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Posts Tagged ‘Laurell K. Hamilton’

Marvel Entertainment’s Publishing Footprint

4-i-2007-nav-logo_marvel_med.gifToday the comic book publishing industry pondered the dramatic news that Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has struck a $4 billion deal to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:MVL).

The merger will bring 5,000 comic book characters into Disney’s massive collection of popular cartoons and films. On the Morning Media Menu, we discussed the merger as well, quoting some of the best Disney/Marvel crossovers from around the web.

More importantly, Publishers Weekly reminded readers that in addition to film and licensing, Marvel has carved out a strong place in the publishing industry: “Marvel’s periodical comics line has been the industry leader for most of the past decade, and graphic novel sales have also surged with such titles as the homegrown Marvel superhero series, Civil War and 1602, and graphic novel licenses from bestselling prose novelists Stephen King and Laurell K. Hamilton.”

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Writers House Opens UK Office

writehouse.jpgToday Writers House announced plans for an office in London to handle writers in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Angharad Kowal,the British rights director at Writers House, will helm the new office. According to Bookseller, Kowal has inked deals for Nora Roberts, Neil Gaiman, and Laurell K. Hamilton during a productive year.

Here’s a quote from Kowal, from the article: “I’m very much looking forward to introducing new Writers House authors to the British and Australian markets as well as continuing to support and strengthen our established authors in 2009.”

Summer’s Fiction Logjam

Former Dallas Morning News book critic Jerome Weeks brings to light what may seem like a major upcoming headache for both book editors and publishers: a plethora of major literary works crammed together between April and June. “There are so many significant authors with novels coming out in the space of about 9 weeks that when I proposed reviewing Don DeLillo‘s post-9/11 novel, FALLING MAN, to one editor, I was told there was already too many fiction reviews booked for May through June,” Weeks explained. “When DeLillo can’t catch a break, you know it’s crunch time.”

No kidding, what with impending releases by Nathan Englander, Haruki Murakami, Michael Chabon, Michael Ondaatje, Susanna Moore, Armistead Maupin, Chuck Palahniuk and Khaled Hosseini. But the craziest publishing day for fiction has to be June 5, as new bestseller staples by Clive Cussler, Robert B.Parker, Jeffery Deaver, Laurell K. Hamilton, Ann Brashares and Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin are released that Tuesday. Calling it a dogfight is probably an understatement…