We're thrilled to announce that J.D. Fennell's debut novel, Sleeper, has made the short list for the Amazing Book Awards 2018 (#ABA2018).
Simon & Schuster Children's has bought three middle-grade books by Abi Elphinstone. Jane Griffiths, Editorial Director, signed world rights in the new books from Hannah Sheppard.
The Unmapped Chronicles is set in the Unmapped Kingdoms, which exist alongside our continents, holding all the magic needed to fill the earth with wonders and stir the senses of humankind. But with the appearance of an evil harpy, Morg, the people of the Unmapped Kingdoms must reach out for help if they are to survive.
Griffiths said: "Abi has already established herself as one of the best authors writing middle-grade fiction today, and I couldn't be more thrilled to have signed up three new books. Sitting firmly in her heartland of adventure, magic and wonder, The Unmapped Chronicles is something very special and will catapult Abi to even greater heights!"
Elphinstone said: "The trouble with inventing stories is that they have a habit of growing at alarming speeds. The idea for this new series started small - a phoenix egg, seven magical tears and a handful of golden feathers - but before long I had castles built on the backs of sleeping Cloud Giants, underwater cathedrals and talking dhow boats, a triplet of Drizzle Hags (hello Hortensia Quibble, Sylvara Buckweed and Gertie Swamp) and a Storm Ogre who can only say one word: 'chomp'. I suppose that's the curse of working in a career that dabbles with the imagination; things just get hopelessly out of control."
Abi's previous books are:
She also edited and collated the Winter Magic anthology. Sky Song was recently selected as Waterstones January Children's Book of the Month.
Follow Abi on Twitter: @moontrug
This morning, we are over the moon to say that JD Fennell's Sleeper has been nominated for an Amazing Book Award 2018!
This very special book is JD's debut and was met with huge praise from reviewers, fellow authors, bloggers and we could not be prouder nor pleased as punch.
The shortlist is announced Friday 1st February, so keep your eyes peeled!
Read more about Sleeper here.
We are so thrilled that Waterstones have selected Abi Elphinstone's latest book, Sky Song, as their January Children's Book of the Month.
‘Once an adventure digs its claws in, there is not an awful lot you can do about it. Especially when magic is involved . . .’
In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find - because Erkenwald is ruled by an evil Ice Queen and the tribes must stay hidden or risk becoming her prisoners at Winterfang Palace.
Join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey to the Never Cliffs and beyond in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back.
This is a story about an eagle huntress, an inventor and an organ made of icicles. But it is also a story about belonging, even at the very edges of our world . . .
He pulls their strings... He watches them burn.
The cover for M.W. Craven's forthcoming book, The Puppet Show, has been revealed and it is stunning.
A serial killer dubbed the Immolation Man is burning old men alive in the middle of the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles.
When the name of disgraced detective Washington Poe is found carved deep into the chest of the third victim, Poe is forced back from suspension and into an investigation in which he wants no involvement. Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, Poe begins to uncover a trail only he is meant to see. The Immolation Man has a plan and, for some reason, Poe is part of it.
As the body count rises, Poe realises that he has far more invested in the case than he could possibly have imagined. And in a shocking finale - one that will change his life forever - he learns that there are far worse things than being burned alive...
We couldn't be more thrilled with it - and hope you like it too!
The book will be published in all its glory in June 2018 by Constable and Robinson.
Pre-order your copy here.
Follow M.W. Craven on Twitter: @MWCravenUK
Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kalfshamarvik. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop?
With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thor Arason discovers that the victim's mother and young sister also lost their lives in the same spit, twenty-five years earlier...
"[Ragnar Jonasson's]... evocation of Iceland's chilly landscape is hard to put down."
Previous books in the Dark Iceland series:
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Due to the success of our first round of Pitch DHH back in April, we are going again with round two, and cannot wait to get going!
The session will take place from 4pm - 7pm on Monday 27th November, at Browns on St Martins Lane. This event is free, and each pitcher will have ten minutes with their agent and who they are will be decided based on submissions sent to that particular agent.
A little bit below about what we're looking for:
David Headley is actively seeking well-written stories with strong characters and an original narrative voice across both general and genre fiction with a particular fondness for crime, thrillers, adventure and romance.
Broo Doherty is looking for novels that either put a new spin on the familiar, or take her out of her comfort zone. These could be in any of the following genres: psychological thrillers, crime novels, women's fiction and literary fiction.
Hannah Sheppard is looking for #diverse / #ownvoices authors and characters and novels with an original, standout voice. In particular: 9-11 with rich and magic world building (not high fantasy), funny middle grade, Nicholas Sparks for teens / YA - she wants romance and heartbreak, and adult high-concept thrillers and women's fiction with a killer, must-read hook.
Natalie Galustian is committed to working with new writers and nurturing talent. She is looking for compelling narrative non-fiction, literary fiction, short stories and humour.
Harry Illingworth is looking for mould-breaking genre fiction with unique voices and strong concepts; books that can crossover from genre fiction to the commercial market. This could come in the form of epic fantasy, high-concept crime and thriller and accessible science fiction.
How To Apply:
Email email@example.com, with the name of the agent in the subject line of the email, including a cover letter, one-page synopsis / outline, and the first three chapters of the novel, or up to 10,000 words. You may only approach one agent on the team. If these guidelines are not adhered to, unfortunately we cannot consider your submission. We are also not able to consider pitchers who have attended any previous pitching events with us.
Submissions open: 10am Monday 16th October
Submissions close: 6pm Tuesday 31st October
Please do not submit outside of these dates.
If you have any questions about this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org but remember - no submissions before the 16th October!
We are thrilled for client Ada Palmer who has walked away with the John W. Campbell Award at the Hugo Awards 2017 for her debut novel, Too Like the Lightening.
This particular Award is given to the best new writer whose first professional work of science fiction or fantasy was published within the last two years.
Too Like the Lightening was published by Head of Zeus in July 2017.
To read more about this imaginative and impressive book, please click here.
Follow Ada Palmer on Twitter: @Ada_Palmer
Raven Bloomsbury has revealed the cover for Stuart Turton's debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, and everyone here at the DHH office hasn't been able to stop staring at it all afternoon; it is a proper thing of beauty.
The book already counts author heavyweight Sophie Hannah among its fans, dubbing it "utterly original and unique".
You'll have to wait until February to read it, but for now, stare in wonder at its facade and click here to find out more.
Follow Stuart on Twitter: @stu_turton
Natalie Flynn's debut YA novel, The Deepest Cut has won the Lancashire Book of the Year Award 2017. This is one of the only awards in existence to be voted for by young people and we are completely over the moon at this deserved honour.
You haven't said a single word since you've been here. Is it on purpose? I tried to answer David but I couldn't... my brain wanted to speak but my throat wouldn't cooperate...
Adam blames himself for his best friend's death. After attempting suicide, he is put in the car of a local mental health facility. There, too traumatised to speak, he begins to write notebooks detailing the events leading up to Jake's murder, trying to understand who is really responsible and cope with how needless it was as a petty argument spiralled out of control and peer pressure took hold.
Hailed as a "great and important book" by Chloe Combi (author of Generation Z), this is a moving story of friendship and the aftermath of its destruction.
Follow Natalie on Twitter: @natalieflynn_