A tiny reference in Publishing News reports that 'the David Higham Literary Agency has signed up K. D. Lathar, author of self published The Changeling, which was itself picked up on by Ottakar's as part of its three-for-two offer. The book has already attracted interest from one large publishing house.'
So I went a-googling and found the self-publisher's -- sorry, independent publisher's -- web site, Tarragon Publishing.
It turns out that K.D. Lathar has written a children's book about a boy who is half-badger. The author's sister, who is a lawyer, helped him to set up his own publishing company. Printing has been done in India, with an initial run of 500 hardback and 1000 paperback, local publicity has been obtained in his home town of Birmingham, proof copy sold for high price on ebay, and more like that.
Somehow or other, Lathar seems to have persuaded Ottakar's to sell the book, which is quite a trick in itself.
I hope it won't sound rude if I say that Mr Lathar seems to have learnt a few things from the Dragon Tamers case study. He may also have studied the career of the Rev. Graham Taylor, author of Shadowmancer. And, of course, he has invested a not inconsiderable amount of time and money.
We shall see what develops.