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Agency Newsletter: November

It’s been another busy month for the agency as lots of fantastic deals are still coming in off the back of a successful Frankfurt. We have also had a number of award nominations and wins for our authors which is always exciting to see!

Here is the news from November!

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Lee Child’s unstoppable global success

‘It’s automatic: Reacher gets of a bus and Child lands on the NYT bestseller list’ – Booklist, 2017

The 23rd novel in the iconic Jack Reacher series, The Midnight Line, has whipped readers round the world into a frenzy, racking up No.1 after No.1 on numerous bestseller lists.

In the UK, The Midnight Line rocketed to the No.1 spot, unseating fellow publishing giant Dan Brown, and has held the position for three weeks so far.

Across the Atlantic, it’s a certified smash hit: No.1 on the New York Times bestsellers list, instant No.1 Bestseller on Amazon, instant No.1 bestseller on Barnes & Noble, instant No.1 iBooks bestseller. It also hit the No.1 spot in Australia and New Zealand, which is one of the first countries in which Lee achieved a No.1.

As other countries begin to publish their editions, we are sure to see more of the same fantastic success, as Reacher and Child both prove, nobody does it better.

Lee also appeared on the hit Scandinavian chat show Skavlan for their special New York  edition. He chatted to host Fredrik Skavlan about jogging, fish and chips and fighting – and how he came to write the phenomenal global bestselling Jack Reacher series.

So many congratulations to Lee on this unmatched, unstoppable success.

 

Martina Cole shines on Graham Norton

The Queen of Crime, Martina Cole, was interviewed on Graham Norton’s Radio 2 programme on Saturday 11th November. With her trademark charm, insight and candour, Martina discussed her writing 25 year career and successes.

The 25th  Anniversary paperback edition of Martina Cole’s iconic debut Dangerous Lady was published this month. Martina has achieved 16 No.1s in hardback and paperback since then! Her latest novel Damaged, the 4th novel in the gripping DCI Kate Burrows series, is out now and has been doing exceptionally well.

She really is a phenomenon.

 

The Mistake tops 100k copies

The 4th  gripping thriller from KL Slater has sold over 100,000 e-books in just two months! The Mistake also climbed to the No.2 spot on the Kindle bestsellers chart last month and has remained in the Top 20 ever since.

Total sales across all KL Slaters novels have well surpassed the half a million mark. Her 5th novel, The Visitor will be published by Bookouture in March 2018. You can pre-order your copy now.

Congratulations Kim!

 

Goodreads Choice Awards 2017

We are delighted that two of our bestselling authors have made it to the final round of the highly regarded Goodreads Choice Awards 2017!

BA Paris’ addictive second novel, The Breakdown, has been nominated for the Best Crime/Thriller of 2017.

John Connolly’s breath taking 15th novel in the Charlie Parker series, A Game of Ghosts, has been nominated for Best Horror of 2017.

Congratulations!

 

BGE Irish Book Awards 2017

We are so thrilled to announce that two of our authors have won a BGE Irish Book Award 2017!

John Connolly’s literary masterpiece, he, won the RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners’ Choice Award, beating out some strong contenders.  His outstanding and original novel, reimagining the life of Stan Laurel, was also a Sunday Times bestseller.

From the DA Children’s Agency, rising star Deirdre Sullivan was awarded the Eason Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year for Tangleweed & Brine, a collection of dark, feminist re-tellings of traditional fairy tales. The collection was beautifully illustrated by Karen Vaughan.

A huge congratulations to both!

 

Goodreads Choice Awards 2017

We are so proud that three of our Children’s Agency authors have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2018!

Kim Slater’s 928 Miles From Home, Polly Ho-Yen’s Fly Me Home and Stewart Foster’s All The Things That Could Go Wrong are all longlisted for the prestigious prize.

This will be the third time Kim and Polly have been nominated, one for each of their three novels, and the second nomination for Stewart who was longlisted for his outstanding debut novel, The Bubble Boy.

 

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7 Things You Need To Know About The Killing Grounds

Today marks the publication of The Killing Grounds by Jack Ford, the first novel in an exciting new international thriller series. So, what do you need to know?

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  • The series introduces ex- US Navy-turned-investigator Thomas J Cooper – a complicated but brilliant hero who, after a terrifying encounter with Somali pirates, is left devastated, damaged and using painkillers to dull memories of the past.
  • Tiring of every thriller being set in a cosmopolitan and familiar city? The Killing Grounds follows Cooper’s high-risk investigatory work which takes him on a dangerous journey across the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and USA.
  • This is a true summer blockbuster. With its propulsive energy and compelling intrigue, The Killing Grounds has all the ingredients of the greatest popcorn thrillers.
  • For fans of Robert Ludlum’s Bourne series, Clive Cussler and Bernard Cornwell. What sets it apart is the characters; their complexities and relationships are at the core but the rip-roaring plot never slows. Truly unique.
  • The author really knows their stuff. Having studied global political Islam and American politics, Jack went on to take a Master of Science degree in Counter-Terrorism and will further those studies next year by tackling a PhD focusing on radicalisation and extremism.
  • Don’t just take our word for it, here’s a snippet of a review from a notable blogger:

‘Where to even begin. The Killing Grounds is a thrilling read… has relationships, politics – both US and international – violence, grief, addiction, religion and superstition and so much more at its heart, all with an incredible amount of research and detail.’

  • Be sure to follow the author on Twitter to find out more: @JackFordAuthor and click here to pick up your copy – don’t miss it!
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Agency Newsletter

Hello everyone

It’s beautiful today here in London, I think that we are finally seeing the back of winter, hurrah!

This is the agency newsletter for March (a little late, sorry). We’ve had a brilliant and busy month with a wealth of fantastic books launching and excitement building up to the Bologna and London Book Fairs.

Remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for news about our talented authors, so you can keep up to date with all of that good book news.

If you think of anything you would like to see in the newsletter or on the blog, please do leave your comment below. I will be sure to read and write back to all of them!

Happy Friday!

Kristina

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Agency Newsletter: February

Hello all you bloggers out there,

I am very pleased to present you with the first Agency Newsletter, a roundup of all the exciting things that have been going on at the agency and with our lovely authors.

I’m Kristina, I recently joined the agency as the Rights Assistant, supporting Mary and Emma who work incredibly hard securing the foreign rights for our talented writers.

There is so much amazing stuff going on at the moment we couldn’t fit it all in! So make sure to follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We would love to hear from you, feel free to leave comments below and let us know what you would like see in the newsletter or on the blog.

Happy Friday!

Kristina

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ERIK STOREY: NEW TALENT AT THE DARLEY ANDERSON AGENCY

Why send your submission to our agency? It’s all in the name.

Darley Anderson is personally well known for talent spotting debut writers who have become top bestsellers worldwide. Amongst others these include Martina Cole, Lee Child, John Connolly, Lesley Pearse, Tana French and Chris Carter.

His latest major discovery was an unknown, unpublished 36 year old thriller writer living in Colorado whose first novel, an adventure thriller, had been turned down by 50 New York Agents.

Darley was the only London Agent to show interest in the MS and to promptly sign up the writer, Erik Storey.

Darley then worked editorially with Storey before submitting it to all the major UK publishers. All but one of these publishers turned down the novel. And the only offer Darley received was so derisory that he refused to accept it.

Knowing he had something special, Darley then chose his ideal NY Editor, Rick Horgan at Scribner’s, and sent it exclusively to him.

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Erik Storey, debut author at the Darley Anderson Agency

Rick was the first person in publishing to share Darley’s belief and enthusiasm for Storey. Now his Clint Eastwood-like central character called Clyde Barr will feature in a series of novels by Storey.

Rick paid a very substantial six figure advance for Storey’s first two novels and worked tirelessly with Storey to make a ‘good’ novel ‘great’.

Says Anderson: “If there is a better Editor in World Publishing than Rick Horgan I certainly haven’t met him/her. Rick has been simply outstanding. He’s the Max Perkins of our time.”

Erik’s novel now entitled NOTHING SHORT OF DYING is being readied for publication in the US for August this year.

Anderson is pleased to announce that Simon and Schuster in the UK have now bought the British and Commonwealth Rights for a substantial advance. And Foreign Rights are being snapped up.

 

PRAISE FOR ‘NOTHING SHORT OF DYING’

Top selling authors, including Lee Child and Jeffery Deaver, who have read early proofs of NOTHING SHORT OF DYING, have been raving about Erik’s talent!

“Very, very good. It’s all here. Reacher is keeping an eye on this guy. In the rear-view mirror for now, but that’s closer than most.”
–Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Me and other books in the Jack Reacher series.

“A singular new talent! Storey’s Nothing Short of Dying is nothing short of brilliant. It grabs you from page one and simply doesn’t let go. This man is a born storyteller!”
— Jeffery Deaver, #1 international bestselling author of The Bone Collector and The Coffin Dancer.

Nothing Short of Dying is a relentless thrill ride that hurtles the reader into dark and interesting places. Erik Storey’s somebody to watch…and read.”
— Robert Ferrigno, New York Times bestselling author of Prayers for the Assassin and The Horse Latitudes.

“Nothing short of thrilling… Erik Storey is a gene splice of Lee Child and Joe Lansdale.  In this modern-day gunslinger classic everyone is a bad guy and Clyde Barr is the baddest of them all.”
–Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Contagious and Alive.

“Jack Reacher fans will delight in meeting the shrewd loner Clyde Barr, but it’s his fearless companion Allie who will sass her way into readers’ hearts. Highly recommended!”
–Kira Peikoff, author of Living Proof and No Time to Die

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8 Pictures of Kerry Fisher’s Début THE SCHOOL GATE SURVIVAL GUIDE Going from Paper Roll to Publication

To celebrate the publication of Kerry Fisher’s brilliant new novel THE SCHOOL GATE SURVIVAL GUIDE Clare Wallace took a trip with editor, Helen Bolton, the author’s father and the author herself to Clay’s Ltd in Suffolk to see the paperbacks coming to life.

Ever wanted to see how a book is actually made? Here are 8 pictures that show just that.

1. These fat rolls of paper will soon turn into Kerry’s début novel
1. Once upon a time...

2. First, the words are printed onto the reams of paper
2. The very first printed pages

3. Here the freshly printed covers wait on the pallet to receive their pages
3. Covers waiting on their pallet for pages

4. The books are printed out in pairs, still attached end to end…
4. Cleverly printed in pairs

5. … and chopped down the middle to make two separate books
5. Here they come...

6. Here come the freshly baked books straight out of the press
6. Freshly baked books straight out of the oven

7. One very proud dad hugs his newly published daughter as the books journey on behind
7. One very proud father as the books journey on behind

8. And the whole happy team hold up the finished copies
8. The whole happy team

So now you know how it’s done.

After the eye-opening trip Kerry Fisher said, “Watching 
THE SCHOOL GATE SURVIVAL GUIDE coming off the presses was very special indeed. Everywhere I looked there were little red books zooming round the factory in various stages of completion.

“It really was that ‘WOW’ moment, when getting published suddenly felt so real. I was also very privileged that I was able to take my dad with me – he loved it and so did I.”

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THE SCHOOL GATE SURVIVAL GUIDE, a hilarious, straight-talking read for fans of Fiona Neill and Gill Hornby’s The Hive, is out today!

Visit Kerry Fisher’s website and follow her on twitter for further updates.