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London Show Daily 17 April 2012

London Show Daily 17 April 2012

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Big names, buzzy debuts
hile the first day of the London Book Fair saw plenty of debut authors drawing interest, a bevy of literary heavies seeped into chatter as well. Just before the annual trade show kicked off, word was posted about new books from both William T. Voll-mann and Erik Larson – Paul Slo-vak at Viking took North Ameri-can rights to a story collection by Vollmann, while Larson’s latest, about the sinking of the Lusitania, went to Molly Stern at Crown. And, although William Morris Endeavor is not showing here in London the manuscript of Caleb Carr’s first major new work in years,
The Legend of Broken
(which Random House will pub-lish in the States in November 2012), the agency has the book on its rights hot list, and is expecting to send the work out to interna-tional clients after the show wraps.Outside of those marquee names, a handful of titles by new authors were drawing heat on the first day of the fair. WME’s big book, which one insider said has “interest all over the world,” is Justin Gakuto Go’s debut, The
Steady Running of the Hour
, which sold in the US, before the fair, to Simon & Schuster. For-eign sales have closed in five other countries, including Italy and Germany, and WME said offers had come in from the UK, France and Israel. The novel fol-lows two converging plot lines: the first, set against the back-drop of World War I, is about the relationship between a Brit-ish climber (who later dies attempting to summit Everest), named Ashley Walsingham, and his lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson. The second story line, set in 2004, follows a man who receives a letter stating that he may be an heir to Walsing-ham’s unclaimed fortune. Gakuto Go is 32, got his under-grad degree at UC Berkeley, and then an MA in English from Uni-versity College London.Another project which has people buzzing is from Swedish super-agency Salomonsson, which is shopping one more big Scandinavian trilogy (see page 4). Sahar Delijani’s debut novel,
Children of the Jacaranda Tree
, reported in yesterday’s
Show Daily
, continues to crop up as a buzz title. Three mid-six figure deals closed on the work right before the fair, with Judith Curr and Sarah Branham at Atria nab-bing the book in the US, Weiden-feld & Nicolson acquiring in the UK, and Rizzoli in Italy. (It’s also well worth noting that in the UK the acquiring editor, Arzu Tah-sin, worked on such megahits as
The Kite Runner
The Tiger’s Wife
.) Deijani was born in Tehran and went to college in California at UC Berkeley; the novel follows a group of Iranians through the country's tumultu-ous recent history. Word coming from the floor at LBF is that the manuscript has been getting strong reads, and one insider pegged the book as an early contender – though not the only one – for the “big book of the fair” designation.
Solitude... starting price $1m
been widely pirated in the country, and the eponymous Balcells, 81 – as garlanded as many of her writers and widely regarded as the most powerful figure in Spanish-language publishing – has previously refused to negotiate with Chinese publishers. The starting price?
One million dollars
. LBF had scarcely opened when bidding passed $1.5m Established in 1956, the Balcells client list includes, beside Marquez, Pablo Neruda, Camilo José Cela, Juan Goytisolo, Eduardo Mendoza and Isabel Allende, and she is largely responsible for the 1960s boom in Latin-American publishing. Marquez once dedicated a book to her, one of many authors to do so, and reportedly asked her over the phone: “Do you love me, Carmen?” Balcells replied: “I cannot answer, you are one third of my revenue.”In 2010 the Spanish Ministry of Culture bought approximately fifty years of her personal archives for three million euros.
In an unprecedented move, the Barcelona-based Carmen Balcells literary agency is auctioning a
-year license to publish
One Hundred Years of Solitude
 in China. The novel, by Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, has
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ill today’s existing con-glomerates continue to dominate the future of publishing? Or, will technology enable a rising tide of upstarts and independents to forever change the publishing landscape? That was the ques-tion at the heart of The London Book Fair’s Second Annual Great Debate, which put forth the following resolution: in the fight for survival, outsiders and startups are taking on today’s heavyweights and will ulti-mately deliver a knockout punch.Arguing for the resolution: Allen Lau, CEO and founder of Wattpad, and Bob Young, CEO and founder of Lulu.com. Argu-ing against the resolution, Evan Schnittman, soon to be Chief Marketing Officer at Hachette, and Fionnuala Duggan, Manag-ing Director (International) at CourseSmart. The audience seemed willing to accept there was a new world order in store for the publishing industry: the pre-debate poll revealed 88 for the resolution; 37 against; and 82 undecided – then the fun began.Will the upstarts win? “We already have,” noted a gleeful Bob Young. He cited Wikipedia’s rise, and the decision of the centuries-old Encyclopedia Britannica to cease printing, and noted that just decades ago, there was no Amazon, or Google. “We adapt,” rebutted Hachette’s Evan Schnittman. From indy bookstores to chains, from Amazon and Google, to the Kindle, publishing has faced challenges, and these challenges have made them stronger, and more efficient. “Disruption,” Schnittman said, “makes us stronger.”Wattpad’s Allen Lau went for publishing’s jugular. “New players always win,” Lau said, “And it’s no exception for the publishing industry. The inter-net has already created new heavyweights.” For the first time in history, he noted, anyone could share stories directly with anyone else, anywhere in the world. And he noted the chang-ing economics, taking a playful dig at the major publishers’ legal troubles in America. “Marginal cost of creating copies is now BDS has won the contract to supply data for the British Library’s Cataloguing in Publi-cation (CIP) Programme in a joint bid with Nielsen Book. BDS, which has held the con-tract since 1995, will supply industry-standard catalogue records for books published and distributed in the UK and Ire-land and lead the process of introducing new international cataloguing standards. Nielsen’s expertise in managing publisher relations through the ISBN Agency for UK & Ireland and provision of analytic informa-tion through its Nielsen Book-Scan service about the United Kingdom’s publications will be integrated into the process. BDS and Nielsen will ensure that the maximum number of titles are claimed for posterity, and represented in the British National Bibliography (BNB). “At a time when all organisa-tions are seeking the best solution for outsourcing require-ments it makes sense for the two major players in the biblio-graphic data supply industry in the UK to collaborate to provide an unbeatable service to the British Library” said Lesley Whyte, MD of BDS and leader in the bidding process for the two companies. “We are confident that by working together for the British Library, libraries across the country and the nation will benefit.”The award of the new contract runs for two years, with yearly options for the British Library to renew for three years thereafter before re-tendering has to take place.zero,” he said, “price fixing or not.”Duggan anchored the pub-lishers’ argument, noting that while it was true that anyone could publish these days, all those writers who do self-pub-lish successfully ultimately wind up with traditional publishers. “We’re in a perfect storm of innovation,” she posited, “and the publishing industry has responded magnificently. This is a hallelujah moment for publish-ing.” In her closing remarks, she referenced the value added by publishers, asking Lau if he’d ever go to a movie theater to watch an hour and a half of You Tube Clips.The final verdict? A stirring comeback for the publisher side, who turned the crowd around: 41 supported the resolution, 147 opposed, 13 undecided.
The Great Debate – publishers come from behind
BDS and Nielsen win British Library contract 
Bookseller Blackwell’s has appointed Ingram’s VitalSource® as its ebooks solutions partner. As the UK’s largest Academic Bookseller, our network of campus and online bookshops has always prided itself on ensuring that the right book is in the right place at the right time,” said David Prescott, Managing Director, Blackwell’s Bookshop and Online. “The education community is now looking to us to provide innovation in the digital age, and with the VitalSource platform, we have the resources to deliver a variety of comprehensive e-textbook offerings to the students and institutions we serve.Content contracts, orders, and financial management remain completely in Blackwell’s control.
Blackwell’s chooses VitalSource®
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Nicholas Clee and Liz Thomson
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Publishers Weekly 
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