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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

South West Reading Passport News – Adam Nevill and Gareth L Powell Appearances

Take a journey with the South West Reading Passport 2014 **For Immediate Release**

Delve into the dark, get passionate, wax lyrical and look into the future with reading this autumn.  That’s the tempting offer from this year’s South West Reading Passport.

Now in its third year the Reading Passport project supports library membership and writers by offering an innovative and engaging way to encourage readers to explore a wider range of reading for pleasure. It is a well-established and popular brand in the region’s reader development and library promotions calendar.

This year’s programme is bigger than ever with free events with authors at libraries around the South West and a website developed by Literature Works  The project is a partnership between the South Western Regional Library Service (SWRLS), Literature Works and the Royal Literary Fund and has also received a grant from Arts Council England.

20,000 passports will be circulated this autumn through public and, for the first time, college, university, health and specialist libraries in the South West region.  Four ‘worlds’ have been selected to reflect different genres of writing and readers will be taken on a journey through the macabre mixed with bittersweet romance via sci-fi with a twist and settling back with a poem or two.

Events will be specifically programmed to bring best-selling writers to areas which tend to miss out on organised author tours due to the prohibitive cost of travel or the pressure on local resources. The writers will also contribute to the Reading Passport website with the aim of extending the reach of the project to new audiences.

Four featured writers, Patrick Gale, Adam Neville, Gareth L Powell and Julia Copus (a Royal Literary Fund Fellow), will  bring the Reading Passport to life,  visiting libraries to meet readers through  public talks and workshops to support the Passport content and the website

A competition based on written reviews completed via the website or a review sheet available from libraries, runs until December 30, 2014.  For more details see the website or pick up a form.

Paul Leivers, Chair of SWRLS says “When library budgets are under intense pressure it is essential to develop initiatives which promote and grow library use and membership. Initiatives like the Reading Passport are a fantastic way to grow the number and diversity of library users and promote all the benefits of reading.  SWRLS is delighted to be extending the Reading Passport project throughout the SWRLS membership, as well as with the Royal Literary Fund”.

Tracey Guiry, CEO of Literature Works says “Literature Works supports creative writing and reading initiatives in the South West and the Reading Passport is a great example of what can be achieved when local agencies, local libraries and local writers work together.  This is a simple, fun offer to both support writers and to develop new readers for their work, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the online presence can grow the project’s reach.”

Editors notes:

The Reading Passport project is a reader development initiative led by SWRLS in partnership with Literature Works and the 15 public library authorities and 36 academic/special/health libraries across the South West England. The project will also be supported by the Royal Literature Fund through their Fellowship Programme, to provide writers and resources to libraries.  There are over 930,000 library members in the South West’s public library sector and some 400 libraries support an estimated 1,500 reading groups.


Author visits

Thursday 9 October,             2 p.m. Bridgwater Library, Somerset Adam Nevill & Gareth L. Powell 0845 345 9177
Thursday 16 October, 7 p.m. Saltash Library, Cornwall Patrick Gale & Julia Copus 0300 123 4111
Thursday 6 November, 7 p.m. Yeovil College, Somerset Adam Nevill & Gareth L. Powell 01935 845450
Tuesday 18 November 7 p.m. Winter Gardens, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset Patrick Gale & Julia Copus 01934 426010
Thursday 27 November 7.30 p.m. Trowbridge Library, Wiltshire Patrick Gale and Julia Copus 01225 716700
Thursday 4 December Gloucester Library Adam Nevill & Gareth L. Powell 0845 2305420

Author visits are free but must be booked in advance.

South West Regional Library Services(SWRLS)  is a Charity which exists to promote co-operation in the South West region between public, academic and specialist library members, arrange loans between regional libraries, maintain access to collections and in general terms promote the principle of community education. It has run a successful grant scheme since 2011 which fosters and encourages cooperation between libraries through increased partnership working and access to collections. SWRLS works in partnership with the Society for Chief Librarians (SCL) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) to provide training opportunities and share best practice and is one of three collaboration charities in the library sector unique in its active delivery of joint projects and partnership working.

Main contact:  or T: 07947 636301 (Mon-Fri 9-12)

Literature Works is a literature development agency and an Arts Council national portfolio organisation for the South West of England. They bring together all elements of the literature sector, writers, poets, libraries, booksellers, publishers, agents, schools and communities of readers in ways that strengthen and sustain the whole. They enable the best talent to develop and ensure that the very best writing and reading opportunities are made available to the widest and most diverse audiences and communities. They provide information, news and resources via their website . To find out more about the First Page Prize and to read the winning first page sign up to receive their newsletter at

Main press contact: Tracey Guiry, CEO Literature Works, or T: 01752 585070, or via Kate Wilson, Co-ordinator, or T:01752 585073

The Royal Literary Fund Fellow scheme, launched in 1999, places established and high quality writers into Universities across the UK and has the aim of promoting education and raising literacy levels. Their outreach programme encompasses the placing of Fellows in academic settings to raise the presentation of students work.  Contact: Steve Cook,


• September 16th, 2014 • Posted in News