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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Bookouture re-sign thriller authors Hood and Halsall

Delighted to be sharing some brilliant news with you today.  

Bookouture are thrilled to have signed a new four-book contract with bestselling crime fiction author, D.K. Hood. Commissioning editor Helen Jenner has acquired world all language rights in the Detective Kane and Alton series. The first book will publish in December 2020 with the following three in 2021.

Helen said of the deal,

I couldn’t be happier to be working with D.K. Hood again. D.K. Hood’s strengths lie in her brilliant plotting and the brilliant fictional setting of Black Rock Falls. Readers love her two central characters and her tense and twisted crime stories. I cannot wait for her fans to read what she has in store in these next four books.’

Meanwhile, D.K. Hood said,

‘I’m excited and grateful to have signed another contract with Bookouture. I’m delighted to be working Helen Jenner and the inspiring team again. Writing each story is a thrilling adventure and I’m enjoying every second.’

We are also delighted to have agreed another two-book contract with bestselling psychological crime writer Rona Halsall.

Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead acquired World English rights from Hayley Steed at the Madeleine Milburn Agency. The first book will publish in Spring 2020 with the second later in the year.

Isobel said of the deal:

‘I’m over the moon that I’m going to continue working with Rona. She has such a brilliant, dark, twisty imagination, and her books are full of the unexpected. Psychological crime doesn’t come much better than this, and I know readers will be as hooked as I am on her writing.’

Rona said:

‘I’m delighted to be able to write another two books with Bookouture and continue working with the fabulous team. It has been my dream for so long to be an author and I still can’t quite believe that this is now my job!’ 

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Bookouture sign Kristen Bailey

We’re delighted to be celebrating the wonderful news that Kristen Bailey will be joining the Bookouture family.

Associate Publisher Christina Demosthenous has acquired World All Language rights to two romantic comedies from Kristen Bailey. Her first novel, Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life? is a hilarious and honest look at family life and motherhood. Publishing in February 2020, it will be followed by another funny and fresh novel in June 2020.

Kristen said,

‘Joining the Bookouture family has felt like walking in on the best party. It’s upbeat, friendly, I’m being well-looked after and there is much dancing (mostly from me…). I am beyond excited to be here and work with a team that has such vision and passion for publishing and bringing books to life. My special thanks to Christina Demosthenous for championing me from the start, and for her unwavering positivity and support. As for my books, I’m going to liken them to the alcohol at this party: I hope they’re light, warming, go down well and induce fits of uncontrollable giggling where you end up hugging everyone in the room…’

Christina said,

‘Within the first few pages of reading Kristen’s book, I just knew I had to publish her. I was quite literally laughing out loud, and then I was tearing up, and then I was smiling from ear to ear, and then I was cracking up once more. Kristen writes with such flare – she’s genuinely hilarious, painting a raw and completely relatable picture of being a mother, being a wife, being a sister and a friend. I could not be more excited to unleash this unmissable novel into the world – I know readers are going to go wild for it.’

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Bookouture sign Barbara Josselsohn

We are over the moon to be bringing you the fabulous news that Barbara Josselsohn will be joining the Bookouture family.

Commissioning Editor Jennifer Hunt has acquired world rights to two warm and uplifting romances from Barbara Josselsohn via Cynthia Manson. Both books are set in the same gorgeous, rural small town in America and will publish in 2020.

Jennifer said,

‘Barbara’s writing introduces you to characters you’ll feel like you’ve known for your entire life, enveloping you in the most dazzling descriptions. I’m so pleased she’s bringing her infectious enthusiasm and wholesome small town heroines to Bookouture for two publications, which we’ve timed perfectly for summer reading.’

Barbara added,

‘I couldn’t be more thrilled to sign with Bookouture for my next two novels. The publishing team is knowledgeable and committed to excellence — and with her vision, insight, and attention to detail, Jennifer is a dream editor!’

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Bookouture sign debut author Carly Shabowski

We are delighted to share the news that Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig has acquired World rights for two novels from Jo Bell at Bell Lomax Moreton by debut author Carly Schabowski.

The Ringmaster’s Daughter and The Watchmaker of Dachau are both epic, moving historical novels based on astonishing true stories of the Second World War.

Carly Schabowski said,

‘Not only am I delighted to be collaborating with the supportive team at Bookouture, I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to pursue my passion of writing WWII historical fiction. This story is centred around survival, human suffering, and the finding of love within the backdrop of the desperate and uncertain times of 1940s Europe. The passion for this story to be told is reflected by the team, in particular Kathryn Taussig, who has been its champion since the very beginning.’

Kathryn Taussig said,

‘From the moment I first read Carly’s writing I knew that she had a very special talent. Her ability to create nuanced, realistic characters and paint beautiful descriptions with her words brings the history is she writing about to life. I feel very privileged to get the chance to publish these two novels and I know Carly’s future readers are going to adore them.

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Bookouture re-sign contracts with Boland and MacDonald

We are absolutely delighted to share that we have re-signed contracts with Shalini Boland and Dee MacDonald. 

Associate Publisher Natasha Harding has acquired World All Language rights including audio, film and TV for four brand new psychological thrillers by Kindle Top Five and USA Today bestseller author Shalini Boland. Shalini has previously published eight bestselling psychological thriller novels.

Natasha Harding said,

‘I’m beyond excited to continue publishing Shalini Boland’s incredible books. The last few years have been a fantastic partnership between Shalini and Bookouture. Her publishing continues to go from strength to strength and we can’t wait to share more of her completely addictive and pulse-racing stories with her fans. These books are not to be missed!’

Shalini Boland said,

‘I’m absolutely thrilled to continue working with my wonderful editor Natasha Harding. Bookouture is a dream company to work with and I feel incredibly grateful and excited to have re-signed with them. I’m looking forward to bringing more twisty psychological thrillers to my readers. Can’t wait to get writing!’

 

Natasha has also acquired World All Language rights for two new books from author Dee MacDonald via Amanda Preston at LBA Literary Agents. Dee MacDonald has previously published four women’s fiction novels with Bookouture, with bestselling titles The Runaway Wife and The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane making her a firm favourite with readers. Dee will be turning her hand to cozy crime with her upcoming novels, featuring series character Kate Palmer.

Natasha Harding said,

‘Bookouture are extremely delighted to announce a new two book deal with the wonderfully talented Dee MacDonald. Readers have fallen in love with her relatable, true-to-life characters, warm wit and brilliant plot twists. This new Cornish cozy crime series combines all of this with a fantastic central character in Kate Palmer and very satisfying who-dunnit storylines! Perfect for fans of Betty Rowlands, Faith Martin and Agatha Christie.’ 

Dee MacDonald said,

‘I’m so thrilled to be doing two cozy crime books with Bookouture. This is a new genre for me and I can’t wait for you all to meet Kate Palmer – and the intriguing characters of the little Cornish village where the books are set!’

Amanda Preston said,

‘I’m so excited about this new direction for Dee. Dee has combined her trademark warmth and humour with a cracking, page-turning mystery and I’m delighted by all of Bookouture’s plans for this series.’

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Bookouture sign Clara Benson

We’re delighted to announce that Associate Publisher Christina Demosthenous has acquired World All Language rights to two novels by Clara Benson. Benson, who previously self-published a series of bestselling mysteries, has turned her hand to sweeping, evocative and stirring World War Two historical fiction, perfect for fans of We Were the Lucky Ones and All the Light We Cannot See.

Clara’s beautifully crafted first novel spans wartime, occupied France and post-war England, weaving a heart-wrenching and shocking tale of love, betrayal and dark secrets. For the Brouillards, a family of esteemed musicians in Paris, the lines between loyalty and lies are dangerously blurred, with consequences that echo through generations.

Christina Demosthenous said,

‘Clara’s exceptionally written and wonderfully atmospheric novel had me utterly glued to the pages. She brings the realties and complexities of the war beautifully – and heartbreakingly – to life, and I know that readers all over the world will be swept away by her unforgettable stories.’

Clara Benson said,

‘I’ve always been a fan of Bookouture’s dynamic, market-focused approach to publishing, so naturally I’m thrilled to be working with them on these two books. Everyone has been incredibly supportive, and a special mention goes to Christina Demosthenous, who encouraged me all the way through the writing of the first book and helped me make it better. It’s great to feel like I have the backing of an enthusiastic team who have the same aim as I do – to produce great stories that people will love!’

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Bookouture sign Noelle Harrison

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Bookouture re-sign more of your favourite women’s fiction authors

We’re delighted to be bringing you more gripping reads from some of your favourite women’s fiction authors. 

We are firstly so happy to be bringing you two new novels from Bookouture bestseller Sharon Maas.
 
Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar Smith signed World All Language rights to two new historical novels and said of the deal,
 
I absolutely love working with Sharon. When I edit her I am totally caught up in the amazing worlds she creates and the fantastic stories she brings to life. Her descriptions are second to none and her page-turning stories have readers totally in her thrall – I can’t wait to be bringing her fans two new novels.
 
Sharon said,
 
I’m delighted by the prospect of continuing my journey with Bookouture; plunging into a new fictional world is always a great adventure and now I’m already off on my tenth! The Bookouture team is the best: innovative as well as author-friendly and very responsive. I’m very excited about working with Lydia on the next two books, and look forward to sharing them with my readers. Bookouture’s team is second to none and it’s a pleasure working with them.’
 

In more fabulous news, we will be bringing you more warm and wonderful women’s fiction from Susanne O’Leary.

Commissioning Editor Jennifer Hunt has acquired world rights to three more books from Susanne O’Leary after the success of her gorgeous Sandy Cove series. Following another family on Ireland’s windswept shores, Susanne’s next three books will continue to provide readers with the perfect Irish escapes, discovering family secrets and unexpected romances with three women in the O’Rourke family.

Jennifer Hunt said, ‘Susanne is an absolutely joy to work with, her evocative descriptions and compelling characters have sent readers to Ireland in droves. But her stories are more than just perfect beach reads, they unlock family histories, lost connections and secrets, and the series grows ever more captivating.

Susanne O’Leary said:, ‘Working on the Sandy Cove series has been a wonderful adventure. I’m looking forward to writing these new books, bringing readers back to the west of Ireland, my favourite part of the world. I’m delighted to be working with Jennifer again, as we return to the magic world of Kerry with its quirky characters and wonderful scenery. I can’t wait to get started!’

And finally, we’re over the moon to be publishing more novels by bestseller Nicole Trope.

Associate Publisher Christina Demosthenous has acquired World All Language rights to two new dark, emotional and gripping women’s fiction novels, exploring complex family dynamics and shocking secrets.

Christina Demosthenous said,

After the roaring success of Nicole Trope’s The Boy in the Photo on both sides of the pond, I couldn’t be more excited to publish more of her novels. Nicole always writes expertly crafted, utterly riveting and heart-wrenching books that get the waterworks going, and these book promise to deliver, and then some!’

Nicole Trope said,

I am beyond delighted to be resigning with Bookouture and to be able to work with Christina again on my next two novels. I can’t wait to share these two new stories with readers.’

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Bookouture re-sign novels from Hale and Tennant

Delighted today to be sharing the news that we have re-signed contracts with two of your favourite Bookouture authors.  

Associate Publisher Natasha Harding has acquired World All Language rights, including audio, film and TV, for six brand-new, sparkling seasonal women’s fiction titles from Jenny Hale, the bestselling author of The Summer House and A Christmas to Remember. Jenny has previously published twelve titles with Bookouture.

Natasha Harding said,

‘Bookouture are SO excited to announce a new six book deal with much-loved author Jenny Hale! Jenny was one of the first women’s fiction authors to publish with Bookouture and we’re absolutely delighted to see her publishing continue to grow each year. Readers are guaranteed to fall in love with the utterly gorgeous stories we have in store – so watch this space!’

Jenny Hale said,

‘I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside this dynamic group at Bookouture. There is no one I’d trust more to bring my stories to readers than this team.

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have signed three new books from Tilly Tennant.

Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar-Smith has also signed World English Language rights from Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Agency, with Tilly Tennant, with the first book on the contract, A Cat Called Cupid publishing in Spring 2020. 

Lydia said,

‘I love working with Tilly – she is the ultimate professional and writes the most wonderful romantic comedies with glorious settings to lose yourself in. It is a pleasure and a privilege to publish her and I am so looking forward to continue working with her.’

Tilly said,

‘I’m delighted to be working with Bookouture on another three books. I’m very excited about what we’re planning and can’t wait to share the new stories with readers.’

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Bookouture sign historical novels by Catherine Hokin

We are delighted to announce that Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig has acquired World rights in two historical novels by author Catherine Hokin from Tina Betts at Andrew Mann Literary Agency. The first book will publish in January 2020, followed by a second in May.

Catherine’s first novel is a beautifully told love story set during the Second World War in Berlin. Felix and Inge fall for each other when they meet unexpectedly in a dance hall in town – but their future is doomed. Inge is about to be married to an SS officer and Felix is part Jewish. They encounter each other again in the most terrible of circumstances.

Catherin Hokin said,

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Bookouture’s incredible family of authors and to be working with Kathryn Taussig. Her passion for good stories is infectious and I know my characters will be in the safest, most professional hands.”

Kathryn Taussig said,

“Felix and Inge’s story, which is at the heart of this gorgeous and evocative novel, is extraordinarily unique and compelling. I think readers who loved The Tattooist of Auschwitz, We Were the Lucky Ones and Edith Edger’s The Choice will fall in love with Catherine’s writing.”

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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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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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