Fliss Chester moves to Bookouture

We’re so thrilled to be celebrating the wonderful news that Fliss Chester will be joining the Bookouture family.

Commissioning Editor Maisie Lawrence has acquired World All Language rights to three novels by Fliss Chester from Emily Sweet Associates. The books will publish in August 2020, November 2020 and March 2021.

Chester, previously published by Orion, will be starting a historical crime series with Bookouture. Set just after World War Two, Fen Churche accidentally becomes an amateur sleuth when her fiancé doesn’t return from France. She resolves to solve the case herself, aided by crossword clues he left behind. Full of charm and wit, these new cozy mysteries are your next one-sitting reads, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, LB Hathaway and Jacqueline Winspear.

Maisie said,

‘I am just thrilled that Fliss is joining Bookouture! In the Fen Churche mysteries, Fliss has created a fabulous and endearing amateur sleuth, set during a fascinating time in the twentieth century. Fliss’s inventiveness and charm had me at page one, and I’m hoping that her love of cryptic crosswords will rub off on me too. I can’t wait to publish these brilliant books!’

Fliss said,

I feel incredibly lucky to be joining the Bookouture family and can’t wait to introduce Fen Churche to its readers. These are the books I’ve been dying to write for a while now and I think they’ve found their perfect home with Bookouture.’

Emily added,

‘Fliss is such a talent, a writer with wit and real heart, and I’m thrilled that following on from her brilliant romances she is now turning her hand to smart, entertaining, period cozy crime. Bookouture could not have given Fliss a warmer welcome, and with Maisie at the helm we know that Fen is in the very best of hands.’

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Bookouture sign Verity Bright

We’re delighted to be celebrating the fabulous news that Verity Bright will be joining the Bookouture family.

Commissioning Editor Maisie Lawrence has acquired World All Language rights to three historical cozy crime novels from Verity Bright, a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. The books will publish in April, July and October 2020.

Move over Miss Marple, there’s a feisty new sleuth in town! Follow Lady Eleanor Swift, 1920s amateur detective extraordinaire, as she solves dastardly murders, slips into gorgeous dresses and always remembers to stop for tea. The books are classic one-sitting reads, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, LB Hathaway and T. E. Kinsey.

Maisie said,

‘As soon as I started reading Verity Bright’s first mystery, I knew this was a series I wanted to publish. Lady Eleanor Swift is smart and savvy and she’s already captured the hearts of the Bookouture team. I’m just delighted to be working with this writing powerhouse and I can’t wait to publish their first book!’

Verity said,

‘We are absolutely thrilled to have signed a three-book deal with Bookouture. The minute we dealt with Maisie, we knew Lady Swift was in good hands. Maisie and the Bookouture team have been a delight to work with.’

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Bookouture re-sign contracts with Kelleher and Jenkins

SO EXCITED today to share the news that we have signed new deals with Victoria Jenkins and Casey Kelleher. 

We are delighted to share the news that we have re-signed with thriller writer Victoria Jenkins.

Publisher Jenny Geras has signed a World English rights deal with Anne Williams at the Kate Horden Literary Agency for three more of Victoria Jenkins’ gripping thrillers. The first book will be released in May 2021 with the next two to follow in November 2021 and May 2022. Associate Publisher Lucy Dauman will be taking over the publishing of these novels.

Lucy Dauman said,

‘I have long been a fan of Victoria Jenkins’ writing so it’s a real privilege to be working with her and Anne going forward. I’m thrilled to be publishing three more of her unputdownable novels and I can’t readers to have their socks knocked off by more of those mind-blowing twists!’

Victoria Jenkins said,

‘I have been so lucky to work with Bookouture over the past couple of years, and am delighted to have been offered this new publishing deal. I am looking forward to working with Lucy on this series and developing a new set of characters that hopefully readers will love.’


We are also thrilled to have acquired world rights in two further novels from bestselling author of The Taken and The Betrayed, Casey Kelleher. Casey will be returning to the gritty streets of London with a new series character, Lucy Murphy, a police officer who finds herself working back on the estate where she grew up; a place haunted by memories from her tragic childhood. Casey will be published by Therese Keating, who will shortly be joining Bookouture from Quercus.

Therese says,

‘Casey has deservedly won legions of devoted readers with her gritty, gripping novels. Her great skill is not only in creating stories you can’t wait to read, but also characters you can’t help root for, no matter how villainous they might be! I can’t wait to work with her, and to help bring more compelling stories to her fans, who I know are going to love Lucy Murphy.’

Casey says,

‘I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I’ve signed a further two-book deal with Bookouture. I’m so looking forward to continuing working alongside such a dynamic, successful publisher, as well as my fantastic new editor Therese Keating. Here’s to an exciting year ahead!’

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Promotion for Jenner and Keating joins Bookouture

Bookouture has promoted Helen Jenner to the role of Associate Publisher in its US-focused team and hired Therese Keating, who will join the company as Commissioning Editor from Quercus in December.

Helen Jenner, who joined the company in 2017, will take up her new role in December. Since joining, Helen has acquired and published a number of digital bestsellers in the crime thriller genre, including The Next Girl by Carla Kovach, D.K. Hood’s Detectives Kane and Alton series, The Affair by Sheryl Browne and Emma Tallon’s gangland thrillers. She will report to Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig.

Kathryn Taussig said,

‘Helen is an incredibly intuitive editor with great taste and a successful list of authors with whom she has fantastic relationships. I couldn’t be more pleased to that she is moving into this role.’

Helen Jenner said,

‘I am absolutely thrilled to be taking on a new role as Associate Publisher. I have had a great two and a half years at Bookouture, learning a lot about digital publishing and working alongside such smart and passionate colleagues. I cannot wait to start my US-focused new role.’

Therese Keating has been at Quercus since 2015, where she has worked with a number of authors, including crime writer Helen Cox, saga author Rosie Archer and gangland thriller author Anna Smith. She’s also assisted on a number of big Quercus brands including Elly Griffiths, Philip Kerr, Prue Leith and Henry Porter. She will report to Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead in her new role.

Isobel Akenhead said,

‘With her fantastically commercial taste, and her passion for fast-paced, future-focused digital publishing, Therese is the perfect addition to our fast-growing Bookouture team. She brings excellent experience to the team, as well as exactly the right attitude to help us continue to publish the very best fiction in the business.’

Therese Keating said,

‘I couldn’t have asked for a better place to start in publishing than Quercus. I’ve learned so much here and will miss my colleagues, authors and books immensely. But I also can’t think of anywhere more exciting to move on to than Bookouture. I’m a big admirer of their innovative, dynamic approach to publishing, and I can’t wait to join their team.’

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Bookouture sign debut novelist Elizabeth Neep

We’re very excited to share the news that Commissioning Editor Cara Chimirri has acquired World English rights for two books from editor and features writer Elizabeth Neep, via Sallyanne Sweeney at MMB Creative. Elizabeth’s debut novel, publishing in May 2020, follows twenty-seven-year-old Jess as she leaves grey London skies behind and jets off for a sunny new start, only to end up sharing a flat with the ex she never got over and his new girlfriend. As all the baggage Jess thought she left behind catches up with her, she must figure out who she wants to be. Another honest, funny and uplifting look at navigating your twenties will follow in October 2020. 

Cara said,

‘From the very first page, I was captivated by Elizabeth’s wonderfully funny and astute writing that perfectly captured the feeling of finding your way in those years between knowing what you want to become and figuring out how you are going to get there. I’m beyond thrilled that Elizabeth has decided to make Bookouture her publisher and just can’t wait to introduce readers to her amazing characters and sparkling prose.’

Elizabeth said,

‘I feel so privileged to be taking this next step on my publishing journey with the wonderful team at Bookouture. This novel was written at a time where I was struggling to make sense of what my late twenties looked like compared to what I imagined for myself. It is a story of letting go, resting in the messy middle and embracing the wonders life sends your way – wonders like being able to write stories that find their way into readers’ lives! It’s also a story of who you decide to walk with – and my agent Sallyanne Sweeney and my brilliant new editor Cara Chimirri are just two of the empowering women I am fortunate enough to journey with. I am so excited for all that’s to come.’

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New three book deal for No1. ebook bestseller, Samantha Hayes

Hugely excited today to share the news that Associate Publisher Jessie Botterill has secured a deal with AM Heath’s Oli Munsen for three new psychological thrillers from ITWA shortlister Samantha Hayes, just days after Date Night took the No.1 ebook slot on Amazon UK. Her first book, The Reunion, was an Amazon top 5 US ebook bestseller and has sold over 130,000 copies to date.

Jessie says,

‘Sam represents everything that Bookouture is about: quality writing paired with compelling hooks that keep readers calling out for more. Well, it’s an absolute pleasure to be able to guarantee that for three more books, and I can tell you right now that readers are going to go crazy for what she’s working on next.’

Samantha says,

‘Having written four books for Bookouture now, I am absolutely thrilled to have signed up for three more psychological thrillers. I genuinely couldn’t want for a better or more insightful editor, so to continue working with Jessie and the amazing Bookouture team is the best news ever. I can’t wait for my readers, old and new, to enjoy my forthcoming titles and honestly couldn’t wish for a more dedicated publisher.’

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Bookouture sign another 2 book deal with KL Slater

We are so thrilled to share the news that have signed a two book deal from Kindle Top Five bestselling author K.L. Slater. 

Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar-Smith signed the deal for World English Language rights with Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson.  Slater has now published ten books with Bookouture, all of which have been Kindle bestsellers in the USA and the UK.

Lydia Vassar-Smith said of the deal,

‘Kim consistently delivers phenomenal high-concept, hooky ideas and as a result we’ve seen real global growth for her as an author.  She is unafraid to push boundaries with her books and as a result, really delivers on what readers want.  It is a true privilege to work with her and we can’t wait to unleash new K.L. Slater books into the world’.

K.L.Slater said,

‘I’m absolutely delighted to sign another two-book deal with Bookouture. Working closely with my brilliant editor, Lydia Vassar-Smith, I relish creating new, exciting story concepts and I truly can’t wait to write more gripping psychological thrillers for my fantastic readers.’

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Bookouture re-sign historical fiction authors Evans and Mitchell

We are thrilled to announce that we have re-signed contracts with historical fiction authors Natalie Meg Evans and Sarah Mitchell.

Commissioning Editor Ellen Gleeson acquired World English Rights from Laura Longrigg of MBA Literary agency for two Italy-set World War Two novels by Natalie Meg Evans, for 2020 and 2021. The deal also includes audio rights, a first for the author with Bookouture.

Ellen Gleeson said,

‘When Natalie sent over her ideas for the new contract I was immediately excited by their potential. These two novels will plunge readers into the heart of the Italian resistance and be packed with intrigue, action and romance, all against the backdrop of a stunning and escapist coastal setting. Natalie has such a powerful and compelling voice that’s perfect for the historical fiction genre, and with eBook readers hungrier than ever for World War Two stories, I’m confident that these novels will be a big success, and that we can grow Natalie’s already strong readership.’

Natalie Meg Evans said,

‘A two-book contract from Bookouture is a joyous thing! Not only a vote of confidence in the novels I write, but an open invitation to spend months researching a new place and a different theatre of history. I’ve set previous books around World War Two, but the next two will carry me to Italy and into a harrowing and costly campaign which many consider to have been unfairly left out of the public consciousness. I immerse myself in the landscape of my books, and dormant memories of time spent on the gorgeous Amalfi coast are being awakened. My long-ago Italian O-level is being ratcheted back to life too! I’m delighted to have worked with Kathryn Taussig who has been my editor from the outset, first with Quercus, subsequently with Bookouture, and I now have the pleasure of working with Ellen. To be with Bookouture for the audio release of the next books is another exciting departure. I’m indebted to Laura Longrigg, my agent at MBA, for negotiating this next phase of my writing life.’

Commissioning Editor Cara Chimirri has acquired World English rights for a new historical novel from Sarah Mitchell, via Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates. Publishing in 2021, the novel tells of how the arrival of German prisoners of war in a Norfolk village divides the community and explores the power of love in the face of war.

Cara said,

‘I am delighted to be taking Sarah’s publishing forward with Bookouture with another unforgettable wartime story. When I read Sarah’s first novel, The Lost Letters, I was absolutely captivated by the way she crafted such an emotionally resonant story of love, friendships and family secrets. I am so excited for Sarah to be taking us back to the 1940s and I know readers are going to fall completely under the spell of this stunning novel.’

Sarah said,

‘I am thrilled to be signing another contract with Bookouture. It’s very exciting to be writing another historical novel and I feel incredibly lucky to be published by such a dynamic and successful company. I really hope my readers will enjoy the new book as much as they have The Lost Letters.’

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Bookouture re-sign bestselling women’s fiction author Kerry Fisher

We are delighted to announce that we have acquired two new novels from Kerry Fisher, bestselling author of The Silent Wife and The Woman I Was Before.

Jenny Geras, Publisher, acquired World English rights from Clare Wallace at Darley Anderson Literary Agency. Kerry Fisher’s novels have now sold almost a million copies for Bookouture, with her total worldwide sales now over a million.

Jenny Geras said,

‘I am so thrilled to be publishing two more novels by Kerry. Her books are emotional women’s fiction at its very best: gripping and compelling dramas about the dilemmas in real women’s lives.’

Kerry Fisher said,

‘I am delighted to be able to continue working with the brilliant Jenny Geras and the rest of the Bookouture team. I feel extremely lucky to be with a dynamic publisher that not only takes a meticulous approach to all aspects of book production and selling but also really looks after its authors.’

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Surprise release from multi-million copy crime series bestseller, Angela Marsons

Angela Marsons, author of the number one bestselling Detective Kim Stone series, has written a surprise novel, First Blood, published today in ebook and audio by Bookouture. The novel is a standalone, and takes Angela’s readers back to the very beginning of Kim Stone’s story, before the events in her first book, Silent Scream.

The series has now sold over 3.7 million copies across the world and been translated into 28 languages.  With eleven books in the series already published, Bookouture saw an opportunity to disrupt their normal publishing by launching First Blood with no advance warning, as a surprise for Angela’s fans – and to attract new readers.

There are other surprises too: the audio edition features an exclusive conversation between narrator Jan Cramer and Angela talking about the Kim Stone series. And in partnership with Sphere, a special collector’s edition hardback will be published on 28th November.  The hardback is available to pre-order today with limited-edition signed copies available to order via Goldsboro Books, making it the perfect gift for Christmas!

Publisher Claire Bord said,

‘In Kim Stone, Angela has created a detective who readers have really taken into their hearts.  Since Silent Scream hit the top of the Kindle Charts in 2015, we’ve followed Kim and her team through every nail-biting case along with each of their personal stories too.  After the eleventh book, Child’s Play, launched in July this year, we wanted to give fans of the series a really special treat with this surprise release.’

Angela Marsons said,

‘This is the book I’ve been dying to write for a long time. I am so excited to share the story of how the team first got together with the loyal readers of the Kim Stone books – and I hope it’ll be a great introduction for new readers to the series too.’

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Bookouture re-sign Browne, Kovach and Heald

We are totally thrilled to announce that we have re-signed new contracts with some of your favourite thriller fiction authors. 

Commissioning editor Helen Jenner has acquired world all language rights to three new books by psychological thriller author Sheryl Browne publishing in 2020 and 2021.

Helen said of the deal,

‘I am absolutely delighted to be working with Sheryl on three new books. She is a master of psychological thrillers, delivering twist after twist and knocking the socks of readers with her explosive plots.’

Sheryl said,

I’m over the moon to have signed with Bookouture for another three titles and look forward to bringing you more psychological thrills with the help of my wonderful editor, Helen. I’m still pinching myself, to be honest. It really is my dream come true.’

And Helen Jenner has also signed a new deal with crime writer Carla Kovach. She has acquired world all languages rights to four more books in the popular Detective Gina Harte series. All four books will publish in 2020 and 2021.

Helen said of the deal,

Carla delivers brilliant concepts and clever plot twists that always keep her readers guessing. From the moment I read the first book in this series, The Next Girl, I knew Carla was a writer I wanted to work with and six books down the line that’s still the case. I am beyond excited to work on these next four books.’

Carla said,

I am absolutely delighted to be offered a further four book contract with Bookouture! My editor, Helen, is amazing and I’m super thrilled that we will continue working together. I’ve loved every moment of being a Bookouture writer. The team and my fellow authors are fantastic and I’m so proud to be a part of it.’

Associate Publisher Christina Demosthenous has acquired World All Language rights to two new novels by bestselling psychological thriller author, Ruth Heald, publishing in 2020. The first book focuses on the twisted, shocking relationship between a marriage counsellor and her client, a wife, where neither woman is who she seems, and the second revolves around a wedding that goes horribly wrong.

Christina said of the deal,

‘I could not be more excited to be publishing more psychological thrillers by Ruth. Both of Ruth’s first books, The Mother’s Mistake and The Woman Upstairs, have been bestsellers, with readers loving her sleek, sharp, writing, her pacey, twisty plots and her utterly flawless characterisation. I’m so proud to be Ruth’s editor – roll on 2020!’

Ruth said,

‘I’m delighted to sign a second contract with Bookouture. I love working with Christina and the team and feel very lucky that I will continue to benefit from the editorial insight and ongoing support that Bookouture provide.’ 

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Bookouture sign two book deal with Heidi Hostetter

We are over the moon to be sharing the news that we have signed a two book deal with bestselling self-published author Heidi Hostetter.  

Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig has acquired World All Language rights, including audio, film and TV, for two beautiful novels in a new series by Heidi Hostetter, the bestselling author of The Inheritance and Things We Surrender.

The first book, The Shore House, will publish in August 2020 and is set at a family’s beach house on the beautiful Jersey Shore. This will be followed by The Jersey Girls, set in the same beachside community, in early 2021.

Kathryn Taussig said,

‘It’s an absolute dream to get to work with Heidi on these books. The Shore House and The Jersey Girls are everything I love in a good book: beautiful settings, family secrets and warm, intelligent writing. I know that Heidi’s many existing fans are going to love these new books, as well as the new readers we hope to introduce to her gorgeous writing. August publication really can’t come too soon!’

Heidi Hostetter added,

‘In our very first conversation, Kathryn talked about “partnering” and that was the moment I knew I’d found a home at Bookouture. I was so impressed that she’d read my books and knew exactly where I fit in the Women’s Fiction market. And after our conversation, every contact I’ve had with the Bookouture family shows them to be a group of really savvy professionals who know exactly what they’re doing and I’m stupidly excited to be a part of the family. That level of excitement for my work—and love for books in general—inspires me to write the very best story I can because I know it will be well cared for.’

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Bookouture delighted to re-sign Patricia Gibney

Bookouture are delighted to share the news that they have signed another two books from bestselling author Patricia Gibney. 

Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar-Smith signed the deal with Ger Nichol of The Book Bureau for World English Language rights for two new police procedurals.

Lydia said of the deal,

‘It’s a dream come true to have more books from Patricia.  This year has been a sensational one for her – with huge top ten success with her paperbacks with Hachette Ireland and fantastic growth in her ebook sales.  There’s something about Patricia’s writing and her maverick detective Lottie Parker that really hits the sweet spot with readers – her success this year has been phenomenal.’

Patricia said, 

‘I’m delighted to continue working with Bookouture and my exceptional editor, Lydia Vassar-Smith. Writing for myself brought me back to life, and gave me something to focus on, after the death of my husband. Now, I am thankful for the opportunity to continue writing for readers. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible, to all at Bookouture and in particular my agent Ger Nichol but most especially to everyone who loves reading my books. I still pinch myself.’ 

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Bookouture re-sign Kerry Wilkinson

We’re delighted to share the brilliant news that Publisher Claire Bord has signed world rights in three psychological thrillers with bestselling author Kerry Wilkinson.  The first book, Seven Days in July, will publish in March 2020 followed by two further novels in autumn 2020.

Claire said,

When Kerry sent me the first few pages of Seven Days in July I was absolutely blown away.  Set on a fictional Mediterranean island, the story centres around the mystery of a terrible accident that takes place whilst a group of family and friends are on holiday.  The book is told through a series of podcast style interviews with everyone who is there and it’s this format that really places the reader in the thick of the mystery.  It’s distinctive, properly page-turning and a classic whodunnit with a massive twist.’ 

Kerry commented,

Seven Days in July is unlike anything I’ve ever created before. I was on holiday and watched a fantastic documentary called Three Identical Strangers. It takes a non-fiction story and tells it with the beats and reveals of a fictional project. I spend so much of my time listening to podcasts and figured the idea of a fictional non-fiction story could be really interesting.’

The ebook edition will also be accompanied by a full-cast audio play which will be published simultaneously in March 2020.

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Bookouture sign Alys Murray

We’re thrilled to be celebrating the fabulous news that Alys Murray will be joining the Bookouture family.

Commissioning Editor Emily Gowers has acquired World All Language rights to three warm and joyous romances from Alys Murray via her agent Rebecca Angus. Following the Anderson sisters on their family’s flower farm in Northern California, the three books will publish in March, June and September 2020.

Emily said,

‘Alys has a true gift for creating utterly charming, richly textured worlds populated with smart, caring people you wish you could surround yourself with forever. I could not be happier to be working with her on these books and I know readers are going to fall in love with the Anderson sisters just as I have.’

Alys said,

‘As a reader, I’ve devoured so many of Bookouture’s wonderful releases. Getting to work with them now as a writer is nothing short of a dream come true! I’m so thrilled to be joining the Bookouture family and to be sharing the Anderson sisters and their romantic adventures with the world.’

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Bookouture re-sign women’s fiction authors Davies and Mansell

We are delighted to share the news that we have re-signed contracts with women’s fiction authors Emma Davies and Anna Mansell. 

Associate Publisher Jessie Botterill has signed a new world rights deal with Emma Davies for two dark and emotional women’s fiction novels for 2020. A step away from her trademark uplifting escapist novels, Davies plans to grow her readership by expanding into gripping, secretive and twisty family dramas. The first novel will publish in April 2020, and the next in July.

Jessie Botterill said,

‘When Emma sent over the idea for these two new novels I practically jumped out of my seat with excitement. Her novels, though ultimately feel-good, have often had troubling issues and emotional secrets at their heart and I’m thrilled she’s open to embracing her darker side for this next venture. I love it when authors are keen to challenge their readers as well as themselves, and I have no doubt that this new direction will be a huge success.’     

Emma Davies said,

‘I’m delighted to have signed with Bookouture for another two titles. I shall still be writing in the way that I, and my current readership, love, but I’ll also have the creative freedom to explore the darker side of life as well as the light, and I hope this will appeal to even more readers. Bookouture’s marketing and editorial expertise, together with their enthusiastic support of this new venture, makes for the perfect partnership and I’m hugely excited by the prospect.’


Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead has acquired World rights in two powerful new emotional women’s fiction novels by Anna Mansell, for publication in March and August 2020.

Isobel Akenhead said,

I absolutely love working with Anna – who is a brilliant writer with a powerful understanding of real people’s lives and relationships. I’m thrilled to be publishing two more of her heartbreaking, beautifully honest novels, which I feel confident will find her a bigger audience than ever before.’

Anna Mansell said,

‘This is my third contract with Bookouture and that’s because working with them is a genuine joy. The team are tireless in their passion for our books and I couldn’t be more excited to work with Isobel again. She knows how to get the best out of my stories and I can’t wait to share them with my readers.’

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Bookouture re-sign historical fiction authors Goldring and Graham

We are super excited today to share the news that we have re-signed contracts with historical fiction authors Suzanne Goldring and Lily Graham.

Bookouture have signed a new two book contract from Kindle bestseller Suzanne Goldring.  Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar-Smith acquired World All Language Rights from Heather Holden Brown at Heather Holden Brown Literary Agency. 

Lydia said of the deal:

My Name is Eva has been an astonishing runaway success story with readers responding brilliantly to Suzanne Goldring’s compelling, brave and bad-ass protagonist.  I’m so excited to publish Burning Island in January and then to have two more books from Suzanne, featuring strong heroines in extraordinary situations’.

Suzanne Goldring said,

The experience of working with Bookouture on My Name is Eva and Burning Island has been a fast-moving, exciting and rewarding adventure.  So I am delighted to be given the opportunity to continue collaborating with Lydia and the team on another two books.’


We are also thrilled to have a new two- book contract with bestselling historical writer Lily Graham.  Lydia Vassar Smith signed World All language rights directly with the author.

Lydia said of the deal,

‘I’m so thrilled to have another two books signed with Lily.  She captures points in history and the people living through them with real emotional depth and poignance.  Readers adore her writing and come back for more in their droves – a mark of a truly talented author’.

Lily said of the deal,

‘I’m absolutely delighted to have signed on for another two books with Bookouture, working with them has been such a joy these past few years. I am honoured by their belief in me and my books —in particular, my incredible editor Lydia-Vassar-Smith, and her clever, yet kind, guiding hands. It’s been an amazing journey so far. I look forward to the next chapter!’

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Bookouture sign another book from Sophie Ranald

We are delighted to announce a new book from romantic comedy bestseller Sophie Ranald.

Associate Publisher Christina Demosthenous acquired World All Language rights from Niamh O’Grady at The Soho Agency to Out with the Ex, In with the New, which was previously self-published as The Truth about Gemma Grey. Publishing on 3rd December 2019, it tells the story of Gemma Grey, a twenty-something who is struggling to figure out exactly who is she is and what makes her happy.

Christina Demosthenous said,

Everyone has had trouble at some stage, figuring out how to be true to themselves, and this is why I know that Out with the Ex, In with the New will resonate with so many readers. After the roaring success of Sorry Not Sorry and It’s Not You, It’s Him, I’m so excited to be giving this book a special Bookouture makeover. It’s full of Sophie’s trademark wit, packed full of laughs as well as the exploration of deeper, nuanced themes, and I know that her fans are going to love it.’

Sophie Ranald said,

‘First published in 2017 as The Truth About Gemma Grey, Out with the Ex, In with the New is a novel very close to my heart. I’m absolutely delighted that Christina and the brilliant team at Bookouture are giving it a new lease of life, and hope many more readers will enjoy getting to know Gemma.’

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Bookouture sign crime author B.R. Spangler

We’re thrilled to announce that Commissioning Editor Ellen Gleeson has made her first acquisition for Bookouture in her new role, acquiring World All Language rights for three police procedural novels from B.R. Spangler. The author has previously self-published a series of psychological suspense novels.

The new series takes place in the beautifully atmospheric setting of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and features Detective Jenna White, a determined cop with a heartbreaking backstory: her own daughter was stolen from her years ago. In Book 1, out June 2020, the bodies of missing teenage girls are found in the forest near the shoreline – could Jenna’s own daughter be the next victim?

Ellen Gleeson said,

These thrillers have all the ingredients for an incredibly high-potential crime series: hooky, intriguing and full of dark twists; a detective haunted by her past; and an evocative setting that makes the perfect backdrop for the tension and intrigue that suffuses the writing. I just know readers are going to love this series as much as I do, and I can’t wait to publish these wonderful books!

B.R. Spangler said,

It seems like all the crime thrillers I’ve wanted to read recently are from Bookouture. Their model is different from traditional publishers: I like different. As a writer, I’ve found a publishing house I want to work with. I’m ecstatic to work with Ellen Gleeson on my series of Jenna White books. I’m also thrilled to work with the Bookouture team and look forward to a fantastic partnership. Together, we’ll give readers twisty crime thrillers that will have them coming back for more.

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Tross acquires Wilkins and Smith

We are delighted to share the news that Publishing Director Ruth Tross has made her first acquisitions since joining Bookouture from Hodder & Stoughton in June this year: a new police procedural series from bestselling British crime writer Susan Wilkins and a dark American suspense novel by debut author Miranda Smith.

Susan Wilkins, author of the bestselling Kaz Phelps series, is joining Bookouture to write a new series about DS Megan Thomas, a former undercover cop who moves to South Devon (where the author now lives) only to find that a rural setting contains just as much pain and violence as a big city. The first book will be out in April 2020.

Some Days Are Dark by Miranda Smith, out in March 2020, is a gripping story of a woman suspected of her husband’s murder; when the man who confessed is found to be innocent, and the rumours begin to swirl, she must revisit her past in order to clear her name.

Ruth Tross said,

I’m thrilled to be bringing these talented authors to my list at Bookouture. They showcase what I love about the crime genre: its ability to tell a wide range of compelling, emotional stories. Some Days Are Dark is an incredibly accomplished debut with a damaged, feisty heroine who is determined to take control of her own life, and it has one of the best first lines I’ve ever read. Susan Wilkins is a critically acclaimed and bestselling author who writes excellent characters and completely gripping plots, and in Megan Thomas she has created a new detective readers will love. I couldn’t be prouder to start my time at Bookouture working with such brilliant storytellers.’

Susan Wilkins said,

I’m excited to be joining Bookouture. Publishing continues to move through interesting times and I’m looking forward to working with Ruth and a great digital team.’

Miranda Smith said,

I’m beyond thrilled to have a powerhouse publisher like Bookouture supporting my writing career. Ruth Tross is an outstanding mentor, and I’m forever grateful to her for providing this opportunity. Some Days Are Dark explores the complexities of confession and tangled relationship dynamics in a Southern setting. I hope the book and its themes will resonate with readers.’

In both cases, Ruth Tross acquired World all languages, including audio, film and TV, direct from the authors.

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