Three more from Patricia Gibney to Bookouture

Three more from Patricia Gibney to Bookouture 


Bookouture have acquired three new crime thrillers from Patricia Gibney, bestselling author of The Missing Ones, The Stolen Girls and the forthcoming The Lost Child. Bookouture published Gibney’s debut The Missing Ones in March this year, since when it has sold almost half a million copies.


Jenny Geras, Publishing Director at Bookouture, acquired World English rights from Ger Nichol at The Book Bureau.


Bookouture’s fellow Hachette division Little, Brown will be publishing The Missing Ones in trade paperback in February 2018, to be followed by a mass market paperback in summer 2018.


Jenny Geras said: ‘This series has got off to the most incredible start. Readers adore Detective Lottie Parker, Patricia’s hard-living and emotionally troubled heroine. We are thrilled to be publishing three more books in the series.’


Patricia Gibney said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to continue writing for Bookouture. Readers of my books published so far have given me the confidence to continue writing Lottie Parker novels. I look forward to creating new stories and mysteries featuring Lottie, her family and her colleagues. The town of Ragmullin is in for a torrid time! Thanks to my agent, Ger, and all at Bookouture and Little, Brown for this amazing opportunity.’

Isobel Akenhead joins Bookouture from Kobo

We’re delighted to announce that Isobel Akenhead is moving from Kobo to Bookouture to take up the role of Associate Publisher. Akenhead will report to Publishing Director Jenny Geras.

From 2005-2012, Akenhead worked at Hodder, rising from Editorial Assistant to Senior Editor for women’s fiction and working with authors including Lucy Dillon, Melissa Hill and Alexandra Potter. From there, she took on a role as Digital Promotions Manager for the whole Hachette group before moving to Kobo as Merchandiser for UK and Ireland.

Jenny Geras said:

Isobel’s experience brilliantly combines commercial fiction publishing, digital sales and retail, making her a great match for Bookouture. I can’t wait for her to join us and I know that she will do a fantastic job bringing new talent to the list.

Isobel Akenhead said:

For my entire publishing career, through a decade as an editor, two years in digital sales and three great years as an ebook retailer with Kobo, I have sought the same things – a passion for storytelling, smart publishing, and great books. As a result, it is such a joy to be joining the Bookouture team – one of the most innovative and exciting in the business. I look forward to bringing my editorial, digital and commercial skills together and to acquiring and publishing some brilliant books.

Isobel Akenhead joins Bookouture on 29 August. Last month, it was announced that Kathryn Taussig will also be moving to Bookouture from Quercus in August to join the same editorial team.

We do hope you’ll join in the celebrations over at Facebook and Twitter.

Noelle Holten joins Bookouture

We are over the moon to announce that Noelle Holten will be joining Bookouture as Publicity and Social Media Manager in July. Noelle is a well-known crime book blogger, and founder of

Noelle will report to Kim Nash, who said of the move:

Noelle has been working with us on a number of projects recently on a freelance basis and her communication, organisation and analytical skills along with her zest and passion for life and books, fits perfectly into the ethos of our growing team.   I’m really excited with this addition to the family.

Noelle commented:

Joining Bookouture is a dream come true. Such an amazing team, with fantastic authors and of course, the ever-so-awesome Kim Nash. I never believed my love of books would lead to working with one of the best publishers in the industry and I can’t wait to start spreading the #BookoutureBookLove!

Noelle joins us on 10th July.

Do join us on Facebook and Twitter to join in the celebrations.

Bookouture acquired by Hachette UK

We are very excited today to share the news that Bookouture has been acquired by Hachette UK – the second largest publisher in the UK. Hachette is home to publishing divisions like Orion, Little, Brown and Headline and many massive bestselling authors – from JK Rowling, to Ian Rankin, to Carole Matthews.

We’ve known the Hachette team for some time and as well as being some of the best people in the business, they very much share our vision for developing and growing Bookouture.

Oliver Rhodes, our CEO comments

‘Seeing Bookouture flourish in the past four years has been an incredible and rare privilege – we have an extremely talented and dedicated team and a fantastic group of authors who we are very proud of. What is so exciting about taking this next step and becoming part of Hachette UK is that it will help us to build on the significant momentum we already have and achieve even greater things for our authors.’

With the move to Hachette, our goals are still the same – to keep improving our publishing model and the value that we add to our authors. We now have even greater resources to do that.

We know the coming years will be a very exciting time for us and look forward to sharing that with you.

Read the full press release below


Hachette Acquires Bookouture Press Release by bookouture on Scribd

Million-copy bestseller Kerry Wilkinson to write psychological thrillers for Bookouture

We’re so delighted to share this afternoon our latest news that Publisher Claire Bord has acquired global rights in two psychological thrillers by Kerry Wilkinson. The deal was agreed directly with the author.

Bord says,

We have really enjoyed working with Kerry on bringing his much-loved Jessica Daniel detective series to a US audience,’ said Claire, ‘and when Kerry first described the plot of Two Sisters I was immediately hooked: Megan and Chloe receive a postcard on the day of their parents’ funeral with a photo of the seaside resort they used to visit as children. On it is a single letter, ‘Z’ for Zac, their brother who disappeared ten years ago…

Kerry commented,

I’m really excited to be working with Claire and Bookouture to release what I believe is some of my best work yet.

The first novel, Two Sisters will be released in June 2017 with the second book following shortly afterwards, in autumn 2017.

Do join us over on Facebook and Twitter to congratulate Kerry.

Bookouture to publish two more historical novels by Debbie Rix

We’re delighted to share that we have signed two more novels from Kindle bestseller Debbie Rix.

Claire Bord acquired global rights in the books via the author directly.

Claire said of the deal,

Debbie writes wonderfully evocative novels, rich in historical detail and always with a moving love story at their heart. The Silk Weaver’s Wife is a beautifully-crafted story set between modern day Verona and 18th-Century Venice which I know is going to have huge appeal with readers.

Debbie responded,

I’m delighted to have signed a new two-book deal with Bookouture. My first two novels – The Girl with the Emerald Eyes and Daughters of the Silk Road – have been wonderfully received, and I’m very much looking forward to continuing to work with the team and growing my readership.

The Silk Weaver’s Wife will be published this summer 2017 with the second book following in spring 2018.

Do join us on Facebook and Twitter to share the news and congratulate Debbie.

Helen Jenner joins Bookouture

We are delighted to welcome Helen Jenner, currently Digital Publishing Manager at Transworld, to the role of Commissioning Editor at Bookouture.

Helen will report to Publishing Director Jenny Geras, who joined Bookouture from Cornerstone at the beginning of this year to establish and lead an expanding new fiction team.

Geras said,

Helen has the perfect match of commercial sensibility and digital savvy for Bookouture, and I know she will make a brilliant transition to an acquiring role.

Helen will be joining Commissioning Editor Jessie Botterill in the new team, and said of the move,

Having worked at Penguin Random House for six years, it is with great sadness that I say goodbye to my wonderful colleagues at Transworld. However, I have long admired Bookouture and its innovation and creativity and I’m thrilled to be joining such a successful team.

In her digital role at Transworld, Helen worked across the list with authors including Paula Hawkins, Lee Child and Cathy Bramley, and most recently launched the Pocket Universe App with Stephen Hawking.

Helen Jenner will join Bookouture on Monday 6 March and can be contacted from that date on

We do hope that you’ll join us and congratulate Helen over at Facebook and Twitter.

Four more K.L. Slater novels for Bookouture

We are delighted to share that we have signed four more psychological thrillers from Amazon top ten bestselling author K. L. Slater.

Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar-Smith acquired World English Language rights from Clare Wallace at Darley Anderson.

Lydia said of the deal:

I couldn’t be more delighted to be working with Kim on another four books. She creates real page-turners with wonderfully flawed protagonists that make the hairs on your neck stand on end. Her addictive storytelling and incredible success so far has proved that she truly is one of the best crime writers in the business.

K.L. Slater said:

I have been thrilled that readers have responded so positively to my first two books and I am beyond excited I will now be working on more gripping ideas with Lydia and the fantastic Bookouture team.

We do hope that you’ll join us and congratulate K.L. Slater over at Facebook and Twitter.

Bookouture signs debut thriller writer S.D. Monaghan in a two-book deal

Bookouture are elated to announce the signing of debut author S.D. Monaghan in a deal for two domestic thrillers. The publisher acquired World English rights from Zoe Ross at United Agents, with the first book publishing in September 2017, with a second to follow in Spring 2018.

Commissioning Editor Abigail Fenton said of the deal:

S.D. Monaghan is one of those rare authors who provides a twist not only at the end, but in a steady stream of shocking revelations. The tension grows throughout, making it thoroughly unputdownable. He is a thrilling new talent, and I am so excited to welcome him to the Bookouture list.

S.D. Monaghan said:

I am delighted to be signing with the extraordinary Bookouture – a publisher that is fascinated by the future, rather than being afraid of it. I very much look forward to working with, and being guided by, their exceptional and progressive team.

Zoe Ross added:

How exciting to be stepping into the future of digital publishing with Bookouture and this sensational debut novel. I can’t wait to see what they do with it.

We do hope that you’ll join us in welcoming SD Monaghan to the family over at Facebook and Twitter.

Robert Bryndza’s global bestseller The Girl in the Ice hits ONE MILLION sales in less than a year

We are so UBER EXCITED to share with you the news that global bestseller The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza has hit ONE MILLION sales in less than a year.

Since its release in February 2016 The Girl in the Ice has been a No.1 Kindle bestseller in the US, Canada,
 Australia and the Netherlands, a No.2 bestseller in the
 UK as well as a top 100 bestseller in France, Spain and India. The Erika Foster crime series has now sold a phenomenal 1.4 million copies to date.

* The second biggest selling Kindle title of 2016 on

* Rights sold in twenty-four countries including a major six figure deal in Germany

* Over 54,000 audio books sold to date

* Over 6,000 5-star customer reviews on Amazon

Claire Bord, Publisher at Bookouture said:

This is an extraordinary milestone for both Bookouture and Robert. To reach one million copies on one book alone in little under a year is a triumph of epic proportions. Robert has established a huge global audience for the Erika Foster series and in Erika, created a character that readers are completely hooked on.

Robert commented:

For The Girl in the Ice to sell a million copies in just under a year is both mind-boggling and a dream come true! Thank you to all my incredible readers, thank you to the amazing community of book bloggers who have introduced my work to so many people, and a massive thank you to the brilliant team at Bookouture, who have given me so much support and creative freedom to write the books I want to write.

We do hope you’ll join with us over on our social media platforms Facebook and Twitter to congratulate Robert on this amazing achievement.

Bookouture signs global bestseller Kathryn Croft for more psychological thrillers

We’re thrilled to bits to share that we’ve signed global bestseller Kathryn Croft for more psychological thrillers.

Keshini Naidoo, Associate Publisher at Bookouture has secured WEL rights for two books from Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency, saying:

Since the publication of The Girl With No Past in 2015, Kathryn has quickly established herself as one of the foremost writers of psychological thrillers in the UK, with each book subsequently launching to huge success. Her three Bookouture titles have each been global bestsellers, hitting the top ten on Amazon in the UK, US and Canada. Her latest novel, While You Were Sleeping, was a No.1 bestseller on iBooks and no.2 on Kobo. Kathryn’s particular brand of twisting, dark, utterly gripping fiction has gained her an army of fans worldwide, and we are delighted to be continuing our very successful partnership with this incredibly talented author.

Kathryn remarked:

I’m absolutely thrilled to sign a new book deal with Bookouture and look forward to what the year ahead brings!

Madeline said of the deal:

Croft’s psychological thrillers dominate the digital charts – her sales figures are phenomenal and it’s so exciting to see Bookouture grow them exponentially with each book.

We hope you’ll join us in our celebrations on Facebook and Twitter.

Bookouture signs thriller author Lesley Welsh

We are thrilled to bits to announce the signing of thriller author Lesley Welsh in a two-book deal.

We have acquired World English rights with the first book, The Serial Killer’s Daughter, publishing in June 2017, and a second book publishing in November 2017.

Commissioning Editor Abigail Fenton said of the deal:

The moment I started reading The Serial Killer’s Daughter I was hooked. Lesley’s skill for creating compelling and terrifying characters is second to none, and I can’t wait to share her writing with the world.

Lesley Welsh said:

As my writing veers more towards the dark side, I am so pleased that Abi Fenton and the Bookouture team decided to get behind me on the journey. I look forward to working with them.

Her agent Caroline Montgomery of Rupert Crew added:

I couldn’t be more delighted to be working with Abi Fenton and the Bookouture team on this dark and disturbing thriller. Abi presented us with such a smart and dynamic package it was impossible to refuse.

We do hope that you’ll join us in welcoming Lesley to the family over at Facebook and Twitter.

Bookouture builds new commercial fiction team

We’re delighted to announce that we are expanding our commercial fiction publishing team and, as a key component of this, Jenny Geras will be joining Bookouture from Cornerstone!

Jenny, currently Publishing Director at Arrow, will join Bookouture as Publishing Director and brings with her a wealth of commercial expertise. Her role will be to build a new publishing team within Bookouture, which will signal the start of an exciting 12 months for us.

We are also over the moon to announce that Claire Bord has been promoted to Publisher and will oversee all publishing activity. Claire said of Jenny’s appointment:

We are delighted to have someone of her calibre to establish and lead a new team. We’re very excited to see what we can achieve together and expect a very busy and successful 2017.

Jenny will start at Bookouture in the new year and commented:

I’ve been hugely impressed with what Bookouture have achieved over the last few years, and the opportunity to join them and build a new team at this point was too exciting to resist.

And, as if this weren’t enough, we are also welcoming the very talented Jessie Botterill to Bookouture as Commissioning Editor, starting in November. Jessie is currently working as a literary agent at Janklow and Nesbitt and, in her new role, will be acquiring commercial fiction. Claire Bord said of Jessie:

We were very impressed by Jessie’s commercial instincts and know that she will make an excellent Commissioning Editor. We’re always looking for high potential candidates who we think can become the leading lights in the industry and Jessie definitely belongs in that category.

We are delighted to welcome Jenny and Jessie to Bookouture and are hugely excited to see what 2017 brings! Please do join in with the congratulations over on Facebook and Twitter.

Bookouture 2015 results

Bookouture hits 2.47 million in 2015…Wow – what a year 2015 was. It was a year in which we regularly had to rip up our projections and aim higher. A year when we grew in just about every way possible.

We’re delighted to share with you today a snapshot of Bookouture’s results – and if you scroll down, you’ll see it all summed up in a neat infographic.

The headline figure is that we sold 2.47 million copies last year – an amazing result made all the more remarkable by how we got there (we still have less than a hundred books published).

The figures that we really like though are these:

  • We averaged more than 30,000 sales per book
  • We had 5 new releases sold over 100,000 – from only 44 published
  • Over 60% of our new UK releases hit the top 100

The reason we like them is that our aim isn’t to be the biggest digital publisher out there – it is to be the one that adds the most value to its authors. We don’t get it right every time, but it’s a hit rate that speaks for itself.

None of this would have been possible without our hugely talented team of authors, very supportive retailers, and the tireless enthusiasm of hundreds of book reviewers and bloggers. We are very thankful for everything you all do.

We’re currently busy building on this for 2016 and are always on the look out for more talented authors and brilliant stories. If you have one you’d like to submit, you can do that HERE.

We have a feeling that 2016 is going to be another great year…

Bookouture 2015 Results Infographic by bookouture

Bookouture publishing team expands

We are uber excited to tell you that the Bookouture team is expanding and we hope you’ll join us in welcoming two new faces to the Bookouture family.

Lydia Vassar-Smith will be joining the team as Associate Publisher on 12th October. Lydia has been working in the industry for over ten years, working at Transworld, Michael Joseph and most recently Avon where she published bestselling authors such as C L Taylor and Michele Gorman.

Lydia said:

I’m incredibly excited to be joining the talented team and brilliant authors at Bookouture.

Natalie Butlin has joined us as Publishing Executive. Natalie spent three-and-a-half years as an assistant agent at Christine Green Authors’ Agent, where she had the privilege of working with authors such as Maeve Binchy and Christie Watson. Previously she taught and provided editorial support at the Complete Creative Writing Course and interned at Johnson and Alcock, Random House Children’s Books and Transworld.

Natalie said:

I’m ‘very excited to be working at the forefront of digital publishing, with such incredible authors, and a supportive, innovative team.

Bringing Lydia and Natalie on board will mean that we can publish more titles without sacrificing the attention to detail, which has been key to our success thus far. We know that you will join us in welcoming Lydia and Natalie to the Bookouture family

Bookouture sign psychological thriller author Claire Seeber

We’re absolutely overjoyed to be welcoming Claire Seeber to the Bookouture list!

Claire is the bestselling author of four previous books and her latest, 24 Hours, is her most gripping novel to date. An explosive, addictive psychological thriller in which events happen over the course of one day, 24 Hours is guaranteed to keep you up all night. It’s no wonder that Claire has been praised by the Guardian, the Observer and writers such as Simon Kernick.

Senior Commissioning Editor for Crime and Thriller, Keshini Naidoo, said of the acquisition:

I couldn’t be happier that Claire Seeber has joined us at Bookouture. I’ve been such a fan of her writing for many years and this book is her best yet, featuring her trademark complex, intelligent characterisation and a fast-paced plot that never lets up. Thriller fans are in for a huge treat this autumn…

Claire said of the deal;

I’m really excited to be joining the Bookouture team and their outstanding authors!

24 Hours will be published on 9th October 2015, with a second book to follow in Summer 2016.

And right now if you are on NetGalley, 24 Hours is available for requesting.

Please do join us in giving Claire a huge warm welcome to Bookouture over on our Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Bookouture signs bestselling crime author Mel Sherratt to write romcoms as Marcie Steele

Well, the secret is out – and now we can reveal just who is Marcie Steele!

Marcie is the pseudonym of bestselling thriller writer Mel Sherratt and we’re utterly delighted to be welcoming her to the stable of Bookouture authors with her first romantic comedy, Stirred With Love.

Keshini Naidoo, Senior Commissioning Editor at Bookouture said:

I’m thrilled that Mel has decided to explore her lighter side and sign with us for her Marcie Steele novels. I was captivated by Stirred With Love on first reading and we quickly snapped her up for a three-book deal. Marcie’s romcoms are as utterly gripping as Mel Sherratt’s crime fiction and we can’t wait to introduce a fresh raft of readers to this new star of women’s commercial fiction.

Stirred With Love is being published by Bookouture in September 2015, with the second Marcie Steele book, That’s What Friends Are For following in December 2015.

Thanks so much to everyone who took part in the #WhoIsMarcieSteele? campaign on Facebook and Twitter this week.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!  And we’ll be announcing the lucky winner of the Kindle Fire on Monday 10th.

Bookouture sign contemporary romance star Monica James

Bookouture signs contemporary romance star Monica JamesWe are over the moon to share some very exciting news with you today!

Later this year we will be launching an adult contemporary romance series by international bestselling author Monica James.

Bookouture’s Publishing Director Claire Bord has acquired World English Language rights in two adult contemporary romance novels by Monica James, from Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.

Bord says,

we know this is a genre with a huge readership but it’s about finding the right series with really strong compelling characters. I knew, the minute I picked up Monica’s book that I wanted to sign directmedicationsonline prozac generic her.

The first in the series, Addicted to Sin introduces New Yorker Dr. Dixon Mathews who will certainly give Christian Grey a run for his money. This is a sassy, slick and sexy fiction which we think has the potential to be huge.

Monica James lives in Melbourne, Australia and is the bestselling author of the I Surrender series which topped the Kindle charts in the UK, Australia, Canada and the US. To date, Milburn has sold translation rights in France, Germany, Israel and Portugal.

Bookouture will publish Addicted to Sin in September 2015 following by the second book in the series, Driven to Sin in Spring 2016.

We know that our Bookouture community will welcome Monica to our family by joining us on Facebook and Twitter.

Bestselling psychological thriller author Kathryn Croft joins Bookouture

Bookouture is delighted to announce that it has signed Kathryn Croft in a three-book deal, acquiring World English rights from The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency.

The first book, Until You Die, will be published in August 2015, with the second to follow in February 2016 and the third book in summer 2016.

Senior Commissioning Editor, Keshini Naidoo, said of the deal:

I’m overjoyed that Kathryn will be joining the growing stable of crime writers at Bookouture. Her writing is sharp, deftly plotted and darkly compelling and her books are a superb addition to the psychological thriller scene.

She has achieved considerable success with her self-published titles, reaching no. 8 in the Kindle charts with her last book, and we’re really excited by the prospect of taking her career to the next level with Until You Die.

Kathryn commented:

I’m so thrilled to be joining Bookouture and am lucky to be working with such a talented and dynamic team!

Do join us over on Twitter and Facebook to welcome Kathryn to the Bookouture family.

Bookouture signs Sandy Taylor nostaligia trilogy

More exciting news of yet another new signing at Bookouture as our Publishing Director Claire Bord has acquired World English Language rights to three novels by debut author Sandy Taylor through the Kate Hordern Literary Agency.

The first, set in late 1950s Brighton, tells the story of childhood friends Dottie and Mary – ‘Woolies’ girls making their way in the world.

Bord says

‘Sandy has written a distinctive, charming and emotional story of friendship, love and terrible tragedy. The nostalgia market continues to flourish, particularly in eBook and I know Sandy’s novels will have huge appeal.’

The Girls from See Saw Lane will be published in December 2015 with the second novel in the series following in late Spring 2016 and the third in autumn 2016.

We hope you’ll join us over on Facebook and Twitter to welcome Sandy to the Bookouture family.