Sam Copeland Signs Book Deal with Puffin

Congratulations to RCW agent and director Sam Copeland, who has signed a six-figure book deal with Puffin for his debut middle grade series Charlie Changes Into a Chicken.

Sam submitted his novel anonymously to Julia Churchill at A M Heath before she agreed to take him on. Ben Horslen, fiction publisher at Puffin, bought world rights to three books and will publish Charlie Changes Into a Chicken in 2019. Dutch rights were also sold in a three-book pre-empt, with several other international publishers already in discussions regarding translation rights.

For more information about the debut, please see the Bookseller announcement.



Valeria Luiselli, Ross Raisin, Elaine Castillo and Daniel Galera in ‘The Future of New Writing’

We are proud to announce that Valeria Luiselli, Ross Raisin, Elaine Castillo and Daniel Galera appear in ‘The Future of New Writing’ in Freeman’s, Issue Four.

Recommended by writers, critics, translators, publishers and academics, the twenty-nine writers featured are considered the best emerging voices.

For more information about the selection, please see here.

(Agent for Valeria Luiselli: Laurence Laluyaux; Agent for Ross Raisin: Peter Straus; Agent for Elaine Castillo: Emma Paterson; Agent for Daniel Galera: Laurence Laluyaux)

Denise Mina Wins McIlvanney Prize

We are thrilled to announce that Denise Mina has won the 2017 McIlvanney Prize for The Long Drop.

The McIlvanney Prize is Bloody Scotland’s annual prize awarded to the best Scottish Crime book of the year. It provides Scottish crime writing with recognition and aims to raise the profile and prestige of the genre as a whole.

For more information about the prize, please see here.

(Agent for Denis Mina: Peter Robinson)


Sarah Perry Novel Announced

We are delighted to announce that Melmoth, the new novel from Sarah Perry, has been acquired by Serpent’s Tail.

Inspired by Charles Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer, Melmoth begins in the present day, and takes its ensemble cast of characters on a journey through time.

The Essex Serpent was the winner of the 2016 Waterstones Book of the Year. The book was also longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and Shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award.

Melmoth will be published in Autumn 2018.

(Agent for Sarah Perry: Jenny Hewson)