Press Release: Deals Done
Simon & Schuster Snaps Up Further Titles From Bestselling Author Sophie Mckenzie
Posted at 3:30PM Wednesday 10 Oct 2012
Wednesday 10th October 2012, London—Simon and Schuster today announced a new deal with bestselling home-grown author, Sophie McKenzie, for two teen novels, securing World rights for the first time.
Venetia Gosling, Editorial Director for S&S, acquired World rights in two new novels by the bestselling teen author for a six-figure sum from Jodie Marsh at United Agents. The first will be a thriller, as yet untitled, and is scheduled for release in autumn 2013.
Sophie McKenzie published her debut novel, Girl, Missing, in 2006. The book went on to win the Red House Children's Book Award (12+) and the Richard and Judy Best Kids' Books Award (12+), among many others. McKenzie has just published her 15th teen novel with S&S, Missing Me, which completes the trilogy that started with Girl, Missing. McKenzie has cemented a reputation for page-turning thrillers that delve into the relationships between characters, and has built a growing and loyal fan base, with sell-out events at this year's Edinburgh Festival. With lifetime sales nearing one million copies, McKenzie has received more than 20 international, national and regional awards for her writing, and has been a featured World Book Day author twice.
The first novel under the new deal will be a trademark thriller from McKenzie, dealing with the consequences for two teens of a terrorist attack on London. The novel will be published in hardback and ebook in autumn 2013, with the paperback edition to follow, and the second novel in 2014.
Venetia Gosling at S&S says: "2013 is going to be massive for Sophie as we push her brand up to the next level with the launch of this explosive new thriller, her first stand-alone novel for seven years. Emotional drama and page-turning suspense are absolutely what Sophie does best and that, combined with the topical and terrifying subject matter, will help this novel become one of our biggest and most anticipated books of next year."