Nevill, Rajaniemi & McLeod: rights sold

John Jarrold writes:

“Hannah Whitaker, Senior Rights Manager at Orion, has sold Turkish rights to highly-praised SF debut The Quantum Thief by Finnish science fiction novelist resident in Scotland, Hannu Rajaniemi, to Pegasus.

World rights in The Quantum Thief, plus two further books, were acquired pre-emptively by Simon Spanton of Gollancz (who published in September 2010) from agent John Jarrold for a high five-figure sum in pounds sterling, on the basis of one chapter.  Rights have also been sold in the USA, Germany, Spain and Finland. And a remarkable fourth reprint of Gollancz’ trade paperback edition has just been confirmed. 

Hannah Whitaker has also sold Estonian rights to Suzanne McLeod’s debut urban fantasy The Sweet Scent of Blood to Varrak, who will publish in spring 2011. World rights in six novels by Suzanne have been acquired by Jo Fletcher at Gollancz from agent John Jarrold. Rights have also been sold in a number of other markets, including the USA, Russia and Germany.

Michael Homler at St Martin’s Press has acquired US rights in the horror novel The Ritual by Adam Nevill from Harriet Sanders, Rights Director at Pan Macmillan in London. Julie Crisp acquired World Rights in the book from agent John Jarrold. This is the seventh translation deal for Adam Nevill via Macmillan’s rights department, following on from Germany, China, France, Russia, Spain and Turkey. The Ritual will be published by Macmillan in 2011, following on their success with Adam’s previous novel Apartment 16. â€