The Shaw Agency has struck a two-book deal with Orion and a hat-trick of deals with Nosy Crow in its first month of business.
Kate Shaw, who left The Viney Shaw Agency last month after ten years to set up her own agency, has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to two books by Jo Clegg to Orion Fiction publishing director Clare Hey.
BAFTA and Emmy award-winning script writer Clegg’s debut, Summer with the Wellbeloveds, is about one woman’s disastrous attempts to transform herself into a holiday goddess for a dreaded family break with her frenemy. Orion will publish next summer with a second novel following in 2021.
Hey described Summer with the Wellbeloveds as “very funny and relatable, with great settings, brilliant characters and a satisfyingly emotional pay-off.”
Shaw also negotiated three separate deals with Children’s Publisher of the Year, Nosy Crow. Shaw sold world rights and translation to Nosy Crow’s head of fiction Kirsty Stansfield for two new stand-alone thrillers for 8-12-year-olds by award-winning children’s novelist Fleur Hitchcock. The titles will be announced in due course and the books published in summer 2020 and winter 2021 respectively.
World rights and translation for Alex Cotter’s first two stand-alone novels for 8-12-year-olds were also sold to Stansfield. The House on the Cliff, a "chilling drama about Faith’s precarious home life and the secrets hidden beneath the crumbling cliffs on which their house teeters", will be published in February 2020. An untitled stand-alone will follow in 2021. Cotter has previously written Carnegie-nominated teen novels under the name Alex Campbell.
Completing the hat-trick of deals with Nosy Crow, Shaw sold world rights and translation to a new title by Blue Peter Book Award-winner Andy Seed to Nosy Crow's head of non-fiction Rachel Kellehar. Seed’s Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyph Book will be written in consultation with British Museum’s experts and will be published with joint Nosy Crow/British Museum branding in summer 2021.
Announcing the deals Shaw said: “I am indebted to the authors I represent for their terrific writing and hard work and to these publishers for their support and great taste.”