Myriad Editions has signed six new books for 2016 following last week’s London Book Fair, as well as signing a new distribution deal for its international markets.
Myriad’s senior fiction editor Vicky Blunden bought world rights from Alexander Cochran at Conville & Walsh to We Go Around in the Night and Are Consumed By Fire, a literary crime debut by barrister-turned-writer Jules Grant, set in the criminal underworld of lesbian gangland Manchester. Myriad will publish in February 2016. Blunden also bought world English rights direct from the author to Blackheath by Adam Baron. Described as a "sharply comic" drama of modern family life set in the affluent South London suburb, the third novel by the Kingston University Creative Writing MA director is said to mark a departure from his previous fiction. Myriad will publish in May.
The third novel the publisher has acquired is a work of speculative fiction in which a tour guide traverses the centuries by Robert Dickinson. Fiction editor Holly Ainley bought world rights to The Overlap, which Myriad will publish in January. The publisher says it showcases the author’s “talent for acerbic wit and social commentary”.
Meanwhile Corinne Pearlman, creative director and graphics editor, has acquired world rights from Rebecca Carter at Janklow & Nesbit to "graphic memoir" Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont, a frank account of raising a child with Down’s Syndrome. Beaumont’s work has already featured in the Guardian Family supplement. The book will be released in March 2016.
Pearlman also acquired world rights direct from the authors to For the Love of God, Marie! by Jade Sarson, an exploration of identity, sex and growing up by the winner of the 2014 First Graphic Novel Competition, and The Facts of Life by Paula Knight, a funny and sometimes painful graphic memoir addressing what it is to be a woman. Myriad will publish the former in April and the latter in July.
As well as developing its 2016 list, Myriad has also signed a distribution deal with IPG Trafalgar Square, the second largest independent book distributor in the United States. The move will develop the publisher’s international sales in markets including North America, Central and South America, South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand.
The publisher recently launched a new, fully searchable website designed by web company Surface Impression. Readers can now buy books via the site.
which offers special promotions, signed editions, events listings and the opportunity to subscribe to the new Myriad reader newsletter.
Publisher and managing Director Candida Lacey said: ‘This is an exciting time for Myriad as we expand our reach at home and abroad, and celebrate new work by authors whose careers we have launched as well as original debuts. Agents, booksellers and distribution partners have been hugely supportive, recognising our commitment to nurturing new talent and publishing bold, eclectic and characterful fiction and graphic novels.”