, and in the US by Amazon Children’s Publiching:
Following the London Book Fair, the sale of U.S. and U.K. rights for Finnish YA author Salla Simukka’s Snow White Trilogy has just been announced. Larry Kirshbaum at Amazon Children’s Publishing/Skyscape acquired U.S. rights; U.K. and Commonwealth rights were sold to Hot Key Books. Elina Ahlbäck of Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency in Finland brokered the deals…
In Finland, book one in the trilogy, As Red as Blood, was published by Tammi Publishers in February 2013. Book two, As White as Snow, will publish in Finland in October 2013, and book three, As Black as Ebony, will be released in spring 2014.
Simukka is a translator and editor as well as an author of juvenile fiction. She has published several novels and one collection of short prose for young readers, and has translated adult fiction, children’s books, and plays. In January 2013 she was awarded Finland’s oldest prize for children’s fiction, the Topelius Prize, for her novels Without a Trace and Elsewhere.
New Australian prizes for short-form writing:
New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing
From the sometime home of legendary bushranger Captain Thunderbolt and magistrate Thomas Alexander Browne— aka Rolf Boldrewood— the author of the classic tale Robbery Under Arms, the New England Writers’ Centre announces three exciting new prizes for short-form crime writing.
1. New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction
First Prize: $500 for a story of up to 2,500 words.
2. New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Non-Fiction
First Prize: $500 for an article of up to 2,500 words.
3. New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry
First Prize: $500 for a poem of up to 60 lines.
When I posted the other day about how Mike Reeves-McMillan got honest book reviews he mentioned having put together a press kit.
Having a press kit seems like a great idea since it means you’ll have all the important information about both yourself and your books in one place for anyone interested to browse through.
Also, having a press kit makes it easy for the author when she/he needs to send information about the book to someone months–or years–after the launch. There’s no wondering which directory the information is in, no panicked searches (or perhaps that’s just me!). You know where all the information is and it’s easy for anyone to access.
So, what, exactly, should go into a press kit?
Supported by Stephen Fry, Margaret Hodge and Charlie Higson, independent booksellers Frances and Keith Smith delivered a petition calling on David Cameron to take "decisive action [to] make Amazon pay its fair share of UK corporation tax" to Downing Street on 24 April.
Over 150,000 people have joined the Smiths’ campaign, which they launched last December, saying that "we pay our taxes and so should [Amazon] – please take a stand with us and tell Amazon to pay their fair share".
A short video of Canadian portrait photographer Christopher Wahl. Worth watching.
Margaret Sullivan, on a New York Times Public Editor’s Journal, explores the non-system behind selecting books for review:
I often hear from Times readers who are puzzled, and sometimes annoyed, that a single book is getting so much attention when other worthy books get no notice at all. It can seem odd, especially when two reviews appear within days of each other.
I talked to Scott Heller, theater and books editor, about the frequent duplication and the amount of attention sometimes heaped on one author. He explained that The Times’s three staff book critics — Michiko Kakutani, Janet Maslin and Dwight Garner — make their own decisions about what to review. They do so without regard to, or knowledge of, what the editors of the Sunday Book Review, a separate entity, may have assigned or have planned. The Book Review has its own editor and staff.
It is worth reading the comments, which are almost universally critical of the systemless system described. What do you think?
A good summary of the panel discussion follows this introduction.
Capitalizing on trends, having big-picture visions, and making project pitches stand out while also appealing to niche audiences were some of the topics addressed during an April 16 American Book Producers Association panel called “Straight Talk on Juvenile Publishing.” The panel featured three speakers: Wesley Adams, executive editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers; Sarah Fabiny, editor-in-chief for series and licenses at Grosset & Dunlap and PSS, in the Penguin Young Readers Group; and Beverly Horowitz, v-p and publisher at Random House/Delacorte. ABPA treasurer Valerie Tomaselli served as moderator.