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Piatkus Reveals Reasons for Selling to Little, Brown UK

The Bookseller recently launched a spate of blogs and guest posts, and today’s batch includes a letter from Judy Piatkus, who sold her company to Little, Brown UK earlier this week. And after 28 years of growth, especially three years of “exceptional and profitable growth which has taken us from a turnover of 6.4 million pounds at the end of 2004 to our current level of just under 10 million pounds,” did Piatkus opt to sell now?

The answer is fairly easy: “running a company is a 24/7 commitment and I am ready for a change.” And in Little, Brown, Piatkus found a buyer with a similar ethos to publishing books and treating its authors. “With access to some resources that have never previously been available, we believe that Piatkus will, in the years to come, be an even more formidable force in the marketplace than we are already.”

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Real-life Abduction Affects UK Novel Promotion Plans

The Bookseller reports that Little, Brown UK has decided to pull publicity for a new fiction title about the abduction of a young girl, in the wake of Madeleine McCann‘s disappearance in Portugal more than three weeks ago. Canadian author Barbara Gowdy‘s planned visit to the UK to promote her new book HELPLESS (which has been out in the US since late March but doesn’t drop till June 7th in the UK) has been canceled, and Little, Brown is also reworking its advertising campaign for the title, which centers around the abduction of a nine-year-old girl.

Little, Brown publicity director Susan de Soissons said the decision was made “out of respect” but stressed the book handled the issue of child abduction “intelligently and sensibly. It wouldn’t be proper to put an author into a position where she would have to discuss a real-life case,” she said, adding that Little, Brown hoped Gowdy would visit the UK next summer for the paperback. If this gambit seems reminiscent of what happened to Chris Cleave a couple of years ago when his debut novel INCENDIARY was released at the same time as the 7/7 London bombings, you’d be correct. What’s surprising to me is that it’s Gowdy’s novel affected and not another Little, Brown title centering around a similar topic in a more overt fashion: Mark Giminez‘s THE ABDUCTION. But in that case, the book’s been out since March and perhaps has had its day in the promotional sun…

Rosie De Courcy Joins Random House UK

DeCourcy.jpgThe Bookseller reports that veteran publisher Rosie de Courcy has joined Trevor Dolby‘s new imprint at Random House. She starts immediately as publishing director of the as-yet unnamed imprint, with plans to publish in the region of 6 to 8 novels each year. De Courcy was a founding member of three start ups in British publishing – Futura, Century and Orion. Most recently she has been editor at Little, Brown UK.

Dolby said: “When I first discussed the imprint with Random House, Rosie was the only person I wanted to publish the fiction. She is quite simply an iconic publisher, one of the great editors of the last 25 years. It’s a privilege and a thrill that she’s agreed to join me.”