Thursday, 14 May 2020

Exciting News for Abi Elphinstone Fans

Simon & Schuster Children’s UK is set to build bestselling author Abi Elphinstone as a major author brand across Fiction and Picture Books with a new three-book deal and an ambitious publication plan to 2024.

Rachel Denwood, Managing Director at S&S Children’s UK, bought World Rights from Hannah Sheppard at DHH Literary Agency for middle grade magical adventure FIZZLEHATCH and a second stand-alone novel. THE FROST GOBLIN, a picture book in the same vein as Christmas 2019 hit, THE SNOW DRAGON, also forms part of the deal. The books will be edited by Jane Griffiths, Fiction Editorial Director, and Helen Mackenzie Smith, Picture Book Editorial Director.

Hailed by Sunday Times as ‘a worthy successor to C.S. Lewis’, Abi Elphinstone has forged a reputation as an adventurous eco-warrior author and a great champion of unexpected heroes. In 2019 S&S increased Elphinstone’s sales by 175% selling 131k copies of her books (TCM) across the year. Her first picture book THE SNOW DRAGON, illustrated by Fiona Woodcock, proved a runaway Christmas hit selling 16k copies (TCM) in just two months.

Abi Elphinstone says: ‘I'm hugely excited about the prospect of publishing three more books with the brilliant Simon & Schuster Children's team. They have championed me and my stories from the off - and sent them out into the world with such ambition and flair - and I can't wait to get writing about flying bath-tubs, firebirds and frost goblins in these upcoming middle grade and picture books.'

Rachel Denwood, Managing Director at S&S Children’s UK, says: ‘What a feast of brilliant books Abi has in store for readers! Her fantastically magical and fantastically human adventures speak to a wonderfully broad range of readers and the Simon & Schuster team, many of whom have worked with Abi since her debut, are totally committed to further building her publishing – there is no doubt that Abi Elphinstone is a major author brand-in-the-making.’

Read the Bookseller announcement here.