Bookouture sign Ruby Hummingbird

We are overjoyed to be welcoming Ruby Hummingbird and her heartwarming and moving novels to Bookouture.

Commissioning Editor Christina Demosthenous has acquired two up-lit novels from Clare Wallace at Darley Anderson Literary Agency. Ruby Hummingbird’s The Wish List of Albie Young will publish in November 2019, followed by a second book next year.

Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things, The Wish List of Albie Young tells the story of Maria Maple, who lives a very ordered life. On Monday, she does her weekly shop. On Tuesday, she goes for a blow-dry. On Wednesday, she visits the laundrette. And on Thursday – her favourite day of all – she sees her dear friend Albie Young. Except, one Thursday, Albie doesn’t turn up to their favourite café. And when she discovers what has happened to him, and what he has left behind, in the form of his secret wish list, her world is turned well and truly upside down.

Christina Demosthenous said,

I am so proud and excited at the prospect of working with Ruby. Her writing is full of heart, wit, emotion and humour, and reading her stories is like sipping your favourite hot chocolate on a crisp winter’s day – it’s comforting, uplifting and incredibly moreish! The Wish List of Albie Young made me laugh, cry, and give my loved ones a good old cuddle, and I cannot wait for it to warm the hearts of readers around the world. I know that in Ruby we have a fresh and bold new voice in reading group fiction, and I’m certain she’s going to be the next Big Thing.

Ruby Hummingbird said,

I am thrilled to be joining the team at Bookouture – I have admired them from afar for a very long time. Working with them, they are proving to just be as dynamic, friendly and exciting as I hoped they’d be!

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Maisie Lawrence promoted to Commissioning Editor at Bookouture

We’re so very excited to share that Bookouture have promoted Maisie Lawrence to the role of Commissioning Editor.

Maisie is currently a Publishing Executive at Bookouture, and prior to joining in February 2018, worked at Simon and Schuster and Canelo, and was also a co-founder of Pride in Publishing.

Whilst in her current role, Maisie has worked on the prolific Betty Rowlands backlist publishing programme, as well as starting to grow her own list with authors Beth Miller and J. M. Hewitt.

Publisher Jenny Geras said of the promotion,

Congratulations to Maisie on her very well-deserved promotion. Since joining Bookouture last year, she has done brilliant work alongside many of our editors on their authors, at the same time as starting to grow her own list. We can’t wait to see what she does next.

Maisie Lawrence said,

I’m thrilled to be stepping into this role within a team I already love and which is so supportive, creative and forward-looking. I’ve learned a huge amount since I started at Bookouture and I love the author-centric, data-driven way that we work. I can’t wait to find some incredible writers and bring more commercial bestsellers to our brilliant list.

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Bookouture sign debut author Kelly Heard

We are very excited to share that Publishing Executive Leodora Darlington has acquired World All Language rights for two novels from debut author Kelly Heard.

Kelly’s first book is a beautiful and heart-breaking novel about a woman scarred by a painful past, searching for her lost daughter and trying to finally find happiness. The Fortune Teller’s Promise will publish in October 2019, with book two following in February 2020.

Leodora says,

Kelly’s debut novel is really something special. In the opening, we meet Adella Shaw as she discovers that the baby girl she gave up for adoption is missing. What follows is an utterly compelling book about the endurance of love and the power of forgiveness, set against the backdrop of the beautiful valleys and mountains of rural Virginia. Kelly’s writing is both stunning and gripping, and we are so lucky to be welcoming her into the fold. I can’t wait for readers to get their hands on this book – it’s an absolute must read. Kelly is an absolute joy to work with and fans of Kristin Hannah and Where the Crawdads Sing will fall in love with her writing.

Kelly says,

I’m pleased beyond words to be publishing my debut novel with Bookouture. From our first conversation, I felt that Leodora shared my vision and enthusiasm for my story, and working with her has been a joy. I’m beyond thrilled to begin this new journey with such an exquisite and talented team!

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New role for Claire Bord at Bookouture; Ruth Tross to join from Hodder

We have some VERY exciting news to share with you today. 

Claire Bord will take on a new role at Bookouture from May, focusing on new areas of publishing for the company – including commissioning the first non-fiction titles for the list.

Oliver Rhodes, CEO of Bookouture said of the move,

Having played a fundamentally important role in growing Bookouture from a small start-up to one of the leading digital publishers, Claire has a brilliant insight into what it takes to establish a new digitally focused list. As we look to diversify our publishing, I find it really exciting that Claire will have the opportunity to do this again – operating in an entrepreneurial role where I know she will add enormous value.

Bord will continue to publish her current list of fiction authors which includes the multi-million bestselling author Angela Marsons and keep her title of Publisher. She will also remain a key member of the Bookouture management team.

Bord commented,

I will always be a passionate fiction editor and to be able to complement that with my love of non-fiction is an amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to build on the phenomenal success we’ve achieved at Bookouture by branching out into an area of the market we don’t currently occupy, and expanding our readership even further.

Also in May, Ruth Tross will join Bookouture from Hodder, where she will take up the role of Publishing Director, heading up the editorial team which currently reports into Bord.

Tross started her publishing career at Sceptre. In 2011 she launched the Mulholland crime list at Hodder & Stoughton and in 2017 became Hodder’s crime and thriller publisher. She has worked on international bestsellers Jeffery Deaver and Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Sunday Times bestsellers and Richard & Judy picks Sabine Durrant and Erin Kelly, digital hits Sarah Alderson and David Mark, and classics including Leslie Charteris and Dorothy L Sayers.

In her new role, Tross will report to Publisher Jenny Geras who said of the appointment,

I am over the moon to have Ruth joining us at Bookouture. Her reputation in the industry is rightly outstanding – combining list management and team leadership with a track record of publishing both physical and digital bestsellers. I know she will do a brilliant job of leading the team here, and in growing her own list.

Ruth Tross said,

I will miss Hodder immensely – I started as an editorial assistant there, and everything I know I’ve learnt from my wonderful authors and colleagues along the way. But there are always new things to discover and I am very excited to be joining an innovative and impressive company that publishes very differently, at a key moment in its expansion.

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Bookouture re-sign thriller authors Merritt, Sanderson and Chase

WE’RE VERY EXCITED to share the news that we’ve re-signed contracts with some of your favourite thriller authors. 

Commissioning Editor Helen Jenner has acquired World All Language rights from Charlie Viney at The Viney Shaw Agency for two books in a new series from crime author Chris Merritt. The first book in the new Lockhart and Green detective series will publish in March 2020, with the second book following in July 2020.

Helen Jenner said of the announcement,

I’m thrilled to be working with Chris Merritt on this new series. Having published Chris’s first three books at Bookouture, I am in awe of his storytelling and character building. He is able to weave brilliantly tight crime plots with wonderfully crafted characters that truly engage crime fans. I’m very excited to introduce readers to Lockhart and Green.

Chris Merritt said of the announcement,

I loved working with Bookouture on my first three novels and I can’t wait to develop this new series – taking readers to some dark and disturbing places in the minds of serial killers. I’ll be drawing on my own professional background to write the character of Dr Lexi Green, a clinical psychologist who helps police untangle complex murder cases in London. I’m excited to write her as well as a host of other new characters – particularly Detective Inspector Dan Lockhart, an ex-soldier who’s trying to come to terms with his wife’s disappearance… though he’s the only one who believes she’s still alive.

Commissioning Editor Christina Demosthenous has acquired World English Language rights for two new psychological thrillers by Lesley Sanderson, from Hayley Steed at Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency. The first book will be published in November 2019, followed by a second book in April 2020.

Christina Demosthenous said,

I couldn’t be more excited to publish more novels by Lesley. She writes sharp, thrilling and clever stories, packed full of twists, which explore the dark, obsessive and dangerous side of female friendships. Her next two books promise to keep her fans on their toes!

Lesley Sanderson said,

I’m thrilled to be offered another two book deal with Bookouture. I’ve loved the whole experience of working with such an inspiring team and in particular editing with Christina is a joy. I can’t wait to get more books out into the world and I am grateful to everyone who reads my books.

Associate Publisher Kathryn Taussig has acquired World All Language rights for a new cozy crime series from Amazon top-twenty bestselling author Clare Chase. The first book will follow obituary writer Eve Mallow as she attempts to solve a mysterious murder in her charming village of Saxford St. Peter. It will be published in January 2020, followed by the second two novels later in the year.

Kathryn Taussig said,

Clare is a joy to work with and I love the life she brings to her characters and the complex relationships between them. This new series will play to all her strengths and hopefully bring her a bevy of new fans. It’s going to be amazing!

Clare Chase said,

I’m so excited to be working on a new cozy mystery series with Bookouture and my inspiring editor Kathryn. The books feature obituary writer Eve Mallow, and will be classic whodunits, set in the fictional Suffolk village of Saxford St Peter. I can’t wait to share them with readers.

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Bookouture re-sign saga authors Howes, Page and Dickson

In more great news, we’re delighted to tell you that we’ll be bringing you more fabulous books from authors Pam Howes, Lizzie Page and Shirley Dickson.

Commissioning Editor Abigail Fenton has acquired World all language rights in a fourth Lark Lane book plus a new Liverpool saga trilogy from bestselling author Pam Howes. The Midwives of Lark Lane will publish in December 2019, followed by The Girls of Liberty Street, book 1 of the Bryant Sisters trilogy, in June 2020.

Abigail Fenton said of the deal,

The reaction to Pam’s Lark Lane series has been fantastic, and I’m so thrilled that there will be a fourth instalment to follow Cathy and Alice’s journey further; I know Pam’s fans will be overjoyed to have more of their story. Pam’s skill at bringing wartime Liverpool to life is unparalleled, and The Girls of Liberty Street kicks off what promises to be Pam’s best series yet. Following three friends through the forties, full of heartbreak, friendship, joy and hope, the series will be top of every saga fans to-read list.

Pam Howes said,

I am absolutely thrilled to bits to be continuing writing sagas for Bookouture. I have had such a fabulous response from my lovely readers for the Mersey Trilogy and the Lark Lane series and am enjoying planning and plotting stories for my new characters, once more set in my favourite city of Liverpool and surrounding suburbs. I’m really looking forward to working with the Bookouture team again and especially my patient and supportive editorial team: Abi, Natasha and Ellen.

Associate Publisher Kathryn Taussig has also acquired World English rights from Thérèse Coen at Hardman and Swainson for two new novels from Lizzie Page. Publishing in 2020, these new novels – like Lizzie’s previous writing for Bookouture – will be set in wartime Britain and are inspired by the incredible true stories of real people who served.

Lizzie Page says,

I’m absolutely thrilled to be signing for two more books with Bookouture. Kathryn is a fabulous editor and it’s a huge pleasure to work with her. Kathryn helped turn the War Nurses trilogy into something very wonderful and I can’t wait to see what we do with the next two books. There will be women overcoming adversity in a war-time situation (inspired by real-life heroines), there will be difficult relationships, and there will also be some surprises on the way too.

Kathryn Taussig says,

There’s something very special about Lizzie’s writing, which takes the events we read about in history books and makes them utterly personal and human. Her characters are nuanced and genuine, and Lizzie shows real compassion for them – for this reason her books are always very moving. I am so looking forward to working on more novels together – they’re going to be brilliant!

And finally, Commissioning Editor Christina Demosthenous has acquired World All Language rights for two new novels from bestselling author Shirley Dickson, which will both publish in 2020.

Christina Demonsthenous said,

I couldn’t be more excited to be signing up Shirley for two more books. After the exciting success of The Orphan Sisters, which has been a runaway bestseller in both the UK and US, I can’t wait to wow her fans with more heartbeaking, poignant and unforgettable WW2 historical novels. Readers are going to need the tissues on hand for these!

Shirley said,

I am absolutely thrilled to have signed another two book deal with Bookouture. It has been the most exciting year and I look forward to working again with my fantastic editor, Christina and the supportive Bookouture team. Thank you to readers who have bought my books and given such lovely reviews.

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Bookouture re-sign Bloom and Ashcroft

We’re very excited to share that Bookouture have re-signed contracts with two of your favourite women’s fiction authors. 

Firstly, Bookouture have acquired a new novel from Tracy Bloom in the ‘No-One Ever Has Sex’ series. Publisher Jenny Geras acquired World English rights from Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.

No-One Ever Has Sex on Holiday will be published on 29 July this year, and will be the fifth book in the bestselling series. The fourth, No-One Ever Has Sex at a Wedding will be published by Bookouture on 31 March.

Jenny Geras said,

No-one writes laugh-out-loud funny like Tracy Bloom. I absolutely adore this series and am so delighted that Katy, Ben and the rest of the gang will be failing to have sex in yet another location this summer.

Tracy Bloom said,

I cannot believe I’m getting to take these characters on holiday! From an antenatal class in Leeds where it all began in No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday to the joys of taking kids on holiday to try and desperately to have a good time. Delighted that people want to hear more and know that Bookouture will do an excellent job in spreading the word.

And in other news, Associate Publisher Natasha Harding has agreed a new three-book World Rights contract direct with author Donna Ashcroft, winner of the RNA Katie Fforde 2017 Bursary Award.

Three new gorgeous and uplifting romance novels will publish in September 2019, April 2020 and September 2020.

Natasha Harding said

I’m so delighted to be working with lovely Donna Ashcroft on three more feel-good, heart-warming stories. Her writing is oh so addictive and brimming with warmth and humour. It’s easy to see why Donna’s already become a firm favourite with bloggers and readers. And I’m incredibly excited by the fantastic hooks and characters at the heart of her new novels. Watch this space!

Donna Ashcroft said

I’ve absolutely loved working with the Bookouture team and am delighted to be staying with them for another three books.

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Kathryn Taussig promoted to head new team at Bookouture

We’re SUPER EXCITED to share the news that Kathryn Taussig has been promoted to the role of Publishing Director at Bookouture, and will take on responsibility for recruiting and leading the new US-focused publishing team.

Taussig, originally from California, joined Bookouture as Associate Publisher from Quercus in August 2017, and has since then acquired a number of bestsellers for the digital imprint, including Lucy Dawson, Jill Childs, and Debbie Viggiano.

At the beginning of this year, Bookouture announced its plans to establish a third editorial team. The new team will publish commercial fiction, but will be tasked with diversifying the list, with a particular focus on the US market.

Taussig will start in her new role on 23 April, and will report to Publisher Jenny Geras, who said of the promotion,

Kathryn has made a huge impact on Bookouture since she joined us. She is an outstanding publisher, manager and entrepreneur and I know that she and her new team will achieve great things for Bookouture.

Kathryn Taussig said,

I am absolutely thrilled to be stepping into this role. I have learned a lot during my time at Bookouture and I find the way we publish – author and reader-focused and data-driven – so inspiring. The US is already a huge territory for us, but there’s so much more to be achieved there still and I’m excited to be given the chance to expand our global readership.

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