Changing times at the fair

I was just chatting with a dear old pal who’s a commissioning editor at a Portuguese publishing house, and she reminded me that I sent her this collage after the London Book Fair a few years ago. The image shows all the foreign editions I had recently set up around the world that had been published in that short period that had elapsed since the previous Frankfurt Book Fair six months earlier. It was a sort of summing up of that year’s fair for me as licensing foreign language rights for translated editions made up the bulk of my work at that time…[contd. below…]

These days of course I’m hugely engaged in my own publishing and writing/editing/research activities and time spent at book fairs for my agenting work has been stripped right back, which is why this year’s LBF image, known already as “Unexpurgated!” – and actually a deal completed outside of Olympia – is of just one pretty basic but *totally* iconic jacket image/logo, and it’s one from the deep archives (1970).

Basically I’ve optioned motion picture and TV rights to GROUPIE by Jenny Fabian and Johnny Byrne. More news soon as we’re still finessing final details, but it’s happening, and we are psyched.

That’s us for now then. Tomorrow our author Victor Bockris is doing another Warhol talk in Madrid at the Caixa Forum , and for now we’re catching up on reading our latest gifts from Net Galley….

Anyway, here’s “Unexpurgated!” (Clearly meant to indicate shocking at the time, in a distant age preceding Tipper Gore’s contributions to shock hyperbole):


— Helen XO



Happy New Year from all here at Storm HQ. We hope your holiday period was as full of fantastic literature – and fantastica in general – as ours was. We’ve come back to a bustling inbox and plenty of continuing and new projects to oversee including, finally, getting to see our own imprint go LIVE by Autumn 2018.

We’ll be announcing our new books here (both the imprint’s and those we are working on with other houses here and abroad) very, very soon..!


The end of another year…

As 2017 draws to a close here at Storm, we’ve been reflecting on the changes we’ve been witnessing in the publishing world, and the most striking one is, surely, how much of the real quality writing is more than ever coming out from the independents and the university presses. Just glancing across the shelves of books we’ve read, reviewed, and indeed sublicensed, both here and abroad, the message is the same: beauty comes from outside of the corporate structure and readers have now really got behind this truth, as the sales figures for the indie presses have revealed loud and clear!

The Storm/No More Big Wheels country portal

Hopefully this change, a huge marker of today’s zeitgeist (i.e. highlighting and stealthily moving away from the hideously wrong all-male all-white arse/elbow befuddled middle management anti-creative power structures which have lately crushed the soul of many an author) is just the beginning of a new age in more confident book publishing.

A massive thank you then to all our devoted and hard-working publishing friends and colleagues, especially the ever enthusiastic and choosy European posse of genre, literary and other niche publishers that we deal with (and who all seem to love their jobs which tells us all we need to know!), and an even bigger thanks to our own authors for staying true to the source.

Keep writing. Keep reading. The Storm office is closed now till Monday 8th Jan 2018.

Here’s to 2018! Happy Christmas Joyeux Noël! Boas Festas! Buon Natale! Frohe Weihnachten! Gëzuar Krishlindjet! Feliz Navidad! Wesolych Swiat! Zalig Kerstfeest! Prettige Kerstdagen! Eftihismena Christougenna! Sretan Bozic! Craciun Fericit! Merii Kurisumasu! Kung His Hsin Nien Bing Chu Shen Tan! S̄uk̄hs̄ạnt̒ wạn khris̄t̒mās̄! Sung Tan Chuk Ha! Chuc Mung Giang Sinh! Karisama te nawāṃ sāla! khušayāṃwālā hewe! Glaedelig Jul!  Rôômsaid Jôule! Gleðileg jól! счастливое рождество


Warhol: The biopic

Victor Bockris’s Warhol biography is in development as a forthcoming biopic with Sony Universal studios. Michael De Luca and Jared Leto will co-produce, and Leto will star as Warhol, with Terence Winter writing the screenplay. The option has just been renewed with us and the project looks set to be moving forward in the coming months. More news on that as and when…



The Doors – Singles box set

Oh my word, what a beauty! Kris has just recently interviewed the excellent and talented Bruce Botnick for a forthcoming feature, and as if by magic this then arrived here at Storm HQ today. It’s a brand new, heavenly box set of 20 7 inch singles from The Doors.

Just about to be released apparently…What a treat for us and ALL vinyl lovers. Do look out for it and make someone very happy this holiday season.