Remarkable rags-to-riches tale for Black Country author who never thought she’d write again, as she sells three million copies of the Kim Stone detective series.

We are uber excited to share amazing news with you today.  

Angela Marsons’ crime detective series has surpassed three million sales in just over three years. A global phenomenon, the Detective Kim Stone series has been translated into twenty-six different languages worldwide, hitting the Kindle UK number one spot five times and selling over three million copies around the world.

Publisher, Claire Bord commented,

This is an incredible milestone for Angela and the Kim Stone series. To achieve this level of sales in such a short space of time is astonishing. Angela has a huge and growing fan-base of readers worldwide, with the Kim Stone titles featuring on bestseller lists in the US, Canada, Australia, France and Italy to name but a few. Seeing book nine in the series, Fatal Promise, rocket to the Kindle UK no.1 spot on pre-orders alone is a testament to her loyal readership and how invested readers are in Detective Kim Stone.

Angela Marsons said,

Never could I have imagined the Kim Stone series reaching three million sales. I still pinch myself every day that I get to do something I love and call it work. I am grateful to all the fabulous readers who have taken Kim Stone into their hearts and to the brilliant Bookouture team for trusting in both me and my stories.

Book nine in the Kim Stone series Fatal Promise will be released on 19th October this year.

Please do join in these awesome celebrations over on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Marsons sells millionth copy of crime thriller Silent Scream

A MASSIVE congratulations goes out today to Angela Marsons, as she sells the millionth copy of crime thriller Silent Scream.

It’s a remarkable rags-to-riches tale for the Black Country author who never thought she’d write again.

  • Silent Scream has sold 1 million copies while in total the Kim Stone detective series has achieved close to 3 million sales.
  • A no.1 Kindle UK and Kindle US top 10 bestseller.
  • A global phenomenon: the Kim Stone series has been translated into 26 languages across the world. 

With money tight after being made redundant from her job of nineteen years, and with her disabled partner recovering from major surgery, Angela had hit rock bottom. After being turned down for a job in an Amazon warehouse, she was forced to sell their belongings and borrow from family members to pay the mortgage – the prospect of losing their home was a very real one.

To make matters worse, Angela’s dreams of becoming an author were crushed when she parted ways from a top London literary agency. The feedback from traditional publishers on her crime thriller series was always the same: ‘We love it… but not enough.’ Some worried about the Black Country setting, others that readers wouldn’t warm to her formidable, no-nonsense lead character, Detective Kim Stone. With her confidence shattered, Angela, who pens all her first drafts by hand, couldn’t even pick up a pencil to write.

In October 2014, Angela received an email. The reader she had worked with at the literary agency, Keshini Naidoo, was now a commissioning editor at a digital publisher, Bookouture – and would Angela be interested in publishing with them?

Angela says,

It was a lifeline for me – I didn’t have any expectations about what I’d sell, I thought maybe a couple of hundred copies, but I just wanted to see what readers thought. I wanted them to enjoy it.

Silent Scream has gone on to sell over a million copies and was the number one Amazon bestseller in the UK for over a month. It also reached the top 5 in the US and has secured rights deals in more than twenty-six countries, from Germany to Lithuania. Her follow-up novels, Evil Games, Lost Girls, Play Dead, Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones and Dying Truth have all hit the Amazon top ten, with many of them shooting straight to the Amazon No.1 spot on pre-orders alone.

It is the feedback from readers though that Angela has found most rewarding – with over 13,500 5-star reviews to date.

After the feedback that I’d had from traditional publishers, I was worried whether readers would be put off by the setting of my books – but I get emails every single day from readers all around the world telling me that they love Kim Stone and can’t wait for more. It’s so exciting to have that kind of feedback – I’ve been in tears more than once at the messages that I’ve received.

As for the financial benefits of becoming an international bestseller almost overnight, Angela says it is still sinking in.

The dream for me was always to write for a living, and I just feel so privileged that I can do that now. Every time I get a royalty payment, I have to pinch myself – it seems like lottery money to me. Never could I have imagined selling 3 million books. I am so lucky to work with such a talented team of people at Bookouture. From the wizard that is Oliver Rhodes to my supremely talented editor Keshini Naidoo and the unstoppable Publicity Manager, Kim Nash. Not only did they make all my dreams come true, they made new dreams and aspirations and then propelled me towards them, demonstrating a faith in me that I could only ever dream of. The last two years have been a journey of awe and discovery which continues to excite me every day. I remain truly thankful to the bloggers, reviewers and readers who have passionately supported both me and Kim Stone.

The massive eBook success of the Kim Stone books led to a major print deal for Angela’s first three novels with Bonnier Zaffre; more recently, Bookouture’s print partnership with Little, Brown Book Group’s Sphere imprint has continued her paperback success for the next books in the series, bringing a whole new audience through bookstores and supermarkets in the UK and worldwide.

As for what is next for Detective Kim Stone, Angela says that she’s full of ideas – and certainly won’t be killing her off any time soon.

I started writing because I felt like I had a story to tell. Kim Stone was the character for me who just wouldn’t go away, and I feel like I’m just at the start of her journey – there’s still plenty more to be revealed about her past as well as the next cases.

Angela’s advice for aspiring authors is simple:

I know it’s a cliché, but never give up. There’s always a chance that your luck will turn – and my rollercoaster ride is testament to that.

Global success:
• Top 100 Amazon hits in UK, US, Canada, Australia, France, Spain and India.

• Translation deals in Arabic, Brazilian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

We’d love you to join in the celebrations over at Facebook and Twitter.

Bookouture sign eight-book contract with global bestselling author Angela Marsons

It’s very exciting over here at Bookouture today!  We are overjoyed to announce that we have signed another eight-book contract with global bestselling author, Angela Marsons.

Since Silent Scream was published in late 2014, Angela has gone on to sell over one and a half million copies worldwide, with each of her four books hitting the top 10.

Keshini Naidoo, Associate Publisher, said of the deal:

Angela Marsons is the kind of writer an editor dreams of – her Kim Stone series consistently goes from strength to strength and I’m always excited to see what she has dreamed up for her next thrilling novel. Angela is a supremely talented writer, bursting with ideas, and I am absolutely delighted that this new deal will allow us to build upon Angela’s already huge global fanbase and really take her to the next level.

Angela Marsons said:

I am beyond delighted to be signing with Bookouture for another eight books featuring Kim Stone.  I’m not sure Oliver Rhodes believed me when I warned him that he would have to scrape me from the Bookouture window.  The efforts of both Bookouture and Lorella Belli Literary Agency have secured translations in 17 territories and a print deal for the Kim Stone series.

The passion, dedication and drive of the people within this amazing team is truly inspirational.  From the moment I originally signed with Bookouture I felt as though I was being welcomed into a family where integrity is key and everyone matters.  I now hold that view more than ever and I am very excited to be continuing this journey with such a dynamic and knowledgeable team.

Since publishing Angela Marsons’ first book in 2014, Bookouture have sold over one and a half million copies worldwide globally of the DI Kim Stone series, with translations rights sold in 17 countries including Norway, Germany, Poland, Italy, Japan, Estonia, Portugal and Vietnam. In a first for Bookouture, a print deal has been agreed with Bonnier Publishing – paperback copies of Silent Scream will be released in July 2016. Her next eagerly anticipated Kim Stone novel will be released in autumn 2016.

Do join us in our celebrations over on Facebook and Twitter.

Angela Marsons sells ONE MILLION copies and secures major print deal

We are so amazingly proud today to announce that Angela Marsons has just sold her one millionth novel… a staggering feat considering her first thriller Silent Scream was only published in February this year.

It’s a remarkable tale of rags to riches for the Black Country author who last year wondered if she’d ever write again.

Eighteen months ago, Angela had hit rock bottom. With money tight after being made redundant from her job of nineteen years, and with her disabled partner recovering from major surgery, Angela was turned down for a job in an Amazon warehouse. Forced to sell their belongings and borrow from family members to pay the mortgage, the prospect of losing their home was a very real one.

To make matters worse, Angela’s dreams of becoming an author were crushed when she parted ways from a top London literary agency. The feedback from traditional publishers on her crime thriller series was always the same: ‘We love
 it… but not enough’. Some worried about the Black Country setting, others that readers wouldn’t warm to her formidable, no-nonsense lead character, Detective Kim Stone. With her confidence crushed, Angela, who pens all her first drafts by hand, couldn’t even pick up a pencil to write.

In October last year, Angela received an email. The reader she had worked with at the literary agency,
 Keshini Naidoo, was now commissioning editor with us here at Bookouture – and Keshini asked whether Angela might be interested in publishing with us.

Angela says:

It was a lifeline for me – I didn’t have any expectations about what I’d sell, I thought maybe five hundred copies, but I just wanted to see what readers thought. I wanted them to enjoy it.

Silent Scream has gone on to sell over 600,000 copies and was the number one Amazon bestseller in the UK for more than a month. It also reached the top 5 in the US and has secured rights deals in ten countries, from Germany to Lithuania. Angela’s follow-up novels, Evil Games and Lost Girls both hit the Amazon UK top ten.

The massive eBook success of the Kim Stone books has now led to a major print deal for Angela’s first three novels with brand new publisher Bonnier Publishing Fiction. From July, the series will reach a whole new audience through bookstores and supermarkets in the UK and worldwide.

It is the feedback from readers though that Angela has found most rewarding
– with over 6,000 5-star reviews to date.

After the feedback that I’d had from traditional publishers, I was worried whether readers would be put off by the setting of my books – but I get emails every single day from readers all around the world telling me that they love Kim Stone and can’t wait for more. It’s so exciting to have that kind of feedback – I’ve been in tears more than once at the messages that I’ve received.

As for the financial benefits of becoming an international bestseller almost overnight, Angela says it is still sinking in.

The dream for me was always to write for a living, and I just feel so privileged to do that now. Every time I get a royalty payment, I have to pinch myself – it seems like lottery money to me.

As for what is next for Detective Kim Stone, Angela says that she’s full of ideas for the next books – and certainly won’t be killing her off any time soon.

I started writing because I felt like I had a story to tell. Kim Stone was the character for me who just wouldn’t go away, and I feel like I’m just at the start of her journey – there’s still plenty more to be revealed about her past as well as the next cases.

Angela’s advice for aspiring authors is simple:

I know it’s a cliché, but never give up. There’s always a chance that your luck will turn – and my rollercoaster ride is testament to that.

We know that you’ll want to raise a virtual glass of something bubbly to celebrate with Angela over on Facebook and Twitter today.  

Delighted to sign four more from Angela Marsons

Angela Marsons Crime Thriller authorHot on the heels of the phenomenal global success of her Number One bestselling debut, Silent Scream, we are delighted to announce that we have signed up another four books by thriller writer, Angela Marsons.

Keshini Naidoo, Senior Commissioning Editor said ‘We’ve been absolutely delighted at the runaway success of Silent Scream – we knew we had found something very special in Angela’s writing and couldn’t be happier that readers worldwide are sharing our enthusiasm. Signing her up for a further four books was an easy decision – we’ll be establishing a regular publication schedule to really cement D.I. Kim Stone as the brightest new star of the crime writing scene.’

Silent Scream spent over four weeks as the Amazon Number One in the UK, as well as hitting the Top Five in the US, Australia and Canada – with Top 100 positions in France, Spain and India.

Angela’s next book, Evil Games, will be published on 29th May 2015 and is already in the Amazon UK
Top 50.