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Audio Deal for John Gwynne’s Fantasy Novels

Vanessa Kwame, Rights Assistant at Macmillan, has sold audio rights to MALICE, VALOUR  and RUIN by UK fantasy novelist John Gwynne to  Audible.


World rights in the first two titles were acquired pre-emptively by Julie Crisp at Tor UK from agent John Jarrold for a major advance, since when another two-book deal has been concluded.  MALICE was published in the UK in December 2012, and the sequel, VALOUR, in 2014.  RUIN will be published in summer 2015.  MALICE won the Morningstar Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel in the David Gemmell Legend Awards.


SFX said of MALICE:


‘It’s exciting when you find a strong new voice ringing out through the halls of fantasy, and John Gwynne hits all the right spots in his epic tale of good vs evil, the first in the Faithful & The Fallen series… Gwynne is definitely one to watch.’


Fantasy Book Critic said:


‘With three-dimensional characters, a gripping plot, and a world that became real to me, John Gwynne’s Malice is a great debut. In short, this is the kind of fantasy I love to read and I truly can’t wait for the next volume in The Faithful and the Fallen!’



• October 31st, 2014 • Posted in News

Curtis Jobling Tie-in Novels for Exciting New Deal

I’m delighted to say the agency has negotiated a deal for two tie-in novels by Curtis Jobling as part of this exciting initiative…



















Penguin acquires publishing rights in WORLD OF WARRIORS,

a brand new game from Mind Candy, the creators of Moshi Monsters


London, 8 October 2014 … Penguin today announced acquisition of publishing rights in the brand new battle strategy game from the creators of Moshi Monsters, WORLD OF WARRIORS. Richard Haines, Acquisitions and New Business Manager Penguin Children’s, has acquired global rights, all languages from Mind Candy.


WORLD OF WARRIORS is a brand new game from Mind Candy that will launch this year in six languages on iOS and Android. The mobile game will see players battling it out to bring peace to the vast Wildlands by defeating a power-crazed warlord and his evil Skull Army. Ninja vs Aztec, Knight vs Viking, Roman vs Samurai, the game features a whole host of historical characters all with incredible back-stories.


Publishing under the Puffin imprint, there will be a multi-layered publishing strategy for WORLD OF WARRIORS, launching with the Official Guide and Official Sticker books in June 2015. Puffin will also publish a third strand of author-led fiction written by Curtis Jobling, the designer of worldwide hit children’s television show Bob the Builder, and the author/illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Puffin’s Wereworld series. Jobling’s middle-grade novels will be action-adventure stories based within the WORLD OF WARRIORS realm, expanding on details in the game as well as introducing unique characters.


Richard Haines, Acquisitions and New Business Manager, Penguin Children’s said, ‘WORLD OF WARRIORS is an incredibly exciting and ground breaking new brand from Mind Candy that offers us fantastic creative opportunities. We will be able to further develop the game world and expand the experience alongside gruesome facts and true stories from history. On top of this, Curtis Jobling’s new fiction series based within the world, which will help make the WORLD OF WARRIORS publishing a global success’


Darran Garnham, Chief Commercial Officer, Mind Candy said, ‘We are extremely excited to partner once again with Penguin after achieving such huge success with them through the Moshi Monsters franchise. Through this partnership we hope to ensure the global success of the World of Warriors franchise across its many touch points. In terms of publishing, WORLD OF WARRIORS’ eclectic mix of characters and stories lend themselves to both fiction and non-fiction and we can’t wait to see both.’


Curtis Jobling says: ‘I’m thrilled to be the authorial voice of this epic saga, getting a chance to explore the World of Warriors through a series of exciting, original novels. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to write these combative characters that span history and cross cultures. Each tale will feature a desperate, diverse and deadly gang of battling warriors as they embark upon an incredible quest – the biggest challenge will be getting them to work together and not bash lumps out of one another!’




For further information please contact Adele Minchin,  Publicity Director

T: 020 7010 3304 or E:


Notes to editors:


About Penguin Children’s


Penguin Children’s won Children’s Publisher of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards for 2011. It comprises the following imprints: Puffin, Ladybird and Warne.  Famous for its classic fiction and beautiful picture books, Penguin Children’s Group started out as a non-fiction publisher with its first title appearing in 1940. Today it publishes a wide range of fiction, picture books and children’s classics and some of the world’s favourite authors including Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Jeff Kinney, Jacqueline Wilson, Rick Riordan, Cathy Cassidy and Eoin Colfer and popular character brands such as Peppa Pig, Peter Rabbit and The Snowman. It has also paved the way in publishing tie-in books behind interactive brands like Club Penguin, Moshi Monsters, Skylanders and Angry Birds. Penguin have also become experts in the field of publishing YA literature which connects with both teenage and adult readers, including The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.




About Mind Candy

Mind Candy is the online games developer and entertainment company behind the hit global children’s brand Moshi Monsters. The company was founded in 2004 by Michael Acton Smith, a UK-based entrepreneur who previously founded For further information visit

• October 8th, 2014 • Posted in News

Free story from Darren Guest

The very wonderful Darren Guest has a story, THE PIG FARMER’S BURDEN, available to read for free on Shenandoah magazine:



• October 7th, 2014 • Posted in News

New Serbian Deal for Adam Nevill

Laguna have acquired Serbian rights in LAST DAYS by Adam Nevill from Liz Johnson, Senior Rights Manager at Pan Macmillan. Julie Crisp acquired World rights in the book from agent John Jarrold.  They have previously published his novel APARTMENT 16 successfully.


LAST DAYS followed APARTMENT 16 and THE RITUAL into publication in the UK by Pan Macmillan in 2012, and won the British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel of the year.  HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS was published in 2013, and Adam’s latest horror novel, NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE, will be published in the UK in October 2014.  Adam is published in the US by St Martin’s Press, and has translation deals around the world.

• September 29th, 2014 • Posted in News

First French Publication Deal for Gary Gibson

Liz Johnson, Senior Rights Manager at Pan Macmillan, has sold French rights in EXTINCTION GAME by  Gary Gibson to L’Atlante. Gary is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


This is Gary’s latest major SF novel – his ninth in all – and was published by Tor UK in September 2014. His novels have been extremely well reviewed:


“One of the top SF writers active today . . . In the right hands SF can be wonderful, inventive and hugely enjoyable – and Gary Gibson is just that sort of author” (

“To be considered alongside the leading triumvirate of British hard SF writers: Al Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, and Neal Asher . . . a treat for all fans of intelligent space opera” (Guardian)

“Gibson has certainly proved himself a name to watch” (SFX)



• September 25th, 2014 • Posted in News