Bookouture sign psychological thriller author Sam Hepburn

We’re mega excited to share that Bookouture has acquired a captivating psychological thriller, Gone Before, as well as a second novel by Sam Hepburn

Associate Publisher Lucy Dauman acquired World English language rights from Stephanie Thwaites at Curtis Brown. Gone Before will be published in ebook and audio in October 2020, with the second book to follow in April 2021.

Gone Before begins when Phoebe Locklear arrives on the doorstep of the woman she believes to be her real mother, having learned she was kidnapped fifteen years before. What follows is the nail-biting story of a young woman who will go to any lengths to discover the truth about her identity, even if it means risking her life.

Lucy said,

‘I’m over the moon to be welcoming Sam to the Bookouture family. I was hooked from the first page of Gone Before, hungrily following Phoebe’s every move in her unstoppable hunt for the truth. And, just as you think you’ve got it sussed, Sam pulls the rug from under your feet, delivering twist after mind-blowing twist. I’m so excited about this fast-paced, addictive story, and I know readers everywhere are going to love it too.’

Sam said,

‘I am thrilled to be joining the Bookouture family and look forward to working with their brilliant team on my next thriller.’ 

Stephanie said,

‘I am so proud of Sam and this tremendous novel and I know it’s going to be a huge hit with readers. It has been a joy working with Bookouture and I hope this is the first of many happy partnerships.’

Sam Hepburn is the author of psychological thriller Her Perfect Life, which was published by HarperCollins, as well as two thrillers for young adults and two children’s novels. She won the 2017 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story award and has been shortlisted for several other prestigious prizes, including the CILIP Carnegie Medal for her YA thrillers.

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Bookouture sign historical author Kate Eastham

We are delighted to announce that Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig has signed a two-book deal with Judith Murdoch of Judith Murdoch Literary Agency from acclaimed historical author Kate Eastham. The first is centred around the friendship of two nurses working in the Mill Road Hospital in Liverpool, England during the 1941 May Blitz and will publish in late October 2020. It will be followed by a heartfelt historical novel about the Spanish Flu epidemic in February 2021.

Kathryn said,

‘I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Kate to Bookouture! She’s an incredibly accomplished writer and her novels are so moving with unique and genuine characters you really care about. I can’t wait to work with Kate and to bring her the wider international readership her writing so deserves.’

Kate said,

‘I am absolutely delighted to be writing my next two books with Bookouture. Their warm welcome and supportive approach have already made me feel very much at home.’

Alex Crow promoted at Bookouture; new hires made in marketing and non-fiction

We have some fantastic news to share with you today!

Bookouture has promoted Alex Crow, currently Head of Digital Marketing to Digital Marketing Director, with Crow also joining Bookouture’s leadership team.

Jenny Geras, Managing Director Designate, said of Crow’s promotion:

‘Alex is an invaluable member of the Bookouture team, and what he and his team have achieved with our marketing in the four years since he joined us has been incredible to watch. We have sold 1.5 million copies of our books through online advertising since Alex joined us, and he has introduced a number of new creative initiatives which have more than doubled the number of books we’ve sold through our marketing. I’m very much looking forward to him joining the leadership team.’

Rob Chilver also joins Bookouture from Headline on 20 July, in the role of Digital Marketing Manager, reporting to Alex Crow. Crow said:

Rob has been at Headline since 2016, working on campaigns ranging from Simon Scarrow to Ben Stokes, The Vamps to Queer Eye and many more in between. In 2017 he won a Book Marketing Society award for his work on One Pound Meals. Rob brings with him a wealth of industry experience from his time at Headline and Waterstones, and his forward-thinking, dynamic approach to digital marketing make him the ideal fit for the Bookouture team. I am looking forward to him joining and I see Rob as an innovator who will play an integral part as we continue to expand and improve our marketing.’

Bookouture has also made a new hire for its new non-fiction imprint, Thread. Nina Winters, previously Senior SEO Executive and Data Analyst at Ebury, will join Thread as Publishing Executive on 20 July. Winters will report to Publisher Claire Bord, who heads up the Thread imprint.

Claire Bord said:

‘I’m delighted to welcome Nina to Thread. Her background in data analytics combined with her curiosity, passion and knowledge of the non-fiction market impressed me greatly. I’m very much looking forward to working with her.’

Nina Winters said:

‘I am thrilled to be joining Thread at Bookouture. Non-fiction publishing has never been more dynamic, and I’m incredibly excited to become part of a brand new, inspiring imprint, led by a highly creative and forward-thinking team.’

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Bookouture re-sign Ryder and Halsall

We are delighted to share that we will be publishing two more books from Kindle top five bestseller Jess Ryder. Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar-Smith acquired World English Language Rights from Rowan Lawton at The Soho Agency.

Lydia said:

‘It’s an honour to continue working with Jess, the twists and surprises she comes up with in her novels never fail to floor me. What a writer she is.’

Jess Ryder said:

‘I can hardly believe I’m currently on my sixth novel for Bookouture and will now be delivering another two. They are a great publisher to write for and have been very supportive during these challenging times. I’m looking forward to telling new stories and working with the talented Bookouture team.’

We are also thrilled to announce we will be publishing two more exceptional psychological thrillers from Rona Halsall in 2021. Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead acquired World English rights, including audio, from Hayley Steed at the Madeleine Milburn Agency.

Isobel said:

‘I’m so thrilled to be publishing two further books with Rona, who – despite being an utterly lovely and supportive author – has the most dark and twisted imagination! Her novels are so brilliantly twisty, you absolutely never know what’s coming next. I have no doubt that fans old and new will be hooked.’

Rona said:

‘I am so delighted to be writing more books with the fabulous people at Bookouture and especially to carry on working with my fantastic editor, Isobel Akenhead. I feel blessed to be part of this progressive, supportive and all-round lovely team. Every new book I write is a voyage of discovery and I can’t wait to see where my characters will take us with the next two!’

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Kerry Fisher sells 1 million copies

We are delighted to announce that bestselling women’s fiction author Kerry Fisher has now sold over one million copies of her books. Bookouture have published seven novels by Fisher since 2016, and her newest title Another Woman’s Child is out in August 2020. Her eBook success has led to print deals with Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the US.

Jenny Geras, Managing Director Designate, said:

We are so proud of Kerry for hitting this incredible milestone. Readers adore her novels, as they tell the stories of the real emotional dilemmas in women’s lives. They are incredibly gripping, whilst being simultaneously heartbreaking and life-affirming. Here’s to the next million!’

Kerry Fisher said:

‘I’m the happiest I’ve been in my professional life – the Bookouture team is exceptional – meticulous, organised but above all, really easy to work with. And one million books out there! I didn’t see that coming four years ago. It feels like a very good time to thank all the readers who’ve supported me. I’m incredibly grateful.’

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Bookouture re-sign women’s fiction authors Roberts, Page and Roberts

Great news today folks! We’ve re-signed contracts with women’s fiction authors Sue Roberts, Lizzie Page and Julia Roberts. 

We are thrilled to share that we will be publishing two more books from bestselling chick-lit sensation Sue Roberts.  Commissioning Editor Emily Gowers acquired World all language rights.

Emily says,

‘Sun, sea, sand and laughs galore; Sue’s books are like a summer holiday without the stress of packing and I’m so thrilled to continue working with her on more sensational stories!’

Sue says,

‘I am thrilled to be continuing my writing journey with Bookouture. My editor Emily Gowers and the whole team are so supportive it’s an absolute pleasure working with them. Here’s to more sunshine reads in the future.’

We are also excited to announce that we will be publishing three more books from historical fiction author Lizzie Page. Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig acquired World English rights from Thérèse Coen at Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency.

Kathryn says,

‘Lizzie is such a joy to work with and publish. Her novels have everything – gripping stories, genuine characters, heartache, humour and real-life inspirations. Every time I edit one of her books I learn something new – her writing makes me feel closer to the past. I am absolutely thrilled to be publishing more with her!’

Lizzie says,

‘I’m so delighted to be signing with Bookouture for the third time. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.  I know I am in safe hands with the Bookouture team and especially with my brilliant editor Kathryn Taussig who always gets what I’m trying to do – sometimes better than I do! I’m really looking forwards to bringing you a sparky three books series set in post-war Britain a time when rebuilding community and family was never more important, stories about love and friendship triumphing in adversity.’

We’re delighted to announce that Publishing Director Ruth Tross has acquired world rights in two books by TV presenter and author Julia Roberts. After publishing three detective novels under the name J.G. Roberts, Julia is returning to the heartfelt and emotional women’s fiction that first made her name. Book one will publish in January 2021, and the second book following in June.

Ruth said,

‘I’ve loved working with Julia on the Detective Rachel Hart series, but when she told me her idea for the new book I knew we had to publish it. It’s a story of mothers and children, of family secrets and second chances, and it will make readers smile through their tears.’

Julia said,

‘I’ve loved working on my Rachel Hart series and am not ruling out revisiting it in the future, but I wanted to try something new. Thankfully, Ruth and the team at Bookouture are as excited as I am about the change of direction – roll on January when we can share the first of the new books with you.’

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

As part of Hachette, Bookouture has always supported initiatives to improve representation in publishing. But we acknowledge that Bookouture and the publishing industry have a significant issue in the representation of those from minority backgrounds, and that Bookouture has previously not done enough to identify and rectify its position regarding these issues. In light of the Black Lives Matter movement and Pride Month, we commit to making a long-term difference with a renewed sense of urgency. Some of our initial plans are outlined below:
 
  • Bookouture aims to reach a staff BAME representation target of 15% by 2021 and 20% by 2023, with a particular emphasis placed on representation in senior roles.
  • We are ramping up our outreach efforts to authors from diverse backgrounds.
  • We will volunteer with organisations that further the cause of diversity in publishing.
  • We are launching a company book club to better educate ourselves on structural racism.
  • We have created an internal Diversity & Inclusion team to drive these initiatives, hold individuals to account, and ensure that every action is converted into long-term and sustainable change.

We wanted to formalise our long-term strategy before commenting on recent events: we’d like to apologise to those we have let down by not speaking out sooner. We understand if our silence has left any of you feeling unsupported and questioning Bookouture’s position.
 
But let it be said: we believe Black lives matter. We stand with and celebrate our LGBTQ+ authors and colleagues this Pride Month and beyond. We will do better to address structural racism and systemic discrimination of all kinds in a meaningful and sustained way. And we look forward to playing our part in making our industry a more diverse, inclusive, and better one.

Bookouture sign Samantha Rajaram

We are delighted to share the news that Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig has acquired World English rights including audio from Carrie Pestritto of Laura Dail Literary Agency for a stunning historical novel from debut author Samantha Rajaram.

The Company Daughters, which will publish Autumn 2020, is the story of Jana, a servant in seventeenth-century Amsterdam who, alongside her companion Sontje, signs up to be a ‘company daughter’ – a mail-order bride to settlers in the far Dutch colonial East Indies. Based on true history, these two women undertake a dangerous and deadly sea journey to the colony of Batavia – present-day Indonesia – to start a new life there as wives to men they know nothing about.

Kathryn said,

‘I was so moved by Jana and Sontje’s story – the company daughters of the Dutch East India Company must have been tremendously brave (and heartbreakingly desperate) to travel halfway across the world in perilous conditions to marry a stranger. Samantha really brings their unique and fascinating tale to life with her beautifully atmospheric writing and warm characters. I know readers are going to feel the same as I do, and I’m so pleased and proud to be able to publish this wonderful novel!’

Samantha said,

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Kathryn Taussig and Bookouture for my debut historical fiction novel The Company Daughters. I am so impressed by Bookouture’s dedication to its authors, its marketing approach, and commitment to excellence in the editing process. I’m especially happy to see the efficiency with which Bookouture gets its books out into the world. For most writers the process to publication takes so long, and I’m very excited that my manuscript will be ready for publication much faster than I expected.’

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Bookouture sign Katie Gayle

We are thrilled to welcome Katie Gayle to Bookouture.

Commissioning Editor Therese Keating snapped up World rights for three books in a new cozy mystery series from Katie Gayle, a pseudonym for writing duo Kate Sidley and Gail Schimmel, starring accidental sleuth Epiphany Bloom.

Set in London, the first book sees Epiphany (‘Pip’) thrown into the race-against-time search for the kidnapped son of two Hollywood A-listers, with sinister forces including her own overbearing mother threatening to thwart her at every turn. These witty and fast-paced mysteries are perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton, Jana Deleon and Agatha Frost.

Therese said:

‘It was on about page four of the first Epiphany Bloom mystery, when I read an excellent joke about a three-legged cat (the cat is fine, don’t worry), that I knew I had to publish these books and I really wanted to work with Kate and Gail. Pip is a hilarious and charming character who has captured the hearts of the whole Bookouture team. I can’t wait for readers to fall in love with her too!’

Kate and Gail said:

‘We are beside ourselves with excitement to have signed a three-book deal with Bookouture. Writing as a team, and writing cozy mysteries, is new for both of us, and Bookouture have helped us see a dream become a reality. We’re already thrilled by the input our editor, Therese Keating, gives us, and we can’t wait to see our hero, Epiphany Bloom, out in the world.’

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Bookouture sign Wendy Dranfield

Bookouture are delighted to share the news that they have signed two books in a new crime thriller series from author Wendy Dranfield. 

Associate Publisher Jessie Botterill signed the deal for World all language rights including audio, film and TV, for two crime titles featuring Maddison Harper and P.I. Nate Monroe. The first book sees this unforgettable duo join forces to find a young girl missing from a summer camp, and takes you on a twisty and totally unputdownable rollercoaster ride of emotions until the very last page.

Jessie said of the deal,

‘Wendy is the perfect Bookouture author. Commercially savvy, bursting with hooky ideas and brilliant at creating characters with great chemistry who you instantly care about, she had impressed me at every turn with her understanding of what readers want and how to deliver it. I’m so excited about this fast-paced, nail-biting new series, and have no doubt in mind that readers are going to love it too.’

Wendy said,

‘I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the Bookouture team with my new crime thriller series. I can’t wait for readers to meet Maddison and Nate, and I just know the series will keep getting better with the help of Jessie’s valuable and insightful feedback. Bookouture are the perfect fit for me and my characters!’

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