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Gothenburg Book Fair Continues

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The editors of GalleyCat couldn’t attend the 25th Annual Gothenburg (Göteborg) Book Fair, but author and GalleyCat correspondent Scott Andrew Selby is filing dispatches from the four-day book fair.

Today, he saw four crime writers speak. Selby writes: “British crime writer Simon Kernick spoke about getting published, hanging out with criminals, and being selected by the Richard & Judy Book Club. Kernick (pictured) pointed out that ‘in the UK we have festivals for the trade or the public, here there are both. It’s amazing to see so many readers in one place.’

“When he sent out the first three chapters of his first book, Kernick said ‘every last publisher/agent’ in England rejected him. So he wrote another novel and ‘the exact same thing happened. It had one good chapter out of 500 pages.’ Taking that one chapter that he felt good about, Kernick came up with the basis of a third book. He sent one chapter and the first person asked to see the whole book. He then spent the ‘next three months sending in parts, when I sent in the last bit, I got a letter saying he was not interested. I tided it up and got a deal. The moral of the story is you have to be patient if you want to write.’”

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Unusual Cover Placement: Smart or Shady?

getimage.jpgYesterday the literary Internets uncovered a free edition of a Simon Kernick‘s thriller with a splashy cover that reads, “DAN BROWN: If you like your thrillers as fast, furious and unputdownable as Dan Brown, then we thought you’d enjoy Simon Kernick”–the blurb copy dwarfed the real author’s name and the top two-thirds of the cover.

The original cover is pictured here, but journalist Sarah Weinman has a photo of the controversial cover. The book is a promotional edition of “Deadline“–if UK readers pre-order Dan Brown‘s upcoming “The Lost Symbol,” they can get a free copy of Kernick’s thriller. Reactions were mixed: Pace J. Miller called it “most disgraceful book cover ever,” the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog launched a cover contest, and Kernick himself emailed to remind readers: “The book with the new cover is not, never was, and never will be for sale, and DEADLINE’s still in print with its original cover.”

Finally, novelist Jason Pinter defended the marketing campaign: “The bottom line is that this will sell boatloads of Kernick books and elevate his status and recognition. So from a bottom line marketing standpoint, it’s one of the most effective promotions I’ve ever seen.”

Richard & Judy’s Instant Summer Bestsellers

The Bookseller reports on the latest picks from UK TV stars Richard and Judy, which are:

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, by Kim Edwards
Getting Rid of Matthew, by Jane Fallon
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, by Paul Torday
How to Talk to a Widower, by Jonathan Tropper
Relentless, by Simon Kernick
The Other Side of the Bridge, by Mary Lawson
The House at Riverton, by Kate Morton
Savage Garden, by Mark Mills

Booksellers applauded the eight choices. “It’s good to see two first-time authors in Paul Torday and Jane Fallon on the list, and it’s not full of your typical household names either, which is great,” said Torbay Bookshop owner Matthew Clarke. and Canongate sales and marketing director Jenny Todd has “fingers crossed” for the summer. “It’s still early, but the high street has been a bit quiet. It’s all felt quite slow to start, and I think most publishers are waiting for the market to kick off in full.”