We are thrilled today to share the fabulous news that we have re-signed contracts with some of your favourite Bookouture authors.  

Isobel Akenhead has acquired world rights two more psychological thrillers from the bestselling author of OUR LITTLE LIES, Sue Watson. THE SISTER-IN-LAW and PERFECT MATCH will both be published in 2020.

Isobel said:

I absolutely love working with Sue and am so thrilled we’ll be publishing more of her brilliant psychological thrillers in 2020. Sue has already proven herself as an author to watch out for in the genre. And, with her brilliant characterisation and incredible skill in building tension for maximum drama, both of these novels promise to be unmissable.

Sue said:

I always wanted to write a psychological thriller, but it took a brave and accomplished editor like Isobel Akenhead to help me move successfully into what was, for me a new and very different genre. I really love working with Isobel and the fabulous team at Bookouture and I’m incredibly excited to continue on my psychological thriller journey with the next two books.

Commissioning Editor Helen Jenner has acquired World All Language rights for three more books from gritty crime author Emma Tallon. Following on from the success of her first five books with Bookouture, the new contract will continue the current series.

Helen Jenner said:

I couldn’t be happier to be working with Emma again. She has created a brilliant crime series that keeps getting better and better. Emma has some great ideas for the new books and I can’t wait for her fans to see what she has in store for Anna and Freddie.

Emma Tallon said:

I’m over the moon to have signed a third contract to work with this fantastic publisher and also my amazing editor Helen Jenner. Feeling so grateful and happy that Helen and I get to continue working together and I’m also really looking forward to bringing more drama, colour and beautifully flawed characters into the world of crime fiction.

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Christina Demosthenous promoted to Associate Publisher at Bookouture

We are UBER EXCITED today to share the news that Bookouture have promoted Christina Demosthenous to the role of Associate Publisher.

Demosthenous moved from Headline to Bookouture in November 2017, and since then has built up a list which covers a number of genres including book club, psychological thriller, romance, historical and commercial women’s fiction. Her recent bestsellers include Sophie Ranald’s Sorry Not Sorry and Shirley Dickson’s The Orphan Sisters.

Demosthenous will start her new role on 3 June, and will report to Ruth Tross, Publishing Director, who joins Bookouture at the end of May.

Jenny Geras, Publisher, said,

We are thrilled to see Christina taking on this new role. In her time at Bookouture so far, she has impressed us all with her commercial instincts, her creativity and copywriting skills and her brilliant editorial work and author care. I know she’ll do an excellent job in this new role, both in growing her own list and in taking on management of other members of the editorial team.

Demosthenous said,

I couldn’t be more excited about my new role at Bookouture. It’s such a thrill working with such an innovative and inspiring team that continues to lead the market, and I’m incredibly passionate about what we do here. I have learnt so much since joining the company 18 months ago, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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Bookouture publish 500th title

We are absolutely delighted and as proud as punch to announce that today we publish our 500th Bookouture title!

Our 500th publication is Blood Broken by Lindsay J. Pryor. Blood Broken the finale in the Blackthorn series combines sizzling passion with a dark, complex and dangerous dystopian world. Readers around the globe have been eagerly awaiting the final instalment in this bestselling series.

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Blood Shadows, which was the first book in the Blackthorn series, was also the VERY FIRST title that Bookouture published way back in November 2012.

What a fabulous way to celebrate our 500th book. Congratulations to everyone who has been part of this amazing journey.

Founder and CEO Oliver Rhodes said,

I am very proud to have published Blood Shadows as Bookouture’s first book and it seems fitting that Blood Broken should be our five hundredth, six-and-a-half years later. Bookouture has grown quickly over that time – from a one-person start-up to a team of twenty six, with over twenty-five million copies sold. At the heart of everything though has always been great story-telling and the Blackthorn series is a brilliant example of that. Having already read my copy of Blood Broken, I know that readers are set for a thrilling finale.

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Bookouture re-sign more books from your favourite fiction authors

We are super excited today to share the fabulous news that we have re-signed contracts with some of your favourite Bookouture authors.  

Isobel Akenhead has acquired world rights to Karen King’s next heart-warming, feel-good Christmas novel – SINGLE ALL THE WAY which will publish in October 2019.

Set just before Christmas it tells the story of a mother and daughter who break up with their husbands at the same time. Escaping to a remote cottage in Cornwall together, they start to repair their hearts. But who will find happiness, and who will find their way home?

Isobel said,

Like so many readers, I absolutely love Karen’s warm, emotional, romantic writing style and I am so thrilled to be working with her again. I think this book has huge potential and will speak to mothers and daughters everywhere.

Karen said,

I’m so delighted to be published by Bookouture again. Isobel is a fantastic editor to work with, her enthusiasm for my ideas is so encouraging and her editorial advice is always spot on. I’m particularly delighted to be setting another Christmas book in Cornwall, a place that is so close to my heart, and to explore the special mother-daughter relationship that is at the heart of my novel. I hope that readers enjoy it as much as they enjoyed Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel.

We will also be publishing two more hilarious romantic comedies by Sophie Ranald. Christina Demosthenous acquired World All Language rights to two new novels from Araminta Whitley at The Soho Agency, to be published in 2020.

Christina said,

It has been such a thrill publishing Sorry Not Sorry, which has been a runaway bestseller for us ever since it published. Sophie’s writing is smart, sassy and makes me spit out my tea with laughter whenever I’m editing it, and I cannot wait to blow away her fans with more fantastic books.

Sophie said,

Working with Bookouture over the past 12 months has been an absolute delight. The support I’ve received from Christina and the rest of the team has been amazing, and the strong sales of Sorry Not Sorry are testament to their hard work and expert knowledge of the market. I’m thrilled to be working with them on two more novels following the release of It’s Not You, It’s Him in June.

We will also be publishing two more novels by Drew Davies. Christina Demosthenous acquired World English Language rights to two women’s fiction novels from Hattie Grunewald at Blake Friedmann, to be published in 2020 and 2021.

Christina said,

Drew’s writing is hilarious, heartfelt, and utterly unique. His high-concept novels have won over his fans with their delightful quirkiness, and I cannot wait to unleash these gorgeous gems to the world!

Drew said,

 Wow, what can I say – just to be nominated is such an honour, but to win… What? I didn’t win an award? I don’t know, most enthusiastic newcomer or something? Oh I see, the announcement! Where to begin? Christina is one of the smartest people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. The team at Bookouture is an author’s dream. I can’t wait to write my next two books – and maybe, just maybe, I’ll win an award for most enthusiastic newcomer one day after all!

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Ann Bennett’s historical novels to Bookouture

We’re super excited today to share the news that Commissioning Editor Jennifer Hunt has acquired world rights to two atmospheric historical novels from award-winning author Ann Bennett.  Both will publish in 2020. 

The first tells the story of two women and their connections to Cedar Hall Orphanage in Weirfield-on-Thames. Sarah, who discovers something strange about the orphanage where her father grew up as a child during WW2, and Connie, the young girl who used to live there, who was raised to keep quiet about the goings on at home and has attempted to bury her memories…

Jennifer said,

Ann writes powerful and heartbreaking stories that capture the consequences of war. Her writing is brimming with beautiful descriptions and she creates immensely intriguing and compelling characters. Readers will be carried away by every clever line, and shocked by the secrets these characters find in the past. I’m so excited to bring her writing to more readers.

Ann added,

I’ve been writing historical fiction, mainly about the second world war, for several years now, and this novel is a departure for me – inspired by researching family history. I loved creating a mystery that emerges through the stories of three different women. I’m thrilled that Bookouture are taking me on and flattered to be joining the ranks of their wonderful authors.

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Hannah Bond joins Bookouture

We’re delighted to announce some exciting internal Bookouture news. 

Hannah Bond, previously Editorial Assistant at Hodder, will join the company as Publishing Executive on 7th May.

Publishing Executive Hannah Bond will report to Associate Publisher Natasha Harding, who joined the company in 2017 from Avon, HarperCollins, and will work closely with her and Commissioning Editor Jennifer Hunt.

Harding said,

I’m thrilled to be welcoming Hannah Bond to the Bookouture family. Hannah already has an impressive track record, working with authors such as David Nicholls, Angela Clarke and Sabine Durrant. Hannah’s infectious enthusiasm and creativity coupled with her self-confessed love of data and organisation feels like the perfect fit for our dynamic, innovative publishing team.

Bond said,

I will miss Hodder, and all my excellent colleagues and the authors I’ve worked with, hugely, but I’m delighted to be joining Bookouture. I’ve been watching their innovative, forward-looking digital publishing with keen interest, and I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to become a part of their fantastic team.

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Lauren Westwood moves to Bookouture

We are delighted to share the fabulous news that Commissioning Editor Jennifer Hunt has acquired two gripping women’s fiction novels by Lauren Westwood, previously published by Aria. The deal for World English rights was made via Anna Power at Johnson & Alcock.

The first novel, out in Autumn 2019, is a dark and emotional story about the fractured relationship between a mother and her daughter. As Skye Turner is forced to return to her isolated cliff-edge village to care for her mother, she faces a devastating lie about the twin sister she lost the day she left and all the small town residents that have been complicit in covering it up.

Jennifer said,

Lauren is an incredibly compelling storyteller, I have long admired her complex characters and clever plots and these books are addictive page-turners. She’s taken everything she knows about strong characters and atmospheric settings and added something a little bit darker, upping the tension and suspense and creating her most captivating novels to date.

Lauren added,

I am very grateful for this opportunity to take my career to the next level and reach a wider audience for my books. I look forward to this new collaboration and hope that readers enjoy the darker edge to my work.

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