Boom year for indie publishers

It's not all doom and gloom out there. 2017 is turning out to be a bumper year for Indie publishers. According to Inpress, a distributor for 60 of the smallest independent publishers, sales are up by 79% this year. One of those authors helping to buck the trend for indie presses is Monique Roffey who signed with Dodo Ink for her latest novel, The Tryst, after Simon & Schuster pulled out. What began as a gamble is fast becoming a shrewd move on Roffey's part. The Tryst is climbing high on the bestseller list and has garnered some great reviews from the heavyweights, The Guardian calling it 'perfectly judged', The TLS “occasionally terrifying.” Not content with writing books for a living, Monique can also be found teaching at Manchester Met, Skryos and City, University of London.

Hannah Begbie sells 'brilliant dark debut novel' to HarperFiction

So thrilled to hear that the phenomenally talented Hannah Begbie has sold her debut novel to HarperFiction. Hannah was a star student on the Novel Studio where she also won the new writing competition. Her novel, Mother, developed while on the course, is a brilliant, and brutal, exploration of motherhood in the most complicated of circumstances. Her agent, Veronique Baxter has said that Mother “is a book you don’t forget in a hurry: unflinching, dark and deeply compelling, it moved me profoundly”. Very proud of you, Hannah, and cannot wait to read the finished book! 

City Writes Fiction Competition

This autumn City Writes opens its doors once again with a writing competition open to all past and present City Writing Short Course Students. Submit by 17 November to win a chance to read alongside City short course alumnus Greg Keen, whose debut crime novel, Soho Dead, came out in July. Set up and run by The Book Edit's very own Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, the next City Writes event will be held on 13 December and is well worth attending, even if you don't win the competition! Tickets available here.

Greg Keen launches debut crime novel Soho Dead

Novel Studio alumnus Greg Keen has signed a two book deal with Amazon Publishing’s Crime Imprint, Thomas & Mercer. His first book, Soho Dead, came out in July and is described as a “fast-paced, darkly funny crime novel” in which the hero, PI Kenny Gabriel, finds that “the further he investigates the unnatural death of an old friend's daughter, the more he confronts his own past.” This follows hot on the heels of Greg’s CWA Debut Dagger award which helped secure his agent, Veronique Baxter at David Higham. Soho Ghosts is due out next year.

Wildfire pre-empts Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Harriet Tyce has sold her debut thriller, Blood Orange, to Wildfire. Rights have also been sold in ten other territories. Set to be a ‘major debut launch’, Wildfire have described the novel as ‘a stunning piece of psychological suspense...’ with a ‘spectacularly dark and satisfying ending.’ 

Harriet was a criminal barrister for ten years before starting her writing career. A graduate of the Novel Studio in 2010, she is now part way through the MA in Creative Writing Crime Fiction at UEA, where she received a distinction in her first year. Blood Orange will be published in the UK in January 2019.

Launch of Emma Claire Sweeney and Emily Midorikawa's A Secret Sisterhood

Last week saw the launch of Emma Claire Sweeney and Emily Midorikawa's hotly anticipated book about female literary friendships, A Secret Sisterhood. Based on their hugely successful blog, Something Rhymed, A Secret Sisterhood delves deeper into four transformative female friendships which have been largely overlooked. Writing in the foreword, Margaret Atwood notes that 'In digging up the forgotten friendships chronicled in A Secret Sisterhood, Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney have done much service to literary history.’ We couldn't be more delighted for Emma and Emily and wish them every success with this important book.