(16.01.2015) By Anna Jørgensen (from Copenhagen)
Welcome back to work and happy 2015!
The first weeks of this year have been very busy for us, and, in general, the year started very badly: a plane crashing, a ferry burning in the Mediterranean, "ghost ships" arriving to Italy, vessels sinking and last Wednesday, 7th of June 2015, the terrorist attack on the French newspaper "Charlie Hebdo".
Before anything, I would like to say that all of us here at DRSC Publishers are affected by this tragic event and that our thoughts are with the families of the victims. The message used these days has been "#JeSuisCharlie" (I am Charlie), but we would like to say "#NousSommesCharlie" (We are Charlie).
Now, we have lots of announcements to make, as it is the beginning of a new year. First I am going to present the releases for 2015, as well as some of the books that are likely to be published in 2016 (Already!).
I'm starting with the confirmed releases, as it should be done. If you are a follower of DRSC Publishers since we began in 2014, you have probably heard about Charles Müller, a German author living in the United Kingdom. He published his first comic book/play in the end of 2013, just before we got our new name (If you are not familiar with this, you can read our History here).
Well, he is back with two new short comic plays/books of his series Inspector James, "Unsolved case" (V.3) and "Guinness' murderer" (V.4). As soon as these two books are published, we will put them together in a compilation, in this case, "Murders in London: 2 new cases of Inspector James" (V.2, after "Murders in London: 2 cases of Inspector James"). As we now publish both in paperback and digital format, we will release these three new books in those two formats.
We now go to our best-selling and youngest author, Leif Pedersen. We are going to release very soon his latest book, as scheduled. Yes, we are talking about "Swedish Love Story" (originally written in French, and so this means it will be released in the original version/language). What does make this book so special? Well, it is the first time the author writes a love story (and we believe it is pretty good), but also, it is the first time the author writes such a long book! (over 39,000 words). As for Charles Müller, it will be available both in paperback and digital format.
Apart from this book, we will release the Spanish translation of "Le Noyau U" (Spanish title "El Núcleo U"), as well as a Spanish translation of "Swedish Love Story". We are still discussing the budget with the translator we usually use for Spanish translation.
While we are talking of translations: the translator who is working on the German version of "Red snow at Tivoli" has told us he already completed 60% of the job. This means we should receive very soon the finished version.
We have many other releases that have to be confirmed. A few of these books already exist, as we have already purchased the rights. Other books have to be confirmed, as the authors haven't started writing them. We are going to talk about each author and his releases one by one.
The first one is Niels Jensen. He has talked a lot with us lately, saying he didn't have time to write, and that he would probably not be able to write any new book until next year or 2017.
The second author is our sweet, young and amazing Norwegian blonde colleague Eva Kjærgaard. Yes, she does work with us, in the Accountancy department, but, as she has to read most of the books submitted to DRSC Publishers (just like the rest of us), some kind of want is born in her, and she is now writing a book. We already know the title, and it is "…and then war broke out", and I think this title says it all.
We then have an anonymous Belgian or French author who contacted us, requesting advice as well as information on how to be published by DRSC Publishers. After a few weeks of talk, we managed to sign a contract giving us the exclusivity of the rights if that book, meaning that if the author actually manages to finish the book, we will publish it. This book is a fiction one, about a voyage in space, from Earth to Mars, and the settling of astronauts in the first colony on Mars. In other words, this book seems to be very interesting.
We now come to the "heavy" authors, in this case Leif Pedersen and Charles Müller. Why heavy? Due to the number of releases and sales they have.
Leif Pedersen is trying to finish the 4th book of his series "Inspector Leif Anders Pedersen", which is also the second volume of the "La Trilogie d'Øresundsbron" ("Øresundsbron's Trilogy"). As you all know, he is suffering of severe memory losses, and is under medical treatment.
We also know he would like to finish the third book of his series "Nakubo", but, as we have just said, we don't think he will be able to do so.
On the other side we have Charles Müller, who is working on many different books. He has confirmed there will be at least three extra "Inspector James", and he even gave us the titles of the books! Volume 5 should be "Dead Economist", volume 6 "James' accident" and volume 7 "Murder at Buckingham Palace".
To end with the confirmed novelties, we have another French author (France is our second largest market, just after the U.S.) who would like to publish a short-funny play in the style of Molière, "Tout célà à cause de Jean" ("All this because of Jean").
To finish this (relatively long) article, I am going to talk about other possible books, books that haven't been written but the idea is there. There are, as you are going to see, many ideas from many different authors. Keep in mind that the chances they are written are very low and, if they are, they may not be published until a long time.
The first ones come from authors we know quite well. This is the case of Niels Jensen, who has many ideas but doesn't have time at all. He would like to write about the history of his country, Denmark, about the Second World War and its impact on the Nordic and Baltic countries, as well on Vikings and his favourite name, the oil industry in the North Sea (even if he already talked about this in his book "Norway's Labour Market and the Oil Fund").
The second author is Michael Martin. You probably remember his first book, "Meurtre à Tower Hill"?
Well, he retired quite early, due to a fragile health. He told us once he was going to give us the manuscript for the second volume of his series "Les enquêtes de l'Inspecteur James", but since, nothing. That was over a year ago now....
The title of this second book should have been "L'assassin d'opérette".
Again Leif Pedersen. Yes, again. He should be writing the 5th volume of his series "Inspector Leif Anders Pedersen", in this case the third and last volume of "La Trilogie d'Øresundsbron", but, as previously said, due to health reasons; this is not likely to happen.
He also told us that "Swedish Love Story" would one day be part of a trilogy, meaning there would be two other books in the same style: "Danish Love Story" and "Scandinavian Love Story".
There should also be more books by Charles Müller, such as "Murder in the Highlands" and probably many others. But we can't confirm it.
One of the strangest things that happened to us in 2014 was receiving an e-mail from what looks like an anonymous author asking us if he could collaborate (in this case it would be ghost-write) with one of our authors to write a quite strange book: "Terrorist attack in Washington". Yes, that's the title he gave us. We replied we would talk about it with our authors, and we did it. Two are interested in helping in this project: Leif Pedersen and Charles Müller.
We are not yet sure if this is a real project or if it is just a joke, but we haven't received any other e-mail from that address in the last months. We will see what the future is preparing.
A future Finnish author (we hope she gets to that stage) has contacted us (first time in our history!) to know if we are interested in a series she would like to write, about a Finnish Inspector. This series would be initially composed of three books. We don't have any other information about this yet. We really hope it happens and wish best luck to this author, and we are going to start looking for a Finnish translator....
We also receive the exact question (but at a different time) from a Norwegian author, who would like to write a series composed of 10 books and named "Inspector Tor from Europol". Ok, as you can see, he is a hardcore Norwegian, as they are the only ones, apart from Swedes, to write "Tor" instead of "Thor". Each book would be an investigation taking place in a different European Capital, like Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris or even London.
The author would like to avoid being very realistic and so be able to take as much liberty as possible to write the books just as he would like to do. We are still discussing with him, explaining him how to organize a story and what is the best way to write it.
Apart from this, we don't have anything else to present. Oh, yes, we have released 12 paperbacks.