Top 6 into Top 3?

I saw this article and prediction – that the top six publishers would become the top three. I don’t think so. I agree with their prediction about self publishing but in addition to this there will be a continual number of new start ups. The reduction in...

Andre Deutsch Stories…

You’ve probably gathered from my John Updike comment that I have more ‘Andre stories’ about the late Andre Deutsch CBE up my sleeve, and you are right.  I could tell you how he got one of Robert Maxwell’s secretaries (unintentionally) fired,...

Damn Costa

Sometimes you wish something good will happen.  Now something good is finally happening to the wonderful Diana Athill, now Diana Athill OBE (Congratulations Diana) and winner in the biography category for Somewhere Towards The End.  Now as much as Sebastian Barry is a...

RIP John Updike

I was sad to see the demise of John Updike yesterday.  Not only was he a great author, but to me he will always be a great Andre Deutsch author.  I recall a tale being told about the author photograph on the back of his books in the 1980s.  Andre took this photograph,...

What ever happened to my book?

It is a question I am asked quite often and it is a question I hope to answer very shortly.  I was due to write a careers guide  to publishing but I cancelled the contract.  At the time I had a full time job in publishing, was running bookcareers, all my friends were...