Nosy Crow has bought two books from a Bath Spa University MA graduate in a pre-empt providing “cross company excitement and a clear publishing vision” within 48 hours of submission.
Kirsty Applebaum’s first novel, The Middler, won the 2016 United Agents Prize for Most Promising Writing for Young People, and will be published next year “accompanied by an ambitious marketing and PR campaign”.
The children’s indie publisher’s head of fiction, Kirsty Stansfield, bought world rights from Nancy Miles at the Miles Stott Agency.
The Middler is a “gripping story” aimed at nine to 12-year-olds featuring forbidden friendship, loyalty and betrayal set in a near-future world.
Stansfield described the quality of writing by Winchester-based Applebaum as “superb”. She said: “I was immediately drawn into Maggie’s world and wanted to know all about her, and the quiet menace underpinning everything.”
Kate Wilson, m.d at Nosy Crow said: “It had me at the first page – such a great voice. It’s unusual to find such perfectly-pitched middle-grade fiction, and I think it has real international potential.”
as reported in The Bookseller:
Nosy Crow is to publish two new series of books by Usborne editor Louie Stowell.
Business development manager and commissioning editor Tom Bonnick acquired world rights in four books in two new series from Polly Nolan at the Greenhouse Literary Agency.
The first series, The Dragon in the Library, will be published in January 2018, and features a library run by wizards, a girl called Kit, a dragon, and an evil property developer. Aimed at … readers aged seven to nine, the series will have black and white illustrations throughout.
The second series, Otherworld, for ages nine to 12, follows two friends who must travel to the mysterious Otherworld after the baby brother of one of them has been kidnapped by an evil Faerie Queen.
Stowell, who has previously written dozens of books in-house, and runs story-writing and comics-making workshops at literary festivals and schools, told The Bookseller: “I’m delighted that The Dragon in the Library has found a home with Nosy Crow. I’ve been a fan of their books for ages, especially their funny fiction. Tom is a wonderful editor, and I feel very lucky.”
via Nosy Crow snaps up Usborne’s Stowell in four book deal | The Bookseller.
Joseph Coelho, award-winning performance poet and advocate for the importance of libraries is to have his first picture book Luna Loves Library Day published by Andersen Press in October. The illustrator is Fiona Lumbers and it will also be her first picture book.
World rights were secured by Libby Hamilton, Andersen Press’ picture book Editorial Director with Felicity Trew at Caroline Sheldon Agency representing the author, and Jodie Hodges at United Agents representing the illustrator.
Luna Loves Library Day is described as “a love letter to the magic of libraries and the worlds they hold from the view point of Luna, whose favourite day of the week is the day she spends with her dad reading stories and choosing books in the library.”
Joseph Coelho was the winner of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Poetry Award in 2015.
HarperCollins Children’s Books has announced the publication The World Worst Children 2, a new collection from David Walliams. With illustrations by Tony Ross, it will publish in hardback on 25th May 2017.
David’s release of his first volume, The World’s Worst Children, held the industry No.1 slot for three weeks, and the children’s-chart No.1 slot for ten weeks. Success continued throughout 2016 with the book staying 29 weeks in the Children’s Top Ten and exceeding sales of over 500,000 in the UK alone.
David Walliams says, “I wrote the first collection of short stories with the reluctant reader in mind. I wanted to create a book that would be very friendly for children whatever their reading ability, full of surreal humour and colourful illustrations from the great Tony Ross. This new book has all new characters and stories and I am thrilled to be unleashing these horrible children on the world.”
Andersen Press Sign Suffragette YA Novel
Sally Nicholls has joined the Andersen Press list with a suffragette-based YA novel Things a Bright Girl Can Do, set for release in hardback in September 2017. This is the first in a two-book deal signed by Charlie Sheppard, Publishing Director at Andersen Press, negotiated with Jodie Hodges at United Agents. Andersen Press hold world rights.
According to the publisheer, Things a Bright Girl Can Do follows three courageous young women as they join the fight for the vote, through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End.
Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women’s freedom.
May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who’s grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place.
Released just before the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which finally allowed women to vote, Things a Bright Girl Can Do comes as our own political landscape is in turmoil, and the protests of those under-represented and marginalised are headline news.
Charlie Sheppard, Publishing Director at Andersen, describes the history behind the book, and signing Sally to the fiction list:
“I have been looking for a book with suffragettes at its heart since 2013, when the Jockey Club did not give Emily Wilding Davison a minute’s of silence to mark the centenary of the fateful day at Epsom Derby when she threw herself under the King’s Horse.
I wanted to publish a book about suffragettes that would reach young people. We commissioned Sally Nicholls, whose writing I have admired for a very long time, to write one for us and the result is stunning and its publication will be a celebration of and testament to the young women of the past who sacrificed so much for us. What they did must never be forgotten or taken for granted.”
Author, Sally Nicholls added, “It’s been a privilege to work on this book, to learn about early feminists and to compare their experiences to the battles still being fought by women today. With all that’s happened in the last year, it feels like such an important story for young readers to hear. Their fight must never be forgotten.”
Things a Bright Girl Can Do will be released September 2017, hardback £12.99
Bloomsbury Children’s Books has bought world rights to a debut YA novel by Mary Watson and one other title ahead of Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
The Wren Hunt tells the story of two ancient powers fighting for survival and one girl, born of both, who will decide their fate.
The deal was brokered by editorial director Ellen Holgate and Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge & White.
Holgate said she was “reluctant” to pigeon-hole the genre because it was “so different from anything else out there”.
“The setting is contemporary, but with a deep, ancient magic thinly veiled from view – it sizzles with romance, betrayal, deceit, lies and magic,” she said. “The tension at the heart of The Wren Hunt makes it read like a thriller, but the high concept is backed up by exceptional writing.”
TWO BOOK DEAL FOR MACMILLAN
In what The Bookseller describes as a “fierce” auction, Macmillan Children’s Books have secured have world rights for two books by Sophie Cameron
The first title, Out Of The Blue, will be published in the UK in spring 2018.
DEALS AT HACHETTE IMPRINTS
Quercus Children’s Books has acquired Ariadnis, a fantasy YA début by Josh Martin. Then deal includes a second book.
Sarah Lambert, editorial director at Quercus Children’s and Hodder Children’s, told The Bookseller: “We see Ariadnis sitting alongside the hottest contemporary fantasy novels, such as The Sin Eater’s Daughter [by Melinda Salisbury, Scholastic] and Red Queen [by Victoria Aveyard, Orion].”
Orchard Books have signed a three-book deal with German publisher Coppenrath for a teen series called Dark Matter from Teri Terry.
The first title, Contagion, will be published in the UK in May 2017.
Hachette Children’s Group has also won an eight-publisher Frankfurt auction to acquire debut children’s author Jessica Townsend.
The first story in a middle grade trilogy, will be published under the Orion Children’s imprint in the UK, although title and publication date are yet to be announced.
Helen Thomas, editorial director at HCG imprint, bought the novel in a three-book, world-right ‘six-figure’ deal.
The new author, previously a copywriter and the editor of a children’s wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, is based in Australia.
New Alex Rider Book From Horowitz For Walker
Despite previously announcing that the series had concluded, there is going to be a new Alex Rider title, Never Say Die, which Wlaker’s Jane Winterbotham has told The Bookseller is “the most action-packed and thrilling instalment of the series so far, with sequences set in Egypt, London and Europe”.
Scholastic Signs Up Dara Ó Briain
Beyond The Sky, a debut non-fiction children’s book by Irish comedian and presenter Dara Ó Briain will be a lead Christmas title for Scholastic.
Miriam Farbey, UK publisher and global nonfiction publisher at Scholasti, told The Bookseller: “One of the UK and Ireland’s best-loved comedians and presenters, Dara is going to be a brilliant new voice in children’s publishing and we couldn’t be more proud to be publishing his debut book. There is literally no one smarter or more hilarious than Dara Ó Briain when it comes to talking to kids and their families about our weird and wonderful universe.”
Lauren St John TV Pilot
Centurion Television has acquired the TV development rights to Dead Man’s Cove, the first book in the Laura Marlin Mystery series by Lauren St John (Orion Children’s Books).Filming for a pilot episode, starring Bronte Carmichael as Laura Marlin and Parus Mehra as Tariq, starts later this month in North Somerset and Cornwall. Benedict Taylor will play as Laura Marlin’s uncle, Calvin Redfern, while Sharon Morgan will take on the role of Matron.
An Adult Title Coming From Jo Nadin
Mantle has acquired The Queen Of Bloody Everything, the first novel for adults from Joanna Nadin. It will publish next year.
Andersen Press has acquired a YA novel by debut author and bookseller Catherine Barter.
Fiction editor Chloe Sackur acquired world rights from Laura Williams at PFD.
Sackur said: “I believe Catherine is a bright new star in British YA fiction. Troublemakers is an achingly honest coming-of-age novel about family, and the politicised world we live in. It’s got something to say for itself but it still wears its heart on its sleeve.”
The title will be published June 2017.
full piece via Bookseller Barter’s YA debut snapped up | The Bookseller.
Bloomsbury Children’s Books has acquired two Christmas stories for younger readers by Katherine Rundell.
The first book, as yet untitled, is about a child called Theo who, when left at home with a babysitter on Christmas Eve, wishes he could have some friends to keep him company. Moments later the Christmas decorations disentangle themselves from the tree, ready to wreak a little havoc. The title will be illustrated by Emily Sutton and published in gift format in October 2017.
The second book will also be published in gift format in October 2017.