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Michelle Paver Moves to Penguin UK

UK author Michelle Paver has switched from HarperCollins’ Orion imprint to Penguin UK’s Puffin imprint. In the United States, HarperCollins’ Katherine Tegen imprint publishes Paver’s Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series.

Publishers Weekly reports that Puffin will publish Paver’s new series, Gods & Warriors. The books will be set in the Bronze Age period. The first book will be released in the U.K. in 2012. Penguin will also publish the book in the United States.

Peter Cox from Redhammer Management negotiated the deal. The article quoted Cox: ‘The decision to move to Puffin wasn’t taken lightly. [Their team] feels excited by the future, not daunted by it. This willingness to engage with the future–and indeed to make it their own–is the essence of today’s successful publisher.’”

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UK Reactions on Turf War Issues

The fallout from last week’s “Turf Wars II” panel has only begun on the other side of the Atlantic. The Bookseller’s Gayle Feldman first reports on comments made by various panelists, including Portuguese distributor Karl Heinz Petzler‘s assertion that UK publishers are guilty of “atavistic protectionism that breaches the free trade laws of the EU.” Also speaking on the panel, Lynn Kaplanian Buller, owner of the American Book Center in Amsterdam, described UK attempts “to close markets” as “a last-gasp tactic driven by fear”. Restricting Europe to the UK edition of English-language books “might cut sales in half,” she added.

But as previously reported, Macmillan CEO Richard Charkin walked out of the panel halfway through and vowed to stay away from BEA next year after such a “one-eyed, anecdotal and insulting” debate. Along with other UK publishers, he believes that without European exclusivity the UK market itself is under threat, as imported US editions can be distributed legally throughout Europe – including the UK. Agent Peter Cox of Redhammer added that US publishers have only recently taken an interest in foreign rights. “Their Damascene conversion – that there really is profitable business to be had in other parts of the world – is a nice acknowledgement on one level, but as an agent, I would frankly be more concerned about selling European rights to a US publisher than to a UK one.”