Lisa Regan signs 15-book deal with Bookouture

We’re MEGA EXCITED to share the news today that Bookouture have signed a major new deal with multi-million-copy bestselling crime writer Lisa Regan. Publishing Director Jessie Botterill acquired World All Languages rights in 15 books directly from the author.

In January 2018, Bookouture published Vanishing Girls, the first in a US-set police procedural series. Five years and fifteen books later, Lisa Regan’s bestselling Detective Josie Quinn series has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide, been a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, and consistently dominated the Amazon USA charts. Regan has accumulated thirty-three rights deals across seven territories, and has been a number one bestseller in Germany for Bookouture Deutschland.

Jessie said,

‘I knew when I first read Vanishing Girls that I was looking at an amazing opportunity to work with a talented writer to break into an already crowded area of the market, but nothing – and I do really mean nothing – could have prepared me for what was to come: outstanding reviews, unforgettable hooks, the way readers hero-worship Josie and long to be part of the Denton community. It’s just incredible and testament to all Lisa’s hard work, attention to detail, and passion for her readers and her craft. Looking back at the series’ success fills me with such pride, but knowing we get to continue for so many more years to come is an absolute privilege and highlight of my career so far.’

Lisa said,

‘Working with Bookouture for the last five years has been a dream come true. I never imagined that the Detective Josie Quinn series would be so successful. It’s been the most amazing experience of my life to work with the team at Bookouture to bring these stories to such enthusiastic readers. I’m ecstatic that I get to continue working with such an innovative, dynamic, and supportive publisher. Each and every person on the Bookouture team is passionate, kind, and dedicated to what they do. The care that Bookouture takes to make each one of their titles successful and the respect that they show to their authors is second to none. There is no other publishing house I would rather call home. I can’t wait for readers to see what we’ve got planned for the series in the coming years.’

Managing Director Jenny Geras said,

‘It is a huge honour to be Lisa’s publisher. This new deal represents five more years of publishing, which is an incredible act of faith from an author, and one that makes us extremely proud. We can’t wait to take the Josie Quinn series to even greater heights.’

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Bookouture to publish third Stephanie King novel by bestselling author Rachel Abbott in the US and Canada

We are delighted to announce that we will be publishing the third Stephanie King novel by bestselling author Rachel Abbott.

Publisher Ruth Tross acquired North American rights from Lizzy Kremer and Maddalena Cavaciuti at David Higham. British and Commonwealth rights were simultaneously acquired by Jack Butler, Publisher at Headline. The long-awaited new novel in the Stephanie King series, as yet untitled, will publish in September 2023.  

Ruth said,

‘Rachel Abbott needs no introduction as one of the finest psychological thriller writers out there, and I am completely over the moon to be publishing her in the US and Canada. It’s a brilliantly twisty story of a disappearance and the dark secrets that lie within families, and I was gripped from start to finish. I can’t wait to share it with Rachel’s many fans.’

Rachel said,

‘I’ve been so impressed and delighted with Bookouture’s publishing of And So It Begins and The Invitation, and I’m looking forward to continuing our successful partnership.

Bookouture sign Kindle Number 1 bestselling author Daniel Hurst for two psychological thrillers

We are thrilled to share the news that Associate Publisher Natasha Harding has signed Kindle Number 1 bestselling author Daniel Hurst for two psychological fiction thrillers. Over 350,000 copies of his stories have been sold as well as a phenomenal 127 million Kindle Unlimited pages read.

Natasha acquired World All Language rights (plus audio, Film & TV) and the books will be publishing in January and March 2023.

Natasha Harding said,

‘I’m excited to be welcoming Daniel Hurst to Bookouture! Daniel is a prolific, chart-topping author and his books have been so prominent in the bestseller charts over the last eighteen months. I’m hugely impressed by Daniel’s brilliant concepts, shocking twists as well as the energy he brings to his stories. I can’t wait to publish two new high-concept psychological fiction thrillers by him in 2023.’

Daniel Hurst said,

‘I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant team at Bookouture and believe that mixing their passion for publishing with my passion for writing will surely lead to some exciting things! I can’t wait to get to work on my next psychological thriller and give the wonderful readers of this world a new and exciting story!

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Bookouture promotes and expands as sales hit record-breaking levels

Bookouture has announced two promotions: Richard King, currently Head of Rights, to Rights Director and Alba Proko, currently Audio Manager, to Head of Audio Publishing.

Bookouture MD Jenny Geras said ‘July and August have been, by some way, the best two sales months in Bookouture’s 10-year history. It’s been an incredible year, with a succession of standout bestsellers, combined with major growth in a number of areas of our publishing. Rights and Audio have been two particularly significant growth areas for us this year, and both Richard and Alba have been transformative in this. I can’t wait to see what they will achieve in their new roles.’

Richard King joined Bookouture from Orion in 2021 and since then he has made Booktouture commercial fiction a destination list for translation publishers and more than doubled the revenue from sub-rights deals agreed. In 2022 alone he has agreed a high six-figure deal in Germany for historical fiction author, Soraya Lane – along with 10 other territories – and a high five-figure deal for Freida McFadden in Germany – along with 27 other territories. He has also concluded a major Hollywood deal for McFadden’s stand-out psychological thriller, The Housemaid, with Todd Lieberman’s new company Hidden Pictures in partnership with Lionsgate. Richard will continue to report to Peta Nightingale, Bookouture’s Contracts, Rights and Translations Director.

Alba Proko joined Bookouture from Bonnier in 2020 and has transformed Bookouture’s audio publishing, increasing title count, studio partnerships, and narrators. She commissioned Adjoa Andoh to narrate Florence Ọlájídé’s bestselling memoir Coconut and has started to build her own audio originals list. Under her watch, Bookouture has seen its first number 1 bestsellers, and audio revenue has grown by 25% year on year. Alba continues to report to Publishing Director Laura Deacon.

Bookouture is currently advertising for a number of new roles as part of a further expansion to its editorial team. Further details can be found by clicking here 


Bookouture sign new deals with Carey Baldwin and Jessica Payne

We are delighted to share the news that Bookouture has signed new deals with two of your favourite thriller writers. 

We have acquired two psychological thrillers from bestselling author Carey Baldwin. Publishing Director Laura Deacon acquired World All Language rights, from Liza Dawson at Liza Dawson Associates. The first book, Second Wives, will be published in 2023.

Laura said,

‘I am utterly thrilled to be working with Carey on two more twist-laden psychological thrillers. Readers are absolutely loving The Marriage Secret which published in February and is getting the most incredible reviews. When we started talking about the idea for Second Wives, I just knew I had to publish it. It will combine everything I love about Carey’s writing: characters who completely get under your skin, twists-aplenty and an ending that you just will not expect.’

Carey said,

I am thrilled to be writing two juicy new psychological thrillers for Bookouture with Laura as my editor extraordinaire. Laura is such a joy to work with, offering great insight, expertise and enthusiasm. It’s wonderful to receive expert guidance and unflagging support at the same time. As an author, I love knowing that my editor and the entire publishing team are in my corner. I don’t take that for granted, and I feel very lucky to be right where I am- at Bookouture! I love the twisty psychological secrets in my upcoming books, and I can’t wait to unveil them to readers!’

We are also over the moon to announce that Commissioning Editor Kelsie Marsden has acquired World English and audio rights for two new heart-stopping psychological thrillers by author Jessica Payne from Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary & Management.

Jessica’s debut novel Make Me Disappear published in 2022 with Bookouture, with the follow-up The Lucky One coming in Autumn 2022. Jessica is also the host of #MomsWritersClub on YouTube and Twitter.

Kelsie said,

Working with Jessica has been a total dream so far, I’m so proud to have been a part of her publishing journey from the beginning and I’m excited we can continue to build her readership here at Bookouture. Jessica’s work ethic and dedication to her craft is truly boundless and the enthusiasm she brings to every conversation is a gift. Her sharp, incisive style and voice is already becoming a signature of her work, and readers just cannot get enough of her twisty and fast-paced plotting. Jessica writes strong, kick-ass women who must learn how to take care of themselves and I can’t wait to dive in with her next novel!’

Jessica said,

I’m so pleased to continue working with Kelsie and Bookouture! They have an incredible team that truly supports the author and creates a book that stands out. Beyond that, they’ve played a huge part in a dream come true—becoming a published author! I’m so excited to publish more books with them and continue this journey together!’

Kimberly said,

It has been wonderful seeing Jessica’s books being published by Bookouture and I couldn’t be more thrilled that she has two more books coming. Jessica may have only just debuted this year, but her engaging storytelling and unique voice is something I’m overjoyed her publisher recognizes and encourages. She’s an author to watch!’

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Bookouture sign two-book contract for a new series with USA Today bestselling crime author D.K. Hood

We are thrilled to announce a two-book contract for a new series with USA Today bestselling crime author D.K. Hood.

Associate Publisher Helen Jenner has signed a deal for World All Languages, plus audio, film and TV rights, for two books in the Detectives Katz and Styles series. D.K. Hood has sold over 1 million copies of her Kane and Alton series and the first Katz and Styles book will launch in the summer of 2023.

Helen says,

‘I simply love working with D.K. Hood and I was over the moon when she came to me with an idea for a new series. She has created a dark and twisted world for crime fans with two brilliantly intriguing characters in Beth Katz and Dax Styles. I know her loyal fans are going to take them both to their hearts as much as they have Kane and Alton.’

D.K. Hood says,

‘I’m ecstatic to be writing the new crime thriller series, Katz and Styles for Bookouture. Having the opportunity to write a series to run alongside the Kane and Alton series is an incredible outlet for my creativity. Featuring FBI Agents Beth Katz and Dax Styles, the series is set in Sleepy Creek, a mining town in the Central Montana Rocky Mountains. When Beth Katz is reassigned, she is partnered with a maverick agent who makes up his own rules but little does he know, she carries a dark secret that would chill him to the bone.’

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Bookouture sign six-book deal with number one bestselling duo Verity Bright

We’re thrilled to announce that Commissioning Editor Kelsie Marsden has agreed a new, 6-book world rights deal with number 1 bestselling husband-and-wife writing duo Verity Bright. The Lady Eleanor Swift series, now twelve titles, has sold over 250,000 copies and has been translated into four languages so far.

This deal will take Lady Eleanor Swift and her friends on some fantastic new adventures to far-flung settings both at home and abroad.

Kelsie says,

I’m so excited to continue working with Verity Bright on more Lady Eleanor Swift novels. Their never-ending creativity and work ethic always astounds me, and I can’t wait to dive in and get working on these new titles. Eleanor and her gang are set to explore some really fun settings, despite a murder always ruining her travels! This series has only continued to grow and I know readers will be thrilled there are more books in the pipeline. Delivery day for a Verity Bright book is always an absolute delight!

Verity says,

I never imagined when I started writing the Lady Swift series that it would still be going after 12 books and have sold over 250,000 copies! I’m so grateful to all my readers. And it wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful team at Bookouture, including our indefatigable editor, Kelsie. I’m so looking forward to the next 6 books and all the adventures Eleanor and Clifford will get into – not forgetting Gladstone!

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