Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Mighty Organ.

Good to see The Bookseller (a.k.a. the organ of the booktrade) last week covering the Macmillan New Writing launch with a nice shot of the first six authors, together with Mike Barnard, founder of the imprint.

The brief snippet that ran reported Macmillan c.e.o. Richard Charkin's blog attacking "the literary agents and critics of the of the company's no-frills New Writing imprint after none turned up to its Thursday launch" (quote from The Bookseller). If you read Richard Charkin's blog, you will see that what he actually wrote was "As a matter of courtesy we invited every journalist, literary agent and commentator who had written on the subject and expressed concern to a debate on new writing at the London College of Communications and to the party."

Strange how The Bookseller glossed over the mention of "journalists". Perhaps it had something to do with their own journalists' non-appearance at both events, despite being invited.

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