Friday, 11 January 2013

A Poetry Win And A Literary Scam

Adelle's third collection Dark Corners Of The Land has won 'Poetry Book Of The Year 2012' in the 3:AM Magazine awards. 

(She's too modest too publicly remind people that is the second time she has won it. I'm not. Congratulations Adelle.)

In other news:

Last summer, my publisher Kevin Duff of Bluemoose and one "Dominic Cutmore" (me) nearly pulled off a scam in the book world during the post-50 Shades Of Grey erotica feeding frezny.

I've largely kept quiet about it but The Guardian have now written a very funny piece about our near heist.

The 50 Shades of Grey biography that wasn't

A tiny Yorkshire publishing house made waves when it announced plans to print a "biography" of Christian Grey. Then came the scary threats from some bigshot lawyers. Kevin Duffy from Bluemoose Books explains to Tamsin Rutter what happened next...
The publishing world erupted in a frenzy when a small West Yorkshire publishing company promised to deliver the "unauthorised biography" of 50 Shades of Grey's controversial (if fictional) heartthrob Christian Grey.

Within an hour of The Bookseller revealing details of the forthcoming book, the Hebden Bridge-based independent publishers Bluemoose Books were inundated with requests, including from 20 different European and North American publishers asking to buy the rights to the "biography". They even had Hollywood on the phone - Universal Studios wanted to buy the film rights.

The book was to offer a psychological insight into Christian Grey before he became famous, his "childhood, educational background, rapid rise in business, years of international travel and his string of relationships and select sexual proclivities," as written by a fictional former classmate of Grey's, Dominic Cutmore, and due to be published last October.

The only problem was Bluemoose Books did not actually own the rights to such a book – nor did it have the funds to print such a book – nor, in fact, the book itself....

Click here to read it in full.

Pictured: pugilist publisher and pen-man, May 2012.

(Photo by Kevin McGonnell:

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