What News in Publishing?

Articles originally posted in Publisher Weekly, GalleyCat and other publishing media outlets.

Just goes to show, that this business may be crazy, but it’s sure a heck of a lot of fun! Dead or alive, young or old!!  Keep reading and writing, folks! Nancy Q.

August Inspiration (or exasperation…)
Penguin Signs 13-Year-Old Author
By Rachel Deahl |
Aug 13, 2013

Just JakePenguin Young Readers Group’s latest debut author is also one of its target readers: a 13-year-old boy. The division’s Grosset & Dunlap imprint has inked Jake Marcionette to a two-book, North American rights deal for his middle-grade series, Just Jake. The first book in the series, about a sixth grader trying to establish his social life at a new school, is set for February 2014.
Dan Lazar at Writers House sold the series to Francesco Sedita, president and publisher of Grosset & Dunlap. Marcionette, who began the books when he was 12, writes about a boy named Jake Ali Mathews whose life is upended after his family moves from Florida to Maryland. In his new school, Jake struggles to start fresh, while also avoiding the local bully.

Kicking off September…

Decatur Book Festival Draws Largest Crowd Yet
By Paige Crutcher |
Sep 04, 2013

Decatur Book Festival
Up 13% from last year, an estimated 85,000 people attended the eighth annual Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day weekend in Decatur, Ga., bringing in the largest number of readers yet. With the majority of events free to the public, the historic square in downtown Decatur was packed with author readings, panel discussions, poetry slams, live music, and exhibitor tents. Attendees filled readings like the one for bestselling authors Joshilyn Jackson and Gillian Royes to standing room only. “This is my eighth year in a row I’ve spoken at DBF, and I’ve fallen more in love with it every year,” said Jackson, who credits the festival with inspiring her move to Decatur in 2012. “I spoke on the very last panel on the final day of the fest, in a venue a little off the beaten path. It was pouring rain and had been for three hours by then. The place was packed. Packed! And with lively, delightful readers who were full of smart questions about our books and the hideous and delightful craft of writing. All the events I attended were like that.”

Morrow to Pub New, Authorized Agatha Christie Novel
Sep 04, 2013

HarperCollins’s William Morrow imprint has signed a new Agatha Christie novel, authorized by the late author’s estate, to be written by bestselling writer Sophie Hannah. Executive v-p of the imprint, Daniel Mallory, took world English rights to the book, with David Brawn at HarperCollins UK, from Acorn Productions Ltd (which oversees the Christie estate) and Hannah’s agent, Peter Straus. The new novel, which is currently untitled, is set for a September 2014 release.


See you on Sunday! Nancy Q. 


About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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