Kate Bassett - a debut deal
April 11, 2013
Congratulations to Kate Bassett from Northern Michigan who’s landed her very first book deal - with small but powerful teen publisher Flux.
Kate’s beautiful and evocative YA novel, WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS, is about a girl coming to terms with the death of her beloved (young) uncle one year on, and it deals with love, loss, betrayal - and family secrets.
Publication is set for Summer 2014.
THE WEIGHT OF WATER shortlisted for Britain’s Carnegie Medal
March 12, 2013
Many congratulations to Sarah Crossan, whose wonderful verse novel - THE WEIGHT OF WATER - is today announced on the shortlist for the UK’s most prestigious children’s fiction award, The Carnegie Medal. A very elite shortlist indeed!
A debut YA deal for Wendy Mills
February 19, 2013
Congratulations to Wendy Mills, whose debut YA novel POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL just sold to Caroline Abbey at Bloomsbury in a very nice two-book deal.
Pitched as Jodi Picoult meets Lurlene McDaniel (it is certifiably impossible not to cry when you read this book!), POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL is the story of a girl who discovers she’s inherited the same rare gene mutation as her dying mother. Should she have preemptive surgery - or accept her uncertain destiny? With her life in danger of imploding around her, she sets off to find help from the one friend who understands - only to discover that nothing is quite what it seems. She faces a terrible dilemma, but is it possible that life - and she herself - can be positively beautiful in the hardest circumstances?
POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL will publish in Fall 2014, with a second novel coming a year later.
Green shoots in the Greenhouse for 2013
January 20, 2013
2013 opens with a bang in the Greenhouse!
A big welcome to John Cusick who joined us January 14 as a new Greenhouse agent for the US and Canada, with a mission to grow his client list of authors of children’s fiction and YA.
Coming from a small New York agency, John already has a strong grounding in agenting and is raring to go in his new role at Greenhouse. Watch out for him on social media, his blog, and at conferences around the USA. You can find out more about him here.
2013 also sees an even bigger role for Julia Churchill. Our agent based in the UK, Julia has up until now only repped authors from the UK and Commonwealth. Now, she will additionally be looking to grow a client list of picturebook authors - both American and non-American. Take a look at her bio here.
To reflect these exciting developments, our submission guidelines are slightly reworked, so do have a look: http://www.greenhouseliterary.com/index.php/site/how_to_submit
Welcome to 2013 in the Greenhouse. It promises to be an exciting year!
Morris Award shortlist
December 12, 2012
Congratulations to S.D. Crockett, whose mesmerizing novel, AFTER THE SNOW, is one of just five books shortlisted for YALSA’s prestigious Morris Award - given to an outstanding YA debut.
An announcement of the winner will be made at ALA Mid-Winter in Seattle in January 2013.
Rights deals aplenty for Caroline Carlson
December 12, 2012
Caroline Carlson’s middle grade trilogy, THE VERY NEARLY HONORABLE LEAGUE OF PIRATES, hasn’t only sold at auction in both the USA (to HarperCollins) and UK (to Simon & Schuster). It’s also been preempted in Brazil, and sold at auction in Germany, France, and Spain after considerable interest at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Scroll down to see what Publishers Weekly has to say about this feat: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/book-deals/article/55072-deals-week-of-december-10-2012.html
Jeyn Roberts to Knopf
December 12, 2012
Congratulations to Jeyn Roberts, author of the critically acclaimed DARK INSIDE and RAGE WITHIN, whose latest YA novel - THE BODIES WE WEAR - has sold in a two-book preempt to Knopf Books for Young Readers.
Atmospheric, dark and riveting, THE BODIES WE WEAR is a love story - about how death can’t kill what never dies. But it’s also a story of revenge, pitched as KILL BILL meets LOVELY BONES, with a teen Lisbeth Salander as narrator. It will publish in Fall 2014.
New deal for Lean
September 25, 2012
HarperCollins Children’s Books has signed up three new titles from A DOG CALLED HOMELESS author, Sarah Lean.
Harper will support publication with author tours and consumer marketing, making Sarah a major author for nine to 11-year-olds. Publisher Rachel Denwood said: “Sarah is one of the most exciting and talented new writers to hit the children’s market for years and I am delighted to have cemented this long-term relationship with HarperCollins.”
Many congratulations Sarah and Harper!
A debut deal for YA author Natalie C. Parker
May 14, 2012
Congratulations to Natalie C. Parker, whose first YA novel, BEWARE THE WILD, has just sold in a preempt to HarperCollins in the USA. Here’s the announcement from Publishers Marketplace:
Natalie C. Parker’s BEWARE THE WILD, pitched as Twin Peaks meets The Village, in which a claustrophobic Louisiana town is dominated by its sinister, encroaching swamp, which swallows up a boy who is instantly forgotten by everyone except his sister, and replaced by a mysterious girl from the past who is intent on taking over his family and his life, to Phoebe Yeh at Harper Children’s, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2014, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (NA).
A companion novel to FRACTURE sold to Walker US and Bloomsbury UK
May 14, 2012
Megan Miranda’s debut YA novel, FRACTURE, published in Winter 2012 and has already won thousands of fans around the world - and a PW starred review.
Now, a sequel/companion novel - VENGEANCE - has sold once more to Walker US and Bloomsbury UK in a group acquisition of World English language rights. VENGEANCE will publish in both markets in Winter 2014.
Returning to the world of Delaney and Maxwell, the story takes place a year after FRACTURE when suspicion of Delaney is rising following Troy’s death at Falcon Lake. Decker, who tells this story, is the one person who will never doubt Delaney - never believe the talk of curses. But then Delaney backs away from his father, scared and pale . . . . And now her bizarre gift has hit just a bit too close to home for Decker to remain his neutral, loving self.
Megan Miranda has an incredible gift for weaving gripping, scary, intense stories, and FRACTURE’S many admirers are going to love VENGEANCE!
FIND ME IN THE UK
May 11, 2012
Delighted to announce a UK deal for Romily Bernard and FIND ME. Simon and Schuster Children’s Book will publish the first book in the Wick Tate series in Autumn 2013.
Says Jane Griffiths, Romily’s UK editor:
FIND ME is a fantastic edge-of-the-seat thriller, combing a convincing tech-savvy plot with a compellingly dark mystery. Wick’s mix of feistiness and vulnerability makes her a tremendously appealing heroine and you can’t help but be pulled into her turbulent world from the very first page. I’m thrilled to have Romily as a new talent on our list.
ANNOUNCING THE GREENHOUSE FUNNY PRIZE - OPEN TO UK/IRISH WRITERS
May 03, 2012
The UK side of the Greenhouse is running a prize in conjunction with this year’s Writer’s Workshop Festival of Writing. It will be called the Greenhouse Funny Prize.
At Greenhouse we love all sorts of writing but there’s something that Sarah and I agree that we don’t see enough of: Funny.
The Greenhouse Funny prize is open to un-agented writers who are currently resident in the UK and Ireland. Entries will be judged by me and guest judge Leah Thaxton, Publisher of Egmont Children’s Books (and discoverer of Andy Stanton).
The winner will get an offer of representation from the Greenhouse and a full weekend ticket to the wonderful Festival of Writing that runs 7-9 September ’12 (worth £525). The runners up will each get five of our favourite funny books.
Find out more about the prize on our blog.
To get a good sense of the voice and where the character is headed, we’d like to see the first 5,000 words PLUS a short description (a few lines) of the book AND a one page outline that shows the spine of the plot.
If you are submitting a picture book (or shorter fiction that comes in under 5,000 words), then send the complete text.
Please send your entries to
The deadline for submissions is Monday 30 July. The shortlist will be announced Monday 6 August. We anticipate that 6 writers will be shortlisted. The winner will be announced Monday 13 August. If we get two or more outstanding entries, we may offer representation to more than one writer.
You must be resident in the UK or Ireland.
Entrants will not be acknowledged on receipt, but all entrants will be emailed when the shortlist is announced.
A debut deal for Romily Bernard
April 26, 2012
We’re delighted to announce a fabulous 3-book deal for debut YA author Romily Bernard.
Here’s the Publishers Marketplace announcement:
Romily Bernard’s debut FIND ME, launching a new series about hacker and crime-solver Wick Tate – pitched as a Lisbeth Salander for teens – who in this first book is sent a journal written by a dead friend, apparently asking for help and putting her on the trail of a dangerous predator who’s after her little sister, to Phoebe Yeh at Harper Children’s, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, in a three book deal, for publication in Fall 2013, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (NA).
Sally Willcox of CAA has also come on board to co-agent film & TV rights for us.
BUTTERFLY SUMMER GETS SOME SCANDI LOVE
April 26, 2012
Exciting rights news for Anne-Marie Conway. The beautiful BUTTERFLY SUMMER will be published in Norway, Sweden and Finland by Stabenfeldt. Congratulations Anne-Marie!
PENLOPE CRUMB rides again!
April 02, 2012
Great news today - a second 2-book deal for Shawn Stout and her adorable PENELOPE CRUMB series! World English-language rights have been sold to Philomel (Penguin USA) in what will be Books 3 and 4 of the series.
Penelope Crumb is funny, sweet and touching - think Judy Moody, Clementine, Ramona, and you’ll have the right kind of idea.
We love Penelope!
March 16, 2012
We’re a bit late announcing these on the GHL site, though they’ve been trumpeted on our Facebook page and Twitter. Perhaps you saw them?
Congratulations to all these authors:
Sarah Aronson - whose second YA novel, BELIEVE, has sold to Andrew Karre at Carolrhoda Lab for publication Fall 2013. This is a fascinating and really original novel, about an American-Jewish girl who was the sole survivor of a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem 10 years before the story opens. This milestone anniversary was always going to be tough, but when Janine’s supposedly ‘healing hands’ seem to bring about inexplicable miracles, she finds herself in the middle of a media storm that threatens to upset the new life she has carefully built for herself. At last it’s time to uncover the secrets of that terrible day a decade ago . . .
Cori McCarthy - whose debut YA novel, THE COLOR OF RAIN, has sold to Lisa Cheng of Running Press for publication in Spring 2013. A big edge-of-seat thriller set in space, this story asks - how much would you do for love? Answering that question, Rain gives herself to the ship’s menacing captain in the hopes of getting medical salvation for her dying brother on a distant planet. But what Rain discovers is a hidden world of slave-trafficking and violence . . .
Leila Rasheed - author of AT SOMERTON, the YA market’s answer to the hugely popular Downton Abbey - for teens! Opening in 1910, the 3-book series will follow the lives, loves, secrets and betrayals of the teens - both upstairs and downstairs - who live at Somerton Court, a gracious English stately home that will be forever changed by the onslaught of World War I
Congratulations to all!
Opening 2012 with a debut deal
January 11, 2012
Congratulations to Elle Cosimano, whose debut YA thriller - DEAD BLUE - just sold in a two-book, six-figure preempt to Kathy Dawson at Dial, an imprint of Penguin USA.
DEAD BLUE is a rollercoaster ride of a novel, guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seat, and stars a wonderful protagonist called Nearly Boswell, a math-genius from a suburban Washington DC trailer park. With the body count rising, Nearly realizes that she is the only student able to decipher the complex clues left for her by a serial killer who has every intention of framing her for murder. With mysterious blue-inked symbols turning up on every body, can Nearly find the real perp in time to save her own life?
This is a must-read for Fall 2013, with a sequel due to publish a year later.
I Heart Band deal for debut author
January 11, 2012
Many congratulations to debut author Michelle Schusterman, who closed out 2011 for us with a fabulous 4-book deal with Grosset, an imprint of Penguin USA. The deal is for I HEART BAND, a fun, pacy younger middle-grade series about the thrills and spills, practices and performances, crushes and crises of the kids in a middle-school band.
Books 1 and 2 will launch together in Summer 2014, so deadlines aplenty ahead for Michelle - but also our congratulations on this very exciting first deal.
Magic in the UK
December 14, 2011
Delighted to announce that Simon and Schuster have bought UK and Commonwealth rights in MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT by Caroline Carlson, at auction, in a three book deal. Thrilled publisher, thrilled author, thrilled agents.
Two fabulous new debut deals for Greenhouse seedlings!
November 08, 2011
We’re delighted to announce two brand-new deals for debut authors, one Middle Grade and one YA:
MFA graduate Caroline Carlson’s MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT, pitched as Eva Ibbotson meets Lemony Snicket with a twist of ‘yo ho ho’, to be illustrated with maps, journals and letters, in which a girl is rejected by the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates and shipped off to a Finishing School for Delicate Ladies instead, from where she must escape and set sail with a motley crew including a governess, a budgerigar and a talkative gargoyle on a treasure hunt for the kingdom’s lost magic, to Phoebe Yeh and Toni Markiet at Harper Children’s, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2013, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (NA).
Ashley Elston’s THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING, about a girl who, desperate to escape the Witness Protection program and discover what really happened the day that ruined her family’s lives, breaks her minders’ ultimate rule by falling for a boy and embarking with him on a perilous journey to outwit both cops and criminals, to Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion Children’s, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2013, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (NA).
Congratulations to both Caroline and Ashley!
Welcome to Amy Sparkes
October 07, 2011
Delighted to announce that WELCOME TO THE STRANGEST ZOO by Amy Sparkes will be published by Random House Children’s Books in 2013.
Many congratulations Amy!
Black Helicopters in the UK
September 22, 2011
Delighted to announce a UK pre-empt for BLACK HELICOPTERS by Blythe Woolston.
Gill Evans, Editorial Director for Fiction at Walker Books, says: ‘BLACK HELICOPTERS is a chilling and arresting psychological thriller for YA which enthrals the reader even as its subject repels.’
Last month BLACK HELICOPTERS sold in a six-figure, North American preempt to Walker’s US sister company, Candlewick Press. Many congratulations Blythe!
SKINNY in the UK
September 07, 2011
Delighted to announce that SKINNY by Donna Cooner has been snapped up by Egmont UK.
Stella Paskins, Egmont Publisher, called SKINNY a ‘modern day fairytale’ and it will publish on their new Electric Monkey YA list.
New UK/Commonwealth deals for two American writers
August 24, 2011
We love exploiting authors’ publishing rights to the max - especially when it comes to selling transatlantically.
Delighted to announce new UK/Commonwealth deals in August for two of our US writers.
NYT bestselling Brenna Yovanoff’s PAPER VALENTINE has sold to Simon & Schuster UK in a two-book deal (US rights recently sold to Razorbill).
Lindsey Leavitt’s AUTHENTICALLY VINTAGE has sold to Scholastic UK (US rights sold to Bloomsbury).
Congratulations to both!
Welcome to Blythe Woolston - and congratulations!
August 24, 2011
Greenhouse has been delighted to welcome the wonderful Blythe Woolston as a new client in the past few weeks.
Winner of the prestigious 2011 William C Morris Award for her debut YA novel, THE FREAK OBSERVER, and with her second book - CATCH AND RELEASE - publishing in February 2012 (both with Carolrhoda LAB), Blythe has already established herself as a brave new voice in the YA marketplace.
Now her first work with Greenhouse, BLACK HELICOPTERS, has just sold in a six-figure, North American preempt to Elizabeth Bicknell at Candlewick, and we’re eagerly anticipating news of a UK/Commonwealth deal.
BLACK HELICOPTERS has been described by her new US publisher as ‘fabulous--chilling, thought-provoking, feminist, subversive, authentic, beautifully told, and completely believable’.
Set in wild Montana, it tells the story of Valkyrie (better known as Valley) who, with her brother, has grown up completely under the radar; to the government, she simply doesn’t exist. Raised from birth to be a conscienceless killer, Valley sets out in a bomb vest, knowing exactly why she wants to kill and be killed. But her plan goes explosively wrong . . . .
We look forward to everything that lies ahead for Blythe!
Debut deal for Douglas
August 03, 2011
Welcome to Helen Douglas!
We’ve just tied up a UK/US double with Bloomsbury for YA thriller, EDEN.
Says Ele Fountain, Helen’s UK editor: ‘EDEN combines a pitch-perfect voice and vivid characters for some sublime romantic angst, as girl meets boy in a starry twist of fate. Love triangles, suspense and stargazing unite for a heart-stopping twist. We’re very excited to be publishing simultaneously with the US. Helen is an author with huge potential on both sides of the Atlantic.’
EDEN is a teen love story that spans the universe. When a plan to save the human race brings visitors from the future a young girl called Eden becomes the key to their success. With one action she can save the human race but along the way Eden will have to ask herself whether love and friendship is more important than saving the world.
EDEN will publish in early 2013.
A sparkling new deal for THE REPLACEMENT’S Brenna Yovanoff
July 07, 2011
Congratulations to Brenna Yovanoff, author of NYT bestselling THE REPLACEMENT and THE SPACE BETWEEN, which publishes this Fall.
We’ve just confirmed an exciting new 2-book deal for Brenna - again with Razorbill.
PAPER VALENTINE, which will publish Spring 2013, is the story of a girl who is haunted by the troubled ghost of her best friend, finding herself sucked into a darkly mesmerizing string of murders, in which a serial killer who leaves a paper-heart ‘valentine’ on his victims’ bodies draws ever closer.
A debut deal for Donna Cooner
June 30, 2011
Congratulations to Colorado-based Donna Cooner whose debut YA novel SKINNY just landed a six-figure deal at auction with Scholastic USA. North American rights went to editor Aimee Friedman after interest from a number of houses.
SKINNY is so many things - painful, inspiring, humorous, compelling, and fascinating - and it has huge potential appeal for both girls and women.
Ever – named, somewhat ironically, after Cinderella’s ‘happily ever after’ – started putting on weight when her mom died. Now she is fifteen years old, weighs 302 pounds, and hears voices. The voice that whispers in Ever’s ear is the voice of self-doubt, and it has a name—Skinny. Skinny’s nasty little whispers tell Ever constantly that she’s ugly, a loser, friendless, and undeserving of love. Especially the love of Jackson Barnett, who once kissed her in the snow all those years ago and whom she’s adored ever since.
But Ever hears another voice too – her own amazing singing voice that no one knows about even though she’s memorized the lyrics of every musical ever written. If Ever is willing to take the chance to radically change her body, maybe she might also find the courage to share that voice with the rest of the world. Embarking on the risky, terrifying journey of weight loss culminating in gastric bypass surgery, Ever’s body gradually changes on the outside - but she soon finds that changing the fat girl within will prove much harder.
A Home for Homeless
June 28, 2011
Delighted to announce debut UK and US deals for A DOG CALLED HOMELESS by Sarah Lean.
After a seven publisher auction in the UK, Rachel Denwood at HarperCollins secured the rights in a two book, UK and Commonwealth deal.
Says Denwood: ‘I couldn’t be more thrilled to be publishing this, a novel that steals the hearts of all who read it. Rarely does a book connect in such a profound and moving way.’
Sarah Shumway at Katherine Tegan Books, an imprint of HarperCollins US, came in with a pre-empt to secure the North American rights.
Many congratulations to the author and her publishers! And another English Language debut-double from the Greenhouse!
June 16, 2011
Great news. MORTLOCK by Jon Mayhew will be one of the titles offered by the Booked Up scheme this year. To find out more about Booked Up click the link. Congratulations Jon!
Hold your breath for BREATHE
June 02, 2011
A transatlantic one-two for Sarah Crossan’s BREATHE. Greenwillow/Harper pre-empted, in a major three book deal, for publication in Fall 2012. While in the UK, Bloomsbury won the day. Exciting times and congratulations Sarah!
DROG in the UK
June 02, 2011
UKCOM rights in YOU WILL CALL ME DROG by Sue Cowing have gone to Usborne Children’s Books. They will publish in late 2012. Another English Language double! Congratulations Sue!
Welcome to a special new Greenhouse author
February 17, 2011
We are delighted and very proud to welcome Scottish author Julie Bertagna to the Greenhouse for all her forthcoming work.
Published by Macmillan in the UK and Walker in the USA, Julie is the author of many books for young people, and here are some of the accolades she has earned in her writing career:
All 5 of her YA novels have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and she has been awarded two Scottish Arts Council Literature Bursaries.
EXODUS: shortlisted for many awards including the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year. It won the Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year, won a Friends of the Earth Eco Award (UK) and a Santa Monica Green Literature Prize (US), US Booklist’s Top Ten SF/Fantasy for Youth 2008, The List’s Best Books of the 21st Century. EXODUS has also been translated into many languages.
ZENITH: shortlisted for the Angus Award and won the Catalyst Children’s Book Award.
THE OPPOSITE OF CHOCOLATE: shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Fiction Award and won Erskine Stewarts Melville Prize.
DOLPHIN BOY: shortlisted for NASEN Special Needs Award and the Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ award.
ICE CREAM MACHINE: Made into a TV series on the UK’s Channel 5.
Do take a minute to look around Julie’s impressive website. www.juliebertagna.com. Julie is an author whom we are thrilled to welcome to the Greenhouse - and someone you’ll be hearing a lot more from in the future!
New deal for Anne-Marie Conway
February 14, 2011
We’re delighted to announce a new deal for Anne-Marie Conway, author of the STARMAKERS series.
Usborne will publish BUTTERFLY SUMMER in Summer 2012. It’s the story of a lonely girl who makes an enigmatic friend at the Butterfly Garden, to find out that it’s the ghost of her secret and long-dead sister.
A new deal for DEVIL’S KISS author Sarwat Chadda
February 07, 2011
Just announced today:
Author of DEVIL’S KISS and DARK GODDESS, Sarwat Chadda’s ASH MISTRY AND THE SAVAGE PALACE, the first book in an epic adventure series, The Ash Mistry Chronicles, which weaves together contemporary and mythological India, about British-born Ash, whose father is offered a dream job in India, and discovers something is very wrong with mysterious millionaire Lord Savage, finding himself in a desperate battle to stop Savage’s master plan - the opening of the Iron Gates that have kept Ravana, the demon king, at bay for four millennia, to Nick Lake at Harper Collins Children’s UK, in a very nice deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, for publication beginning in Spring 2012, by Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary Agency (UK & Commonwealth).
Congratulations to Sarwat!
Greenhouse joins the AAA
January 27, 2011
We’re delighted, and very proud, to announce that the Greenhouse has joined the Association of Authors’ Agents.
AAA is the accredited professional body for literary agents in the UK and membership brings with it a code of ethics and integrity. In 2010, we were accepted into the AAR, which is the US equivalent body.
Visit www.agentsassoc.co.uk to find out more.
Sarah and Julia will clink glasses tonight in celebration!
SLIDE into the UK
January 24, 2011
We’re delighted to announce that UK & Commonwealth rights in Jill Hathaway’s SLIDE have been sold to HarperCollins UK.
Julia has just tied up the two-book deal, at auction, for the YA thriller. Harper will publish in 2012, simultaneously with HarperCollins US imprint, Balzer & Bray.
Many congrats to Jill who has already achieved a fabulous North American deal with Harper US, courtesy of Sarah.
A debut deal to start the year!
January 19, 2011
Many congratulations to Sarah Crossan.
We’re delighted to announce that Julia has just tied up a World English Language deal for her novel, THE WEIGHT OF WATER. Bloomsbury UK will publish in January 2012.
THE WEIGHT OF WATER is a startling, searing and hugely moving story, told in verse.
Visit Sarah’s author page for more info.
The double for Susanne Winnacker!
December 21, 2010
Delighted to announce that Sarah has just sold North American rights in Susanne Winnacker’s thrilling dystopian story - THE OTHER LIFE - to Robin Benjamin at Marshall Cavendish to publish (probably) Fall 2012.
Susanne already has a UK/Commonwealth deal with Usborne in the UK, brokered by Julia, publishing Fall 2011 or Spring 2012.
At Greenhouse we are particularly proud of our track record in selling work both sides of the Atlantic, so we’re very happy to have achieved another ‘double’ for Susanne! Do take a look at the ‘Books’ section of the site to find out more about THE OTHER LIFE.
A new deal for Shawn Stout
December 01, 2010
Congratulations to Shawn Stout on this exciting new deal, which launches a brand-new character - Penelope Crumb - whom Penguin are planning to build into the new Ramona Quimby, Clementine and Judy Moody
Shawn Stout’s PENELOPE CRUMB, NOSE DETECTIVE, in which a girl realizes that she has her grandfather’s big nose, resolving not only to discover the truth about her missing grandparent, but also to sniff out a way to bring her family together, to Jill Santopolo at Philomel, in a 2-book deal ,publishing in Summer 2012 and Summer 2013, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (World English).
Shawn is also the author of the FIONA FINKELSTEIN series, which publishes with Aladdin. See the Greenhouse Author section to find out more about Shawn.
Hot auction for winter book
November 30, 2010
We’re delighted to announce another debut deal at the Greenhouse!
Macmillan’s Children’s Books has won world rights to AFTER THE SNOW by SD Crockett following a hotly contested auction, brokered by Julia. The titles were bought in conjunction with Jean Feiwel of Macmillan US-owned publisher Feiwel and Friends.
AFTER THE SNOW tells the story of 15-year-old Willo as he tries to survive, alone, in an endlessly wintery environment.
Young said: “Everyone here at Macmillan Children’s Books felt that Willo’s extraordinary and endlessly affecting voice transported this gripping adventure firmly into prize-winning territory. Naive, bright, immensely entertaining — he is a character to treasure and to remember.”
Crockett said: “The winter of 2009 was extremely hard. I asked myself: what would happen if winter never ended?”.
Macmillan is to publish in hardback in the first half of 2012, with the US to publish simultaneously.
Many congratulations, SD!!
Film and foreign
November 05, 2010
Lots of good things happening in the Greenhouse in November!
THE REPLACEMENT has sold in two more territories - France (Michel Lefon) and Bulgaria (Kragozor)
THE DEMON COLLECTOR has had its first foreign sale - Spanish/Catalan to Macmillan Spain.
And . . .
Jon Cassir and Michelle Weiner at CAA (Creative Artists Agency) in Los Angeles will be co-agenting with Greenhouse for film/TV on Jill Hathaway’s debut SLIDE.
More debut deals for Greenhouse
October 27, 2010
We’re delighted to announce two more deals for debut authors - on both sides of the Pond.
In the US, Jill Hathaway’s thrilling, chilling YA novel SLIDE sold to Donna Bray at Balzer & Bray, HarperCollins, in a ‘good’ deal, in a two-book pre-empt. SLIDE will publish in Winter 2012 and Jill’s second novel a year later.
In the UK, Susanne Winnacker’s scary, dark dystopian chiller THE OTHER LIFE - aimed at the younger end of the YA market - sold to Rebecca Hill at Usborne in a two-book deal, the first book to publish in Spring 2012.
Congratulations to both of our new writers!
Brenna Yovanoff hits the New York Times Bestseller list!
September 29, 2010
We’re thrilled to tell you that today THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff debuted at #10 on the NYT Bestseller list! Greenhouse’s very first book to get there.
Huge congratulations to Brenna - who came to us by a simple query in our submissions inbox, back in August 2008. You see, it can happen!
Here’s the complete list . . .
1 CLOCKWORK ANGEL, by Cassandra Clare. (McElderry/Simon & Schuster, $19.99.) Victorian England proves a treacherous place. (Ages 14 and up)
2 THE RED PYRAMID, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, $17.99.) Ancient gods (this time from Egypt) and a mortal family meet. (Ages 10 and up)
3 LINGER, by Maggie Stiefvater. (Scholastic Press/Scholastic, $17.99.) The teenage werewolves of “Shiver” face a new test of love and loyalty. (Ages 12 and up)
4 THE SEARCH FOR WONDLA, written and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99.) Eva Nine, who lives underground, surfaces to escape danger. (Ages 10 and up)
5 MONSTER HIGH, by Lisi Harrison. (Poppy/Little, Brown, $16.99.) Frankie Stein worries about befriending “normal” classmates. (Ages 12 and up)
6 HALO, by Alexandra Adornetto. (Feiwel & Friends, $16.99.) Good angels, sent to Earth, must keep their wings under wraps. (Ages 12 and up)
7 RECKLESS, written and illustrated by Cornelia Funke. (Little, Brown, $19.99.) Boys and beasts in a dark place called Mirrorworld. (Ages 10 and up)
8 DORK DIARIES, written and illustrated by Rachel Renée Russell. (Aladdin, $12.99.) Reflections of a junior Samuel Pepys of the female variety. (Ages 9 to 13)
9 BINK AND GOLLIE, by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. Illustrated by Tony Fucile. (Candlewick, $15.99.) These friends are opposites in many ways, but no less bound together. (Ages 6 to 8)
10 THE REPLACEMENT, by Brenna Yovanoff. (Razorbill, $17.99.) A changeling is torn between life on Earth and the underworld called Mayhem. (Ages 12 and up)
Hot news for debut author Talia Vance
September 16, 2010
Not often we get to say this - but debut author Talia Vance has done the double! Two deals, two houses - in one day.
Talia’s YA thriller SPIES AND PREJUDICE (Veronica Mars meets Pride and Prejudice) has sold to Elizabeth Law at Egmont for publication Spring 2012. Her big Celtic YA paranormal romance, BANDIA, in a 2-book deal to Brian Farrey at Flux for publication Fall 2012 and 2013.
Look for more information - and outlines of both fantastic books - on the Greenhouse website in the next few days. And congratulations, Talia!
A new deal for THE POISONED HOUSE
September 09, 2010
We’re so pleased to tell you that Michael Ford’s Victorian murder-mystery, THE POISONED HOUSE, has just sold to Albert Whitman in the USA, for publication on their Fall 2011 list.
Michael - who lives in London - already has a deal for UK/Commonwealth (Julia did that one!) with Bloomsbury UK. However, Greenhouse prides itself on being unusually transatlantic, and we do work very hard to try and secure deals for our authors both sides of the Atlantic. We’re so happy to say it’s paid off again this time.
Many congratulations to Michael!
ANOTHER DEBUT DEAL
September 01, 2010
Greenhouse is delighted to announce another UK debut deal.
BOYS FOR BEGINNERS by Lil Chase has been sold to Quercus, who will publish in August 2011.
Lil has laugh-out-loud voice for 11+ girls and BFB is a hilarious, cringe-inducing, tender and warm debut in the tradition of Louise Rennison. Congratulations Lil - and welcome!
A film agent for Jeyn Roberts and THE DARK INSIDE
August 25, 2010
Delighted to announce that Jason Dravis of Monteiro Rose Dravis has been appointed our co-agent for film/TV on Jeyn Roberts’s debut DARK INSIDE.
Sarah and Julia sold DARK INSIDE simultaneously to North America (Simon & Schuster USA) and UK/Commonwealth (Macmillan) a few weeks ago - with auctions in both territories.
WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET - a big day for Tricia Springstubb
August 25, 2010
Too busy to post yesterday, so here it is one day late:
August 24 was the publication day of WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET, the middle-grade novel by Tricia Springstubb, already acclaimed for its classic warm and lyrical charm.
Already making waves with THREE STARRED REVIEWS pre-pub (Horn Book, ALA Booklist and Kirkus Reviews), we’ve been watching Tricia’s fanbase swell on a daily basis as librarians, bloggers, educators, and industry-watchers have discovered this gem of a novel.
Check out a lovely interview with Tricia on the newly established middle-grade-fiction blog www.fromthemixedupfiles.com.
August 23, 2010
Delighted to announce a deal for Stephen Davies’ first picture book.
GOGGLE-EYED GOATS is the story of a herd of naughty goats and their long-suffering herder. Andersen Press will publish in Spring 2012.
Great new deal for THE REPLACEMENT’s Brenna Yovanoff
August 15, 2010
A really cutting-edge deal for three super-talented stars and rising stars. This will be a fascinating and invaluable book for all authors of dark YA. Special congratulations, of course, to Greenhouse author Brenna Yovanoff!
NYT bestselling author of SHIVER Maggie Stievfater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff’s package of stories, as well as conversations about where these stories come from, taken from their popular blog The Merry Sisters of Fate, from flesh-eating faeries and demons in love, to unearthly magicians and alternate histories, to Andrew Karre at Carolrhoda Lab, for publication in Spring 2012, by Laura Rennert at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency for Stiefvater and Gratton, and Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency for Yovanoff (World English).
Reviews pour in for WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET
August 15, 2010
As pub date approaches for WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET, reviews are humming online. And here’s a great one!
Cakes and THE POISONED HOUSE
August 12, 2010
Michael Ford celebrates THE POISONED HOUSE publication, with friends and colleagues. Congratulations Michael!
Greenhouse pulls off the double for Canadian debut author Jeyn Roberts
August 02, 2010
At last we can announce it!
Jeyn Robert’s cinematic thrill-ride of a debut - DARK INSIDE - has sold simultaneously both sides of the Atlantic in a 2-book deal.
David Gale and Justin Chanda of Simon & Schuster USA won a nail-biting auction on Friday for North American rights. Ruth Alltimes of Macmillan Children’s has acquired UK/Commonwealth. Both houses aim to publish Spring 2012.
Pitched as Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD meets 28 DAYS LATER, this is the powerful, terrifying story of four teenagers who must travel different roads to find safety and each other after earthquakes trigger the emergence of murderous ‘Baggers’ - ordinary people turned crazy killers - in a world which has descended into apocalyptic chaos.
SOAR ELINOR by Tami Lewis Brown makes Junior Library Guild Selection
August 01, 2010
An incredible NINTH AWARD shortlist for Harriet Goodwin!
July 30, 2010
This time it’s the Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Award 2010 - to be decided by schoolchildren themselves in a vote taking place March 2011.
These regional awards are a powerful catalyst in building an author fanbase and profile, whether in the UK (as in this case) or USA.
Booklist reviews WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET
July 26, 2010
We’re excited to see this great review of the very wonderful WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET - and from Booklist, too!
‘Fox Street is missing a few things. One of them is foxes. The other is Mo Wren’s mother, who died when Mo’s sister Dottie was little more than a toddler. Even though they’re not around, 10-year-old Mo never stops looking for a fox in the ravine where her street dead ends. And she never stops missing her mother even as she takes on the responsibility of being in charge of wild child Dottie and helping out her dad. Fox Street, however, is home to some wonderful things as well: good neighbors, a plum tree in the backyard, and in the summertime, a best friend, Mercedes who comes to stay with her grandmother, Da. When Mercedes arrives, summer really begins, but this year it is full of conundrums and upsets for both girls as their lives change and truths are revealed. Mo, especially, sees that the harder she tries to hold on, the less she can control. Springstubb does a lovely job of mixing character, plot, and purpose in a story that contains both hardscrabble realities and moments of magic realism. Her fluency of language supports scenes that are down and dirty and those that soar. But it is her ability to make her readers really feel Mo’s tangle of emotions as hopes and dreams collide with worries and fears that makes this so memorable’. —Ilene Cooper>
Audio rights for Tricia Springstubb
July 24, 2010
Greenhouse strives to exploit ALL rights in authors’ works. Sometimes audio rights are granted to the Publisher, but often we reserve them on behalf of the Author and sell them separately.
We’re delighted to announce that audio (both physical and electronic formats) in WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET by Tricia Springstubb (Balzer & Bray) have been sold to top audio publisher Brilliance.
It will be wonderful to see this fabulous novel - beautifully voiced middle-grade fiction for girls at its very best - in this great new format!
Film and TV for FRACTURE
June 30, 2010
Great news today that Jason Dravis of Monteiro Rose Dravis will be co-agent with Greenhouse for film/TV rights on Megan Miranda’s YA debut, FRACTURE.
FRACTURE was sold in May in a six-figure transatlantic preempt to Walker USA and Bloomsbury UK. And Jason Dravis is the agent who sold film rights on THE HUNGER GAMES.
Two reviews for a sunny Friday
June 25, 2010
Interesting review of MORTLOCK in the UK’s Guardian newspaper (one of the big nationals) by Mary Hoffman, a UK writer probably known to many of you: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jun/19/mortlock-jon-mayhew-review
Also, a first blog review of THE REPLACEMENT - from the UK, where it publishes in January 2011. http://readthisbook.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/the-replacement-uk-cover/
You may have spotted that the UK/Commonwealth and North American editions have completely different jacket treatments. Which one do YOU prefer? Take a look on our Authors/Books pages!
New debut author deal
June 23, 2010
Greenhouse loves working with new writers - and we’ve helped a lot of them get their very first publishing deals.
This week it’s the turn of Elissa Hoole whose YA debut, KISS THE MORNING STAR, has just been acquired for North America by literary editor extraordinaire Melanie Kroupa of Marshall Cavendish.
KISS THE MORNING STAR is a big, bold, beautiful novel about two girls, Anna and Kat, who set off on an epic road trip across the USA. In their backpack is a battered old copy of Kerouac’s DHARMA BUMS and that’s the spirit of their journey. Anna is trying to move on from her mother’s tragic death - and work out her increasingly complicated relationship with Kat, her oldest friend. A story of loss and lust, God and pot, faith and the future, this is a journey both inward and outward into the tangled nature of love and identity.
Want to know more? We’ll be posting more in our Authors section as soon as we can, including an interview with Elissa. And the book publishes in the US and Canada in Spring 2012.
Association of Authors’ Representatives
June 20, 2010
Sarah has just been accepted as a member of AAR - the Association of Authors’ Representatives in the USA.
AAR is the accredited professional body for literary agents in the US and membership brings with it a code of ethics and integrity. Agents must fulfil a number of criteria for membership - and must have been in business for a minimum of two years (Greenhouse officially launched in Spring 2008).
To find out more about AAR see www.aaronline.org.
We are excited at this new step for Greenhouse.
Our amazing authors
June 17, 2010
When did you last take a look at our Authors list? Because Sarah and Julia stare at it a lot - with feelings of great excitement. If you haven’t visited for a while, take a look and you’ll see some great new Greenhouse authors who have recently joined our warm and verdant glass-house. Steve Davies (no relation) and Leila Rasheed - and of course, Kathryn James and Megan Miranda whose books we’ve just sold.
Get clicking and see who’s in the Greenhouse these days!
New Author for Greenhouse
June 16, 2010
Very exciting news from the UK. Kathryn James’ MIST has been sold to Hodder Childrens Books in a hotly contested fight between publishers.
Dark fairytale thriiler, MIST, will publish in Summer 2011 followed by FROST in 2012.
Success for debut author Megan Miranda
June 01, 2010
Megan Miranda is a name to watch.
Megan’s debut YA novel - a supernatural thriller titled FRACTURE - has just sold in a very exciting two-book joint transatlantic pre-empt to Emily Easton of Walker USA and Sarah Odedina of Bloomsbury UK.
A true BEA deal (Sarah Odedina was in New York for the Expo), we were able to seal the deal in Emily’s office in the extraordinary Flatiron building at New York’s Broadway/23rd Street.
Congratulations, Megan! FRACTURE publishes in both markets Winter 2012. A second book, untitled, will follow in 2013.
Award shortlist #5 for Harriet Goodwin
May 19, 2010
Yes, it’s another award shortlist for THE BOY WHO FELL DOWN EXIT 43 and author Harriet Goodwin. This time it’s the Stockport Children’s Books Award, up there in the north of England. One of the best UK regional awards.
DEVIL’S KISS MAKES THE SHORTLIST!
May 17, 2010
Hot news today - Sarwat Chadda’s DEVIL’S KISS is one of just 7 debut novels shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase First Novel Award in the UK. A prize that honours both the writer and their editor, we have to congratulate Puffin’s Lindsey Heaven as well as Sarwat for this great achievement. The field is huge so to make the shortlist is fantastic!
The award is given on July 14.
Out there in the blogosphere . . . .
May 11, 2010
A great first review for THE REPLACEMENT:
THE REPLACEMENT rocks Brazil
May 05, 2010
Exciting news that we’ve concluded an auction for THE REPLACEMENT in Brazil, which is really establishing itself as a serious player in the YA market.
The book has gone to top house Bertrand (part of the Record group) who not only have fab marketing and distribution, but are also publishers of a number of major US teen authors including Meg Cabot and VAMPIRE DIARIES.
As we always like to say, the world is our marketplace!
Lindsey Leavitt on tour
April 29, 2010
Great piece in PW online featuring Lindsey Leavitt, recently on tour in the southern states with her hot debut for tweens - PRINCESS FOR HIRE:
On the Road with Lindsey Leavitt
Alabama-based author Lindsey Leavitt recently visited the Hutchinson School for Girls in Memphis, Tenn., to discuss her debut novel, Princess for Hire (Disney-Hyperion, Mar.). First in a planned series, the book stars 14-year-old Desi who, thanks to answering a magical help wanted ad, becomes a “princess surrogate,” serving as a stand-in for princesses around the world (usually with disastrous results) while they are vacationing. Here, Leavitt and a Hutchinson student show off copies of her new book.
Shame we can’t show you the cute pic, but if you subscribe you should be able to see this link:
Get involved, young writers in Britain!
April 27, 2010
Check out our very own Anne-Marie Conway, author of the STARMAKERS series, in the Usborne Young Writers competition!
Great start for STARMAKERS
April 21, 2010
Excellent news: Anne-Marie Conway’s debut novel, PHOEBE FINDS HER VOICE, made it into the all-important ‘Ones to Watch’ column of last Friday’s Bookseller magazine in the UK (which is the British equivalent of Publishers Weekly).
A nice review too . . .
‘Tackling issues of family and friendship, it’s warm and accessible and spot on for the Cathy Cassidy market.’
Penguin’s BIG 5 includes . . . .
April 14, 2010
THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff!
Thrilling news that Brenna’s debut will be one of just FIVE young-adult/crossover titles chosen from across all the Penguin US reprints to to be in their BIG FIVE promotion this Fall.
And when we say BIG we mean BIG!
This is a $1 million promotion chock-full of national media, online and print marketing. Among other things, the BIG FIVE will be trailed nationally in movie theaters across 15-20 cities.
The other four of the BIG FIVE? Ally Condie (MATCHED), Catherine Fisher (SAPPHIQUE), Andrea Cremer (THE ETERNAL ONES) and Kirsten Miller (NIGHTSHADE)
All of which suggests that Brenna Yovanoff may be a name you will recognize this Fall if you live in the US/Canada. For UK/Commonwealth readers you’ll just have to sit on your hands until your edition - published by Simon & Schuster - publishes in January.
The pace hots up for MORTLOCK
April 12, 2010
A really significant review of MORTLOCK has come in - from influential British reviewer Geraldine Brennan in The Guardian (one of the UK’s leading daily nationals).
A pretty spiffy day in the Greenhouse
April 07, 2010
Two great pieces of news and it’s not even midday yet!
Really good review of MORTLOCK (Jon Mayhew) from Julia Eccleshare, one of Britain’s most influential and trusted reviewers: http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/5196/Mortlock-by-Jon-Mayhew.html
And we’ve just sold Complex Chinese rights in THE REPLACEMENT (Brenna Yovanoff) to Morningstar in Taiwan.
Not a bad start to Wednesday, April 7?
Just for the record
April 05, 2010
Somewhat exciting to see that the Greenhouse website has now easily topped three-quarters of a million page hits - since the site launched in Spring 2008.
Next stop one million!
(Oh, and the cherry blossom is blooming in Northern Virginia . . . )
Lindsey Leavitt on tour
April 02, 2010
Lindsey Leavitt of PRINCESS FOR HIRE fame tours the southern states from Monday. Can you catch one of her events?
Monday, April 5, 4 pm
Joint Signing of AWESOME with writing bud, Rachel Hawkins, author of HEX HALL
Bridge Street Barnes and Noble
Tuesday, April 6
That Bookstore (school visits/stock signing)
Wednesday, April 7, 4 pm
Thursday, April 8, 4 pm
Square Books, Jr.
Saturday, April 10, 1pm
Hungry for Hungary
April 02, 2010
Another day, another deal, for Brenna Yovanoff’s THE REPLACEMENT. This time it’s Hungary, where Rights People’s Allison Heiny has sold rights to Egmont.
BookCamp at Oxford
March 30, 2010
This weekend was the first BookCamp event. The three hour masterclass took place at the Oxford Literary Festival to a sell-out crowd of children’s book writers.
BookCamp is a 360 degree view of getting published, organised by Leah Thaxton, Senior Publisher at Egmont UK, and the Greenhouse Literary Agency.
The aim of BookCamp is to give a complete picture of the business of getting published. Julia talked about what agents do, how to get one, and what they look for in the standout submission - as well as key advice on writing and re-writing. This was followed by Leah talking through the whole publishing process - from the manuscript landing on her desk, right through to the book finally getting stacked on shop shelves.
BookCamp might be coming to your part of the UK soon! Keep your eye on our events page for updates.
EXIT 43 does it again!
March 22, 2010
Great to hear that Harriet Goodwin, THE BOY WHO FELL DOWN EXIT 43, is shortlisted for yet another award! This time the North East Children’s Book Award, which has proved so influential for past winners.
The other shortlisted titles are: THE ANT COLONY, THE 13 TREASURES, SET-UP (MEDUSA PROJECT) and THE CHANGELING.
Award shortlist for THE OTHER SIDE OF BLUE
March 18, 2010
THE OTHER SIDE OF BLUE by Greenhouse author Valerie O. Patterson has been nominated for an Agatha Award in the Children’s/Teen category. Agatha Awards are given annually in recognition of traditional mysteries, a la Agatha Christie, in which an amateur sleuth solves the mystery behind a death. The selection of this year’s recipient will be announced at the annual Malice Domestic mystery convention on 1 May. Previous winners in the Children’s/Teen category include THE CROSSROADS by Chris Grabenstein (2008) and CHASING VERMEER by Blue Balliett (2004).
Well done, Valerie!
Great review for PRINCESS FOR HIRE
March 07, 2010
Lindsey Leavitt’s debut PRINCESS FOR HIRE - the first in a three-book series - published last month in the UK and this month in the USA. And here’s a great review from Booklist to kick things off:
Fifteen-year-old Desi feels she is wasting her life in Idaho, between her job at the pet store, where she has to wear a groundhog costume, and her bitter ex-friend Celeste, whose father was sent to jail by Desi’s attorney dad. So when Desi is offered an enchanted position as a “sub” for real princesses, why would she say no? With a desire to help these girls—whether it’s an older sister’s crash diet or a rite-of-passage ceremony—Desi gets in some hot water and in the process discovers some important truths about her own life. With creativity and a sense of humor, this first novel is a delightful romp. The provision of magic makes all things possible, and the sense of place is vividly realized. Fans of The Princess Diaries (2000) and Ella Enchanted (1997) will be pulled in by Desi and her refusal to accept the status quo. Fortunately for them, Leavitt’s first novel is not her last—she is working on a sequel.
— Melissa Moore
Jon Mayhew gets historical . . .
March 02, 2010
Jon Mayhew, whose debut Victorian chiller/thriller MORTLOCK publishes on April 5 (Bloomsbury UK), rocked some ancient venues at the Cornwall Word Explosion Festival in south-west England last week.
As well as a scary session with tons of kids at spooky Bodmin Jail, he also led workshops at Bude Castle (see photo). Bloomsbury are pulling out all the stops - the book will even have black edges to the pages! - to turn MORTLOCK into a Spring bestseller in the UK. Watch this space for more news as it comes in on this one . . . . .
Two in one day
February 23, 2010
Good news for two Greenhouse authors today.
German rights in Tricia Springstubb’s WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET have been sold at auction to Dressler, who also publish Cornelia Funke and Kate diCamillo.
A very nice review in Booklist Online for Alexandra Diaz’s YA novel OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS.
Congratulations to our two lovely blooms, Tricia and Alexandra!
Countdown to MORTLOCK!
February 15, 2010
MORTLOCK - the Victorian gothic debut novel of Brit Jon Mayhew - is only weeks away from publishing (early April) and we’re already positively drowning in great reviews out there in the blogosphere.
Take a look at these!
Picturebook debut for Tricia Springstubb
February 01, 2010
Great news for Tricia Springstubb, author of the upcoming WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET (Balzer & Bray, Fall 2010).
Now she’s landed her very first picturebook deal. PHOEBE AND DIGGER is the story of a little girl who thought she wanted independence and freedom - but soon discovers her need for the safety of family when she takes her shiny new digger on an adventure in the park.
Candlewick - one of the US’s leading picturebook lists - will publish Spring 2012.
It’s been a busy few months for Tricia!
A German deal for Brenna Yovanoff
January 26, 2010
Great news today - German rights in THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff have sold at auction to Loewe in a two-book deal.
To learn more about this German house, take a look at www.loewe.de.
Congratulations, Brenna! And congratulations to Alexandra Devlin at Rights People who did the deal on behalf of Greenhouse.
Jon Mayhew on rewrites and research
January 26, 2010
Jon talks to the the popular UK children’s book blog, Tall Tales and Short Stories, about how MORTLOCK came to life.
Click here to read about rejection and rewrites, inspiration and influences, and what we can expect after MORTLOCK.
New year, new deal
January 22, 2010
We’re delighted to announce a new publishing deal - Greenhouse’s first of 2010 - for Harriet Goodwin.
Harriet’s new novel - THE HEX FACTOR - has been snapped up by her publisher Stripes in the UK, who have done such a wonderful job with THE BOY WHO FELL DOWN EXIT 43.
THE HEX FACTOR tells the story of Xanthe Fox who, hexed by the letter X, must embrace her witchy heritage if she is to come into her own powers. Will Xanthe choose to be a normal kid - or take on the inheritance of the True Witch, able to reverse hexes and turn bad into good? Wait and see!
Publishing early 2012, THE HEX FACTOR promises to be great fun and very commercial.
Double billing for Harriet Goodwin
January 11, 2010
Good to see Harriet Goodwin (THE BOY WHO FELL DOWN EXIT 43) featured large both on and in this month’s Writers Forum magazine in the UK.
And then she also pops up today in BookBrunch, where children’s authors lined up for the Oxford Literature Festival are featured: http://bookbrunch.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4160&Itemid;
Sarwat Chadda launches 2010 in style
January 05, 2010
Thousands of debut YA novels were published in the US in 2009. So we couldn’t be more thrilled for Sarwat Chadda, whose DEVIL’S KISS is included in Barnes & Noble’s Top 20 Teen Titles of 2009.
The titles go up and down the listing, but at time of writing Sarwat’s at #12. Fabulous achievement!
Celebrate the holidays, celebrate a deal!
December 15, 2009
Another Greenhouse deal slips in just before the holidays.
We’re delighted to announce that North American rights in Amanda Cockrell’s debut YA novel - WHAT WE KEEP IS NOT ALWAYS WHAT WILL STAY - have sold to Brian Farrey at Flux.
WHAT WE KEEP IS NOT ALWAYS WHAT WILL STAY is the thought-provoking, compassionate, quirky story of a girl who falls for a disabled young veteran of the war in Afghanistan. But when Jesse turns out to be more damaged than was at first apparent, Angie has to ask herself - can love ever be enough to make things right for someone else?
Flux is a small but influential teen list that has launched a number of careers, not least that of Maggie Stiefvater. www.fluxnow.com
Amanda is the founding director of one of the US’s leading children’s MFA programs, at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. The author of a number of books for older readers, this is her debut novel for young adults.
Teen kudos for Alexandra Diaz
December 15, 2009
Excitement about OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS by Alexandra Diaz continues to build out there in the grass-roots blogosphere. And the grass roots are where new authors develop their fanbase.
Thanks to Kelsey, the high-schooler behind The Book Scout, for this glowing review. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, here’s one highlight: ‘I started and finished OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS in one day. Something about it just really kept me hooked . . . I think all teenagers should read this because it really made me rethink a lot of things I do.’
Sunday Times review in Britain
December 10, 2009
Any author would walk over burning coals to feature in top reviewer Nicolette Jones’s Christmas round-up of ‘The year’s best children’s books’, in the UK’s Sunday Times.
So congratulations to Harriet Goodwin, whose THE BOY WHO FELL DOWN EXIT 43 was included. Nicolette said:
“Shortlisted for Blue Peter’s “Book I Couldn’t Put Down” - along with Ali Sparkes’s Frozen in Time.....is a debut author quickly making a reputation: Harriet Goodwin, with The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 (Stripes). Told in pacy dialogue and sentence-long paragraphs, with lightness and feeling, it concerns a bereaved, joyriding boy who crashes through the earth’s crust into the land of the Woken Dead, and the quest he shares with a Victorian girl.”
More foreign news
December 09, 2009
Just confirmed today - Hungarian rights in Sarwat Chadda’s DEVIL’S KISS and DARK GODDESS have been sold to Konyvmolykepzo (which is a challenge to spell). This brings to 9 the number of territories sold, excluding deals in North America and UK/Commonwealth.
To find out more about Rights People, Greenhouse’s sister company which sells our foreign rights, check out www.rightspeople.com.
Celebrating Alexandra Diaz’s publication
December 04, 2009
Alexandra Diaz’s first novel, OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS, publishes this month, and Egmont US’s party in New York this week was a great opportunity for Sarah and Egmont Publisher Elizabeth Law to celebrate. Here we are with a copy of the book as we take time out from the milling crowd of agents royally entertained at the Egmont offices. Thanks, Egmont team, for a great party - Greenhouse is delighted to have been involved in your exciting start-up.
Plus this week saw a great blog review of Alexandra’s novel. Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/ycp3vkx
Foreign success for DEVIL’S KISS
November 25, 2009
Great to hear today that Rights People have concluded a deal with publisher NK of Poland, for Polish-language rights in Sarwat Chadda’s DEVIL’S KISS and DARK GODDESS. Which brings to 8 the number of territories sold, in addition to North America (Hyperion) and UK/Commonwealth (Puffin). Congratulations, Sarwat!
Announced today - Blue Peter Award shortlist for Harriet Goodwin
November 02, 2009
Many congratulations to Harriet Goodwin, whose debut novel THE BOY WHO FELL DOWN EXIT 43 is one of just three novels shortlisted for the ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ category of the UK’s 2010 Blue Peter Book Awards.
The Blue Peter Awards are not only very high profile but also among the most child-oriented, with a selection of the Blue Peter TV show’s viewers doing the final judging. Thrilling news for Harriet and her publisher, Stripes - and a first award shortlist for Greenhouse!
School Library Journal review for DEVIL’S KISS
October 29, 2009
CHADDA, Sarwat. Devil’s Kiss. 327p. Hyperion/Disney. 2009. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-1999-9. LC number unavailable.
Gr 8 Up–This fast-paced debut novel introduces readers to a modern London in which humanity is threatened by the hungry dead. The Knights Templar, an ancient order now operating in secret, is all that stands between the regular world and supernatural threats–and loner Billi is the only girl ever to become a member of that order. It is not a position of honor, however: her father, leader of the Order, demands ridiculously high standards without ever giving her a word of support, comfort, or love. Instead, he praises Kay, once Billi’s best friend and possible love interest. She longs for a normal, simple life, which will have some readers sympathizing with her, while others more familiar with the genre will realize long before Billi does that normal is well outside her reach. Urban fantasy readers will also see plot twists before they are resolved. Chadda does an excellent job of drawing on Christian, Jewish, and Muslim folk stories to create the mythology for this world. Billi’s mother’s Muslim background and her father’s oddly secular Christian devotion provide the book with a feeling of authenticity, as those traditions are meshed over the course of the book. The open ending leaves room for sequels, and Billi’s growth makes her a more appealing narrator for future installments. Devil’s Kiss will certainly find an audience, despite its prickly narrator.–Alana Joli Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
Pic: author Sarwat Chadda reaches New York City, after signing his way across the USA during his recent two-week tour, which included one event with Lauren Myracle.
The road to Russia
October 27, 2009
Following an incredibly successful Frankfurt Book Fair, and courtesy of our rights-selling colleague, Allison Heiny (www.rightspeople.com), we’ve today sold our very first Russian rights - in Jon Mayhew’s MORTLOCK. The deal has been done with the Olma Media Group.