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John Jarrold’s Corner: Book Deals for Curtis Jobling and Suzanne McLeod

Some great news from John Jarrold: two of his clients have just received great new deals!


Zosia Knopp, Rights Director at Penguin UK, has confirmed a two-book deal with Kendra Levin at Penguin US for Curtis Jobling’s new YA Fantasy series WEREWORLD, for a significant sum. World rights in the books were acquired by Shannon Park at Puffin from agent John Jarrold. Puffin will publish the first volume in January 2011.

“Curtis and I are delighted that he will be published by Penguin across the English-speaking world. This is a fantastic deal! Congratulations to all involved,” said John Jarrold.

I’m very happy for Curtis and YA readers both! I’m reading Rise of the Wolf at the moment and all I’m going to say is keep a lookout for it in Jan 2011 – I’m pretty sure it’ll be one of the big YA sellers of next year. 🙂

Next up, German readers of Suzanne McLeod’s Spellcrackers series have yet more awesomeness to look forward to:


Krystyna Kujawinska, Foreign Rights Manager at Orion, has sold German rights to THE BITTER SEED OF MAGIC – Suzanne McLeod’s third SPELLCRACKERS.COM urban fantasy – to Goldmann, who have already published the first two books in the series.

Six books in the series have been acquired by Jo Fletcher at Gollancz from agent John Jarrold.

Great news indeed! 🙂

Congrats to both authors – not only are the books kickass (going on what I’ve heard for Suzanne’s Spellcrackers here, haven’t read them yet) but they’re both awesome people, and it’s always great when kickass things happen to great people. 🙂



Posted by on September 30, 2010 in Announcements, John Jarrold's Corner


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Blurb for Rjurik Davidson’s forthcoming ‘Caeli-Amur’

Thanks to John Jarrold I’ve got some more info about Rjurik Davidson’s novels; Tor US gave him a 2-Book deal (click here for info) and now here’s something to whet your appetite – a blurb, of sorts, of the world that Caeli-Amur is set in:

Caeli-Amur: an ancient city perched on white cliffs overlooking the sea; a city ruled by three Houses, fighting internecine wars; a city which harbours ancient technology and hidden mysteries. But things are changing in Caeli-Amur. Ancient minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun. The slightly built New-Men bring their technology from their homeland. Wastelanders stream into the city hideously changed by the chemical streams to the north. In a hideout beneath the city, a small group of seditionists debate ways to overthrow the Houses. How can they rouse the citizens of the city? Should they begin a campaign of terror? Is there a way to uncover the thaumaturgical knowledge that the Houses guard so jealously? As the Houses scramble to maintain their rule, it becomes clear that things will change forever in Caeli-Amur.

Sounds pretty interesting, what with the different factions and the city itself sounding like a character; I’ll definitely be keeping a close watch on this. 🙂

If you want to get a taste of Caeli-Amur, check out Rjurik’s collection, The Library of Forgotten Books, available from PS Publishing – some of the stories in the collection are set in the city.



Posted by on September 6, 2010 in John Jarrold's Corner


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John Jarrold’s Corner: 2-Book Tor US Deal for Rjurik Davidson

I see this news has already been making the rounds (via Twitter) but I thought that I would post it anyway, since it’s awesome news! 🙂 Thanks to John Jarrold for informing me!

James Frenkel, Senior Editor at Tor Books in New York, has concluded a two-book world rights deal for Australian SF author Rjurik Davidson, for a good five-figure sum in US dollars. The agent was John Jarrold.

The first of these books will be Davidson’s debut novel. It is presently titled CAELI-AMUR after the city in which it and its sequel take place.

James Frenkel said of Rjurik Davidson, “He’s a unique talent, with a fabulously imagined world that is both enticing and strange, the sort of place that makes one at the same time afraid and excited, thrilling to discover as its many secrets are revealed. Peopled with engaging characters who seem entirely real, it’s a world with a rich, deep history and a strange, compelling destiny.”

“Rjurik’s writing is wonderful,” said John Jarrold. “I’m very happy that this marks my first direct deal with a major US publisher. I know that Jim has admired his short fiction for several years.”

Rjurik Davidson is a freelance writer and Associate Editor of Overland magazine. He has written short stories, essays, screenplays and reviews. His short collection, The Library of Forgotten Books, was recently released by PS Publishing. His work has been published in Postscripts, Years Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Volumes One, Two and Four, Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror 2006, SciFiction, Aurealis, Borderlands and elsewhere. He has been short-listed for the Ditmar Award for Best Short Story three times, the Aurealis Award once and won the Ditmar award for Best New Talent in 2005.

Great news, and as I let John know, I like the title – it’s definitely evocative and easy to pronounce, even though it’s not English. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing the cover! 🙂


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Posted by on September 2, 2010 in John Jarrold's Corner


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Mark Newton’s German deal & City of Ruin Paperback Cover

Awesome news from John Jarrold!


Volker Busch at VGS Egmont has acquired German rights in two fantasy novels by Mark Charan Newton from Jon Mitchell, Rights Manager at Pan Macmillan. Julie Crisp acquired World rights in the books from agent John Jarrold. The books will be published on Egmont’s ‘Lyx’ imprint. Other authors on the Lyx list include Jacqueline Carey, Jennifer Fallon, Tanya Huff, R. A. Salvatore, and Seanan McGuire.

NIGHTS OF VILLJAMUR was first published by Macmillan/Tor UK in 2009, and CITY OF RUIN followed this year. VGS will publish the first novel around the end of 2011, with the second following.

‘Mark’s reputation is quickly growing across the world, and we’re both delighted with this deal,’ said John Jarrold. ‘Congratulations to Jon Mitchell and Macmillan!’

Kickass news indeed, even though I can’t read more than ten words of German. 🙂 Mark definitely deserves it and even though I’m sure plenty of readers in Germany have already enjoyed Mark’s work, Nights of Villjamur and City of Ruin are sure to garner many more fans for him. 🙂 Congrats, Mark! 🙂

And here, as promised, is the awesome cover to the paperback edition of City of Ruin; the man on the cover is none other than Brynd and he looks incredible, much better than the Anime-esque Brynd seen on the hardcover of City of Ruin, in my opinion. 🙂



Posted by on August 27, 2010 in Announcements, John Jarrold's Corner


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John Jarrold’s Corner: The Quantum Thief Gathering Praise

Got this info from John Jarrold and I have to say, I’m impressed.

First of all, this is an SF debut, and secondly, the author, Hannu Rajaniemi, is also a string theorist (string theory is kickass, by the way) and a technology consultant – impressive on it’s own!

But here are some snippets from reviews for you to read:

John says: I wouldn’t usually post reviews to reviewers (!) but both Simon Spanton at Gollancz and I are hugely delighted with this listing of encomiums for THE QUANTUM THIEF by JJLA client Hannu Rajaniemi, which Gollancz publish on September 30.

‘If you dropped Greg Egan’s hard physics chops into a rebooted Finnish version of Al Reynolds with the writing talent of a Ted Chiang you’d begin to get a rough approximation of the scale of his talent. It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up when I read it. Hard to admit, but I think he’s better at this stuff than I am. And The Quantum Thief is the best first SF novel I’ve read in many years’ CHARLES STROSS

‘A brilliant first novel. The Quantum Thief, like so much of the best space opera of this century, is a prodigy house, where propositions are instant heritage, and arguments are eyeclick’ JOHN CLUTE, STRANGE HORIZONS

‘The mix is something like 40% Dancers at the End of Time and 60% Charlie Stross. The book has Stross’s inventiveness, and deep intelligence, and farseeing imagination, alongside Moorcock’s stylish feel and flow. This is one of the SF novels of 2010 that everybody is talking about; if you have any interest at all in contemporary hard SF you will read it. There will be awards’ ADAM ROBERTS

TQT has been heavily trailed as ‘the’ big SF debut novel of the year. These accounts are correct. The Quantum Thief is a crazy joyride. It’s the sort of book you’d get if Scott Lynch and Greg Egan teamed up, with the characters and black humour of the former mixed in with the hardcore physics of the latter. The story unfolds briskly with barely a pause for breath, the plot is gripping, the ideas complex but thought-provoking, and there are all the requisite shocking revelations and intriguing plot twists you could wish for. The Quantum Thief is a bravura debut novel, a confident and accomplished work that reinvigorates the genre. It is easily the best SF debut since Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon’ THE WERTZONE

‘Comes together piece by piece in the mode of M. John Harrison’s Light – and it’s every bit the equal of that modern-day genre masterpiece. Beneath the science, you see, beneath the staggering speculative wonder of it all, Hannu Rajaniemi has a knack for spare, no-nonsense storytelling that approaches the poetic at times. The Quantum Thief is a revelation, in the end, and make no mistake: we have here the sci-fi debut of 2010’ THE SPECULATIVE SCOTSMAN

I’ve got a copy of The Quantum Thief, so I guess I’d bloody well get to it, huh? 😉


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Posted by on August 25, 2010 in John Jarrold's Corner


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Another Message from John Jarrold

Hey Guys and Girls, hope your Friday has been better than mine! 🙂 Ah, it wasn’t so bad, I s’pose, but hell, worked my ass off (as did everyone else), so we’re all a bit stuffed-tired.

Anyway, John’s problems regarding how to get hold of him through his website have been sorted, but he wants everyone to know the following:

I have now added my e-mail address to the home page and contacts page, and removed the contacts form, which should make everything simpler. But I shudder at the number of queries and submissions I must have missed between the date the revised website was launched, June 7, and August 16 when the problem was resolved. All those submissions and queries on the agency or editorial services still need to be re-sent by e-mail to: j(dot)jarrold(at)btinternet(dot)com

So there we have it: if you have sent anything to John via his website in the period specified, please re-send it! 🙂 One of you may have an awesome novel that may just be nuts about!

Until Monday, hope you all have an AWESOME and KICK ASS weekend!



Posted by on August 20, 2010 in Announcements, John Jarrold's Corner



New 4-Book Deal for Stephen Deas

John Jarrold sent over this awesome news:



John Jarrold has concluded a four-book World Rights deal with Simon Spanton of Gollancz, for fantasy novels by Stephen Deas, for a high five-figure sum in pounds sterling. Deas’ debut novel, a dragon fantasy titled THE ADAMANTINE PALACE, was published by Gollancz in March 2009 and followed by KING OF THE CRAGS this April (the third volume in this series, ORDER OF THE SCALES, will follow early in 2011).

The first book in this deal is a one-off, THE BLACK MAUSOLEUM, related to his dragon fantasies, which will be followed by three further adult titles that entwine that series with Deas’ YA fantasies that open with THE THIEF-TAKER’S APPRENTICE in August. THE BLACK MAUSOLEUM will be delivered in the summer of 2011, with the other books following at yearly intervals.

‘Simon and I did our first three-book deal for Steve at the end of 2007,’ said John Jarrold. ‘With the immediate success of THE ADAMANTINE PALACE in early 2009, we were able to follow that up with another three-book deal that May. And now Steve’s third multi-book deal in two-and-a-half years – which is remarkable testimony to his writing and story-telling, and to the fact that Simon and Gollancz know a good thing when they see one!’

Stephen Deas has worked as a systems designer and project manager for a number of technology-based aerospace companies and has reviewed books for the British SF Association’s magazine VECTOR. He currently lives in Essex with his wife and two sons.


Very, very pleased for Stephen! 🙂 Yes, I know, I’ve yet to read his work, and I’ve got both Adamantine and Crags as well as Thief-Taker, and all I’ll say is ‘So many books, so little time.’ But I’ll get to them, hopefully soon! 🙂

Very pleased, though! Congrats to Stephen, John and Simon! As well as to us readers, of course! 🙂



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John Jarrold’s Corner: New 3-Book Deal for Rowena Cory Daniels

Hey everyone, some great news from John Jarrold! Here are the details:



Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has concluded a three-book deal with Australian fantasy writer Rowena Cory Daniells. The agent is John Jarrold, and the deal is for world rights. The books are due for publication in 2012.

Solaris have just published the first volume of Daniells’ KING ROLEN’S KIN trilogy, THE KING’S BASTARD successfully in July 2010, with the second and third volumes following in August and September this year.

The new series is called THE FIRST T’EN and follows the fate of a tribe of dispossessed mystics, the T’Enatuath.

Rowena Cory Daniells first became involved in speculative fiction in 1976. Since then she has run a bookshop, then a graphic art studio where she illustrated children’s books, had 6 children in 10 years, sold nearly 30 children’s books and an earlier fantasy trilogy internationally, established R&D Studios and served on the management committees of state and national arts organisations. She lives by the bay in Brisbane with her husband and children, and has a Masters in Arts (Research).


This is great news! I’m looking forward to getting started with Rowena’s work – the first book in her first trilogy, The King’s Bastard, will be hitting the shelves here in SA in September! 🙂

(Nicked this from Rowena’s site – couldn’t find a jpeg of The Usurper)

Congrats to Rowena, Jonathan and John! 🙂



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Book Deals Galore!

Some great news for you all from Angry Robot Books and John Jarrold:

John was very happy to report new deals for two authors; here are the details:


Kate Lyall Grant, commissioning editor at Severn House, has acquired two horror novels from Chaz Brenchley.

The novels are centred around a strange country house in the north of England that affects everyone who comes into contact with it – some for good, some for ill – in different time periods. The first book, provisionally titled HOUSE OF DOORS, will be set during the Second World War.

Kate Lyall Grant said: : “I am thrilled to be reunited with Chaz Brenchley whom I first came across at Hodder and who, I think, is one of the most talented – and underrated – British horror/fantasy novelists writing today. I’m delighted too to be able to celebrate my first deal with my former S&S colleague, John Jarrold.”

The agent was John Jarrold, and the deal was for World English Language rights. The first book is due for publication in September 2011.

And here are the details of a 3-book deal for Hannu Rajaniemi:


Susan Howe, Rights Director at Orion, has sold US rights in three novels by Finnish science fiction novelist, resident in Scotland, Hannu Rajaniemi to Patrick Nielsen Hayden of Tor pre-emptively, in a significant deal.

World rights in Hannu’s debut novel, THE QUANTUM THIEF, plus two further books were acquired pre-emptively by Simon Spanton of Gollancz (who publish in September 2010) from agent John Jarrold for a high five-figure sum in pounds sterling, on the basis of one chapter, in 2008. Tor will publish in hardback in May 2011.

‘I’ve known Patrick for twenty-five years and his team at Tor will do a marvellous job – Hannu and I couldn’t be happier,’ said John Jarrold.

Great news on both counts!

And here are the details of Angry Robot Books‘ first author-signing since it was announced since the news that they’ve gone independent:


We are delighted to announce our latest signing, bringing a stunning series of books set in the harassed police department of a city full of vampires and werewolves.

Angry Robot has signed urban fantasy author Justin Gustainis for a new series set in Scranton, Philadelphia, in a world where supernatural beings are part of everyday life. Stan Markowski is a Detective Sergeant on theScranton PD’s Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. As Stan puts it in the first book, Hard Spell: “When a vampire puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call me. My name’s Markowski. I carry a badge.”

Justin Gustainis said, “I’m tremendously pleased to be associated with one of the most dynamic publishers in speculative fiction today, and I look forward to selling enough books to put a smile on that robot’s face.”

The first title in this sensational series, Hard Spell, will be published by Angry Robot in spring 2011, in both the UK and USA.

Very cool news! For all those doubters out there, this should prove that Angry Robot Books is in great hands! 🙂



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John Jarrold’s Corner: The Gotham Group

Nope, Bruce Wayne has not become a silent partner at John’s Agency. 🙂

Here’s the news:


Media rights for the UK-based John Jarrold Literary Agency ( ), which specialises in science fiction, fantasy and horror, will be represented from this date by The Gotham Group in Los Angeles, California.

The Gotham Group is a multi-faceted management and production company, representing some of the most creative minds in Hollywood. Gotham boasts a roster of over 500 top directors, screenwriters, producers, authors, illustrators, and artists, as well as book and comic book publishers and animation studios. Gotham represents more source material from major publishers and comic book companies than any other entity, including works from such clients as Penguin Group, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins (U.S. & UK), Bloomsbury/Walker US, Dark Horse Entertainment, Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt, SAF Comics, and Com.x.

“I’m delighted to have my clients’ rights represented by such a prestigious company,” said John Jarrold, whose agency has over thirty books coming from major publishers in the UK and US in 2010. “My client Curtis Jobling (the creator of FRANKENSTEIN’S CAT and the forthcoming YA fantasy WEREWORLD series), introduced me to them, and we seemed to be a perfect fit. I’m looking forward to future conversations and deals.”

Contact John Jarrold for further details.

Sounds great, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what’ll come from this. 🙂 John represents a wide range of authors writing in many genres, so lets see what happens with this. 🙂



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