1. 'Devil May Care' Launch Plans Unveiled

    By Matt Weston on 2008-05-16

    “The most spectacular in publishing for decades.”

    That’s how Penguin’s Managing Director, Tom Weldon, described the impending launch of Sebastian Faulks’ highly-anticipated James Bond novel, Devil May Care, due out on 28 May.

    Devil May Care cover

    Devil May Care cover has landed the first details of the Devil May Care launch plans. According to the site, the first copies of the novel will be escorted along the Thames on 27 May to the HMS Exeter at Tower Bridge, where the world’s media will be waiting. The event will take place from noon. Afterwards, a delivery convoy will transport the books to Waterstone’s Piccadilly, which will open at 8 a.m. on publication day.

    Books will be delivered to other bookstores in the UK overnight.

    Earlier this week, reported The Times will launch a Bond book giveaway from this Saturday, starting with short story collection Octopussy and 007 In New York. This is part of an extensive marketing campaign that kicks off on 19 May and will run until 1 June.

    Devil May Care poster

    Devil May Care poster

    The lavish campaign includes a digital strip banner at Piccadilly Circus, which will feature a countdown to Devil May Care‘s release (blogger Tom Johnson snagged a picture of the countdown in action). Furthermore, 600 posters – which exclusively revealed last month – will appear at London Underground locations. An additional 450 will be displayed at National Railway stations.

    Internet and high street promotions, such as Waterstone’s postcard giveaway, will also occur.

    The news comes as Devil May Care creeps up‘s charts. The book currently sits at #114, with 12 days – and a marketing onslaught – before its release.

    As Devil May Care excitement reaches fever pitch, keep watching for all the latest coverage.