HoZ win Digital Business of the Year

We were thrilled to be named Digital Business of the Year at The Bookseller Industry Awards last night. 

Praised for our sales growth, impressive profitability, as well as digitally savvy marketing and balancing of digital and print, the judges said: “Head of Zeus has a simple but brilliant plan that it executes consistently well.”

MysteriousPress launches in print in the UK

Today, we launched MysteriousPress in paperback editions on Amazon in addition to the current eBook editions.

MysteriousPress.com is the world’s foremost specialist crime list. Founded by Otto Penzler in 1975, it represents the best from a century of mystery writing with authors such as Ellery Queen, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Donald Westlake, Joseph Wambaugh, Charlotte MacLeod and Rex Stout on the list.

It ain't over til it's over...

I have been working with my new editor for three months now, rewriting and editing my new book, The Dress. I’ve never been through such a forensic, painstaking and, at times, painful process but it has been worth it. I moved publishing houses to work with Head of Zeus' brilliant, insightful and talented editor who, among others, has worked with Maeve Binchy and the recently deceased Colleen McCollough. Even though it has been an adjustment getting into the swing of new ways of working, I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity.

Caroline Ridding to Join HoZ

Caroline Ridding is to join Head of Zeus in August 2015 to set up a new fiction imprint. The imprint – to be called Aria – will publish original full-length mass-market fiction from both new and established authors mainly – but not solely – in ebook format. Caroline – who was the bookbuyer for Tesco and then the founder and publisher of the Avon imprint at HarperCollins – has had a highly successful career in both the retailing and publishing of commercial fiction, building a multi-million pound business with generous double-digit profit margins. Her authors included at least three Sunday Times bestsellers and dominated the Bookseller Heatseeker chart.

My First London Book Fair!

Today is all about preparation for the London Book Fair, you know the kind of thing, packing clothes for my days away from home… I have just seen that I still have a half packed case from last weeks excursions, which is a bonus! Now I just need to top up the toothpaste, pop a clean nightie in and a pair of flatties for when the heels start to pinch and job’s a goodun as we say down here in the West Country. 
 
I do however, need to write a list of instructions for the children I am leaving home alone, you know the list – 
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London, the chameleon city

Lesley Thomson grew up in west London, close to the banks of the muddy Thames. Her detective novels are inspired by that childhood. As she visits London for the day, walking and travelling on the Underground from the Old Bailey to Richmond, she reflects on how London has always been a chameleon city.
 
I was born in London and now live in the country. When I return, granite kerbstones, the warm dusty smell of the Underground, the Festival Hall reflected in the Thames, tell me I’m a Londoner. Yet I’m also a visitor, astonished by the Shard, excited by the Houses of Parliament and the bright lights of Shaftsbury Avenue.
 

Your Story, Her Words competition

We are joining forces with national charity The Reading Agency to launch an exciting competition. We hope ‘Your Story Her Words’ will encourage everyday people to share their own stories.

The competition offers everyone who enters the chance to have his or her own personal, extraordinary story be the inspiration for bestselling author Amanda Prowse’s next story, and become a real-life literary hero or heroine!

Amandababble March 2015

Well, it’s lovely to be home after travelling hither and thither (a much underused phrase I feel!) researching an upcoming book, walking on the sand and dodging the odd swooping pelican – yes, really! They looked like Pterodactyls in flight. There was something quite prehistoric about seeing the giant birds, with their vast wingspan and huge beak plummeting into the ocean and then sitting rather smugly on the surface enjoying their spoils.

Suzanne Sangster to join Head of Zeus

Head of Zeus is delighted to announce the appointment of Suzanne Sangster as Publicity Director. 

Suzanne is currently Publicity Director of Biteback Publishing where she has masterminded a wide range of successful campaigns for high-profile authors such as Damian McBride, Nigel Farage and Stanley Johnson and has been involved in running the Paddy Power Political Book Awards. Before Biteback Suzanne has worked for numerous companies in a freelance capacity including HarperCollins and Dorling Kindersley and was an account director at Midas for several years.