MidnightSun signs first international rights deals
Adelaide-based small press MidnightSun Publishing has signed its first three international rights deals.
The publisher has sold US rights to Amanda Hickie’s thriller An Ordinary Epidemic to Little, Brown in a ‘six-figure arrangement that includes book and audiobook rights’.
The publisher has also sold rights to the simplified Chinese version of its first picture book One Step at a Time by Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich to CTV Boler Beijing Media, and Spanish rights to Ekaré.
Publisher Anna Solding said she is ‘extremely excited to be working with Little, Brown’ to bring ‘Hickie’s terrific nail-biter, about how a deadly virus invades Sydney and a mother tries to save her family, to a whole new audience’; and is thrilled to see two translations of One Step at a Time, a ‘lino-print book about a boy and his elephant, who steps on a landmine and ends up with a prosthesis’.
Solding said MidnightSun’s agents, Bright New Future in China and Writers House in the US, helped broker the deals, and that the publisher also benefited from the Australia-China Publishing Forum in Beijing and the VIPs program in Sydney earlier this year.