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Alice Sutherland-Hawes on Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

With more than 200 meetings over the course of four days, the Frankfurt Book Fair is always a busy time, but it’s an intrinsically exciting one too and easily ranks as one of my favourite roles as Rights Agent. It is the perfect opportunity to meet foreign colleagues, pitch our wonderful authors, and hear what Read More

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

UK Publication Day for Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is finally out in the UK today, published by HarperCollins.   Sold in 27 territories worldwide, and optioned by Reese Witherspoon who wants to star in a film adaptation of the novel, the love for Eleanor has been unstoppable. The Daily Mail called it “unforgettable, brilliant, funny & life-affirming” and Read More

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Literary Agents at the London Book Fair

MM Literary Agency at the London Book Fair

  It’s taken us a few days to recover from what was an exhilarating London Book Fair, but now we’re back with our feet on the ground, we’re happy to report that the book industry is as buzzing as ever. Meeting with over 150 publishers, not to mention 50 production companies and film scouts, we Read More

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Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant, Nuala Ellwood, My SIster's Bones

Two MMLA authors selected for The Observer’s 2017 debut novelists

  We’re incredibly proud to see two of our authors on the list of eight 2017 debut novelists to watch in The Observer this weekend.   Gail Honeyman was one of two MMLA authors to be selected for her debut novel ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, which is to be published by HarperCollins in May Read More

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The Chalk Man

Interview with C.J. Tudor, author of Frankfurt sensation THE CHALK MAN

C.J. Tudor, author of the Frankfurt Book Fair sensation The Chalk Man, talks to us about her experience so far.  The MM Agency has sold rights to her fastest-selling debut novel in 38 territories including major rights deals with Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph in the UK and Penguin Random House / Crown in the US.   In this interview with C.J. Read More

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The Bookseller’s Frankfurt interview with agent Madeleine Milburn

The Frankfurt Book Fair this month saw an abundance of deals being made by the agency – including 37 languages now sold for C.J. Tudor’s debut The Chalk Man – Madeleine took a moment to speak to Tom Tivnan from The Bookseller about the fair, taking a book from the slushpile to six figure book Read More

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French Publication THE SECRET CITY by C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld

Today is the French publication day for THE SECRET CITY by CJ Daugherty, the bestselling author of the NIGHT SCHOOL series, and Carina Rozenfeld. This is the second book in the ALCHEMIST CHRONICLES. Robert Laffont are publishing under the title LA CITÉ SECRÈTE. Here is their fantastic cover: THE SECRET CITY is published in the UK by Read More

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Italian Publication for THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS by Kate Ling

Today is the publication of the Italian edition of the mesmerising LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS by our very own Kate Ling. It’s being published by Il Castoro under their new HOT SPOT imprint.   Here is their gorgeous cover: Make sure you get your copy of the Little, Brown edition here.  

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The Chalk Man

Agency’s fastest-selling debut THE CHALK MAN by C J Tudor acquired by MJ in nine-way auction

We’re incredibly excited to announce that C J Tudor‘s debut thriller, The Chalk Man has been acquired by Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph in a nine-way publisher auction as reported in The Bookseller.   The book, due to publish on 11th January 2018 in hardback and e-book, is narrated by Eddie who receives a chalk Read More

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German Publication SECRET FIRE by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

We’re very excited about today’s German publication of THE SECRET FIRE by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld. Oetinger, the publisher of the bestseller NIGHT SCHOOL are publishing “Die Entflammten” with this fantastic cover: Get hold of your UK editions here.

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New German Paperback Covers for Teresa Driscoll

Droemer Knaur, Teresa Driscoll’s German publisher, have come up with absolutely gorgeous new jackets for the paperback publications of both RECIPES FOR MELISSA and LAST KISS GOODNIGHT.   LAST KISS GOODNIGHT will publish on the 22nd of August, followed by RECIPES FOR MELISSA in February 2017. Fingers crossed the German readership love these designs as Read More

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Korean Edition Covers for Teresa Driscoll and Fiona Barton

Receiving translated editions of our titles and seeing how foreign publishers have decided to present the book when it comes to the cover artwork is one of the most fun parts of foreign rights. Two wonderful new Korean editions have just published, which show just how different but equally beautiful different covers of the same books can Read More

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MM Agency Team Top Fives – Non-Fiction

In our second set of Top Five favourite titles, the MM Agency Team is delving into the world of non-fiction books we have recently read. Here are our rather different takes on our favourites: Anna: Wild Swans, Jung Chang The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo Wild, Cheryl Strayed Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer The Artist’s Read More

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Forget Me Not by Luana Lewis

Cover Reveal Dutch Edition FORGET ME NOT by Luana Lewis

We’re thrilled to share the cover for the Dutch edition of Luana Lewis’s chillingly captivating FORGET ME NOT, or in Dutch VERGEET ME NIET. Cargo will be publishing in the Netherlands on 10th of November 2016.

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We’re very excited to reveal the more than gorgeous Russian cover for Lara Williamson’s prize-winning THE BOY WHO SAILED THE OCEAN IN AN ARMCHAIR:   Ripol will be publishing, having already beautifully published Lara’s previous title A BOY CALLED HOPE equally beautifully (right). We cannot wait to see these hit the shelves in Russia!   Usborne publish Lara’s Read More

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Last week saw the Dutch publication of Kate Ling’s mesmerising THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS. The wonderful people at Uitgeverij Moon published under the beautiful title EENZAAM EN EXTREEM VER WEG. This is their cover along with the rather gorgeous postcards they created for the occasion:   Here’s one of the first fab blog reviews of Read More

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Dutch Publication for EDDY STONE by Simon Cherry

Our favourite and most hilarious pirate quest EDDY STONE AND THE EPIC HOLIDAY MASH-UP by Simon Cherry has now been published in the Netherlands by De Fontein.  The Dutch title is DE SCHAT VAN GRUIZELKAAK: HET EERSTE AVONTUUR VAN EDDIE KEI.  Here is their beautiful cover by Andrea Kruis – do note the rather excellent penguin.   Read More

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THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton is a Spanish Bestseller!

 Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton has now also become a bestseller in Spain! LA VIUDA entered the various bestseller charts at numbers 7, 9 and 10:   We are over the moon that THE WIDOW is rapidly becoming an international bestseller!

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THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton enters Italian charts at #3

We’re delighted that New York Times and Sunday Times Bestseller  THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton has entered the Italian Bestseller list at number 3!   Congratulations to Fiona and fingers crossed it has a long life in the Italian charts!

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Czech publication THE LIE by C.L. Taylor

Today is the Czech Publication of C.L. Taylor’s Sunday Times Bestseller THE LIE!   Domino are publishing in the Czech Republic, (far left) and it is the perfect occasion for a round-up of all the recent foreign publications of THE LIE.   From left to right after Domino’s, Jentas have published the Danish version of THE Read More

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Italian and Norwegian THE GIRL WITH NO PAST by Kathryn Croft

This month sees the exciting publication in Italy and Norway of one of our best-selling psychological suspense novels, THE GIRL WITH NO PAST, by Kathryn Croft. A gripping suspense full of unexpected twists and turns, with over 400,000 copies sold in the UK by Bookouture, and top 5 Amazon Bestseller spots in the UK and US! Read More

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First Foreign Publications of THE WIDOW

After achieving both SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER status in the UK and the US, Fiona Barton’s THE WIDOW has started hitting the foreign shelves in translation. We’ve sold the book in a record 32 languages so far, and publications are coming in thick and fast. Here are the beautiful translated editions out Read More

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ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET hits the New York Times Bestseller List

We’re over the moon that everyone’s favourite mischievous housemaid, Ivy Pocket, has hit the New York Times Children’s Bestseller list at number 4 in ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET:   Ivy’s whimsical and wickedly funny adventures, written by Caleb Krisp, have now sold in 23 languages worldwide and the film rights have been optioned by Paramount Read More

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Publication Day for THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS by Kate Ling

Today is the publication of the utterly mesmerising THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS by Kate Ling. It is the first book in a trilogy and is being published by Little, Brown.   “This is how it feels to realise that your whole miserable life and everything in it has never been yours, has always belonged Read More

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Madeleine Milburn Agency at the Bologna and London Book Fairs

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency had a packed but wonderful time at the Bologna and London Book Fairs this year selling rights to international publishers worldwide.   The Children’s Book Fair, held every year in Bologna, came first and we attended for a short but intense three days. Meetings mostly took place at the stands of all the different Read More

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Pre-Publication Praise for THE MISSING

Our Sunday Times bestselling author C.L. Taylor has received excellent pre-publication praise for her latest psychological thriller.   The Missing will be published by HarperCollins / Avon on 7th April 2016.  The launch will be supported by all major retailers across the UK, and there is an exclusive website dedicated to the book.   “The Read More

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THE WIDOW hits 30 languages

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency has secured the 30th foreign translation deal for Fiona Barton’s transatlantic bestseller The Widow.   Further to being No.2 on The Sunday Times bestseller list in the UK, The Widow is now climbing the New York Times chart in the US and is already at No.9, and has hit the Globe and Read More

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Publication day for THE WIDOW

Fiona Barton’s much anticipated debut THE WIDOW is published by Transworld in hardback today. It has already been sold in 28 territories, and is set to be the next THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.   Buy your copy here   Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever Read More

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2015 with sparklers

Magic Moments at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in 2015

Amongst many highlights, here are just a few of the magic moments we shared with our authors at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in 2015:  C.L. Taylor became the No.5 Sunday Times Bestseller and No.1 ebook bestseller with her psychological suspense thriller The Lie (HarperCollins) TV rights to The Widow by Fiona Barton (Transworld) were optioned by Playground Television, the company behind the BBC’s adaptation Read More

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Cover Reveal for THE GIRL YOU LOST by Kathryn Croft

Bookouture have just revealed the gorgeous and atmospheric new cover for Kathryn Croft’s forthcoming title THE GIRL YOU LOST, which will be publishing in February 2016:   Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched.   Today, she came back.   Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have Read More

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Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency on the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency had a fabulous time at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year selling rights to international publishers worldwide. Thérèse, Sarah and Madeleine all took meetings with over 200 international editors in the International Rights Centre over the space of five days. We had an exciting guide to present, with hot new debut Read More

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Around the world success for debut Eleanor Oliphant

  The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency is delighted with the outstanding success of Scottish author Gail Honeyman and her novel Eleanor Oliphant, which quickly became the most talked about book at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Pitched in the vein of bestsellers such as The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Read More

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Headline in six-figure pre-empt for debut thriller

The Bookseller has featured the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency’s major deal news ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair for Michelle Adams’ psychological thriller If You Knew My Sister and a further book. Headline acquired Michelle Adams’ ‘compulsive’ debut thriller in a six-figure deal. ‘Commissioning editor Emily Griffin pre-empted British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to If You Read More

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Publication Day for ALL SORTS OF POSSIBLE by Rupert Wallis

Simon and Schuster are publishing the phenomenal ALL SORTS OF POSSIBLE by Rupert Wallis today. When the sinkhole opened there was no time to brake or turn the wheel and the old green Land Rover was snatched off the dirt road over the smoking rim. The moment that a sinkhole swallows the car Daniel and Read More

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MM Agency Summer Author Interview – Kate Ling

For our second summer interview with MM authors, we are quizzing Kate Ling whose forthcoming YA trilogy THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS will be published by Little Brown Kids next Spring and already has six foreign sales! What’s your daily routine when you are writing?  Since I have a day job, I mostly write at night.  Usually I start Read More

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MM Agency Summer Author Interview – Lara Williamson

Summers in publishing can get a little uneventful, with everyone either jetting off to exotic locations or left holding the fort in rainy England while your colleagues are sipping cocktails on a sunny beach. We have decided to give all our lovely authors a little bit of extra homework over the summer, and have asked them a series of serious, Read More

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Watch the book trailer for FIRE GIRL by Matt Ralphs

See below for the spellbinding book trailer for Fire Girl by Matt Ralphs, which will be published by Macmillan Children’s Books on August 13th. See here for the coverage on The Guardian Twelve-year-old Hazel Hooper has spent her whole life trapped in a magical Glade created by her mother, Hecate. She’s desperate to meet new Read More

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Excellent reception for the French edition of The Tea Planter’s Daughter

The Tea Planter’s Daughter by Janet MacLeod Trotter was published last week in France with the title Les Lumières d’Assam by Presses de la Cité. Copies were sent out to bloggers with packs of Assam tea, and the reviews have been excellent so far: “I had so much empathy for Clarrie and this is completely Read More

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MM Agency at the London Book Fair 2015

Last week, the MM team spent an intense, but highly fulfilling, three days at the London Book Fair 2015  meeting international publishers and producers from all corners of the globe. With prime positioning at the entrance of the International Rights Centre, under the spectacular skylights (in fluke 25 degrees heat!),  we welcomed over 200 international publishers, scouts and Read More

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Fiona Barton’s crime debut will be published worldwide

Madeleine Milburn has accepted a *knockout pre-empt* for US rights in Fiona Barton’s debut crime novel THE WIDOW and two further books from Penguin Random House in America. The whole team is ‘smitten’ with the book and are very excited to have this author with them for her long-term career. In the UK, Penguin Random Read More

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Frankfurt Book Fair Q & A

  Madeleine Milburn on the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014 Q Why is the Frankfurt Book Fair so important? After London Book Fair, Frankfurt is the biggest event on the publishing calendar. It’s such an excellent opportunity to meet with publishers from all over the world: to learn about book trends and how other markets are Read More

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C.J. Daugherty is officially the No.2 Spiegel bestseller in Germany!

C.J. Daugherty’s fourth book in the international bestselling Night School series has come in at position * No.2 * on the German Spiegel bestseller list.  Night School: Resistance is positioned just above Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. The agency is ecstatic with this international success.  Night School is translated into over 21 different languages and has Read More

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Publication of gripping new psychological suspense book

Congratulations to C.L. Taylor on the publication of her gripping new psychological suspense book, The Accident (HarperCollins/Avon).   C.L. Taylor likens publication day to New Year’s Eve on her author website. Her book deal moment is also reported in Novelicious, and reviews can be read on Goodreads. The MM Agency is delighted with all the review Read More

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Bloomsbury Publishing acquires ‘bestseller-in-the-making’

The Madeleine Milburn Agency is delighted to announce the phenomenal international rights deals for a brand new children’s book, Caleb Krisp’s Anyone But Ivy Pocket, a darkly whimsical and wickedly funny tale of a twelve-year-old maid of no importance who finds herself at the very heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, ghosts and murder. Harry Read More

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NIGHT SCHOOL: FRACTURE is the No. 1 bestseller in Poland

Fracture, the third book in the Night School series by C.J. Daugherty, is the No.1 bestselling YA book in Poland. Fracture was published on the 5th of January and sold 700 copies at Empik stores on the first day of sales. You can follow C.J. Daugherty on her Facebook, Twitter, and the Night School Website Read More

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Thrills at the Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2012 was a huge success for the Madeleine Milburn Agency, with a record number of offers before and during the Fair. With a 150 back-to-back 30 minute meetings, the Agency saw publishers from over 40 different countries including the US, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Portugual, Poland, Brazil, Russia, China and Japan.  The Read More

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‘Frankfurt book of the Fair’ author, C.J. Daugherty, talks to us about NIGHT SCHOOL

C.J. Daugherty, author of the hottest Young Adult début at the Frankfurt book fair 2011, is here to talk about her international success so far.  NIGHT SCHOOL, the first in a series, was published in the UK by Atom / Little, Brown in January to great critical acclaim.   Rights have already been bought by 17 different publishers who will each produce their own edition.  NIGHT SCHOOL Read More

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Part 3: What does a literary agent do?

For my final entry on ‘What does a literary agent do?’ I will address deal making. Every single day I am negotiating top deals in the UK, US and foreign markets, including film and TV rights.  This aspect of the being an agent gives my writers a platform to be successful.  A writer’s career will grow Read More

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The creator of Jack Reacher

Our bestselling thriller writer, Lee Child, is awarded an honorary degree from De Montfort University in Leicester.  Watch fabulous coverage here, including his advice to students: ‘read now, read 10,000 books then start writing’ and, it’s never too late for the rest of us: ‘You’re looking at a guy who was 40 years old before he figured out Read More

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