Briefly Noted | Ed Victor Starts Publishing Arm
England-based literary agency Ed Victor Ltd. has launched an e-book and print-on-demand publishing unit called Bedford Square Books. The imprint is launching with a blend of backlist titles–both fiction and nonfiction–by the agency’s clients, going live with six books in September 2011. A rep from Ed Victor Ltd. said that the agency currently has distribution only in the UK, but is in talks with Open Road Media about selling its titles through the company in the U.S.
Bedford Square Books, which will house books like Edna O’Brien’s Tales for the Telling and Sir Denia Forman’s The Good Opera Guide, of course recalls agent Andrew Wylie’s foray into publishing, Odyssey Editions. When Wylie launched Odyssey in July, with a list of backlist books by major authors live Saul Bellow and Vladimir Nabokov, Random House vehemently challenged the venture and ultimately saw to it that books it published, among them Naobokov’s Lolita, be removed from Odyssey’s list. (Although Random House removed its titles from Odyssey, the venture still sells a number of books originally published by other houses inlcuding Oliver Sacks’ The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.)