US-based Australian literary agent Virginia Lloyd recently travelled to Australia to meet with some of the major trade publishers. On her blog she summarises what Australian publishers are... Read more
From 1 January 2013 distribution of the Murdoch Books business will move from Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) to United Book Distributors (UBD).
As part of this change, please be advised of the following key dates:
HEDS Australia and NZ will continue to invoice and supply titles from Murdoch Books and represented agencies until 31 December 2012. After 31 December 2012 HEDS Australia and NZ will cease supplying all titles from Murdoch Books and represented agencies.
From 1 January 2013 titles published by Murdoch Books, Pier 9, Constable & Robinson, Black Dog & Leventhal and Head of Zeus will be supplied by UBD for both Australia and New Zealand.
All backorders held on 31 December 2012 for Murdoch Books, Pier 9, Constable & Robinson, Black Dog & Leventhal and Head of Zeus will be transferred to UBD.
HEDS Australia and NZ will accept eligible returns for titles from Murdoch Books and its agencies until 31 March 2013. Return authorisation requests must be submitted to HEDS no later than 28 February 2013 for approval, and allreturns [which must be accompanied by a valid RA – i.e. dated on or before 28 February] must be received at HEDS’ warehouse no later than Friday 29 March 2013. Returns received at HEDS after this date will not be credited and will be returned to booksellers at their cost.
UBD will not accept any returns of books invoiced by HEDS for titles from Murdoch Books and its agencies.
All titles invoiced by UBD from 1 January 2013 for Murdoch Books and its agencies will be supplied under customers’ existing UBD trading terms.
The Five Mile Press congratulates Elizabeth Long, whose international cookbook The Junior Gourmet is the Australian winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The Junior Gourmet is a recipe book for sophisticated young chefs with recipes from all over the world. To stock up on The Junior Gourmet ($19.95; ISBN: 9781743003749) for Christmas, please contact The Five Mile Press on (03) 8756-5500 or at email@example.com.
Aboriginal Studies Press congratulates Russell McGregor on winning the NSW Premier’s Prize for History. Copies of Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation (ISBN 9780855757793) can be ordered from distributor, NewSouthBooks.
HarperCollinsPublishers Australia is proud to announce that it will publish Ricky Ponting’s end-of-career autobiography in November 2013.
Ricky Ponting, 37, who made his final Test appearance this week, is one of the greatest cricketers to have worn the baggy green. He became Test captain of Australia in 2004 and remained in the post until handing the job to Michael Clarke in 2011. He is the highest Australian run-scorer of all time in Tests and one-day international cricket, behind only India’s Sachin Tendulkar among batsmen from all countries. Ponting’s career highlights include 168 Test matches, an Australian record he shares with Steve Waugh. He scored 13,378 runs in Test matches and 41 centuries.
No Australian cricketer can match his Test hundreds record and his Test average (51.85) is third best among all Australian batsmen with 20 or more innings (behind only Don Bradman and Greg Chappell). Bradman is the only Australian to score more Test double centuries. Only India’s Rahul Dravid has taken more Test catches. No man has been a part of more Test victories. No captain has led his country to more Test wins.
Ponting has been a HarperCollins author since 2003 and his autobiography will be his biggest project yet. It will track, with his customary honesty, the journey from his childhood in Tasmania, playing for the Mowbray Cricket Club’s third-grade side at 11 years old, through the highs and lows of his extraordinary international career to his retirement and future plans.
HarperCollins Publishing Director, Shona Martyn, said: ‘Ricky Ponting’s autobiography will head straight to the top of the bestseller lists next Christmas. Australian readers love cricket, love heroes and love strong sporting autobiographies — this book will deliver all three.’
For more information please contact: Nicola Woods, Senior Publicity Manager, HarperCollins, Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. (02) 9952-5004; mobile 0434-602-622.
As of 31 December 2012, Footprint Books will no longer represent New Society Publishers. All backorders will be transferred to NewSouth Books and returns of books supplied and invoiced by Footprint Books will be accepted until 31 March 2013.
This year the team at Simon & Schuster Australia will donate to The Smith Family Christmas Appeal in lieu of sending out Christmas gifts and cards. The Appeal helps disadvantaged Aussie kids by supporting their education, helping them to access the same opportunities as their classmates and make the most of their futures.
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