Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Booker Prize Longlist

From Publishers Lunch
The Booker Prize longlist was announced yesterday. The list will be whittled to six on September 7, and the winner will be named on October 12. As helpfully sorted below, four of the titles are scheduled for US publication over the next three months, and three have no announced US publication date. In a Booker first, Damon Galgut's novel does not have a US print release date yet, but is available now from Amazon Kindle.

Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America
Andrea Levy, The Long Song
David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Lisa Moore, February
Christos Tsiolkas, The Slap
Emma Donoghue, Room (releases 9/13)
Tom McCarthy, C (releases 9/7)
Paul Murray, Skippy Dies (releases 8/31)
Rose Tremain, Trespass (releases 10/18)
Helen Dunmore, The Betrayal (UK only, Fig Tree)
Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question (UK only, Bloomsbury)
Alan Warner, The Stars in the Bright Sky (UK only, Jonathan Cape)
Damon Galgut, In a Strange Room (UK only in print, Atlantic Books; US via Kindle)

So far UK oddsmakers can't agree on a favorite (unlike last year, when Hilary Mantel led from start to finish). William Hill has made Levy their 4-1 favorite, followed by two-time winner Carey, while Ladbrooke's has Carey on top at 3-1, with Levy in eighth place.Agent Jonny Geller comments on the list via Twitter: "Papers today say no debut novelists on booker longlist? Because pubs stopped buying them last year! Maybe they might start now?"

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


France pioneers 'crowdfunded' publishing
Éditions du Public seeks 'co-editors' who 'invest in what they want to read'

From the

July 2010

"From science fiction writers to poets and playwrights, would-be French authors are lining up to take part in France's first venture into crowdfunded literature.

Launched this spring by publisher Éditions du Public, the initiative – slogan: "I invest in what I want to read" – has already received 80 manuscripts. Sixteen have been merited good enough to make it onto the publisher's website, from Nathalie Tavignot's Croissant de lune (Crescent Moon), in which a series of murders occur in a village whose inhabitants have just woken from a long sleep and remember nothing, to Ghislain Hammer's poetry collection Les colosses nus (The Naked Colossi).

The publishers are now looking for co-editors to help fund publication of the books. Each co-editor must invest €11 in their chosen title, and will then be able to discuss the book with its author on Éditions du Public's forum, following each stage as it is written. Each title has six months to sign up 2,000 co-editors and some are already proving more popular than others: Tavignot's thriller has 45 subscribers, while Hammer has just two.

Once the 2,000 threshold has been reached, an editor at Éditions du Public will go over the text and layout with the author. The book will then be sold online and through bookshops, with each co-editor able to recoup "up to eight times the amount of their initial subscription" depending on sales, as well as receiving a free copy of the book they have edited.

"We want, thanks to crowdfunding, to give the chance to every author to be published," said Laurence Broussal at Éditions du Public. "Thanks to our website, authors have a real communication platform to make themselves known to internet users and to meet their public. But we want this to be without risk: the internet co-editor is refunded with 100% of their output, and the author gets back their manuscript, if the book is not published."

Broussal said that Éditions du Public was the first publisher to utilise crowdfunding in France, although the concept has already been experimented with in music and film. The publisher has already received around 1,000 subscriptions across all its titles after starting to recruit co-editors at the beginning of July, and hopes to publish its first book by the end of the year."

Happy Crowdfunded Reading.

Gerrie Ferris Finger

Author of THE END GAME, not crowdfunded published.