Six-figure deal for further novels in Jessica Townsend's series
Helen Thomas, editor at large at Hachette Children's Group, has bought three more novels in Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor series. She signed the six-figure deal alongside Hachette Book Group USA and Hachette Australia through Gemma Cooper at the Bent Agency.
The title of the third Nevermoor volume is to be Hollowpox, and the story will follow the adventures of Morrigan Crow as she attempts to find a cure for a new disease that has taken hold of Nevermoor. Publication will be in February 2020.
Nevermoore: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, the first book in the series, was the bestselling fiction debut of 2018, with 400,000 copies sold. Fox has bought film rights, and Drew Goddard is developing a script.
Thomas said: "Nevermoor is a world that's ever-expanding - in leaps of fantastical imagination through Jessica Townsend’s extraordinary talent, and in this real world, it's going from strength to strength in the market. Book three is set to build on already significant success and brilliant reading experience. We're even more thrilled that Morrigan's arc will develop considerably and give us all a treat with three new books."
Townsend said: "I'm thrilled to be growing and deepening this series, and can't wait to tell Morrigan Crow's next three stories after Hollowpox. Hachette has been a wonderful home for Morrigan and for me. I'm delighted to be taking this next step with them."
Cooper said: "As the number 1 fan of the Nevermoor series, I couldn't be more excited that we are continuing Morrigan's adventures and our relationship with Hachette with these next three books. Jessica is an exceptional writer and has been planning these stories for many years - now finally we get to know what happens next..."