Monday 7 May 2012

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Weekly Gossip

Here is your news from the past week!

First up, I have some videos to share with you.

The trailer for The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross.

And a message from Rachel Vincent to all UK book bloggers, that was shown at the Mira INK event a few weeks back. WARNING! There are major spoilers for If I Die. If you haven't read it, yet, DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO!


News from Hot Key Books for young aspiring writers!

Rising stars of children’s fiction Will Hill and Elen Caldecott join high-profile representatives of the children’s books world on the judging panel for the Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize. The Prize is open to writers aged 18 to 25 residing anywhere in the world, who could win the chance to be published by Hot Key Books and an advance of £10,000.

Will Hill, author of the Department 19 series of YA supernatural thrillers (published by HarperCollins) and Elen Caldecott, author of contemporary adventure stories including How Kirsty Jenkins Stole The Elephant (published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books), join Guardian Children’s Books Editor Julia Eccleshare, bookseller and Chair of the Children’s Booksellers’ Association John Newman and Hot Key Books Publisher Emily Thomas on the panel. School children will also be consulted by the panel to select the winners.

The Prize is looking for new young writers between the ages of 18 and 25, who write in either of two categories: for ages 9-12 or 13-19. Entrants should be unpublished talents new to the literary world who are passionate about writing for children. The winners, one for each age category, will be given editorial support and the chance to be published by Hot Key Books with the offer of a worldwide publishing contact and an advance of £10,000. The winners will be announced at London Book Fair 2013.

To find out more, read the press release.


Various pieces of news from Simon & Schuster Children's Books. First about Philippa Gregory's live streamed school event.

International bestselling author Philippa Gregory will be taking part in a live-streamed event at 1pm on Wednesday 30th May. The event will be streamed from a venue in north London, where Philippa will be talking to a live school audience of 13-14 year olds from South Hampstead High School about the first book – Changeling – in her new series for teenagers, Order of Darkness.

Other schools, book groups and individuals across the globe will be invited to register to watch the live online event and submit their own questions by visiting The event will also be made available to watch on demand for one month.

This is the first in a series of live-streamed author events from Simon & Schuster’s children’s and YA list. Others to follow include Sophie McKenzie and Darren Shan.

To find out more, read the press release.

And now abou the acquisition of Cassandra Clare's next series.

Simon & Schuster UK today announced the acquisition of Cassandra Clare, award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series, with her third young adult fantasy series. The new trilogy will be entitled The Dark Artifices.

UK & Commonwealth print and e-book rights (excluding Canada) in The Dark Artifices trilogy were acquired by Ingrid Selberg, Director of Children’s Publishing for Simon & Schuster UK, from Danny Baror and Heather Baror-Shapiro of Baror International for a major seven figure sum. The first title is planned for publication in hardcover in 2015 and will be the first global S&S publication of Cassandra Clare with a worldwide embargoed release and carefully co-ordinated global marketing and publicity campaign.

Ingrid Selberg said of the new acquisition: “We are absolutely delighted to have acquired Cassandra Clare’s new trilogy, The Dark Artifices. Cassandra is a marvellous storyteller, whose writing we have long loved and admired, and we are so excited that we will now be publishing her on the S&S UK list. We are confident that by working closely together with our S&S US counterparts, we will be able to bring Cassandra to the next level. We aim to make the publication of The Dark Artifices the blockbuster publishing event in the UK that Cassandra’s books already are in the USA.”

To find out more, read the press release.


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