Macmillan Children’s Books (MCB) and Pan Macmillan Australia have jointly acquired a YA fantasy novel by debut author Laura Sebastian, at auction.
Ash Princess is the first book in a series about a deposed young queen who is forced to fight to reclaim her kingdom from an evil tyrant.
Venetia Gosling, publisher for 6+ at MCB, and Claire Craig, children’s publisher at Pan Macmillan Australia, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to three books from Nicola Barr at Greene and Heaton. Barr was acting on behalf of Laura Biagi at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.
Gosling and Craig will publish in 2018, alongside Delacorte Press in the US.
Gosling said: “We all absolutely adored Ash Princess – in the midst of Frankfurt Book Fair, half-term holidays and the usual end of year madness it immediately stood out and gripped everyone who read it. It’s a commitment to take on a trilogy, but the concept is incredibly commercial – think Sarah J. Maas meets Game of Thrones – and Laura's world-building is so compelling, and her writing so assured, that we are confident this is the start of a really exciting new series and can’t wait to share it with our readers.”
Rights have also sold in Germany, France, Spain and Brazil.