Auctions and pre-empts hotting up after lockdown, agents say

Auctions and pre-empts hotting up after lockdown, agents say

Publishers are clamouring to land debuts and big-name authors via auctions and high pre-empt bids as they look for sure-fire hits following months of disruption, agents say.

The past few weeks have seen a string of high-profile deals, including Michael Joseph scooping Phillip Schofield's memoir and auctions for titles from Austin Channing Brown, Nita Prose and Jeffrey Boakye.

Juliet Mushens, whose new firm Mushens Entertainment has just sold a fantasy trilogy from debut writer Saara El-Arifi's to HarperVoyager in a six-figure deal after a five-way auction, said it appeared publishers were...

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