We're happy to announce associate agent Stacey Kondla has been promoted to full agent at The Rights Factory. Stacey joined us in 2018 and has already completed a record-breaking number of deals. With nearly 40 clients, Stacey is a powerhouse, currently ranking in the top ten in Children's: Middle Grade Non-Fiction on Publishers Marketplace.

Some of her deal highlights include:

  • THE BEEKEEPERS by Dana Church to Scholastic Focus, about the history and interaction of humans and bumblebees;

  • UNDER THE RADAR by Judith Clark to Dancing Cat Books, following a boy who wants to become captain of his school's wrestling team and get a boyfriend;

  • THE HILL by Ali Bryan to Dottir, a near-future feminist coming-of-age adventure set on a reclaimed garbage dump inhabited solely by girls;

  • JEANNE AND THE ARGONAUTS by Danna Staaf to Lerner, a middle grade narrative biography of pioneering 19th-century female scientist, Jeanne Villepreux-Power;

  • LISTEN UP! by Stephen Aitken to Orca Books, a children's non-fiction exploring various types of sounds encountered today.

Congratulations, Stacey! Please join us on Facebook or Twitter to celebrate.

Updated: Jan 28, 2020

We’re thrilled today to share the news that Commissioning Editor Emily Gowers at Bookouture has acquired world English rights from Sam Hiyate of The Rights Factory to two novels by author Cecilia Lyra.

Cecilia’s first novel The Sunset Sisters will publish in June 2020 and centres around half-sisters Cassie and Julie, estranged for fifteen years, who must now spend a summer together in the Hamptons in order to secure their inheritance. The Sunset Sisters has been published in Germany, where it was a #1 bestseller, and film and TV rights are with Rich Green of The Gotham Group.

Emily said,

‘I am so excited to be working with Cecilia on these novels! Her powerful female characters and rich storytelling struck me from the start and long after finishing I still feel so emotionally invested in the lives of the characters I met in these books. I can’t wait to bring these incredible novels to the readers who are going to love them as much as me!’

Cecilia said,

‘From the very first conversation Emily and I had, I felt that she really got my work —and I absolutely love Bookouture’s disruptive and innovative publishing model. I am so lucky to have found a home here!’

We do hope you will join us on Facebook and Twitter to celebrate.

Biologist and science writer Stephen Aitken's LISTEN UP!, exploring various types of sounds encountered today, the sounds of nature, urban noise, and the effect those sounds have on the health of people, habitats, and biodiversity on Earth, to Andrew Wooldridge at Orca Books, with Kirstie Hudson editing, for publication in spring 2022, by Stacey Kondla at The Rights Factory (world).

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