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Posts Tagged ‘Val McDermid’

Dan Mallory Heads to William Morrow

Dan Mallory will serve as the new executive editor at HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint, leaving his post as editorial director at Little, Brown UK/Hachette’s Sphere. He will start the new position on October 8th.

Here’s more from the release: Dan has worked with many bestselling and renowned authors including Patricia Cornwell, Val McDermid, Louise Penny, Nicholas Sparks, and Mitch Albom, and launched The Crime Vault, a digital first crime/thriller imprint, and Trapdoor, a dedicated crime-in-translation imprint with Grand Central.

Mallory will acquire and edit books at William Morrow, but he will also launch a crime and thriller digital first line for the publisher.

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Janet Maslin Discovers Da Vinci Code Knockoffs Years After Everybody Else

Clearly, Janet Maslin isn’t terribly au courant with the publishing industry. Granted, reading all those books for review is enough to eat up anyone’s time, but I can’t help but be a touch embarrassed for her – or perhaps more accurately, her editor at the daily arts section – for assigning her the obligatory, now very much stale-dated “look at all those people ripping off Dan Brown!” trend piece. Julia Navarro, Steve Berry, Matthew Pearl, David Stone, William Dietrich, Val McDermid, Guilio Leoni and Michael Palmer are many of the authors namechecked in the piece, and all will (and should) be grateful for Maslin’s attention, but a quick check at the last 6 months or so of Publishers Marketplace’s deal database reveals the truth: nobody’s buying this stuff anymore.

Which makes Maslin’s assertion that THE SOLOMON KEY is “hotly anticipated.” Okay, I suppose it is for the millions of readers who devoured THE DA VINCI CODE, but if anything, it’s the inevitable backlash (and equally inevitable poorer sales, because TDVC set up expectations that cannot possibly be met) that causes anticipation among slightly crabby prognosticators like me.