I am excited that my US colleagues have signed a new deal with Dean Koontz for five more books. We’ve really enjoyed bringing his work to even more readers globally, and it seems that he’s pleased too:
Koontz said: “Working with the wonderful team at Thomas & Mercer has energised me and freed my imagination from all constraints. I am delighted to be extending our relationship for another five novels. Their enthusiasm and creativity are inspiring, and they produce beautiful editions that book lovers and collectors (like me) find irresistible.”
The Bookseller: Thomas & Mercer signs five books from Koontz
Good to see this massive and important genre with millions of readers (and one in which Amazon Publishing publishes very successfully through our Montlake imprint) getting some media attention, even if the piece is quite short:
“Romance is still too white,” says Nadine Gonzalez, a Haitian-American author now published by Mills & Boon. The publisher has launched a competition to find writers from “underrepresented ethnic backgrounds” in order to “bring more diverse characters” to the genre.
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There’s no way this stat doesnt at least make you think:
Mr Fallon said Pearson was selling 20m books a year when he became chief in 2013. This year, it expects to sell 2m.From FT.com today (£)
Absolutely smashing read from a few weeks ago on Scientific Publishing, Robert Maxwell and the implications for Science itself:
And no one was more transformative and ingenious than Robert Maxwell, who turned scientific journals into a spectacular money-making machine that bankrolled his rise in British society. Maxwell would go on to become an MP, a press baron who challenged Rupert Murdoch, and one of the most notorious figures in British life. But his true importance was far larger than most of us realise. Improbable as it might sound, few people in the last century have done more to shape the way science is conducted today than Maxwell.
Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? | The Guardian