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Jul272012

Here is some news...

Well, since this is the news area of the new site, I thought I'd better write something newsy. Luckily I have some news. This is pretty fresh news too!

I have been warming myself in the sunlight ever since the US deal for Herman and Rosie was announced - especially as it went to auction. I never expected that to happen. Macmillan/Neal Porter Books won the North American rights to publish H & R and I have only just found out that they will be publishing in the Fall of 2013 - don't know the exact date yet. Pretty excited I must say. Looking forward to getting over to New York next year for the launch and we are planning a bit of a tour as well. Anyway, to other news stuff... (and I am really chuffed about this), we have just secured publishing deals in France and Germany! In France H & R will be published by Gallimard and in Germany it went to auction (these auction things are new to me) where Knesebeck won the rights to publish. My agent in New York, Charlie Olsen and the foreign rights team at Inkwell Management brokered the deals. Charlie has been bloody amazing. Boy, do I owe that guy some beers!

I am so pleased. You have absolutely no idea whether or not your book will resonate with people or if it will just miss the mark somehow and no one will get it. I try not to think about it during the creative process but picture books are a long process and I'd be lying if I said that it didn't cross my mind now and then. Mostly you just brush those thoughts aside and get on with it. The book isn't out yet (early September in Australia & New Zealand) and it may well sink to the bottom upon release but at least it's got off to a steady kind of start. Not a great deal I can do now.

Well, that's my news. This section will probably go south from here. We are working to get the rest of the site up soon. Organising prints at the moment to sell in the store area if anyone is interested. Back soon people.

Reader Comments (5)

Well that sure is FANTASTIC news! Congratulations Gus! Can't wait to see Herman and Rosie.

Hope to see you soon. (And I need to ask advice about compositing layers on the computer.)

Freya x

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFreya

Hey Freya! Thank you. Give me a bell when you get a second and I'll help you out (if I can). Be great to catch up. When are you in Sydney town next? Are you doing Somerset next year? - Many questions... ah, just call, ha! GG x

July 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterGus Gordon

As the crocodile said to the cow, 'Holy crap!' Great news Gusman. I am itching to get my mits on Herman and Rosie! xx

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjen storer

Congratulations Gus. Well deserved!
I had the pleasure of meeting you at the Penguin day (Maritime Museum, June).
I was wondering if you do author visits to schools, and if so if you are booked yet for Book Week 2013?
Cheers

Sharon
Teacher Librarian
All Hallows Primary
Five Dock NSW

August 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Seymour

Hi Sharon! Thank you for dropping by. Yes, I do visit schools and am taking bookings for next year's Book week. Probably best to contact my agent here in NSW, Kris Fegent at Lateral Learning (http://www.laterallearning.com/contact.html). She will be able to help you out I'm sure.

Had a good time at the Penguin day. Be great to visit All Hallows PS.

Best, Gus

August 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterGus Gordon

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