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S&S secures new Clare trilogy
04.05.12 | Caroline Horn
Simon & Schuster UK has acquired US author Cassandra Clare’s new trilogy, The Dark Artifices, in a “major seven-figure” deal, the publisher has said. S&S has recently signed Darren Shan and adult novelist Philippa Gregory to its list.
In the US, Cassandra Clare is S&S’ biggest author across both the children’s and adults’ lists, and Ingrid Selberg [pictured], director of children’s publishing for Simon & Schuster UK, expects to grow her readership substantially in the UK. UK sales to date of the Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series, both published by Walker Books, are around £1.5m, and are expected to grow with the release of the Mortal Instruments film in 2013.
S&S has acquired UK and Commonwealth print and e-book rights (excluding Canada) in The Dark Artifices trilogy from Danny Baror and Heather Baror-Shapiro of Baror International, Clare’s newly appointed agent.
The trilogy is set five years after the end of the Mortal Instruments series. The first title will be published in 2015, with a worldwide embargoed release as well as a co-ordinated global marketing and publicity campaign, as Clare is now published by S&S in the UK, the US and Australia.
S&S UK has previously focused on building newer names and Selberg said this strategy will continue. “We are keen to build authors in-house, whether they are relatively new UK authors, like Michelle Harrison or Becca Fitzpatrick, or débuts which we will continue to invest in.”
However, the growing success of S&S’ overall list has enabled the publisher to “reach out” to authors who are perhaps looking out for a new home for their publishing, Selberg added.