04 December 2012

Our announcement: the Twitter response

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by Rufus Purdy From the Agents, Opinion

A major announcement was made yesterday – no, not the one about Kate Middleton stocking up on her Mothercare vouchers – and the Twittersphere responded accordingly. The news that Curtis Brown is to launch more than 200 e-book titles with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service was broken by agent and Curtis Brown joint CEO Jonny Geller at yesterday’s The Bookseller FutureBook Conference and, all of a sudden, people all over the world began hammering at their keyboards in support of the project, which allows authors to retain rights and creative control, while opening up their work to new markets. Here’s how it played out:

Jonny’s on-stage announcement was immediately tweeted by The Bookseller yesterday afternoon:

The Bookseller
Curtis Brown will publish with Amazon in the US 200 titles from big authors inc Adele ParksTony Parsons which not sold to US pubs #fbook12

Jonny and Amazon then confirmed the news:

jonny geller
Curtis Brown ebooks w/ Kindle Direct -including @TonyParsonsUK @adeleparks @thejanefallon @sarramanning @emily_barr shar.es/6eym6

The news is finally out! Which means we can announce we’ve been working with Curtis Brown on their digital programme: bit.ly/YIrBXe.

Then, other agents and authors weighed in:

Karolina Sutton

Exciting! We have launched a digital programme with Kindle Direct Publishing allowing 200 to be available in the US shar.es/6eKLy

200 terrific authors, that is! Something got lost in previous tweet

Or rather 200 terrific books, to be more accurate.

Sarra Manning
My adult books available in US as ebooks. RT @jonnygeller CB launches digital programme with Kindle Direct Publishing shar.es/6eym6

Then the industry and other writers responded:

Industry Insider
Someone’s showing initiative #not The #agent‘s cut? Let me guess… RT@thebookseller Curtis Brown launches self-publishing via KDP

Natalie Flynn
@jonnygeller Great to see an agency making the most of this platform for their authors. High five! #kdp

It’s taking a long time but agents like @jonnygeller are finally morphing into managers

Good news for authors, readers: Lit agency Curtis Brown launches digital program with Kindle Direct shar.es/6eym6 via @jonnygeller

And the news even travelled as far as Spain:

martín gómez

La agencia @CurtisBrownGrp apuesta por la autoedición con Kindle Direct Publishing y CreateSpace bit.ly/QDLJ9G (vía @thebookseller)

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