Six-figure deal for author's fantasy series
Ali Dougal, fiction publishing director at Egmont, has struck a "swift six-figure pre-empt" to sign two novels in a middle-grade fantasy series by Jenny McLachlan. Egmont has world rights through Julia Churchill at AM Heath. The first novel will be The Land of Roar (September 2019), which will appear in a "covetable" paperback edition illustrated by Ben Mantle. It will be Egmont's biggest fiction title at the Frankfurt Book Fair next month.
McLachlan is a former secondary school head of English and the author of teen titles including Love Bomb and Truly, Wildly, Deeply (Bloomsbury Children's).
The Land of Roar is about twins who discover that the imaginary world in which they played when younger is real. Dougal said: "We've been searching for something as magical, uplifting and funny as this for some time, and Julia's pitch email was so strong that I shared the script with the whole team immediately, including our colleagues at Hardie Grant Egmont in Australia, who we'll be collaborating with across creative, marketing and PR. In The Land of Roar, you truly feel like you've stepped inside a child's imagination - we knew very quickly that this was something we had to win. We have significant international interest already, with people desperate to get their hands on the script."
McLachlan said: "I'm absolutely thrilled: Egmont is the perfect home for The Land of Roar and Ben's illustrations are just magical. I can't wait until children have the book in their hands and the adventure can begin!"