Weidenfeld & Nicolson has acquired a novel about an enigmatic film director which it will publish as a digital exclusive.
Commissioning editor Sophie Buchan bought UK and Commonwealth rights to The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Julie Barer of Barer Literary.
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is the story of film director Sophie Stark, told by the six people who loved her most. Weidenfeld & Nicolson will publish the book on 19th May as a digital exclusive, with a paperback following in early 2016.
Marissa Hussey, digital marketing director, said: “I love any opportunity to work on non-traditional publishing projects like The Life and Death of Sophie Stark. Publishing the e-book first to match the US publication date will be an opportunity to explore creative digital avenues, experiment with pricing, and build a great platform for the paperback coming next year.”
Buchan said: “The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is a live wire of a novel which surprises you, haunts you, and leaves you in disbelief that its characters aren’t real. It feels utterly contemporary yet classic at the same time – a tale of creation and reinvention, where the heroine uses stories to turn from a misfit into a swan. And how refreshing it is to see a troubled female genius on the page.”
North is a journalist working for the New York Times, whose work has previously appeared in San Francisco Chronicle, the Paris Review, Jezebel, Salon and BuzzFeed.
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark will be 99p until 26th May and £2.99 thereafter. The mass market paperback edition released in January 2016 will be priced at £8.99.