27/05/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin
HarperCollins have acquired world rights for six new fantasy novels by author Raymond E. Feist.
Publishing Director Jane Johnson concluded the multi-million dollar deal with Abner Stein which will see HarperCollins publishing Feist globally throughout its sister companies and controlling his foreign language sales, which will be co-ordinated by Rights Director Lucy Vanderbilt working with Senior Rights Manager Airlie Lawson and Rights Executive Rachel Clements, as well as entering into the digital market with at least one exclusive project.
Johnson told SFcrowsnest, 'Raymond Feist is one of the true greats of modernfantasy. MAGICIAN was chosen by the public as part of the BBC TV The BigRead, and I am thrilled that Ray will be continuing his 22-year association with us, since we have published him from the very start ofhis career. This new deal represents a true partnership between author and publisher and we all expect great things from it. It's a very exciting move.'
Feist added, 'I'm delighted to sign this new contract with HarperCollins. I have nothing but respect for the entire team and the continued support, belief, and enthusiasm they have collectively shown for my work. It is that belief and enthusiasm that made it vital for me tocontinue this relationship and endeavour to build on past success.'
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