Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Wishing wells for Leipzig-bound publishers

From the PANZ Newsletter
We wish publishers Harriet Allan, Fergus Barrowman, Kevin Chapman, Debra Millar, Claire Murdoch and Diana Murray well for their first Leipzig Book Fair experience. They will be accompanied by several authors and Sarah Ropata, Tanea Heke and Michelle Tayler who is from Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
“The Leipzig Book Fair is the most important spring meeting place for the publishing and media sector and has evolved into an attractive hallmark both in Germany and across Europe. In a nutshell, the aim of the Leipzig Book Fair is to drum up more publicity for books. Held every March, it's a massive draw for publishers, writers, readers and journalists. An ideal communication platform, the Leipzig Book Fair provides extensive information about new publications as well as current and future trends in the German-speaking and European markets.” More on the Leipzig website.

 Te Papa’s Claire Murdoch: creating significant books
 Claire Murdoch’s role as Te Papa Press publisher is unique in New Zealand and distinctly different from other New Zealand publisher roles. The print runs for the books she publishes may sometimes be smaller, and the profit percentages for Te Papa Press books perhaps a little more generous than those of the big trade publishers – but then again, as she points out, “there are no celebrity cookbooks to fill out the list at Christmas time.”

Nevertheless the accolade she is most proud of winning with Rita Angus: An Artist’s Life is the Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award in 2009. “Institutional books can sometimes have the deathly whiff of vanity publishing about them and not seen as commercial – which of course we strive to avoid. So when real booksellers give a book this award, and you know it has appeal to the whole book trade, you do feel you’ve got something right.”

Te Papa Press Publisher Claire Murdoch (left) with authors of New Zealand Fashion Design Peter Shand and Angela Lassig and launch MC Antonia Prebble

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