1. Templar Publishing Buys Piccadilly Press (Publishers Weekly)
Piccadilly Press, the children’s book publisher founded by Brenda Gardner 29 years ago, has been acquired by Templar Publishing, the children’s publisher owned by Bonnier Publishing Ltd. Under Gardner’s direction  Piccadilly Press will continue to publish under its own imprint and Gardner will remain publisher.
2. Choc Lit is to launch a young adult imprint called Choc Lit Rocks [Booktrade]
The first book under the new YA label will be New England Rocks, to be published worldwide in August 2013 in ebook and paperback formats. This title is the first in the New England series written by Christina Courtenay, marking a departure from her award winning historical fiction.
The heroine of the New England series is Rain Mackenzie, a young woman who trouble just seems to stick to. Expelled from her British boarding school, she can't believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she's also sent to the local high school, as a punishment. She's determined to hate everything, and her rebellious nature soon finds new ways to court controversy. And that's not all she's courting...
Monday, February 4, 2013
A couple of links in today's Booktrade about buy outs and new imprints and a publishing deal: