HOLLY HEPBURN NEWS!!
If you are loving Holly Hepburn’s Star and Sixpence series, and are beginning to wonder what you’ll do when Christmas rolls around and it finally comes to the end, fear not for we have good news for you! Books and the City is super-excited to announce that the ink is just dry on the deal we’ve just done with Holly for a brand-new series!
Join us and Holly as we head off to the seaside for The Picturehouse by the Sea. Our destination is Cornwall and the tiny town of Polwhipple. The picturehouse by the sea is the Palace – a lovely art deco cinema, nestled in front of azure Cornish seas. But it is long past its heyday now, and its only saving grace is Ferelli’s, the family run ice-cream concession in the foyer, which is widely known as the best ice cream for miles.
So when Ferdie, the owner of Ferelli’s, falls ill, his granddaughter Gina drops everything to come and help out. But when she arrives she is dismayed by the state of the cinema, which she remembers fondly from summer holidays when she was little, and she is determined to give it the makeover it deserves. Along with local builder Ben Pascoe, she sets about reviving the Palace to its former glory.
But the cinema needs more than a lick of paint. Its very future is under threat from a developer with greed in his eyes. Can Gina save the place before it is too late?
We are so excited to get started on our Cornish adventure. We hope you will join us!
SERIOUS Out of the Office #WIN for 2017!!
Whether you are a Camper, Glamper, Mini-Breaker, Beach Babe, City Slicker, Hiker, Caravaner, Airbnber, lastminute.comer, Already Booked 2018er, Staycationer or Long-Haul 5*er, I think it’s safe to say that most of us spend fifty weeks of the year desperate for those two weeks to come along when we get to unplug, detox, do the tickets/money/passport check and be OUT OF THE OFFICE for some serious RnR.
I’m a lover of any type of break. Whether it’s a week on my stoop tackling the TBR pile, overnight in a Travelodge for work (other budget hotel chains are available…) or the trip of a lifetime to the USA – the key things are it’s a) not in the office b) doesn’t involve the commute and c) tends not to involve the daily 5 a.m. alarm…
So, it should come as absolutely no surprise whatsoever to you to know that one of my favourite parts of project-managing the Books and the City community is sourcing cracking on-pack competitions for you to enter to win great holiday breaks.
We’ve had some CORKERS over the years – trips to New York, spa breaks, 5* luxury hotel stays on Park Lane, trips to Miami, the Lake District, France, a two-week cruise, an incredible A La Carte Mexican all-inclusive… the list has been long and luscious.
But, it has to be said, we’ve got an absolute CRACKER of a #WIN coming up next year, and it’s SO exciting, I wanted to share a sneak peek with you now….
First thing to say is: the competition is running from January to August, and you will have at least ten chances to enter…
Second thing to mention is: if you are the lucky winner, this is where you (and your buddy/partner/bestie) will be sleeping for seven nights…
Thirdly: full board, return transfers and flights are included. I KNOW.
So, look out for more details coming soon. In the meantime, here are a couple more snaps to whet your appetite!
#OneDay #DigitalOriginals Submissions 2016!!
Well, that’s that people. #DigitalOriginals #OneDay is over for another year!
My inbox was overwhelmed with some cracking first chapters and killer synopsis – and we are now settling down to read through every single one… eek!
Thank you to EVERYONE who sent their work into us. We will endeavour to get back to you all within the next sixty days, and where appropriate we will provide feedback.
If we are interested in seeing more of your work, we will contact you within six weeks , at which time we will ask you to send your complete novel (no less than 80,000 words, no more than 100,000) as a word document (or equivalent) double spaced.
Cracking Reviews for THESE DAYS OF OURS
As some of you may remember, in May last year, after a particularly cocktail-heavy night out with a couple of friends, I begged one of them to send me the second draft of a manuscript she had written for her German publisher. Having read all of her previous books, I knew the words, written in her own unique style, would be right up my boulevard – so much so, I immediately forwarded it on to some of the rest of the Team for their secret-manuscript reading pleasure, with a note that simply said ‘enjoy!’.
Two colleagues immediately put down whatever it was they were already reading, and by the end of that week we were all all enjoying a marvelous water cooler moment, discussing just how much we LOVED the German Book.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t really just mean ‘enjoy!’ when I sent it to them. What I meant was ‘I’ve been in love with this woman’s words for over 10 years. I’m proud and honoured to call her my friend. She’s funny, kind and clever. I would LOVE it if we could be her publisher…’
So, having taken the bull firmly by the horns, the next step was an Editorial Eye. Not just any old Editorial Eye. I’m talking The Red Pen of Doom Queen, Editorial Director and Head Honcho here at #digitaloriginals, Clare Hey.
Forty-eight tense hours later, it was a resounding YES from She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed.
But it didn’t stop there, my friends. Oh no. There are a hundred processes and systems and stages to go through before a book goes from ‘secret manuscript’ to ‘acquired’. It takes time. And passion. And vision. And planning…
The German Book went through ninety-nine of these processes and systems and stages, and before long I’m in bits. Total complete bits. Might my dream actually be about to come true? Holy moly…
Fast forward four more months and Simon & Schuster, BooksAndTheCity, #digitaloriginals, Clare Hey and I were giddy to announce that the title of the German Book was These Days of Ours, the author was my BFF Juliet Ashton, and we published in e-book on March 1st, with the paperback out on 7th April….
And excitingly, we aren’t alone in our LOVE for this novel about love….
It was with huge sadness that we shared the news of the death of Jackie Collins, adored author and friend. We are incredibly proud to be Jackie’s publisher in the UK and Australia.
Jackie was, by any measurement, truly one of a kind. Her personality, her pioneering spirit and over thirty novels have given endless joy to readers worldwide. She will be sorely missed, and our thoughts are very much with her family.
Ian Chapman - CEO and Publisher, Simon & Schuster UK
A world without Jackie – and a world without Lucky Santangelo – is somehow unimaginable. Jackie’s characters may have been larger than life but they were always true to life. Jackie was a wonderful author to work with, so professional, astute, kind, loving, and passionate about her writing and her readers. She set the bar high in every way.
Suzanne Baboneau - Jackie’s editor
Thank you to our friends at Grosvenor House Hotel who kindly audio recorded the Jackie Collins Literati event on 8th September 2015 – Jackie’s last public appearance. Do have a listen. As you would imagine, she was warm, wise and witty. Everyone here at Books and the City is devastated by her loss. We will miss her every day.
CREATIVE WRITING MASTERCLASS
On Saturday 15th November 2014 we held our very first (but hopefully not our last!) Creative Writing Masterclass here at Books and the City HQ, aimed specifically at writers of commercial women’s fiction. The day was split into two, with morning one-to-one sessions with editors Jo Dickinson and Clare Hey and afternoon panels for a wider audience with uber literary agent Lizzy Kremer, bestselling author Milly Johnson, Peter Saxton (Publisher Liaison Manager at Waterstones Head Office), Isabelle Broom (Book Reviewer at Heat Magazine) and Lindsey Mooney (Content Lead UK & Ireland from Kobo).
We all had a fabulous time, our Panel Sessions were brilliant – with some cracking hints, tips and advice from the very best in the business, all topped off with fizz and cake at the end of the day. Perfect. Here are just a few of my favourite snaps from the day…
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What do Andy Jones, Heidi Swain, Holly Hepburn, Juliet Ashton and Penny Parkes have in common. All lovely people? Natch. All smart? Totes. And funny? Yes, YES. All writers? Absolutely. All five publishing/published under our #DigitalOriginals programme? BOOM! So here’s the news… for the third year running (on 15th July), we are throwing away, ripping up, laughing …
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