Demosthenous re-contracts Heald, Trope and Midwood

We’re delighted to announce that Associate Publisher Christina Demosthenous acquired World All Language rights to more books by three of her bestselling authors, Ruth Heald, Nicole Trope and Ellie Midwood.

2022 will see two new books from psychological thriller author Ruth Heald, whose recently published The Wedding was a huge hit.

Christina said,

‘Ruth knows how to craft an expert and pitch-perfect psychological thriller, and forever keeps me guessing when I’m editing her novels! Each and every book is taut with suspense and twists that pull the rug from under your feet. It was such a thrill to watch The Wedding take the bestseller lists by storm, and I can’t wait for all that’s to come.’ 

Ruth said,

‘I’m so excited to be writing another two psychological thrillers for the wonderful team at Bookouture. My editor Christina Demosthenous is always a delight to work with and I can’t wait to get started on developing some thrilling plots for my next books.’

We will be publishing two more gripping and chilling family dramas from Nicole, the author of the runaway international bestseller The Boy in the Photo.

Christina said,

‘Nicole is a supremely talented writer, who forever takes my breath away. Her novels overflow with emotion as she draws you into families that are torn apart by devastating secrets, dilemmas that have you on a knife’s edge, and twists that leave you whiplashed. I’m so excited to publish more books that are certain to delight her fans.’

Nicole said,

‘I am delighted to be publishing two more books with Bookouture and Christina Demosthenous. I have loved writing these stories and am so excited for readers to meet these new characters.’

Two more World War Two historical novels are coming up from Ellie Midwood, whose novel The Girl Who Escaped from Auschwitz dominated the bestseller charts in both the UK and the US.

Christina said,

Ellie brings to life the horrors and tragedies of World War Two with such beauty, spinning gripping and genuinely breath-taking tales. Based on true stories, and courageous real-life women who altered the course of history, her novels never fail to leave me inspired and amazed. I can’t wait to unleash her next book into the world!’

Ellie said,

‘The entire Bookouture team has become a real family to me and I couldn’t be more excited to be re-signing with them and producing two more historical novels under my wonderful editor Christina’s guidance. She’s been such a delight to work with and she truly ‘gets’ my characters and helps them come to life. We’ll be focusing on German Resistance women this time and I can hardly wait to tell their incredible true stories!’

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Bookouture sign US deal with bestseller Carmel Harrington

We are SO VERY HAPPY to announce that Managing Director Jenny Geras and Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead have acquired US publishing and audio rights in The Moon Over Kilmore Quay and one further novel from Irish bestselling author Carmel Harrington, via Rowan Lawton at The Soho Agency.

Isobel says,

‘I’ve long been a huge admirer of Carmel’s writing and the opportunity to work with her was one I knew I couldn’t miss. Her warmth, wit and utterly gorgeous storytelling is completely unforgettable. From the moment I started reading The Moon Over Kilmore Quay I was utterly captivated by the two women’s stories, and by the utterly escapist settings of NYC and the small Irish village of Kilmore Quay, and I am absolutely over the moon (!) that I will now be publishing it.’

Carmel says,

‘I am absolutely delighted that Bookouture will publish The Moon Over Kilmore Quay and my next book in the USA and Canada. I’ve admired Bookouture for years and know that with their superb guidance, my books will find the widest possible audience in North America. From the moment I met the team, (virtually!), I felt supported and energised by their enthusiasm and knowledge. And I felt an instant connection to both Jenny and Isobel, who wowed me with their passion and understanding of my books.’

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Bookouture hires Richard King to head up new in-house rights team

We are delighted to announce that Richard King, currently Senior Rights Manager at Orion, will be joining the team as Head of Rights from 4th May. Richard has been at Orion for the past ten years, where he’s made a significant contribution to the rights team, in particular establishing an enviable reputation for selling film and TV rights, both for Orion and Little, Brown.

King will report to Peta Nightingale, Contracts, Rights and Author Development Director. Nightingale said of the move,

‘For the past four years, since Bookouture’s acquisition by Hachette UK, our translation rights have been sold by the brilliant rights team at Little, Brown, who have done an amazing job for our authors. We have now reached a size and a stage in our development where we need to bring the focus on selling rights in Bookouture titles in-house, and to properly integrate the rights and editorial teams to optimise our acquisitions and development of IP. I’m enormously grateful to the whole team at Little, Brown for the work they’ve put in to getting us to this point, and I will miss working with them hugely. But looking to the future, I couldn’t be more excited to begin working with Richard and, with Saidah Graham who joined us in September last year as Contracts and Rights Executive, to building our new rights team from the ground up. Richard’s experience, creativity and energy make him the perfect person for the job, and I can’t wait for him to join us.’

King says,

‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Bookouture at such an exciting stage in their expansion, and to be working with Peta and Saidah in the inaugural rights team there. Commercial publishing is what gets my blood racing, and I feel privileged to be taking the reins of translation rights sales for the Booktouture list and to become a passionate ambassador for their fantastic authors in the international rights market. I’ve had a wonderful ten years at Orion, and I am endlessly grateful for all the opportunities they have given me, which have put me in the position to take on such an exciting new role – I can’t wait to get started.’

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Bookouture re-sign books from Taylor, Howes and Shabowski

We have exciting news of more fabulous books from Bookouture authors that you already know and love.

We are delighted to share that Commissioning Editor Emily Gowers has acquired World English language rights for two books from Sandy Taylor, from Kate Hordern at KHLA. The new books will publish in July 2021 and May 2022.

Emily said,

‘Sandy’s books are a real gift – I want to be best friends with all of her characters, and I can’t think of many things that bring me more joy than settling in to read one of her rich, gorgeous and emotional stories. I am so delighted to be continuing to work with Sandy on these incredible new novels!’

Sandy said,

‘I am delighted to be re-signing with Bookouture and to continue working with the lovely Emily. My journey with Bookouture has been wonderful. They really are a remarkable publisher, encouraging, patient and always there when you need them.’

We are thrilled to share the news that Commissioning Editor Maisie Lawrence has acquired world rights to three more historical books from Australia number one bestseller Pam Howes.  

Maisie said,

‘Pam’s novels give me everything I want. Her characters feel so real and with every book I learn something new about the war as she effortlessly brings the 1940s to life. I feel totally bereft every time I finish reading her latest book and I’m just thrilled to keep working with her!’

Pam said,

‘I love working with Maisie and the fab team at Bookouture. I’m thrilled to be writing three more historical books and looking forward to meeting the new characters that take me along on their journeys. Maisie totally gets me when I say “my characters lead the way!”’

We are delighted to share the news that Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig has acquired World rights, plus audio, from Jo Bell at Bell Lomax Moreton agency for three new historical novels from bestselling author Carly Schabowski.

Kathryn says,

‘Carly’s first two novels for Bookouture – The Ringmaster’s Daughter and The Watchmaker of Dachau – are beautifully written and unique glimpses of life in World War Two Europe. Her reader reviews are fantastic and she brings real warmth to the history she writes about. We are very lucky to be her publisher, and so pleased she’ll be writing three more books for us!’

Carly says,

The past couple of years working with the Bookouture team, and specifically my editor Kathryn, has been an absolute delight! I am so excited to continue my journey as a novelist with them, and cannot wait to see what the next few years bring.’

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Bookouture re-sign contracts with Browne, Marsh and Lovett

We’re so excited to share the news that we have re-signed new contracts with three of your favourite Bookouture authors. 

Firstly, we are thrilled to announce a new three-book contract with crime author Sheryl Browne.

Associate Publisher Helen Jenner signed a world all languages deal for three UK-set psychological thrillers. Sheryl Browne has previously published 9 books with Bookouture. The first book from the new contract will publish in February 2022, with the other two books publishing later the same year.

Helen said,

‘I’m delighted to be working with Sheryl again. Sheryl is an author who always delivers brilliantly flawed characters and twisty plots to keep readers on their toes. She is a joy to work with and I look forward to her fans getting three new Sheryl Browne books for 2022.’

Sheryl said,

‘Working with Helen and the fabulous Bookouture team has been a pleasure from day one. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be continuing my publishing journey with such an amazingly talented and dedicated group of people.’

Secondly, we’re excited to sign a new thriller from USA Today bestseller Nicola Marsh

Commissioning Editor Jennifer Hunt has signed a World English rights deal with Kim Lionetti at Bookends Literary Agency. The gripping domestic thriller, The Liar Next Door, is scheduled for publication in Summer 2021.

Jennifer said,

‘As soon as I started The Liar Next Door I was captivated. I could relate to all three women, and imagine myself at the garden parties they throw in their neighbourhood, and as Nicola’s signature tension built and built, and one of the women’s daughters went missing, I raced until the end. Readers are in for a rollercoaster ride, and I’m so proud to keep publishing Nicola at Bookouture.’

Nicola said,

‘I’m incredibly excited to be working with Jennifer Hunt and Bookouture on another domestic thriller and I can’t wait for readers to get their hands on The Liar Next Door.’

And finally, we’re so excited that Associate Publisher Lucy Dauman has acquired world rights to two more contemporary romantic comedies from Jo Lovett, following the publication of her utterly heart-warming novels The First Time We Met and The House Swap.

Lucy said,

‘I am over the moon to be working on more of Jo’s gorgeous books, which are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Readers have already fallen for her irresistable characters and laugh-out-loud writing, and I know they will adore her new book, The Mistletoe Pact, which will be packed full of festive cheer.’

Jo said,

‘I’m thrilled to be continuing my publishing journey with Bookouture. The whole team are so supportive and lovely, and I’m particularly delighted to continue to work with Lucy Dauman, who’s wonderful. I’m really enjoying writing and planning these next two romantic comedies – a welcome escape from all things pandemic – and I can’t wait to share them with my readers.’

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