Bookouture Author Stories
How the Kim Stone series gave Angela Marsons a lifeline
In September 2014, Angela had hit rock bottom. With money tight after being made redundant from her job of nineteen years, and with her disabled partner recovering from major surgery, Angela was turned down for a job in an Amazon warehouse. Forced to sell their belongings and borrow from family members to pay the mortgage, the prospect of losing their home was a very real one.
To make matters worse, Angela’s dreams of becoming an author were crushed when she parted ways from a top London literary agency. The feedback from publishers on her crime thriller series was always the same: ‘We love it… but not enough’. Some worried about the Black Country setting, others that readers wouldn’t warm to her formidable, no-nonsense lead character, Detective Kim Stone. With her confidence crushed, Angela, who pens all her first drafts by hand, couldn’t even pick up a pencil to write.
Then in October 2014, Angela received an email from Claire Bord at Bookouture saying she was reading and loving Silent Scream and did she have any more ideas? A week later, Angela signed for the first four books in the Kim Stone series.
Angela says ‘It was a lifeline for me – I didn’t have any expectations about what I’d sell, I thought maybe five hundred copies, but I just wanted to see what readers thought. I wanted them to enjoy it.’
Silent Scream has sold over a million copies and the Kim Stone series has gone on to sell nearly four million copies, translated into 28 languages and has hit the top of the bestseller lists across the world.
‘It is no secret that I tried to break into traditional publishing for many years. I do now believe that everything happens for a reason and that fate was waiting until Bookouture was born.They gave me an opportunity I’d been trying to get for many many years. The dream for me was always to be able to write for a living and Bookouture made that happen for me. They are the publisher that works well for me, despite how much they’ve grown, there isn’t anyone at Bookouture I can’t email or speak to and it does still feel like a family to me and the fellow Bookouture authors are very supportive. It’s a very open, transparent and personable approach. I also love the interaction via social media with the readers of the Kim Stone books. I consistently feel valued as an author and as a person and there is nothing else that any other publisher could give me that I don’t get from Bookouture.’