Bookouture re-sign thriller authors Hood, Dawson and Ryder

DK Hood
Lucy Dawson
John Ryder

We’re SUPER EXCITED today to share that we will be bringing you more books from D.K. Hood, Lucy Dawson and John Ryder.

We are delighted to be publishing six more books from USA Today bestselling crime author D.K. Hood. Associate Publisher Helen Jenner acquired World All Language Rights to six books in the popular Kane and Alton series.

Helen said,

‘D.K. Hood was one of the first authors I acquired when I joined Bookouture three years ago and I’m thrilled that the journey is continuing. D.K. is an author who always delivers exceptional plotting and brilliant characters that crime readers simply love. I am really excited to be working with D.K. on more books and I can’t wait to see where the Kane and Alton series goes next.’

D.K. Hood said,

‘I’m absolutely delighted to be able to bring more of Kane and Alton’s adventures to my readers. To continue my writing journey with the amazing Helen and the wonderful team at Bookouture is a dream come true.’


We are thrilled to share the news that we will be publishing a new psychological thriller from international bestselling author Lucy Dawson. Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig struck a deal with Sarah Ballard from United Agents for World English rights for Lucy’s new novel, which will publish in January 2021.

Kathryn said,

‘It’s always such a treat to get to read a new Lucy Dawson novel and this one is ESPECIALLY FABULOUS! I adore working with Lucy and I’m delighted to be publishing another book with her – readers are going to absolutely love it!’

Lucy said,

‘I’m delighted to be working with my editor Kathryn Taussig and the rest of the Bookouture team, again. My eleventh book is going to be in very capable hands.’


Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead is absolutely thrilled to have acquired three further action thrillers by John Ryder, featuring former-Royal Marine-turned-mercenary, Grant Fletcher. Third Kill, Fourth Witness and Fifth Target  promise to be hard-hitting, pulse-pounding and absolutely gripping.

Isobel said,

‘It’s such a pleasure to work with John, one of the most hard-working and dedicated authors I’ve ever had the pleasure of editing. His books are gripping, pacy, and a complete joy to read. I can’t wait to see what Fletcher does next. Not least because something tells me he will surprise even me!’

John said,

‘Working with Isobel is a delight and I’m thrilled to have signed for a further three books in the series. Isobel’s perceptive edits certainly improve my stories and I’m delighted to have her and the rest of the fabulous Bookouture team backing me. Grant Fletcher is a fascinating character to write and I’m looking forward to spending a lot more time in his company. I have a whole raft of ideas for future novels, but something tells me Fletcher will have a few ideas of his own that I’ll have to include.’

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Bookouture and Dahlia Books partner for exclusive call out

Bookouture and Dahlia Books join forces on an exclusive call-out for writers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds

Bookouture, in association with The Asian Writer and Dahlia Books, are putting out an exclusive call-out for commercial fiction submissions from unagented and unpublished writers from BAME backgrounds and will be offering professional editorial feedback on the synopsis and first three chapters for the month of August.

Lucy Dauman, Associate Publisher at Bookouture, said: ‘We are committed to diversifying our list and ensuring that voices from all backgrounds are heard. It’s more apparent than ever that writers from BAME backgrounds are under-represented in publishing and we hope that, by helping to shape the pitch and those all-important first chapters, we can add real value to a writer’s publication journey and discover some exciting new voices in commercial fiction.’

Farhana Shaikh, Founder of Dahlia Books and The Asian Writer, said: ‘We’re seeing lots of publishers rushing to diversify their lists which is right and long overdue. I’m thrilled to see that Bookouture are going one step further. Working with Lucy at Bookouture to bring this opportunity to writers from diverse backgrounds has been incredibly heartwarming. It’s a fantastic opportunity for BAME writers to receive editorial feedback, which I’m certain will help them to develop their writing talent and support their journey to publication.’


Writers should submit a short bio, a synopsis (of up to 1,000 words) and the first three chapters/50 pages (up to a total of 10,000 words) here.

The inbox will open at 12.00am on Saturday 1 August 2020 and the deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Monday 31 August 2020*.  

Each submission will be read by a member of the Bookouture editorial team, who will provide editorial feedback within six weeks from the date of submission. The feedback will cover the hook and the pitch, as well as the writing style and impact of the opening chapters. We will also advise on genre and where the author thinks this sits in the market.

For more information on what Bookouture are looking for, click here

*If you are not able to submit to us in August, we would still love to read your submission via the usual submissions platform on our website. However, while we respond to all submissions and give feedback where we can, beyond the month of August, we will not be able to give the same detailed editorial feedback.

Bookouture sign historical fiction author Marion Kummerow in three-book deal

We are delighted to announce that historical fiction author Marion Kummerow is joining us here at Bookouture for a three-book deal.

Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead acquired world rights in the three novels, all for 2021. The first novel tells the powerful story of two sisters, separated into different camps in Bergen-Belsen and their extraordinary fight to find one another. Inspired by true historical events, it’s a story that is both harrowing and uplifting, and a reminder of how hope can emerge from even the darkest days of history.

Isobel Akenhead said,

‘From the moment I started reading Marion’s novel, I was completely gripped. It is emotionally devastating, beautifully written, and completely unputdownable. I am utterly thrilled Marion will be joining us at Bookouture and incredibly excited to be publishing her beautiful, extraordinary novels.’

Marion Kummerow said,

‘I’m incredibly excited to become part of the Bookouture family that has published so many stellar books in the Historical Fiction genre. Knowing that every book becomes better with good editing, I’m absolutely delighted with my Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead who’s a joy to work with.’

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Bookouture sign compelling historical novel from Suzette D. Harrison

We are delighted to announce that Commissioning Editor Emily Gowers has acquired world all language rights, including audio and film and TV for a compelling historical novel from Suzette D. Harrison. Publishing in February 2021, The Girl at the Back of the Bus is a stunning dual-timeline novel beginning in 1950s Alabama, about how one woman’s life changes after witnessing Rosa Parks’ historic act of civil disobedience.

Emily says,

‘Suzette can barely write an email without making me tear up, so you can all just imagine how proud and excited I am to be working with her on this novel. Her writing is so warm, moving and completely heartfelt, and I cannot wait to share this beautiful story with the world.’

Suzette says,

‘I’m thrilled to have been approached by Bookouture for this bespoke project. Working with Emily is so refreshing. She listens. She validates. She discusses rather than dictates, and leaves me feeling as if this is a partnership. A lover of African American history, the story itself has become near and dear to me. I’ve literally experienced tearful moments while writing, and I can’t wait for readers to dive into this dual timeline work of fiction.’

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Bookouture re-sign Thorne and Josselsohn

We’re super happy to share some brilliant news with you today.  

Commissioning Editor Ellen Gleeson has acquired World English rights for two fantasy novels from Jessica Thorne, via Sallyanne Sweeney at MMBcreative. The first, a beautiful crossover historical fantasy read, takes place at the mysterious Foxfield Hall and will publish in March 2021; with the follow-up in September.

Ellen Gleeson says,

‘As a huge fantasy fan, working with Jessica Thorne has been a publishing dream come true for me. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build on her fan base and bring her feisty characters, magical worlds and page-turning plots to even more readers.’

Jessica Thorne says,

‘I’m so delighted to be signing with Bookouture again. It has been such an incredible experience so far. The story of the lives and loves of the women of Foxfield Hall is one of those books of the heart, one you always dream of writing and finding the perfect home for. It’s a tale of two very different women, two very different times and one magical place. I’m so excited to be heading off on a new adventure with Bookouture.’

Sallyanne Sweeney says,

‘Jessica’s writing goes from strength to strength and Bookouture have been the perfect publishing partner for her magical novels. I’m delighted to have another two Jessica Thorne standalones to look forward to, which should see her readership soar.’


In other fabulous news, Commissioning Editor Jennifer Hunt has acquired world rights to two more heart-warming and uplifting romances from Barbara Josselsohn vis Cynthia Manson. Both books are set in the same charming, fictional town, Lake Summers, and will publish in 2021.

Jennifer said,

‘Barbara’s novels have brought me so much joy, she writes wonderful, warm and relatable characters, gorgeously romantic scenes and has provided a sense of escape for so many readers this year. She’s incredibly hard-working and brilliantly talented and I’m so pleased to get to keep working with her.’

Barbara added,

Signing with Bookouture and working with Jennifer has been a dream come true, and I am beyond thrilled to continue with another two books! I couldn’t ask for a more talented or inspiring editor, and the entire team is smart, accomplished, and committed to supporting every book 110 percent. This is exactly where I want to be, and I’m immensely grateful and excited to get started on these next two stories!’

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Bookouture sign And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott

Bookouture are delighted to share the news that we will be re-publishing Rachel Abbott’s bestselling novel And So It Begins.

Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig signed the deal for North American rights for And So It Begins, the first novel in Abbott’s Stephanie King series, which was previously self-published in the US by the author. Set in rural Cornwall, the book has already garnered huge praise internationally. Bookouture will be launching their edition in August 2020.

Kathryn said of the deal,

‘I am thrilled to be working alongside Rachel to bring this incredibly gripping thriller to an even wider North American audience. Rachel is a true master of her craft and a joy to publish. We feel extremely lucky to be the publisher of the first two Stephanie King books in the US and Canada!’

Rachel said,

‘Bookouture is a wonderful book family! Who wouldn’t be delighted to be in such an impressive catalogue of psychological thrillers? Kathryn and her team were beyond professional for the publication of The Invitation and I’m looking forward to more of the same success with And So It Begins.’

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Bookouture sign women’s fiction author Cynthia Ellingsen

We are thrilled to welcome women’s fiction author Cynthia Ellingsen to Bookouture. Associate Publisher Lucy Dauman acquired World rights, including audio, from Brent Taylor at the Triada US Literary Agency, for two new novels.  

Cynthia is the Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Starlight Cove series, published by Lake Union. Her new book, publishing March 2021, follows a young woman who makes a shocking discovery when she returns to her parents’ forest resort in Wisconsin for the summer. This will be followed by second title in August 2021; another story about love, family secrets and finding your true home.

Lucy says,

‘I am over the moon that Cynthia has joined the Bookouture family. Her writing is absolutely gorgeous, packed with warmth and atmosphere, transporting the reader to the enchanting site of her protagonist’s childhood and keeping us hooked with the secrets she reveals. As with all Cynthia’s books, she combines engaging characters and heart-warming romance with compelling mystery, and I know readers everywhere are going to love these next two novels!’

Cynthia says,

I am so delighted to be published by Bookouture, as I have long admired their authors. I know Bookouture will do an outstanding job serving my current audience and introducing my work to additional like-minded readers. Each upcoming book will have history, mystery, and a touch of romance, and I can’t wait to share them.’ 

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Bookouture sign women’s fiction author Emily Cavanagh

We are thrilled to welcome women’s fiction author Emily Cavanagh to Bookouture. Commissioning Editor Cara Chimirri acquired World English rights, including audio, from Marlene Stringer at the Stringer Literary Agency, for two new novels.  

Emily has previously published The Bloom Girls and This Bright Beauty with Lake Union Publishing. Her next book, publishing in October 2020, is set on an island off the East Coast of the United States and follows three women whose lives change forever in the aftermath of a murder. This will be followed by another title in February 2021, that explores the secrets and lies that run through a friendship group, reunited for a weekend at Cape Cod.

Emily Cavanagh said,

‘I am thrilled to be publishing my next two books with Bookouture. Their enthusiastic support, innovative marketing strategy, and strong editorial guidance have me looking forward to the next stage of this journey.’

Cara Chimirri said,

I am simply delighted that Emily has joined our list at Bookouture. From the very first chapter of her new novel, I was absolutely hooked and could not put it down. Emily’s writing is so emotionally charged and the way she is able to draw you into the inner lives of the women in her stories is nothing short of masterful. I just know that readers are going to love these next two books from her!’

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Bookouture re-sign Merritt and Perry

We’re super excited today to be bringing you details of two new re-signing deals. 

We are thrilled to have signed a new contract with crime author Chris Merritt. Associate Publisher Helen Jenner acquired World All Language Rights from Charlie Viney at The Viney Agency.

Helen says,

‘It’s been a real treat working with Chris on his Lockhart & Green series and I’m delighted to be working on two more books with him. Chris is a writer who gets better and better book on book and I can’t wait to find out where he takes the Lockhart and Green series next.’

Chris says,

‘I’m thrilled to be signing up for two further Lockhart & Green novels with Bookouture. I’ve really enjoyed developing this new serial killer series, mixing forensic psychology with murder investigation, and I’m excited to see where it goes next.’


We are also delighted to announce we will be publishing a new series by award-winning crime author Dana Perry. Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig acquired World rights, including audio, from Nalini Akolekar at Spencerhill Associates.

Kathryn says,

‘Dana’s crime writing talent is exceptional – with novels filled with red herrings, cliff-hangers and twists galore. I’m so happy that Dana will be writing a new series for us, we are a very lucky publisher to get to work with him again and I know readers are going to absolutely love his detective protagonist, Abby Pearce.’

Dana says,

‘I’m delighted to be writing a new series about Abby Pearce, a former New York City homicide detective who moves back to the idyllic resort island of Martha’s Vineyard where she grew up to escape the pressures of the big city. But when a teenaged girl goes mysteriously missing, Abby soon discovers that Martha’s Vineyard – behind all its wealth and beautiful beaches and powerful, influential people – is hiding long-buried secrets about corruption, scandal and murder. Watch for The Beach House and Still Missing in 2021.’

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Bookouture sign nine titles from bestselling author Ella Carey

Bookouture have acquired World English language rights in ebook, print and audio for nine historical novels by US Kindle bestseller Ella Carey from Giles Milburn at Madeleine Milburn Agency.

As part of the deal, commissioning editor Maisie Lawrence snapped up six of Carey’s previous books, which were originally published by Lake Union and have sold over half a million copies already. Bookouture will publish all six in quick succession over the summer and autumn of 2020, beginning with Beyond the Horizon. This stunning Second World War novel focuses on a young, American female pilot who flies for her country and, following a dreadful accident, carries a terrible secret.

Lawrence also acquired a new three-book series, for publication in 2021. This sweeping historical trilogy will be set between Europe and New York, featuring unforgettable characters and telling the stories of dazzling hopes and difficult dreams in America, before during and after the Second World War. The first book in the series will publish in spring 2021.

Lawrence said,

‘Ella Carey is a master of her craft – her novels are beautifully written and she has a unique ability to get inside the minds of her characters and to really capture the sense of a place in a historical time. When I dive into one of her books, I am utterly transported. I feel truly lucky and honoured to be her new editor and to have this opportunity to take her publishing forward. We have really ambitious plans for her books and I know both her huge existing readership and new fans alike will be enchanted!’

Carey said,

‘I am absolutely thrilled to have Bookouture handle both my backlist and my new frontlist books. Working with Maisie Lawrence has been an absolute joy already. I’m so impressed by Bookouture’s outstanding approach to editing, marketing and publicity. The team have all been so very welcoming to me and I love the way this publishing house has the feel of a family who truly care about every aspect of their authors’ careers. The success of Bookouture’s approach is reflected in the fantastic results they have achieved. I feel like I, and my books, have come home.’

Milburn added,

‘Ella Carey is a star, and it was a real privilege to help her with this fabulous move to Bookouture. She and Maisie Lawrence share a common vision and ambition for both her sizeable backlist – which has already enjoyed notable success – and her new books, which will appeal to her established readers while bringing many new ones on board too. The future looks very bright indeed!’

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Bookouture sign historical fiction author Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome historical fiction author Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger to Bookouture.

Commissioning Editor Cara Chimirri has acquired World All Language rights for two standalone historical novels set during the Second World War. Chrystyna has previously self-published the Reschen Valley series of novels, the award-winning short story collection Souvenirs from Kiev and contributed to The Road to Liberation: Trials and Triumphs of World War II  collection.

Chrystyna’s first novel for Bookouture follows the story of a young woman who, while in service to a renowned Jewish family in Czechoslovakia during the war, commits one act of rebellion and is then hunted by a Nazi officer. It will publish in February 2021. Another sweeping wartime story set in occupied Ukraine, and inspired by Chrystyna’s family’s history, will follow in June 2021.

Cara Chimirri said,

‘I am incredibly excited to be welcoming Chrystyna to our list here at Bookouture! Chrystyna writes the kind of historical fiction I love to read, weaving wonderful historical detail together with plots full of emotion, danger and heartbreaking moral dilemmas. I can’t wait for readers to get their hands on these new books from Chrystyna, I know they will be totally swept away by them as I have been.’

Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger said,

‘Signing with Bookouture is one of the most exciting things I have done in my career as a writer. I know that with Cara’s professional care and the team’s attention to detail, Bookouture is the partner I have been looking for to help my stories reach new readers and potential lifelong fans. It is a special privilege to be working with Bookouture; recognized in the author community as an “indie-friendly” publisher, they have a record of propelling authors onto life-changing careers. Signing on is a new mile marker for me, and now the engines are really revving. This is going to be an amazing adventure!’

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Bookouture signs bestselling author Natalie Barelli

It is with great pleasure that we announce the news that Bookouture has acquired two new psychological thrillers from bestselling author Natalie Barelli. Associate Publisher Jessie Botterill did the deal for world rights direct with the author.

Natalie has had huge success self-publishing Missing Molly, The Loyal Wife, The Accident and The Housekeeper, and two titles in the Emma Fern series with Thomas & Mercer. Her first book with Bookouture, a gripping psychological thriller with a dark twist at its heart, will publish in November of this year, with a second to follow in March 2021.

Jessie said,

‘I’ve long been a fan of Natalie’s nail-biting, totally twisty and unputdownable psychological thrillers, so you can just imagine my excitement when my suggestion that she work with Bookouture to build on her massive success was met with enthusiasm. I can’t wait to show her what we can do, and to watch her audience grow across the globe.’

Natalie said,

‘I’ve been a big fan of Bookouture’s psychological thrillers since forever, so I am beside myself with excitement to be joining them. I can’t wait to work with Jessie and the team and see what twisted stories we can concoct together.’

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Alison Ragsdale moves to Bookouture!

We are over the moon to be welcoming Lake Union and self-published author Alison Ragsdale to Bookouture! Commissioning Editor Maisie Lawrence has acquired world rights for two emotional women’s fiction novels by the #1 Amazon Australia and Canada bestselling author.

Both books focus on ordinary families where a devastating event will change their lives forever. The first novel, which will be published in Spring 2021, tells the story of Ava, whose precious daughter is losing her sight. As her world goes dark, can Ava keep her safe?

Maisie said,

‘I’ve been a huge fan of Alison’s for some time and I’m so delighted that we’ll be working together. Her heartbreaking books always have me reaching for tissues and her ability to tackle such sensitive subjects has already earned her so many stand-out reviews. I know her existing readers and new fans alike will be as captivated as I am.’ 

Alison said,

‘I am absolutely thrilled and excited to be joining the Bookouture family. I can’t wait to work with this dynamic team. My Commissioning Editor, Maisie Lawrence, has impressed me no end, and we formed a connection from the first time we talked. She understands my writing aspirations and has already given me such insightful and constructive feedback that I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together. My dream was to find a true publishing partner, and Maisie has helped make that dream a reality.’

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