Crime thriller novel Anna O by M.J. Blake has ignited an international rights frenzy – having received 16 offers in just 48 hours of submission and hitting a total of 23 territories within a fortnight!

Anna O tells the story of Anna Ogilvy, a young writer suffering from ‘resignation syndrome’ – a rare functional psychosomatic disorder that leads to the murder of two people – all done while Anna is asleep. UK and Commonwealth rights went to HarperFiction, US rights to Harper US, and Canadian rights to Harper Canada.  

Internationally, M.J. Blake accepted deals at unparalleled levels from some of the top publishers in the world after multiple auctions and pre-empts:

  • German rights to S. Fischer
  • Italian rights to La Nave di Teseo
  • French rights to Buchet Chastel
  • Spanish and Catalan rights to Salamandra/PRH
  • Dutch rights to HarperCollins
  • Finnish rights to Gummerus
  • Norwegian rights to Cappelen Damm
  • Romanian rights to Trei
  • Polish rights to HarperCollins
  • Portuguese (EU) rights to Porto
  • Portuguese (SA) rights to HarperCollins
  • Croatian rights to Franktura
  • Czech rights to Metafora
  • Danish rights to People’s Press
  • Estonian rights to Pegasus
  • Greek rights to Psichogios
  • Hungarian rights to Libri
  • Hebrew rights to Achuzat Bayit
  • Lithuanian rights to Alma Littera
  • Serbian rights to Laguna
  • Slovenian rights to Ucila International
  • Swedish rights to Albert Bonniers
  • Ukrainian rights to Family Leisure Club

What an exciting start to the journey! Congratulations M.J. for waking everyone up across the globe. We cannot wait to dive into Anna O and explore what happens in the nightmarish world of Anna Ogilvy!