Crime pays — at least the fictional kind — for Ireland’s best selling children’s author Eoin Colfer, as accumulated profits at his book firm topped €2.6m last year.
The former Wexford primary school teacher has sold more than 25m books translated into 44 languages around the globe about the adventures of his teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl.
Now, accounts filed by Colfer’s firm, Artemis Fowl Ltd, show that the firm’s accumulated profits last year jumped by just under €800,000 going from €1.825m to €2.622m.
The cash pile at the firm during the year also rose sharply, going from €1.843m to €2.6m.
Sarah Webb, writing in the Irish Independent:
THERE has been a lot of doom and gloom about the state of the Irish book trade in the press recently. Happily, however, children’s books are holding their own and now account for up to 25 per cent of overall book sales, a figure which is increasing year on year.
The next big event on the calendar is the Children Books Ireland Conference, where our newly minted Laureate will be joined by fashion illustrator and milliner turned book guru David Roberts (Dirty Bertie), spoken word darling and best friend of Adele (yes, that Adele), Laura Dockrill, and US picture book maker, Leslie Patricelli.
Taking place at the cool Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin, next Saturday and Sunday, it’s a must for anyone who wants to find out more about children’s books.
For further info about the world of children’s books visit www.childrensbooksireland.ie
Novelist Eoin Colfer has been named as the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature.
The former primary school teacher, best known for his Artemis Fowl series, said: “I feel incredibly honoured and incredibly petrified to be taking on the Laureate mantle” after the work of his predecessors Siobhán Parkinson and Niamh Sharkey.