Simon & Schuster Children’s Books has signed a major new six-book deal with actor and author Ben Miller.
The six-book world English-language deal was made by Rachel Denwood, m.d. at S&S Children’s Books, with Luigi Bonomi at LBA. Lucy Pearse, fiction editorial director, will edit the titles. The deal comprises three new standalone middle-grade adventures, two further Christmas books and his first picture book.
This autumn, Miller will publish two titles: body-swap adventure How I Became A Dog Called Midnight, and Diary of a Christmas Elf. Both books are illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, and will be supported by an expansive marketing and PR campaign that will see Miller on national television and the book advertised across national rail and press.
According to the publisher, Miller is the fastest-growing children’s fiction author. His most recent release, The Day I Fell into a Fairytale, saw 204% hardback and 194% paperback sales growth against his previous title.
Miller has acted in TV shows including "Death in Paradise" and "Bridgerton". He has appeared in both the Johnny English and Paddington franchises and this summer will be on screens in ITV crime drama "Professor T".
Commenting on the continued partnership, Denwood said: “We are thrilled to be publishing more wonderful books by Ben Miller and to be extending this hugely rewarding and fun partnership for years to come. Ben opens up a world of wonder for children and his exciting, elegant storytelling is thrilling, timeless and enduring. I believe he is the next major, lasting star of children’s fiction. A talent brimming with ideas and a passion for quality children’s storytelling, we are so proud to publish Ben.”
Miller added: "I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than writing for children, and I’m so grateful to the exceptional team at Simon & Schuster for making my lifelong dream of becoming a children’s author come true. Here’s to many more magical adventure stories that fire young imaginations and bring families together through the joy of reading."