Bookouture sign Jessica Payne

We’re thrilled to announce that Commissioning Editor Kelsie Marsden has acquired World English and audio rights for two completely unputdownable psychological thrillers by debut author Jessica Payne from Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary & Management. Jessica is the host of #MomsWritersClub on YouTube and Twitter.

Jessica’s first novel will publish in May 2022 and tells the story of a woman on the edge who will do anything to escape her sociopathic – potentially deadly – boyfriend, including arranging her own kidnapping. Get ready for twists aplenty and tons of jaw-dropping moments!

Kelsie said,

‘A few pages into Jessica’s novel, I knew I had something very special on my hands. Jessica’s writing is so gripping and fast-paced that I didn’t want to put the book down for a second and I flew through every chapter. Jessica has crafted a story so twisty I really did not know what to expect next and at points I definitely said OMG out loud. I just loved it and I knew I had to publish it! I think Jessica has tons of potential and I can’t wait to work with her and share her writing with the world. I know readers are going to adore these books too!’

Jessica said,

‘When I found out Kelsie and Bookouture read and loved my book—and wanted to acquire it!—I couldn’t quite believe it. I stopped what I was doing and took a huge smiling photo with my daughter to capture the moment. It still hasn’t quite set in that I have the privilege of working with and publishing with them. Finding an editor as excited about your book as you are is a dream come true, and I can’t wait to see what we can do together as we bring these books to readers’ hands!’

Kimberly said,

‘I knew Jessica had created something special after reading just the first few pages. One page turned into five. Five pages turned into fifty and before I knew it, I was completely invested in the story. Not only is the story one that gets your heart-pumping, but the voice is so spot on. I cannot wait until readers get to experience her words.’

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Bookouture sign new contracts with Smith and Watson

We are delighted to announce that we have signed new contracts with bestselling authors Miranda Smith and Sue Watson, and will be bringing you three new psychological thrillers from each author! 

Publishing Director Ruth Tross has acquired World all languages rights in three domestic thrillers direct from Miranda Smith.

She said,

‘Miranda’s most recent book, Not My Mother, hit the top 30 in the UK and top 5 in Australia, and it’s been fantastic seeing her sales and following build. Everything she writes is brilliantly twisty and full of human, heartfelt dilemmas. Miranda was the first author I acquired at Bookouture two years ago, and I am so excited to have books on the way till the end of 2023!’

Miranda said,

I’ve had a great experience working with the Bookouture team. Ruth has been an incredible editor and mentor on this journey. I’m excited to share new books with readers in 2022 and 2023!’

Associate Publisher Helen Jenner has acquired World all languages rights for three psychological thrillers publishing in 2022 and 2023 from crime author Sue Watson.

Helen said,

‘Sue is one of those authors who knocks it out of the park every time so I am over the moon to be working with her on three more books. When you think she can’t top the last book, she delivers something so special, you simply can’t stop reading it. I cannot wait for readers to dive into all three books – they’re in for a treat!’

Sue said,

I’m absolutely thrilled to be working on another three books with the fabulous team at Bookouture. I love working with Helen, her brilliant ideas and incisive editing are equalled only by her endless enthusiasm for murder and mayhem. Together we’ve come up with some very dark and twisty plots for future books, and I can’t wait to share them with readers.’

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Bookouture sign Dianne Haley

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Publishing Executive Rhianna Louise has acquired World rights for two incredible historical novels from Dianne Haley. 

Set in Switzerland during World War Two, the first will publish in April 2022 and tells the story of Resistance fighter Valérie, who must decide if she will betray her country and her friends to save the life of her childhood sweetheart Philippe. Breath-takingly gripping and heart-wrenching, this powerful story draws inspiration from true historical events including the stories of Jewish refugees escaping over the Swiss border from occupied France.

Rhianna said,

‘As soon as I started reading Dianne’s debut, I was completely hooked. It kept me up all night racing through the pages and had me dreaming for weeks of fleeing through cobbled streets under the cover of darkness, and of underground tunnels in the snow-covered Alps. Dianne’s writing is full of vivid characters, rich historical detail and emotional depth, and I am utterly thrilled to be publishing her beautiful novels.’

Dianne said,

‘I’m so excited to be published by Bookouture and have been very impressed by the care and professionalism of the whole team. From my very first contact with Rhianna I’ve felt like I was in good hands. She has been hugely supportive and enthusiastic about my WW2 series and I’m looking forward to working with her.

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Bookouture expands editorial team and celebrates 50 million sales

Bookouture is expanding its editorial team with an internal promotion and three new hires.

Ellen Gleeson has been promoted from commissioning editor to associate publisher with immediate effect. Joining the publisher in 2017, Gleeson was praised for a ‘standout year of digital bestsellers including Kerry Wilkinson’s The Child in the Photo and Liz Eeles’ Secrets at the Last House Before the Sea.’

Jess Whitlum-Cooper will join the team as associate publisher on January 4th reporting to publishing director, Laura Deacon. Currently commissioning editor at Headline, Jess has published Kimberley McCreight, Olivia Beirne and Kate Field as well as working on Victoria Hislop’s publishing.

Jess said,

 ‘I am absolutely delighted to be joining Bookouture. I have long admired their innovative mindset and formidable list of authors, and I can’t wait to be part of such a creative, dynamic and forward-thinking team.’

Susannah Hamilton will join the team on November 22nd as commissioning editor reporting to associate publisher Isobel Akenhead. Susannah was previously at Corvus where she published authors S.W. Perry, Uzma Jalaluddin and Jennifer Hillier.

Susannah said,

‘Having just sold their 50 millionth ebook, Bookouture is clearly an incredibly exciting and dynamic place to work. The team have been so welcoming and the authors that Bookouture publish are fantastic. I can’t wait to get stuck in.’

Both Jess and Susannah will be commissioning widely across commercial genre fiction including crime, women’s fiction and historical.

Bookouture are also very excited to welcome Sarah Gunton who joined on 11th October as a Publishing Executive. She comes to Bookouture from educational publisher Twinkl and will be working from our Sheffield office. 

She said, 

‘I am absolutely delighted to be joining Bookouture – working in fiction publishing has always been my dream job, and I’m so excited to be starting my career with such a creative and dynamic publisher!’

Earlier this month, Bookouture announced that it had hit 50 million sales since the start of its life in November 2012.

Managing Director Jenny Geras said,

’50 million is an incredible number, which represents 9 years of consistent global growth. We couldn’t have achieved this without our brilliant authors or our amazing team, and the promotions and hires announced here will help to drive us towards the next 50!’

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Bookouture sign new deals with Chase and Dranfield

We’re so pleased to share that we have re-signed deals with authors Jennifer Chase and Wendy Dranfield. We’ll be bringing you three more crime thrillers from each author.

Associate Publisher Jessie Botterill signed the deal for world all language rights for three new police procedurals from bestselling author Jennifer Chase featuring Detective Katie Scott and her ex-military dog, Cisco.

Warning – these absolutely unputdownable thrillers will keep you up all night! Fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh better hold on tight for a nail-biting rollercoaster ride.

Jessie says,

“It’s an absolute honour to be bringing more of Jennifer’s totally pulse-pounding thrillers into the world. Every time she delivers a new manuscript I know I’m in for such a treat, and readers agree with me; they adore Katie Scott and root for her every step of the way as she battles her own demons and risks everything to keep the small town of Pine Valley safe for another day.” 

Jennifer says,

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be bringing more Detective Katie Scott police procedurals to life! Working with Jessie and Bookouture has been such a wonderful experience and the support overwhelming. I definitely have big plans for Katie Scott in her next adventures and some big surprises too.”

Jessie has also secured another new contract with Wendy Dranfield for world all language rights (including audio, film and TV) to two new titles in the hugely successful Detective Madison Harper Series, and a high-concept standalone thriller with a killer twist.  

Jessie says,

“Wendy is an amazingly talented writer with such a fantastic feel for what drives readers to stay up all night turning pages. The Madison Harper series just goes from strength to strength, and those incredible reviews speak for themselves, so I’m so excited to be bringing the next instalments to readers next year. As for the standalone thriller, well, you’ll just have to wait and see…”

Wendy says,

I’m thrilled with the success of the Detective Madison Harper series, and delighted to be able to continue the series for its loyal readers, as well as writing another standalone crime thriller. I’m proud to call Bookouture my publisher, and Jessie my editor, as they believe in me and they enjoy my characters as much as I do!”

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