Novelist Ditches Publisher

Friend and fellow author Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc brought this to my attention, and I thought it was worth sharing with you all.

First appeared http://www.guardian.co.uk/ 15th September, 2011.

Novelist Polly Courtney has dropped her publisher HarperCollins for giving her books “condescending and fluffy” covers aimed at the chick lit market.

Courtney self-published Golden Handcuffs, a fictional exposé of life in the City, in 2006 after quitting her job as an investment banker, following it up in 2008 with Poles Apart, about an ambitious Polish graduate who moves to London. Their success helped land her a three-book deal with HarperCollins imprint Avon, but at the launch of the third book, It’s A Man’s World, she announced that she would not be working with the publisher again.

Instead, she is planning to return to the world of self-publishing.

“My writing has been shoehorned into a place that’s not right for it,” she said this morning. “It is commercial fiction, it is not literary, but the real issue I have is that it has been completely defined as women’s fiction … Yes it is page turning, no it’s not War and Peace. But it shouldn’t be portrayed as chick lit.”

Read the full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/sep/15/novelist-ditches-publisher-book-launch

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About Bek Harrington

Writer, author, vampire fan and historical enthusiast. You'll often find me crusing the internet under the guise of my alter ego, 3000 year old vampire "Bektamun"

Posted on 27/09/2011, in News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Adds a new twist to the “you can’t judge a book by its cover” phrase.

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