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The John Jarrold Literary Agency now represents Australian fantasy novelist Jane Routley. Jane has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel twice – for Aramaya and Fire Angels. Her story “To Avalon” was nominated for a both an Aurealis and Ditmar Award.


Jane’s new novel, Shadow in the Empire of Light, is Fantasy meets Chick Lit, with a touch of Steampunk.  Shine, the heroine of the novel is an orphan without magical gifts in a powerful family of mages. She is stuck in the country managing the family estates with only an eccentric aunt and a telepathic cat for company.  The Family are descending on the house for the annual Fertility Festival. While helping one cousin find a compromising letter and rescuing another male cousin from an unwelcome alliance, Shine stumbles on a murderous plot to depose the current Family Matriarch and a smuggling ring that puts her life in danger. Soon she is forced to run for her life through an enchanted forest full of magic  and wild cats.  It’s the first in a three-book series.


“Jane’s writing has wit and immediacy – and a strong soupcon of darkness,” said John Jarrold. “I enjoyed this novel immensely, was totally involved, and love her characters and setting.”


• August 26th, 2016 • Posted in News


Ian Whates at Newcon Press has acquired World English Language rights to Neil Williamson’s novella THE MEMOIRIST. The agent was John Jarrold.


The novella will be published as a print and e-book early in 2017, as part of a Newcon novella series also featuring work from Alastair Reynolds, Simon Morden and Anne Charnock.


Ian said of the novella: “NewCon Press is delighted to acquire “The Memoirist”, an exceptional piece of near-future SF featuring a fully rounded protagonist, a convincingly portrayed setting, and an unfolding mystery that draws the reader deeply into the narrative. Neil has a knack of depicting world-changing events in an intimate and personal manner, by focusing on the individuals caught at their centre. That has never more apparent than here, despite the story’s trappings of nano-technology, degraded privacy, and the ominous potential of quantum physics.”


• August 19th, 2016 • Posted in News


Jack Butler, Publishing Director at Venture Press, has acquired World English Language e-book rights to novels MIDNIGHT SUN and THE PARASITE and story collection DEMONS BY DAYLIGHT, by Ramsey Campbell. The agent was John Jarrold.


Ramsey Campbell is the doyen of horror novelists.  He is the only living horror writer to appear in the Oxford Companion to English Literature. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University in 2015.


Film-maker, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro has tweeted about Ramsey Campbell: “An absolute master of modern horror. And a damn fine writer at that.”


Venture Press is a science fiction and fantasy ebook publisher based in the UK, aimed at bringing back onto the Kindle marketplace some stellar out of print backlist material while maintaining a vibrant frontlist of debut and experienced authors. The Venture list now boasts such great names as Orson Scott Card, Tim Lebbon, Simon Clark, E C Tubb, D F Jones, Wm Mark Simmons, Andrew J Offutt and many more.


Publishing Director Jack Butler said: “We’re delighted to bring Ramsey’s fantastic books under the Venture Press brand. Horror is a genre very close to our hearts, much underrepresented in the digital age, and we hope to bring more success to Ramsey’s immense collection of quality fiction.”



• August 18th, 2016 • Posted in News


The John Jarrold Literary Agency now represents UK and translation rights for US author Melinda Snodgrass.


Melinda’s novels include the Edge series of contemporary fantasy, the space opera series The Imperials and the Linnet Ellery urban fantasy series written under the pseudonym Phillipa Bornikova.


She wrote several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation while serving as the series’ story editor during its second and third seasons. She was story editor on Reasonable Doubts, to which she also  contributed produced scripts, as she did for the series Odyssey 5The Outer Limits and SeaQuest DSV; she was also a consulting producer on The Profiler.


With George R R Martin she co-created and edited the Wild Cards series of shared-world books, and is now acting as an executive producer and writer on the recently-announced UCP (Universal Cable Productions) TV series. Wild Cards imagines a world that was intentionally infected by an alien virus in 1946. Ninety per cent of those infected die. Of the remaining 10%, most are deformed (called Jokers) and 1% (called Aces) get superpowers, from flight to mind-reading, which they use for both good and evil.



John Jarrold said: “I’ve known Melinda for many years both as a friend and a wonderful writer.  I was honoured and delighted to be asked to represent her.  Her novels are outstanding and it’s going to be fun!”




• August 15th, 2016 • Posted in News


Natalie Laverick at Titan Publishing has commissioned a tie-in novel to the film THE GREAT WALL from Mark Morris.  The agent was John Jarrold and the book will be published early in 2017.


Matt Damon leads humanity’s greatest fight for survival in “The Great Wall” from Legendary and Universal Pictures.


When a mercenary warrior (Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world.  As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.


Internationally renowned director Zhang Yimou assembles a filmmaking team and formidable cast that represents the best of East and West with a unique global production that delivers unmissable spectacle on the grandest scale.


Mark is one of the best-known horror authors of the last twenty years.  His previous work includes the bestselling TOADY, STITCH, THE IMMACULATE and FIDDLEBACK, as well as tie-in novels and non-fiction books on horror and film.


• August 9th, 2016 • Posted in News