Bookouture sign psychological thriller writer Valerie Keogh in a two-book deal

We are delighted to announce that psychological thriller writer Valerie Keogh has signed a two-book, World All Languages deal with Bookouture and Commissioning Editor, Jessie Botterill. The first book, a twisted, high-concept thriller about two sisters fighting for one perfect life, will publish in November 2018.

Jessie Botterill said,

Valerie’s amazingly taut and suspenseful writing left me reeling. Once I started, I just couldn’t stop. Several nail-biting hours later I just knew I had found something very special indeed. She’s bursting with ideas and will be a huge asset to the Bookouture list!

Valerie Keogh said,

I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Bookouture and working with such a fantastic team. Meeting my editor Jessie Botterill and seeing how enthusiastic she was about my novel was amazing. Her passion and excitement is infectious. I’m honoured to be among the wonderful writers who are published through Bookouture and look forward to the journey ahead.

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Bookouture sign bestselling crime writer Graham Smith.

Bookouture are delighted to announce that bestselling crime writer Graham Smith is joining us for a three book deal, launching a major new crime detective series.

Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead acquired World all language and audio rights. The first novel in the Beth Young series will publish in November 2018, with the following novels in March and July 2019.

Isobel Akenhead said:

I am absolutely thrilled that Graham is joining Bookouture, as we are long-time admirers of his writing. The first novel follows our heroine, DC Beth Young, as she investigates a series of violent killings in Cumbria. It is gripping, powerful, and utterly page-turning – a must-read for all crime fiction fans.

Graham Smith said:

I’m hugely excited to be joining Bookouture with this new series and I’m looking forward to working closely with Isobel Akenhead. Beth Young is a character who intrigues me and with Isobel’s expert guidance I’m sure this intrigue will captivate readers as she faces all manner of problems.

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Bookouture sign agreement with The Artists Partnership

Bookouture sign agreement with The Artists Partnership

Bookouture are delighted to announce that they have appointed Emily Hayward-Whitlock and Sarah Vignoles of The Artists Partnership to represent their authors’ books for film, stage and TV. The Artists Partnership is a leading international agency representing actors, screenwriters, playwrights, directors and book to film, and with their sister company, The Development Partnership, linking those resources with producers and broadcasters. They represent many high-profile actors including Idris Elba, Joseph Fiennes and Emily Blunt, and recent deals include adaptations of Pure by Rose Cartwright currently shooting with Channel 4, H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald to Plan B, Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman to Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine  and a project being specifically devised with an author by the Development Partnership for Kim Cattrall.

Peta Nightingale, Head of Talent, said:

I love the traditional way that Emily and Sarah work, and the goals of The Artists Partnership in matching talent with great projects mirror everything we’re trying to achieve at Bookouture.  Keeping this under our own umbrella was key to our publishing ethos, and we couldn’t be happier that such a smart, hard-working team with the best industry contacts, will be working to add value for our authors on rights that we were previously unable to utilise.

Emily Hayward-Whitlock said:

We are very excited to be working with Bookouture. The range and breadth of material is amazing and they’re so forward thinking in their approach to storytelling which fits perfectly with the film and TV industry’s huge appetite for material.

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Bookouture sign women’s fiction author Brooke Harris

We’re delighted to announce that Bookouture have signed a new two-book contract with women’s fiction author Brooke Harris. Commissioning Editor Abigail Fenton acquired World English Language rights from Hayley Steed of Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.

Abigail Fenton said of the deal,

Brooke is an author I have had my eye on for a while, and so I am beyond thrilled to finally be welcoming her to the Bookouture list. Her gorgeous, evocative writing and emotional, relationship-driven storytelling have both broken and warmed the hearts of the whole Bookouture team, and I can’t wait to share these fantastic books with the world.

Brooke Harris said,

I am delighted to join the wonderful team at Bookouture. Lots of my favourite books are Bookouture titles. To be among such talented and lovely people is humbling and very exciting. Many thanks to my agent, Hayley Steed, and my editor, Abigail Fenton, for championing my story and believing in my words. I am very much looking forward to the road ahead.

Hayley Steed added,

It’s so rare to find a book that pulls as emotionally on your heartstrings as Brooke’s does – I was left feeling both bereft and uplifted after the final page. Brooke’s characters are beautifully written, and I defy anyone who can read this book and not shed a tear. I’m delighted that Abi and the incredibly dynamic Bookouture team will be bringing this wonderful story to readers next year!

The first book, which tells the story of Holly and her nana Annie, their loves and losses, will publish in March 2019, with the second to follow in July of that year.

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Bookouture sign thriller writer Erik Therme

We are delighted to announce the signing of thriller writer Erik Therme.

Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar-Smith acquired World All Language rights to When We Find You and one further thriller.

When We Find You is the story of eighteen–year-old Ally, abandoned by her real parents as a toddler. When she receives a letter from someone claiming to be her biological father she agrees to meet him, even though she worries it’s too good to be true. It is. Now Ally is missing.

Lydia Vassar-Smith said,

How could I resist such a high-concept, gripping, twist-filled thriller? Erik has all the ingredients I look for in my thriller authors and I read When We Find You in one breathless sitting.

Erik Therme said,

I can’t thank Bookouture and Lydia Vassar-Smith enough for believing in my work. I’m thrilled to be a part of this innovative team, and I look forward to sharing my books with new readers!

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Two more from Kerry Fisher, with Sphere and Grand Central to publish The Silent Wife

We’re so delighted to share that Bookouture have acquired two new novels from Kerry Fisher, Kindle bestselling author of The Silent Wife.

Jenny Geras, Publishing Director at Bookouture, acquired World English rights from Clare Wallace at Darley Anderson Literary Agency. Kerry Fisher’s novels have now sold over half a million copies for Bookouture, and The Silent Wife was one of Amazon UK’s top 10 bestselling Kindle titles of 2017.

Bookouture will also be working with fellow Hachette divisions Little, Brown Book Group in the UK and Grand Central Publishing in the US on publishing paperback editions of The Silent Wife, which will be published by both Sphere and Grand Central in Autumn 2018.

Jenny Geras said,

Kerry is a brilliant writer – every single one of her books is a gripping, emotional page-turner which readers and reviewers adore. It’s been a joy to watch her success over the last year, and I look forward to working with Kerry on her new books, and with colleagues at Sphere and Grand Central on bringing her print editions to a whole new readership.

Kerry Fisher said,

I am really excited about the next stage of my career with Bookouture and am delighted to be working with Sphere and Grand Central to bring The Silent Wife to a new audience.

Abby Parsons, Editor at Sphere said

It’s incredibly exciting to be working with the fantastic team at Bookouture in publishing Kerry’s completely compelling tales of family secrets and emotional suspense onto the Sphere paperback list. The Silent Wife has achieved astounding success in ebook and we can’t wait to bring this gripping page-turner to even more readers in its paperback outing.

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Bookouture sign two psychological thrillers with Lesley Sanderson

Bookouture are delighted to announce the signing of Lesley Sanderson, who is joining us for two psychological thrillers.

Commissioning Editor Christina Demosthenous acquired World English Language rights from Hayley Steed at the Madeleine Milburn Agency.

The Dorset Girls tells the story of Molly and Grace – two women who rose to media fame as teenagers when their friend tragically fell to her death from a Dorset cliff. Coined ‘The Dorset Girls’ by the press, only Molly and Grace know what really happened that summer – until now. After years of hiding their dark secret, the truth is finally coming to light. It’s a gripping, evocative novel about obsession, secrets and the blurred lines between love and lies.

The Dorset Girls will publish in November, followed by a second psychological thriller in March 2019.

Christina Demosthenous said:

I knew from the first few pages of The Dorset Girls that I had to publish it. Lesley has written a fantastically twisty psychological thriller that oozes with atmosphere – the brooding cliffs of Dorset and the intense, complex and obsessive relationship between Molly and Grace make for a tense and chilling read. I’m certain that readers are going to be blown away by it and I couldn’t be more thrilled that Lesley is joining us at Bookouture.

Lesley Sanderson said:

I’m so excited to be joining Bookouture and working with a great team of people who believe in my book as much as I do. I’m already enjoying working with my editor Christina Demosthenous – her enthusiasm is infectious. Thanks also to my brilliant agent Hayley Steed for her belief in The Dorset Girls and brokering this two-book deal. I hope to do both my agency and publisher proud.

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Bookouture sign a three book deal with historical fiction author Liz Trenow

We’re thrilled to announce a three-book deal with historical fiction author Liz Trenow. Commissioning editor Abigail Fenton signed the deal for US and Canadian rights with Caroline Hardman at Hardman & Swainson.

Liz is a former journalist and the author of five novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Forgotten Seamstress. She is published in the UK by Avon and Pan Macmillan.

Bookouture will publish In Love and War in July 2018, followed by The Poppy Factory in January 2019. A third novel will follow in January 2020.

Abigail Fenton said,

Liz has so many fans at Bookouture, and we’re beyond delighted to be welcoming her to the list. Her writing is beautiful and evocative, and her stories completely sweep you away. I can’t wait to bring these books to a wider audience.

Liz Trenow said,

I am so excited that through Bookouture In Love and War and The Poppy Factory will be finding new audiences in the US and Canada. Both pay tribute to ordinary individuals who were caught up in the terrible events of the First World War, which is very much in our minds as we mark the centenary of its end in 1918.

Caroline Hardman said,

I’m delighted that Liz will be continuing to grow her strong North American presence with Abi and Bookouture. I know her fans will welcome the news that they only have to wait until July to read her most moving novel to-date.

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