It’s been a mixture of sun and rain in London this week, but beams of light have certainly been shining on the talented authors at MM Agency. Without further ado, we’ll lead with this gorgeous cover reveal:
The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams is a touching story about the power of books and finding connection with family and friends in the loneliest of times. It’s a book that really resonates in lockdown, as the MM team have felt extremely lucky to be able to lose themselves in other worlds when reading.
Catherine Finnerty has made a four-book deal with Boldwood Books and will be published in every format simultaneously in all English-language territories, starting with The Last Days of Us, which is out in June 2021. You can read more about this fantastic deal and Boldwood Books here.
M Chan’s Tiger Warrior: Attack of the Dragon King and two sequels have been bought by Hachette, with the first title being published in July 2021. Attack of the Dragon King presents Jack, who discovers that he is the new Tiger Warrior and must save the world. Luckily, he has the spirits of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac to help him in his daring quest.
Waaaa!!! The news is out! TIGER WARRIOR is coming in July! I can’t wait for you to meet Jack and the zodiac animals. I wanted to write more fantasy (with portals) and here it is! Thanks to @HachetteKids and my agent @ChloeSeager. https://t.co/CFbAGCDnS2
— Maisie Chan DANNY CHUNG & TIGER WARRIOR Author (@MaisieWrites) March 2, 2021
Holly Bourne has sold over half a million copies of her Usborne titles across all English editions, which is an absolutely fantastic achievement. Congratulations, Holly!
Ella Carey’s novel, A New York Secret, has performed quite a feat by becoming a bestseller on Amazon US before even being published. Bookouture will be releasing this gorgeous WW2 romance on March 12th and you can pre-order it here. As you can see, Ella was delighted.
Huge thanks to Bookouture and to everyone who has pre-ordered A New York Secret. Amazing to wake up and see it with a yellow bestseller sticker in the US two weeks before pub day. 💕🍾❤️ @bookouture @MaisieFrances @giles_milburn #HistoricalFiction https://t.co/S2UvWg8CL8
— Ella Carey (@Ella_Carey) February 27, 2021
Stephanie Wrobel’s chilling The Recovery of Rose Gold went straight into the Amazon top 100 on the first day of her 99p Kindle Monthly Deal and jumped to the 33rd spot the day after. The print edition of Stephanie’s debut is also excelling, reaching 10th place in The Sunday Times Bestsellers List for paperbacks. You can even pick it up in your local Tesco superstore, as our Associate Agent, Olivia Maidment, discovered this week.
Katherine May’s Wintering has now been on The Indie Bestseller List for a total of 11 weeks, including this week! And that’s not all for this beautiful and life-affirming book because Mainstreet Trading in St Boswells, Scotland is selling a lovely gift box featuring Wintering, which can be purchased here.
Emma also dazzled at a virtual publication event on Thursday run by At Home With 4 Indies, which are a group of independent bookshops working together to bring live events via social media.
And the celebratory reviews of Stonex’s book just keep coming. The Telegraph declared it one of the best novels of 2021 so far and awarded 4 out of 5 stars. The Sun agreed, crowning The Lamplighters as “one of our books of the year”. And it doesn’t stop there.
The Sunday Times said, “Stonex’s story has the mesmerism of a churned winter sea.”
The Guardian said, “Hatred, distrust and lies and an unexpected sort of love binds these women in an elegant novel that is as interested in the notion of hope and acceptance as it is in murder and revenge.”
This week saw two of our authors in conversation at Devilishly Dark Debuts, a virtual event run by Sevenoaks Bookshop. Ashley Audrain and Inga Vesper were joined by Abigail Dean to discuss their tense debuts The Push and The Long, Long Afternoon.
Waterstones said, “From comedian Helen Rutter comes the hilarious yet moving story of Billy Plimpton, who is desperate to make it as a stand-up comic – despite the fact that he has a pronounced stammer.”
Presenting our new Children's Book of the Month: @HelenRutterUK's hilarious and moving story about a boy desperate to make it as a stand-up comic – despite the fact that he has a pronounced stammer. Meet The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh here: https://t.co/aZuatJHzxX #WBOTM pic.twitter.com/7uo1TAvBdS
— Waterstones (@Waterstones) March 1, 2021
— Simon & Schuster Children's Books (@simonkids_UK) March 3, 2021
Jack Jordan was a guest on the In Suspense podcast this week, which is run by authors Lesley Kara and Lauren North. He featured in an episode about the ups and downs of a writing career, particularly focusing on coping and succeeding in lockdown. Jack also discussed his novel, Do No Harm, which will be published in July 2022. You can listen via Spotify, or Apple, or watch the video footage here.
Elissa R. Sloan said, “Deliciously atmospheric and brilliantly constructed, The Ophelia Girls tugs at the reader from the very first page until its satisfying finish. Engrossing and rich in imagery, Jane Healey writes the way dreams feel. I loved it.”
The Book of Us by Andrea Michael has been chosen for the One Town, One Book initiative from Watford Council, which encourages everyone in the borough to read the same book in March. Andrea will also be running a Writing for Wellbeing Workshop.
— Andrea Michael Author (@ALMichael_) March 1, 2021
And looking ahead to next week, Benjamin Dean, author of Me, My Dad and The End of the Rainbow, will be in conversation with Adam Silvera about his novel, They Both Die At The End. The event will take place on March 11th at 7:30pm.
I’ll be living out my fanboy dreams next week when I sit down and chat to @AdamSilvera about THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END. Yes, my first question will be, “How dare you?!” I can’t wait!
Info and tickets ⬇️ https://t.co/0SciBZTUBs
— benjamin dean (@NotAgainBen) March 3, 2021
And our International Rights Department have once again been extremely busy! The deals made this week were:
Dutch rights to Alias Emma by Ava Glass sold to Ambo Anthos
German rights to Alias Emma by Ava Glass sold to Goldmann in a two book deal
Spanish rights to Alias Emma by Ava Glass sold to Plaza y Janes/PRH
And to finish off, Brazilian rights to Womb by Leah Hazard sold to Planeta at auction. Womb has now sold in 14 international territories and we look forward to readers all over the world devouring this fantastic and crucial book in 2023.