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Same-day delivery from SelfMadeHero

Graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero is attempting to beat Amazon's delivery promises by offering free same-day delivery across central London.

The independent publisher will offer the service for two weeks from 1st December, with orders placed before 2p.m. on Monday to Friday delivered the same day across zone one. For the same period, the company will also offer 25% off all titles, alongside other offers including deals on bundles, signed editions and limited edition prints.

Online advent calendar fundraiser from BookTrust

Booktrust will next Monday (1st December) launch an online advent calendar to raise money for books for vulnerable children, featuring authors Malorie Blackman, Julia Donaldson and Chris Riddell.

Each day a picture of a celebrity or author will appear behind a calendar window with a recommendation for a children’s book for Christmas. They can choose any title as long as they didn’t write it themselves.

Burt Reynolds memoir to Blink

Blink Publishing has signed a memoir from Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds.

But Enough About Me will be published in autumn 2015, and share Reynolds' memories of more than 40 years of acting and directing, and those he met along the way, including Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando.

Acquisitions director Clare Tillyer acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Lorella Belli at Lorella Belli Literary Agency, on behalf of Folio Literary Management.

True crime for Canongate

Canongate has signed a bestselling US true crime book, which has been adapted fro the screen with Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Black Mass, by journalists Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, exposes an FBI corruption case centred around John 'Whitey' Bulger, the head of the Boston Irish mob, and FBI agent John Connolly.

Publishing director Francis Bickmore signed UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Isabelle Bleecker at Pursues.

Scholastic signs screenwriter Johnny Smith

Scholastic Children’s Books has signed a four-book deal with Johnny Smith, a screenwriter on CBBC TV shows such as "Dennis & Gnasher" and "Muddle Earth".

The series, John Smith is NOT Boring, is about John Smith who has a boring name but his adventures take him from the Wild West to pirate infested seas. The first two books, Cap'n John the (Slightly) Fierce and Sir John the (Mostly) Brave will publish in April 2015, with a further two titles to follow in July 2015.

Scholstic acquired world rights from Gemma Hirst of Gemma Hirst Associates.


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