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.
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.
Charlotte Eyre summarises some early deals made at (and prior to) Bologna….
Bloomsbury bought world rights to a YA novel by début author Karen Gregory on the first day of the fair yesterday (Monday 4th April). Gregory’s Countless is about a girl called Hedda who decides to call a truce with her eating disorder, which she calls “Nia”, when she finds out that she is pregnant. Publishing director Rebecca McNally acquired world rights in a two-book deal from Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge & White. Publication of the title is scheduled for May 2017.
Meanwhile Bloomsbury Children’s has sold Letters to the Lost, a Young Adult fiction title by Brigid Kemmerer, in four territories: the Netherlands, Spain, Latin American (Spanish-language) and Serbia. The publisher also expects to close deals with publishers from Brazil, Germany and France at the fair. Bloomsbury bought world rights from Mandy Hubbard at D4EO Literary Agency.
Anne Clark at the Anne Clark Literary Agency sold three books to Oxford University Press ahead of the opening of this year’s fair. World rights were sold in Middle Grade thriller Stunt Double and another, as-yet-untitled book by Tamsin Cooke; and Lucy’s Magical Surprise, an animal story for younger readers written by Anne Booth.
Barrington Stoke will publish a dyslexia-friendly version of John Steinbeck’s classic novel Of Mice and Men after agreeing a sub-licensing deal with Penguin Random House. The accessible version, due for release in September, will be printed on a tinted background, with large-print text and spacing. Barrington Stoke said it “may consider” publishing accessible versions of more classic novels in the future.
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired two new YA/adult crossover novels from Lauren Oliver.
Associate publisher Kate Howard acquired British Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to the books by Olivier, best-selling author of the Delirium trilogy and Before I Fall, in a deal struck with Caspian Dennis on behalf of Jess Regel at Foundry Literary and Media.
Replica [due October this year] is the first of the two books promising a "rip-roaring, emotionally intense storyline" exploring issues of identity and "what makes us human".
Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired two new books from Sarah Crossan. The first of the two books will be published in 2016 and will be supported by a high profile, global marketing and publicity plan.
"I am thrilled. I have always felt at home at Bloomsbury and feel lucky to have such a wonderful family looking after me" Sarah Crossan
Sarah’s debut book, The Weight of Water, won The Eilís Dillon Award for a First Children’s Book (CBI Book of the Year Awards), the We Read Prize, a Coventry Inspiration Book Award and a UKLA Book Award in the UK and was published to glowing reviews and acclaim in the US. It was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the CLPE Poetry Award. Her latest novel, Apple and Rain, is nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2014 and will publish in the US in May 2015.
Zoe Griffiths, Senior Commissioning Editor, Bloomsbury Children’s Books acquired World English language rights from Julia Churchill at AM Heath Literary Agency.
as reported in The Bookseller:
Hot Key Books has acquired two titles for teens from Stuart David, a founding member of the band Belle & Sebastian.
Editor Naomi Colthurst bought world rights for Jackdaw and the Randoms and a further untitled Jackdaw book from agent Joanna Swainson at Hardman & Swainson.
Bass player and song writer David was a founding member of Belle & Sebastian, but left the band in 2000.
Hot Key will publish Jackdaw and the Randoms in November 2015, with Little Brown’s Abacus imprint publishing In The All Night Cafe a memoir by the same author earlier in the year (April).
LITTLE, BROWN BOOK GROUP is delighted to announce the acquisition of a middle grade title, Joe All Alone, from Joanna Nadin.
Karen Ball, Publisher at Atom and LBYR, acquired World rights from Julia Churchill at AM Heath.
Joe All Alone is aimed at the 10+ audience. It follows the story of a young boy, Joe, left to cope alone in his Peckham high rise flat, when his mum flies to Spain on holiday without him. He decides to treat this as an adventure and a welcome break from Dean, his mum’s latest boyfriend. Joe begins to explore his neighbourhood, making a tentative friendship with new neighbour, Asha. But when the food and money run out, his mum doesn’t come home, and the local thugs catch up with him, Joe realises time is running out, and makes a decision that will change his life forever.
This is a key acquisition for Little, Brown Young Readers, a new UK children’s imprint that celebrated its first birthday at the start of 2014.