Bestselling author Victoria Fox shares writing advice

Victoria Fox Writers and Artists Yearbook

“It goes to show that no market is too crowded for another voice, so long as that voice has style, confidence and good, memorable characters…”

Bestselling author, Victoria Fox, who used to assess submissions herself, shares invaluable writing advice in her most recent article for The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook.

She talks about how to stand out in the women’s fiction market but, as her agent, I think her advice is important for all aspiring authors of fiction.

Victoria picks out three key areas to work on: finding your style, keeping a reader gripped, and the strength of your characters.  She also offers some practical tasks to help refine each area.  As she explains, the market is crowded, but we are always looking for strong new voices.

Victoria Fox’s latest sensation, Power Games, is now available in paperback or ebook.

The Beginner’s Guide to the Birds and the Bees

The Beginner's Guide to the Birds and the Bees

The Madeleine Milburn Agency celebrates the publication of The Beginner’s Guide to the Birds & the Bees by the No.1 Bookseller Heatseeker author, Sophie Hart.

The ebook is being launched at a reduced price on Amazon, and strong reviews are already in!

‘Wow, what an absolutely amazing read! I loved this book from the first letter to the last full stop and I never wanted it to end’ A Spoonful of Happy Endings

‘This is a book about being in love, at different stages and different ages – a must read’  Sue Watson

‘If you read Sophie’s previous novel then you are in for another treat with this one and if you haven’t read it I still recommend you read this as its honest, funny and very well written’  That Thing She Reads

Radhika Sanghani BBC News and Huffington Post interviews

Radhika Sanghani on the BBC’s Meet the Author

Radhika Sanghani’s episode of Meet The Author will be airing tonight (September 18th) at 7.45pm on the BBC News Channel.

Meet the author Radhika Sanghani

Radhika Sanghani interview with The Huffington Post

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‘When you hear that the late, great Joan Rivers “loved” a new novel, you know that it was unlikely to be about biscuits and knitting…’ Read the full article here

Agency authors on award lists

Mel Sherratt longlisted for the CWA  2014 Dagger in the Library Award

Mel Sherratt

‘Self-published turned Amazon Publishing author Mel Sherratt joins writers including MC Beaton and Mari Hannah on the longlist for the CWA [...]

The award is given for a writer’s whole body of work to date, rather than a single title.

A total of 1,384 people voted for 636 different authors.’  Read the full coverage on The Bookseller

See the full longlist here

Soulmates by Holly Bourne has made the shortlist in two categories of the BookBlogger UKYA awards for ‘Best Contemporary’ and ‘Most Heart-breaking’

You can vote for the winner hereHolly Bourne b&w

Holly Martin shortlisted for three of the  Festival of Awards categories 2014

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UK publication day for Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

VIRGIN by Radhika Sanghani

The UK edition of Radhika Sanghani‘s debut novel, Virgin, is published today by Harlequin following its release in the US last month with Penguin

‘Laugh out loud…Bridget Jones could take a page from this novel’ Joan Rivers

‘Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaw, meet your wisecracking…match’Publisher’s Weekly

‘An entertaining romp’Emma Barnett, broadcaster and women’s editor of The Telegraph

“I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed…”

The Huffington Post interviews Radhika offering a real insight into what compelled her to write a ‘shockingly graphic’ debut: ‘When you hear that the late, great Joan Rivers “loved” a new novel, you know that it was unlikely to be about biscuits and knitting….’

Get the paperback now

Paperback publication day for Don’t Stand So Close by Luana Lewis

Don't Stand So Close Paperback

The paperback edition of Luana Lewis’s riveting debut, Don’t Stand So Close, is published by Transworld today and will be enjoyed by fans of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, APPLE TREE YARD, GONE GIRL and INTO THE DARKEST CORNER.

“It it is the skin-crawling intimacy that sets this thriller apart. The tension is almost suffocating, with a palpable feeling of dread leaping off every page. ” (Daily Mail)

“A beautiful read, brimming with intrigue and suspense. It’s an incredibly accomplished debut, a real heart-racing chiller, and I genuinely didn’t want it to end!” (Samantha Hayes, author of Until You’re Mine)

“This is a wonderfully tense story, full of characters who may or may not be telling the truth. Compellingly, creepy – not one to read while home alone.” (Glamour)

“A stunning debut psychological thriller.” (Sun)

“A tense, claustrophobic, and deeply unsettling novel about the damage a disturbed teenager threatens to wreak on one woman’s life.” (Penny Hancock, author of Tideline, a Richard & Judy selection)

“An assured debut novel that will have you turning the pages to discover the truth.” (Paula Daly, author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You?)

 “Lewis’s debut novel enthrals and captivates. She threads three storylines – not immediately apparently connected – to weave a compelling, involved, psychologically disturbing story.” (Times Live, South Africa)

A lingering, compulsive debut novel that will keep you tightly in its grip

Also available on Kindle

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Radhika Sanghani in the Evening Standard

‘It’s a wry and squeamish look at today’s social and sexual pressures…’

Read the full article here

VIRGIN by Radhika Sanghani

Virgin is released in the UK on September 12th

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne is No. 1 in the Waterstones School Chart

Waterstones School Chart Holly Bourne The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

Read Holly Bourne‘s article, Why School is Still With Us, on Emerald Street Online

“So how do we stop these school ghosts (usually with rolled-up skirts) haunting our adult lives? Is it possible to exorcise these memories of corridor Darwinism?”

Power Games by Victoria Fox is a Heatworld Summer Reads Special

Power Games HEAT WORLD

‘This is a riot of a book and pure, marvellous escapism from start to end.’  Heatworld

Summer Lies Bleeding by Nuala Casey is a Sunday Mirror Book Club choice

The Sunday Mirror named Summer Lies Bleeding as one of their three Book Club choices, describing it as ‘cleverly plotted and tense with the oppressive atmosphere of London in summer skilfully evoked.’

‘A searing portrait of a young woman battling OCD.’  The York Press

Summer Lies Bleeding by Nuala Casey

Mel Sherratt interviewed in Staffordshire Life

Bestselling crime author Mel Sherratt shares the secrets of her success

Read the interview here

Taunting the Dead by Mel Sherratt

Striking cover for the German edition of THE ACCIDENT by C.L. Taylor

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Madeleine Milburn agreed that the title could be changed to Have a Bad Dream for the German edition as it feels better for their market.

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Mel Sherratt is one of the first Amazon authors to be stocked in WHSmith and Waterstones

A huge congratulations to Mel Sherratt, who is the first Amazon Publishing author to be stocked in Waterstones.

WHSmith Travel stores have started stocking titles by Sherratt and fellow Thomas & Mercer authors Mark Edwards and Helen Smith.

Read the coverage on The Bookseller here

Mel Sherratt


Usborne signs two more novels by Holly Bourne

‘I’m ridiculously thrilled to be working with Usborne again, especially on a series about feminism – my favourite topic, ever,’ Holly Bourne commented. ‘Am I Normal Yet? is the book I wanted to exist when I was a teenager, and I can’t wait to explore OCD, gender, bad boyfriends, and the importance of cheesy snacks with my readers.’

Read the announcement in The Bookseller here

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Rupert Wallis article in The Guardian

Why Death is so important in YA fiction

Read Rupert Wallis‘ article here

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The Dark Inside is shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Book Award. Vote now!

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C.J. Daugherty discusses her new YA series The Secret Fire, co-authored with Carina Rozenfeld, in The Bookseller

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Click here to read the full article

Amazing TV reviews for One Wish on Ireland AM

Bob Johnston from the Gutter Book Shop and author Rebecca Reid give their opinions on this month’s book club choice, One Wish by Maria Duffy on Ireland AM.

Click here to watch

One Wish by Maria Duffy

The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis shortlisted for the Edinburgh first book award

To vote for The Dark Inside please click here

The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis - paperback cover

Fabulous review in The Sun for Power Games by Victoria Fox

Power Games is one of The Sun’s ‘Great Summer Reads’

‘A blinding read’  The Sun

Power Games by Victoria Fox

Virgin banner advert in The Bookseller this week

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani will be published in the UK on the 13th September


THE SECRET FIRE: C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld launch joint series with Atom

The Secret Fire

Karen Ball, Publisher at Atom/ Little, Brown has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for a YA series from a brand new writing partnership -  agency author C.J. Daugherty and French author Carina Rozenfeld. The series launches with The Secret Fire, publishing in September 2015, with another title to follow.

French teen Sacha Winters can’t die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.

There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other. 

Will they survive long enough to save the world?

Karen Ball said, ‘I already knew C.J. Daugherty’s talents as a powerful and dramatic YA author, but nothing prepared me for the new heights she would scale in this writing partnership. The first chapter of The Secret Fire blew me away and I went on a rollercoaster ride of drama and romance in two evocative cities – London and Paris. I am a big fan of creative collaborations and am thrilled and intrigued by the way Carina and Christi have successfully worked together on an exciting new project for the YA audience.’

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C.J. Daugherty said

‘I’m thrilled that Atom will publish The Secret Fire. I can’t wait to work with them on this exciting new project. Collaborating with Carina Rozenfeld is an absolute joy. We bring out the best in each other. We make each other braver. I can’t wait for UK readers to discover Sacha and Taylor.’

Carina Rozenfeld said

‘Being published by Atom is like being the hero of my own book: such an amazing adventure. Writing a book with C.J. Daugherty has been a great way to bring to life a story that could only be born from our joint imaginations. Working with her has meant not only sharing a story, but a different culture, and a different language. It’s been very rewarding and an amazing journey. I can’t wait for our readers to be part of this special trip.

C.J. Daugherty is a former newspaper reporter and crime writer, and now a full-time novelist. The massively successful Night School series has been translated into 21 languages. The Secret Fire is her first writing collaboration.

Carina Rozenfeld is a former journalist in French youth press, and now a full-time novelist. She has published more than 15 books in France and many of them have received literary awards.