Former longtime director of rights and contracts at McClelland & Stewart Marilyn Biderman has opened an eponymous literary agency, based in Toronto, and is out with her first submission in both the US and Canada: French-Canadian Marguerite Pigeon’s debut novel OPEN PIT. Biderman says she will represent genre, commercial and literary fiction, along with narrative nonfiction and memoir and “the occasional expert as a client as well.”
In deciding her next step in publishing, Biderman says, “I really looked at what was important to me and where my allegiances lie. It’s always been with the publishing process and protecting the rights of the authors.”
Orbit has hired Anne Clarke as UK editorial director, reporting to Tim Holman, following the departure of Darren Nash. Clarke is currently a commissioning editor at Hodder & Stoughton, and was responsible for setting up the UK iteration of the Mulholland Books imprint. Anne Clarke will be joining Orbit on 4th January 2011, reporting to Tim Holman. Also joining Orbit as an editorial assistant is James Long, author of the Speculative Horizons blog.
Associate publisher at Gollancz Jo Fletcher will move to Quercus in January, where she will start a sci-fi, fantasy and horror imprint under her own name: Jo Fletcher Books.
Seattle Weekly ran a long profile of Feral House publisher Adam Parfrey, “one of the nation’s most provocative publishers…. His reputation is well known in the industry, running the gamut from dangerous sensationalist to fearless visionary.”
Author Tracy Kidder and his editor for 40 years Richard Todd addressed an audience at Harvard recently, covered here by the Globe. They are now co-authoring a book on writing.