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Berbay sells board book series to US, UK 

22 January 2019
Berbay Publishing has sold North American and UK rights to a series of three board books by Tokyo-based illustrator Chihiro Takeuchi. Catherine Drayton from InkWell Management sold North American and...

Berbay sells three Canty picture books in China 

16 January 2019
Berbay Publishing has sold simplified Chinese rights to three picture books in John Canty’s ‘Heads and Tails’ series to Dook. The series—comprising Heads and Tails, Heads and Tails Insects and...

Echo sells Meg Keneally’s solo debut to US 

15 January 2019
Echo Publishing has sold North American rights to Meg Keneally’s debut historical novel Fled to Arcade Publishing. The novel, which is based on the life of convict Mary Bryant, is...

HarperCollins acquires McKinnon’s second novel 

11 December 2018
HarperCollins has acquired world rights to Catherine McKinnon’s second novel, The Great Time, via Jeanne Ryckmans at the Cameron Creswell Agency. Set during World War II, The Great Time follows...

NewSouth sells Gordon-Smith debut to US, UK 

6 December 2018
NewSouth has sold North American rights to Australian academic Eleanor Gordon-Smith’s forthcoming debut Stop Being Reasonable to PublicAffairs. The nonfiction book (previously titled What Makes You So Sure You’re Not...

Rights People to represent Affirm Press kids list

5 December 2018
Affirm Press has engaged international agency Rights People to represent its kids list. Affirm sales and marketing director Keiran Rogers says he is anticipating more international rights sales as a...

Findlay to edit ‘Growing Up Disabled in Australia’

3 December 2018
Blogger and appearance activist Carly Findlay will edit the forthcoming anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia, to be published by Black Inc. in 2020. Black Inc. is seeking first-person submissions that...

Berbay acquires middle-grade series by Louise Park 

28 November 2018
Berbay Publishing has acquired world rights to a three-book middle-grade fiction series by Australian children's author Louise Park. The first book in the series, titled Grace's Castle, is a fast-paced time-slip adventure...

Ventura sells ‘A Superior Spectre’ to the UK 

14 November 2018
Ventura Press has sold UK rights to Angela Meyer’s debut novel A Superior Spectre to Scottish publisher Saraband. Publisher Sara Hunt acquired rights at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair via UK-based agency Abner...

A&U acquires second Kitty Flanagan book 

13 November 2018
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ and Oceania rights (including audio) to 488 Rules for Life by comedian Kitty Flanagan. A spoof of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life...

A&U sells ‘The Museum of Modern Love’ to UK

8 November 2018
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has sold UK rights to Heather Rose’s The Museum of Modern Love to Weidenfeld & Nicolson, a division of Orion Publishing. A&U rights associate Maggie Thompson...

S&S acquires Archie Roach memoir

2 November 2018
Simon & Schuster (S&S) has acquired world rights to a yet-to-be-titled memoir by singer-songwriter Archie Roach. Roach, who is part of the Stolen Generations, is also known as a campaigner...

PRH acquires Smethurst’s ‘The Freedom Circus’ 

30 October 2018
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired world rights at auction to The Freedom Circus by Sue Smethurst. The Freedom Circus is a nonfiction account of Smethurst’s husband’s grandparents, Holocaust...

Making the deal: The state of rights sales in the UK 

24 October 2018
While the UK remains a tough market for Australian publishers to break into, UK indies are showing an interest in Australian voices, reports Catherine Moller. Several Australian independent publishers have had...