Bookouture secure 8 new books from bestselling husband-and-wife writing duo Verity Bright

We’re so excited to announce that Commissioning Editor Kelsie Marsden has agreed two new world rights deals with bestselling husband-and-wife writing duo Verity Bright. These deals, for eight books in total, will take Verity Bright’s publishing into 2024. Since April 2020 the Lady Eleanor Swift series, now seven books, has sold over 100,000 copies.

The new deal includes more books in the Lady Eleanor Swift series and a new contemporary cozy crime series set in the Cotswolds, featuring amateur sleuth Rose Finch.

Kelsie says,

‘I am over the moon to be taking Verity Bright’s publishing forward. The Lady Eleanor Swift series has gone from strength to strength, and I know readers will be thrilled there is more coming! The new Rose Finch series is incredibly exciting, bringing Verity Bright’s signature wit, humour, and talent for writing loveable characters to a new, modern setting. Current fans and new readers alike will just love it. I feel very lucky to be Verity Bright’s editor, they are incredibly hard-working, dedicated and their manuscripts are always a joy to read. I know I’m in for a real treat when one lands in my inbox.’

Verity says,

‘It’s such a pleasure to be writing the new Rose Finch series and more of the Lady Swift books with Bookouture. Everyone there, including our wonderful new editor, Kelsie, makes the process of writing and publishing a real joy. I couldn’t be happier.’

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Bookouture welcome executives Lizzie Brien and Jess Readett

We are absolutely delighted to welcome two new executives to Bookouture.

Lizzie Brien is joining us on the 13th September as a Publishing Executive from the University of East Anglia where she’s been working as a Course Administrator. She’s done a publishing MA (her dissertation was on children’s publishing and dyslexia) and has also been working as a freelance reader, copyeditor and proof-reader. Lizzie impressed us all during the recruitment process, with her strong market knowledge and passion for commercial fiction.

Associate Publisher Natasha Harding says, 

‘Lizzie impressed us with her passion for organisation, attention-to-detail and commercial fiction. We’re excited to be welcoming her to the Bookouture team.’

Lizzie says,

‘I’m so thrilled to be joining the team at Bookouture. Their reputation for innovation, creativity and author care precedes them, and I can’t wait to get started!’


We’re also delighted to let you know that the publicity team is expanding and Jess Readett will be joining us (also on 13th September), as a Publicity Executive. Jess has been working as a Communications Officer in a social-housing charity, and has her own Bookstagram page as well as blogging for The Huffington Post.

Head of Publicity Kim Nash says,

‘Jess’s love of books and enthusiasm for promoting them shines through – she is the perfect person to join our department.’

Jess says,

‘I’m so excited to join the Bookouture team! I’m a huge bookworm and have always dreamt of a career in publishing. I can’t wait to meet everyone and get stuck into the role very soon!’