New deals for Joanne Harris and Kate Mosse have been sealed just ahead of the London Book Fair.
Gollancz deputy publishing director Jon Wood acquired world rights for fantasy novel The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris in a “substantial six-figure” two-book deal with Peter Robinson of Rogers, Coleridge & White. The is based on Norse mythology and will be published in February 2014.
Wood also bought British Commonwealth rights from Mark Lucas at Lucas Alexander Whitley in The Mistletoe Bride and Other Winter Tales by Mosse, her first short story collection, for Orion. Inspired by folk tales, it will be published in October.
Sceptre editorial director Drummond Moir said there were several self-published projects on offer ahead of the fair, but that editors are being “much more sceptical” about how high e-book sales translate to the traditionally published market. He added that he was seeing a “tapestry” of crossover titles combining two genres, such as literary fiction and sci-fi.
Wm Heinemann editor Tom Avery said that the phenomenon of Fifty Shades last year, proving that one title can bring back an entire genre, was on editors’ minds. “I think people are trying to find the next big genre, or even trying to classify the new genre,” he said.
In non-fiction, Swedish publisher Max Strom has signed an international deal for the first authorised photographic biography of pop group ABBA, to be written with the full co-operation of all four band members. Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid will all contribute forewords to ABBA: The Photo Album, which will include 500 images. Max Strom will publish in the UK (April, £35) and Sweden.