Venetia Gosling seals two-book deal in a six-figure sum for a “dark fantasy”:
Macmillan Children’s Books has paid a six-figure sum for the UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, of a new YA novel from E K Johnston, in a buy made at the Bologna Book Fair.
A Thousand Nights is a dark fantasy which tells the story of Scheherazade and was only sent out on submission in the UK last week.
Fiction publishing director Venetia Gosling made a pre-empt offer for the rights for two books to Caroline Walsh for David Higham, sub-agents for Adams Literary in the US.
“A Thousand Nights took me totally by surprise, it didn’t fit any of the obvious criteria I was looking for, but it just stood out a mile,” said Gosling.