Another wonderful week at MM Agency, as we get to celebrate even more bestseller news, and the amazing media coverage that our authors have been receiving.
This week we are excited to share this amazing cover for the US edition of Abbie Greaves’s new novel, Anywhere for You. Anywhere for You was first published in the US in hardback by HarperCollins on April 6th, and it will be published as The Ends of the Earth in the UK by Penguin Random House on April 29th. Anywhere for You / The Ends of the Earth tells the story of Mary, a woman who has been keeping a seven-year vigil for her first love, until an unexpected call turns her world on its head and forces her to confront what happened all those years ago.
We’re extremely excited to announce Lesley Sanderson’s upcoming two-book deal with Bookouture’s Commissioning Editor Therese Keating. Therese praises “Lesley’s knack for creating characters you love to root for (and sometimes love to hate) combined with her skilful recreation of twisted relationships and dark family dynamics” which “never fails to give me thrills. Her new plots left my jaw on the floor when I read them, and I can’t wait to share them with readers!”
— bookouture (@bookouture) April 7, 2021
Katherine Faulkner’s debut novel Greenwich Park, has also been chosen for The Sunday Times popular fiction review column for April, where it was described as “a clever spin on an expanding subcategory of psychological thrillers set during maternity leave… A twisty, fast-paced read”. The book was also praised in Living Magazine this week, with the reviewer commenting, “Greenwich Park is a compulsive psychological thriller that will have you reading on in a one-more-chapter way. This is perfect for fans of authors like Sarah Vaughan and JP Delaney”.
Katherine’s suspenseful new thriller, which was published by Bloomsbury in eBook on April 1st and will be published in print on April 15th, follows protagonist Helen, a nervous soon-to-be mother, whose unsettling new friend seems to want to know everything about her.
We’re also delighted to announce that Yomi Adegoke, new host of the Women’s Fiction Prize Podcast and contributing writer to the anthology Of This Our Country, has been featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, as one of the featured “journalists that are writing stories—and in some cases writing books—about some of the most pressing topics facing Europe and the rest of the world.”
We just loved watching the inimitable Jodie Chapman and ever charming Beth Morrey on Instagram Live this week, where they discussed their fabulous debut novels, Another Life and Saving Missy, which are both out now!
In some amazing bestseller news this week, Stephanie Wrobel’s suspenseful thriller The Recovery of Rose Gold, has now sold 4,082 ebooks, making her the 4th bestselling ebook title across Penguin Random House this week and ahead of Richard Osman and Lee Child among others. She’s also now in the PRH Top 10 ebook sales year to date, along with the likes of Richard Osman, Harlan Coben, Jo Nesbo and Lisa Jewell.
Emma Stonex‘s bestselling novel, The Lamplighters was also number 10 on Bookshop.org‘s first ever Indie Champion List, which is a new monthly chart of its bestselling books. Emma’s debut was featured among authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro, Matt Haig, Maggie O’Farrell, Richard Osman, Raven Leilani and more.
Helen Scarlett’s blog tour for her Victorian-gothic debut novel, The Deception of Harriet Fleet, published by last week by Penguin Random House, has been met with amazing reception on social media. Some review highlights include:
“A fantastic choice for historical fiction or historical mystery fans.”⠀- @amandallwyd
“This novel was just PERFECT.” – Nightfall Mysteries Company
“Atmospheric, dramatic, immersive.” – What Cathy Read Next
“A fantastic read and a stunning debut.” – Karen Reads and Recommends
“Gorgeously gothic, this story oozes intrigue and mystery which will haunt you late into the night.” – Dan The Man
“A stunning debut.”– A Dream of Books
“A very enjoyable Victorian murder mystery.” – Brown Flopsy
Helly Acton’s comedic new romance The Couple has also recently garnered praise from Carrie Hope Fletcher, actress and author of The Sunday Times bestselling, In the Time We Lost. In her recent reading vlog, she says “I love it! It’s such an interesting concept! I just loved this self-love – being selfish for all-the-right-reasons type vibe from this book. I don’t usually give books ratings… but when it’s a five star it’s a five star!”
Check out the full vlog-review here.
And with only another six weeks to go before official publication, The Couple has jumped from 325,000 to 3,349 on the bestseller charts on Amazon.
The praise for our authors keeps on coming in, with Scottish-American professor and thriller writer, Carole E. Barrowman, reviewing C.J. Tudor’s The Burning Girls for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She states that “Tudor’s uncanny twisty plot is populated with intriguing, damaged characters and the slow-burning suspense leads to a crackling ending.”
Holly Bourne’s new YA book, The Yearbook was also featured in this weekend’s issue of The Observer and The Guardian. The Yearbook, soon to be published by Usborne Publishing in May 2021, follows main-character Paige, as she struggles with high-school bullies and devises a plan to finally expose all of the lies that continue to influence her school. Children’s and YA previews Editor at The Bookseller, Fiona Noble, describes it as “Searingly honest and laced with humour; The Yearbook takes a shrewd look at cliques, bullying and the darker side of school life”.
Miranda Malins, author of the gripping historical novel, The Puritan Princess, was also recently featured as a guest writer on aspectsofhistory.com, where she gives historical insight about the inspiration for her debut – the family of Oliver Cromwell.
You can read the full article – here.
— Aspects of History (@AspectsHistory) April 4, 2021
Author of upcoming novel The French House, Jacquie Bloese, was recently featured in an author Q&A with Blue Pencil Literary Agency, where she talked more about her new novel, her book deal and her writing process. Being represented by Giles Milburn here at MM Agency, Jacquie talks about how the key attributes she looked for in a literary agent was “someone dynamic who understood my book and where it should be placed. Also – and I didn’t realise this until I’d found an agent – someone who genuinely loves what you’ve written. Often writers get frustrated when agents reject their work on the grounds that they just ‘didn’t love it enough’ or ‘didn’t feel passionate enough about it’ etc. I’ve had this response myself and it is difficult as it doesn’t help you move forwards. But you really don’t want someone who is half-hearted about your novel; you need someone who is as invested in it as you are so that they can champion it, over and over again!”
Be sure to check out the full Q&A here.
In which I unpack the ‘I just didn’t love it enough’ response from agents & talk research, editors, and semi-colon infestations with @bluepencil_edit Thanks @tessicaohara for some great questions #amwriting #historicalfiction https://t.co/jVH5oCzFth
— Jacquie Bloese (@novelthesecond) April 6, 2021
And in amazing international rights news, our team has made the following deals this week: