Constable has bought UK and Commonwealth rights to The Wish: 99 Things We Think We Want by Bill Griffin, founder of website and app Crowdwish.
Andreas Campomar, publishing director at Constable, bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Rachel Mills at Furniss Lawton.
Crowdwish was launched by Griffin in 2014. It asks for wishes and promises to take "meaningful action" for those most voted-for every 24 hours. Wishes that have gained national press attention include assisting a woman to find a half-decent boyfriend ("just not a dick basically") to duping Katie Hopkins into signing a gagging order.
The Wish reviews 99 of the site’s "most popular" wishes, and provides "practical and achievable" next steps to aid the reader in fulfilling their own wishes.
Constable will be producing 99 different covers and readers will be able to handpick their favourites from bookshops. The launch will be accompanied by a national publicity and marketing campaign.
Campomar said: "With so much ‘me-too publishing’ currently in the market, I thought Bill’s altruistic approach of making wishes come true a different and rather heroic proposition. The book assesses what we actually want from those very wishes that we all hold dear. We’ve sought to make Bill’s wish come true by giving him ninety-nine different covers."
Griffin said: "Possibly more by luck than by design, a dream team seems to have come together on this project. Rachel Mills, surely one of the best young agents in London, Andreas Campomar and Claire Chesser at Little, Brown, who have been completely amazing, and the fantastic designers Sean Garrehy and Chris Harman, who are already creating beautiful covers, the first batch of the ninety-nine different ones which will ultimately be produced. I feel #blessed, as people used to say eighteen months ago, slightly twattishly."
Rights have been sold in Germany (Heyne), Taiwan (Domain) and Spain (Maeva).
Constable will publish in February 2017.