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ULLSTEIN ACQUIRE GERMAN RIGHTS FOR DAVID M BARNETT’S CALLING MAJOR TOM PRE-EMPTIVELY

Ullstein have acquired German rights in the novel CALLING MAJOR TOM by David M Barnett pre-emptively, for a six-figure sum in Euros from Krystyna Kujawinska, Foreign Rights Director at Orion Publishing Group.

 

Sam Eades at Orion commissioned the novel and acquired world rights from agent John Jarrold in March 2016, and the book is scheduled for Spring 2017 publication in the UK.

 

Sam Eades said: “CALLING MAJOR TOM is a very British A Man Called Ove and I’ve fallen head over heels with each and every character. It is the heart-warming and ultimately life-affirming story of a man who has given up on the world, but discovers in the most unlikely way that it might not have given up on him. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you will cheer on all the curmudgeons in your life.”

 

David M Barnett said: “I woke up on the morning of my birthday to find out that not only had another year of my 40s seemed to have suddenly zoomed by, but to cap it all David Bowie had died. A few days later I saw the astronaut Tim Peake on the news, having become the first Briton to do a spacewalk, and all this made the mental rockets start firing. What if you were so grumpy, so fed up with life, that you literally wanted to get away from it all? And where better to go than space? The flip-side of that, of course, is that while astronauts are doing hugely exciting things up there, the rest of us are struggling along with our day to day lives and problems. Calling Major Tom was born out of wondering what would happen if those two worlds collided – the astronaut in splendid isolation far above the world and a normal family back on Earth. Of course, there’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ family – they’re all problematic and dysfunctional in their own ways. So it’s really about unlikely friendships, facing up to problems life throws at us, and finding a chance at redemption in the most unexpected places.”

 

• September 14th, 2016 • Posted in News

CHASING EMBERS BY JAMES BENNETT – AN AMAZON.COM BOOK OF THE MONTH

CHASING EMBERS, James Bennett’s first contemporary fantasy novel, has been chosen as a Book of the Month by Amazon.com.

It’s published by Orbit on both sides of the Atlantic – in the US on September 6 and in the UK on September 8.

 

• September 1st, 2016 • Posted in News

JOHN JARROLD LITERARY AGENCY TO REPRESENT AWARD-WINNING AUSTRALIAN FANTASY AUTHOR JANE ROUTLEY

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

NEWCON PRESS ACQUIRE RIGHTS TO NEIL WILLIAMSON NOVELLA

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

EBOOK DEAL WITH VENTURE PRESS FOR RAMSEY CAMPBELL

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