Friday, 2 September 2011

Sofia , so good.

It's been a busy week in Mooseland. Our foreign rights people have been meeting European Agents. Sounds all very James Bond, but the deal is, prior to Frankfurt, the biggest rights fair in the world, the agents are told about all the new titles that are to be published in the next 12 months and some books they may have missed that we recently published. This year we have already sold two of our books to a Russian Publisher AZBOOKA-ATTICUS, who are based in St Petersburg. They bought GABRIEL'S ANGEL by Mark Radcliffe and KING CROW by Michael Stewart. Yesterday we sold KING CROW to a Bulgarian Publisher called ARTLINE. Extremely pleased. The book is out with at least another 10 European publishers, so no doubt we'll have more good news soon. I phoned Michael to impart the good news that KING CROW would soon be hitting the bookstands of Sofia. He was suitably pleased but the line seemed a bit distant and as he only lives near Bronte country just over the hill I asked why? 'I'm still stuck in New York courtesy of Hurricane Irene.' He said. He was on his mobile and I was on the Moose landline. I did a quick calculation and ended the call. He's back on Saturday and we'll have a proper chat. I don't want to be wasting too much money on transatlantic phone calls when I should be investing the hard stuff in new writers. Wasn't there an incident on London bridge many moons ago about a Bulgarian diplomat being killed by an umbrella to the leg? Still the wall is down now and we're all chums, especially when it come to reading the same books.

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