Gollancz signs self-published author for six figures

<p>Gollancz has spent a six figure sum in acquiring a five book young adult fantasy series that had previously been self-published.</p><p>Gillian Redfearn, senior commissioning editor, bought world rights from Piers Russell-Cobb, managing director of MediaFund, to the Stonewylde series by Kit Berry. </p><p>The first four novels in the series, <em>Magus of Stonewylde, Moondance of Stonewylde, Solstice at Stonewylde </em>and<em> Shadows at Stonewylde</em>, will be available from the Orion sci-fi and fantasy imprint next year. </p><p>Gollancz described the series as about Stonewylde, a hidden idyllic community in Dorset ruled by a Magus. The publisher said: &quot;For Sylvie, a young girl dying in hospital, Stonewylde could be more than a paradise: it could save her life...but for all the harmony of this world, there is something dark lurking at its heart. The magic of Stonewylde could save her...but at what price?&quot;</p><p>Redfearn said: &quot;I&#39;m delighted that Kit Berry has joined the Gollancz list. The Stonewylde books are a breath of fresh air, a multi-faceted series with something that will reach out to every reader, and a character to touch every heart. The Stonewylde series will bring a touch of magic to the<br />genre...Kit herself has an amazing story as well: her success as a self-published author is amazing, there&rsquo;s a wonderful tale behind how she came to write the novels &ndash; with magic, romance and a spirited battle against the publishing odds. I can&rsquo;t wait to work with Kit to bring Stonewylde to a<br />larger audience.&quot;</p>