30 April 2012

Book Deals: The Round-up

Here are the latest book deals that I've found online, I love finding out the latest and greatest in the publishing world, it's always exciting to find out about brilliant new books that are coming out! Which books are you looking forward to most?

Hodder buys first Oliver adult novel
"Hodder & Stoughton has acquired the first adult novel by YA crossover author, Lauren Oliver, whose previous works include Before I Fall, Delirium and Pandemonium.

Senior editor Kate Howard bought British Commonwealth rights in the title from Arabella Stein at Abner Stein on behalf of Stephen Barbara at Foundry Literary + Media, with plans to publish in hardcover in autumn 2014.

The novel, Rooms, is described as a “gripping and beautifully composed ghost story”, with two ghosts haunting a country estate following the death of its elderly inhabitant, Richard Walker, who leaves the house full of mementos, junk and valuable possessions. One ghost is the book’s narrator, Alice, who is desperate to burn down the house to escape both it and the fellow spirit living there, whom she now loathes.

Howard said: “Rooms is an unnerving and intensely emotional novel that will leave you with your hair on end and your heart aching for more. Lauren Oliver is an outstanding storyteller, and has a remarkable ability to create characters who walk off the page and straight into your life. I’m delighted to be publishing such a spectacular, exquisitely written book by such an incredibly exciting talent.”

Canvas acquires 'laugh-out-loud' debut
"Constable & Robinson imprint Canvas has acquired a "laugh-out-loud and heart-breaking" debut with plans to publish in hardback in 2013.

Commissioning editor Victoria Hughes-Williams bought UK and Commonwealth rights in the title by Angela Jackson through Anna Webber at United Agents, with the book provisionally titled The Emergence of Judy Taylor. It will be published in April 2013.

Hughes-Williams said: "I was completely won over by Angela's cast of characters, who are so deftly drawn that you feel as though you've known them for years. They really are as flawed, endearing and unpredictable as life itself.

"The Emergence of Judy Taylor is laugh-out-loud and heart-breaking in turn. Relationships are cleverly examined, thanks to Angela's unique insight into the psychology of the human condition."

Century acquires high-concept women's fiction debut
"At Century, editorial director Kate Burke has snapped up UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to a high-concept women’s fiction d├ębut, The Life List, by Lori Nelson. Burke did the deal with Rachel Kind at Random House Inc, following a multi-publisher US auction. The book follows thirtysomething Brett, who inherits a list of 10 life goals when her mother dies. Burke described it as “poignant, funny and romantic”. Arrow will publish in summer 2013." 

All articles are taken from The Bookseller website. 

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