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Karin Slaughter and Oni Press Join Forces for New Imprint

A while back, when news broke that Karin Slaughter would be penning a graphic novel that her UK publisher Century would publish in 2009, I wondered if there was a US deal in the works. Requests to her agent, Victoria Sanders, went unanswered, but now the news is out, and it’s not exactly what I expected.

Turns out that Slaughter, an international bestselling thriller writer especially popular in the UK, Holland and Germany, has teamed up with comics publisher Oni Press to launch Slaughterhouse Graphic Novels, a new line of original comic books and graphic novels will be devoted exclusively to creations written by established writers from the world of prose fiction. Its first publication will be THE RECIDIVISTS, slated for April 2009. “This really is an area that we were one of the first publishers to focus on,” explained Oni Press publisher Joe Nozemack. “The last time we unleashed a novelist of this caliber on the comic book world, it was Greg Rucka (author of the Atticus Kodiak series and WHITEOUT, soon to be a movie with Kate Beckinsdale). We’ve long wanted to build on that fine pedigree.” More details about the book and future releases from the imprint will be announced at the 2008 New York Comic Book Convention.

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Century Pays Sky-High Advance for French Memoir

The numbers were climbing high last week but now that the dust has settled, Century emerged the winner for the right to publish Dawn French‘s memoirs – paying out an eye-popping 2 million pounds to do so. The Bookseller reports that Century landed the book, scheduled for launch in Autumn 2008 through agent Robert Kirby at PFD after French met with seven publishers, all offering at least 1.25m pounds. Century obviously has high hopes for the book, but they might just be warranted – after all, they published comedian Peter Kay‘s THE SOUND OF LAUGHTER, the best-selling memoir in the UK to date.

Record Numbers for Dawn French’s Memoir

Just when you thought the UK would stop going all celebrity memoir-crazy, now the tide’s turned – they’re going comic memoir-crazy. After the staggering success of Peter Kay‘s book last fall, eight publishers, including Century, part of Random House, HarperCollins and Orion, are all in the hunt to secure the scribblings from Dawn French. According to the Sunday Times, they will meet French and her literary agency PFD this week. The eight have already had to offer 1.25m pounds simply to sit down and discuss the book proposal, and since Julie Walters got 1.6 million pounds for her book, chances are likely French will earn similar numbers. Century – which published the Kay book – is rumored to be the favorite.

French is popular with both male and female audiences – an important factor in ensuring book sales. The phenomenon of books by or about national treasures has been evident in recent years with titles featuring the likes of Billy Connolly, the late John Peel and Sheila Hancock‘s biography of her late husband John Thaw exceeding sales expectations.

Realignment for Random House UK

In Britain, The Random House Group has announced a number of changes and promotions as part of the Group’s growth strategy as it looks to the next stage in its development. First, Board Director Richard Cable, is to develop a new publishing portfolio. In this new role he will seek out “exciting and profitable new publishing enterprises” and further announcements should be expected during the year. But the big news is that the CHA arm – which include Century, Hutchinson, William Heinemann, Arrow, Random House Audio and Random House Books – will split into an entirely separate entity from the CCV line – which comprises Jonathan Cape, Chatto & Windus, Harvill Secker, Yellow Jersey Press, Vintage and Pimlico.

CHA will be led by Susan Sandon, who is newly promoted to Managing Director. In this new role, she will report to Peter Bowron, Group Managing Director, who takes on this responsibility alongside his current portfolio. CCV will be helmed by Cable with Dan Franklin acting as publisher for the whole line.