Little, Brown came out as last night's inaugural Bookseller Industry Award's big winner, winning two top awards: Publisher of the Year, and Imprint and Editor of the Year.
Here's an excerpt from The Bookseller's report on the win:
Little, Brown was the Publishing Technology Publisher of the Year, in part for its runaway success with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, the publishing phenomenon of 2009. Its young adult imprint Atom sold 16 million copies of the vampire series worldwide last year.
However, judges noted even after stripping out the success of Meyer, sales and profits at Little, Brown grew last year. One judge said: "There was strong publishing across the board. Against a backdrop of slipping sales [across the trade in general], Little Brown's was an astonishing achievement."
It capped a successful night for the Hachette publisher. Lennie Goodings, editor at Little, Brown imprint Virago, won the Bookseller's Imprint and Editor of the Year. Buoyed by its literary awards, including Marilynne Robinson's Orange Prize-winning Home, and list of titles selected for television book clubs, judges also singled out Virago's balance of the commercial and critical success. One said: "Lennie sticks by her authors and comes up with winner after winner after winner – all the while remaining exceptionally modest."
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