What a fabulous week it’s been for our authors. Here are the highlights…
Teresa Driscoll’s fabulously twisty psychological thriller, I Am Watching You, which was published in 2017 by Thomas & Mercer / Amazon Publishing, hit No. 7 in The Bookseller “Heatseekers Fiction Chart” in paperback last week! This brilliant novel is approaching the 100,000 copies sold in paperback milestone – a truly phenomenal achievement.
Strangers was also featured in The Times this week as one of the “Things to do in lockdown, from online singing to the virtual pub”.
Gail Honeyman’s uplifting, bestselling novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperFiction / HarperCollins), has been named as joint No. 1 for the second year in a row for the Australian Book Chain Dymocks “101 Best Books“, as voted for by their loyalty programme customers. It has also climbed up the Top 10 in the New York Times paperback fiction bestseller list to No. 8 this week.
It’s been an incredible week for Ben Oliver. His debut dystopian YA novel, The Loop, which was published in the UK last week by Chicken House and by Scholastic in the US this week, has been mentioned in the The Guardian‘s YA round up. They called it: “Thrilling and terrifying in equal measure.”
Waterstones have chosen this fantastic novel as one of their “Best Children’s Books for April” (“Superbly dark and utterly gripping.”), and Helen Corcoran, author of Queen of Coin and Whispers said this week: “This thriller is difficult to put down, tense and horrifying: every time I thought I’d something figured out, a twist would throw me off.”
And the chilling trailer has been revealed…
To top it all off, Ben Oliver gave a fantastic interview for Entertainment Weekly this week.
Clare Pooley’s uplit novel, The Authenticity Project, has been chosen by the Mail Online as one of their “Best Uplifting Books to Read in Isolation“. They said: “It’s a heartwarming, laughter-and-tears story about the value of friendships and the importance of reaching out to each other.”
This wonderful novel was published last week by Transworld / Penguin Random House, who created a beautiful quote card for it:
Holly Bourne’s newly published contemporary novel, Pretending was also featured in “Best Isolation Reads” Mail Online article: “This hugely entertaining rom-com for the post #MeToo generation has already had huge praise from other leaders in the genre, including Marian Keyes and Dolly Alderton.”
Holly took part in an Instagram event with bestselling author Daisy Buchanan this week on the Waterstones Instagram page, and today took part in the podcast Ctl Alt Delete on writing teen and adult novels – listen here!
Scotsman has included Manjeet Mann’s YA verse novel, Run, Rebel (Penguin Random House Children’s), in their “Best Books for Teens this Easter” round up. They said: “A powerful read, perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan and Kwame Alexander.”
Miranda Malins’ newly-published novel, The Puritan Princess (Orion), set in the times of Oliver Cromwell and featuring his irrepressible youngest daughter , has been featured in The Times round-up of the best Historical Fiction. They said: “There is much to enjoy in this evocation of a family whose lives are so upended by the convulsions of history.”
BKMRK have made the first chapter of Jennifer Iacopelli’s hard-hitting YA novel, Break the Fall, available to read for free here. This brilliant novel was published in February by Hodder Children’s Books.
Beth Morrey’s wonderfully uplifting novel, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael, was published in the US this week by Putnam / Penguin Random House. Bestselling author Jodi Picoult mentioned this stunning novel on Twitter this week:
CRAVE @TracyWolff THE LOVE STORY OF MISSY CARMICHAEL @BethMorrey IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD @NinaKenwood AFTERLIFE @writerjalvarez THE BEAUTY OF YOUR FACE @saharmustafah CHOSEN ONES #veronicaroth THE ENGINEER'S WIFE #traceyennersonwood and anything @AMIGHTYBLAZE can add!!!!
— Jodi Picoult (@jodipicoult) April 7, 2020
And in the UK, Saving Missy (HarperFiction / HarperCollins) was featured in Mail Online as one of their “Best Uplifting Books to Read in Isolation” where they said: “This big-hearted story shows that it is possible to live the life you choose. It’s HarperCollins’s biggest debut for 2020.”
Abbie Greaves’ beautiful debut novel, The Silent Treatment, was published in the US this week by William Morrow / HarperCollins. It was chosen by the Independent as one of their “Books of the Month“. Abbie gave a fabulous interview for Hasty Book List this week.
This week, our authors have taken part in some brilliant panels for the Stay At Home Festival.
For those looking even further ahead, debut YA author Namina Forna is going to be taking part in the Social Distance Book Festival talking about New Voices in YA SFF and her wonderful novel, The Gilded Ones.
We launched the Madeleine Milburn six-month Mentorship scheme this week for aspiring authors. As part of the mentorship, the MM agency will provide editorial guidance and an insight into getting your book published including current trends, what editors look for, international rights and Film & TV. Check out the page for further information.