Nine lives for Egmont duo McLachlan and Jackson

Nine lives for Egmont duo McLachlan and Jackson

Egmont has struck multiple deals for Jenny McLachlan’s Middle Grade tale The Land of Roar and Holly Jackson’s début YA novel A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.

Egmont acquired McLachlan’s book, scheduled for a UK release in September, last year in a six-figure deal from Julia Churchill. It has sold the book in nine territories—including the US, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland and Spain—at auction or in a pre-empt (the German pre-empt was a six-figure deal), and every publisher signed a second title in the series, said rights director Tracy Philips. Fiction publishing director Ali Dougal said: "We knew The Land of Roar had massive potential. I’m thrilled to see that reflected in the early reception to the book."

Jackson’s novel, about a girl who uncovers dangerous secrets while doing a school project, has also sold in nine countries, including the US, France, Germany and Spain. It will be released in the UK in May; her agent is Sam Copeland at RCW.