South African crime writer Jassy Mackenzie will contribute a book to James Patterson’s imprint BookShots. Patterson, who is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time, with sales in excess of 325 million copies worldwide, will be writing, collaborating on, or personally curating every title published by the new imprint.
BookShots, which will produce page-turning, novella-length stories, aims to change the way readers consume books: ‘BookShots are designed to help people fit reading into their busy lives,’ Patterson says. ‘They’re stories that you can devour in an hour or two, and that will keep you engaged throughout. People will want to pick one of these up because they won’t be intimidated by the length, or ever bored by the plot.’ Each title will be under 150 pages, competitively priced at R59,95, and available in a new compact paperback format, as ebooks and in audio.
Mackenzie is the author of five thrillers, all published in South Africa by Umuzi, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Her other books include Folly, Switch and Breathless. She is published in the United States and in Germany, and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and an International Thriller Award.
Mackenzie’s BookShot will be titled 26 Degrees South and is set in Johannesburg, where she lives. A publication date has yet to be fixed.