Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Coronet to publish debut romantic comedy from Nicole Burstein

DKW are delighted to announce that Coronet is to publish a novel about two twenty-something virgins who meet at a support group by YA writer, Nicole Burstein, who will be writing under the pseudonym, Amber Crewe. Rights for the UK & Commonwealth (excluding Canada) to Adult Virgins Anonymous were snapped up by editorial director Melissa Cox in a deal struck with Bryony Woods, of DKW Literary Agency. Kate Mundy is stuck in… (read more)


Pushkin Children’s triumphs at auction with two book deal for Daisy May Johnson

DKW are thrilled to announce that Sarah Odedina at Pushkin Children’s Books has bought UK and commonwealth rights at auction to two novels by debut author Daisy May Johnson from Bryony Woods of Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. US rights were sold to Laura Godwin at Henry Holt, via Allison Hellegers at Stimola Literary Studio. The first novel, How To Be Brave, marks the launch of a remarkably creative, funny… (read more)


Avon’s Beth Wickington buys Clare Marchant debut in first acquisition

Avon Books has acquired World All Language rights to The Secrets of Saffron Hall from Clare Marchant. Beth Wickington at Avon found the submission via the Avon open submissions process and negotiated rights from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency, with the book slated for publication in summer 2020. The Secrets of Saffron Hall follows university archivist Amber who, upon discovering an ancient book of hours in… (read more)


Hodder to publish travel memoir by Calum McSwiggan

Hodder & Stoughton is delighted to announce the publication of Eat, Gay, Love by writer and radio presenter Calum McSwiggan. Ian Wong, Assistant Editor for Non-Fiction, acquired World Rights from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. The book will be published in hardback, trade paperback, eBook and audio on 28 May 2020. Eat, Gay, Love is Calum’s first book and is a heartfelt, no-holds-barred account of his… (read more)


Welcome to Sandra Lawrence

Ella is so excited to announce that she is now representing Sandra Lawrence! Sandra is a journalist specialising in heritage, travel and garden writing, and the author of twelve non-fiction books for both adults and children, including Anthology of Amazing Women (20-Watt, 2018) which made the Guardian’s Top Children’s Non Fiction list, Atlas of Monsters (Templar, 2018) and Atlas of Heroes (Templar 2019) both of which were shortlisted for the SLA Information Book of the Year. Sandra lives in Greenwich, where… (read more)


Orion Claims The Unwanted Dead in Start of a New Crime Series

Emad Akhtar, Publisher at Orion Fiction, has acquired World Rights for four WWII crime novels featuring Paris detective Eddie Giral by translator, travel writer and author Chris Lloyd. The deal was done with Ella Kahn at DKW Literary Agency with the first, THE UNWANTED DEAD, to publish this September. The series begins on the day the Nazis march into Paris in June 1940, and each book in the series will follow… (read more)


Welcome to Clare Marchant

We’re delighted to announce our first new client of the new decade – Clare Marchant! Ella first met Clare at the Romantic Novelists Association conference last July, and she’s absolutely thrilled to be working with her on her fabulous debut historical timeslip novel, The Secrets of Saffron Hall. Watch this space for more news on this very soon!… (read more)


HarperCollins buys Catriona Silvey’s debut novel at auction

Natasha Bardon, publishing director at HarperVoyager, has bought at auction UK and Commonwealth rights (exc Canada) to Meet Me In Another Life, a love story by debut author Catriona Silvey. Bryony Woods at Diamond Kahn & Woods negotiated the two-book deal, and Julia Elliott has pre-empted the book for HarperCollins US. It will be published in 2021. Meet Me In Another Life follows the story of Santi and Thora, who have met again… (read more)


Stripes signs new fiction series from Sylvia Bishop in three-book deal

Stripes Publishing, an imprint of the Little Tiger Group, has acquired a young fiction series written by Sylvia Bishop, with two-colour illustrations by Ashley King. Associate publisher Jane Harris bought world rights to three titles in the 44 Tiny… series from Bryony Woods at DKW and struck a deal for King to illustrate with Hannah Whitty at Plum Pudding. Stripes will publish 44 Tiny Secrets in May 2020, and there are two further… (read more)


Welcome to Daniel Aubrey

Ella is very excited to be adding another new client to her list: Daniel Aubrey! Daniel is working on a properly page-turning speculative thriller about a cure for aging that comes with a catch… Having travelled the world as a journalist, he now works in healthcare and lives on the Scottish border with his wife, Claire, and two dogs, Dylan and Maggie, who help him out of plot holes and provide names… (read more)


Welcome to Jamie Russell

Ella is delighted to welcome Jamie Russell to her list! A screenwriter and former journalist and speechwriter, Jamie is now channelling his lifelong love of videogames to write fun and pacey books for kids about esports and aliens. Welcome to DKW, Jamie – we’re thrilled to be working with you!… (read more)


Hodder acquires inspirational audio led project from novelist and Instagram sensation Laura Jane Williams

Hodder & Stoughton is delighted to announce the acquisition of The Life Diet by Laura Jane Williams, an audio led work of non-fiction publishing in September 2019. Publisher Briony Gowlett acquired world rights from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. Inspired by her cult Instagram stories and popular online columns, The Life Diet is Laura Jane Williams’ brilliantly funny, painfully honest and inspiringly insightful philosophy of what… (read more)


Atom acquires fourth YA novel from David Owen

Atom, an imprint of Little, Brown, has acquired a new YA novel from David Owen. Olivia Hutchings, commissioning editor at Atom Books, bought UK & Commonwealth rights from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. Grief Angels is an urgent and heartfelt look at the power of nostalgia and at different forms of grief. It tells the story of 15-year-old Owen Marlow, who is experiencing a great, disorienting loss… (read more)


HarperCollins Signs Four More Books from Laura Jane Williams

HarperCollins Publishers has acquired world all languages rights for four more novels from journalist and author Laura Jane Williams. Avon’s Commissioning Editor Katie Loughnane has acquired World All Language rights from agent Ella Diamond Kahn, at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. Laura’s first foray into fiction, Our Stop, is already a word-of-mouth hit and is shaping up to be one of the books of the summer. Katie Loughnane, Commissioning… (read more)


Welcome to Elizabeth Shapiro

We’re delighted to announce that debut novelist Elizabeth Shapiro has signed with DKW! Elizabeth has studied writing for children with the Golden Egg Academy, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Bath Children’s Novel Award. Her WW2-set debut novel, Resistance, tells the story of a young girl fighting to survive in war-torn Poland. Brave, bold and lyrical, it’s an astonishing read and we couldn’t be more proud to welcome Elizabeth to DKW.  … (read more)


Old Street acquire third novel from S E Lister

Old Street Publishing and DKW Literary Agency are delighted to announce that Old Street have acquired AUGURY, the mesmerising third novel from S. E. Lister. Ben Yarde-Buller acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) in AUGURY, a literary thriller with a darkly magical edge, from Bryony Woods at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. The people of an ancient city awaken one night to find the earth beneath them trembling. But… (read more)


Welcome to Kathy Brown

We are thrilled to welcome our newest client Kathy Brown to DKW! Kathy runs the successful personal lifestyle blog www.iamkb.co.uk, where she writes about human connection, empathy and grief, among other topics. Her work has been read over quarter of a million times, and has developed a loyal and engaged readership. By day, Kathy works as a Communications Manager at a Sussex hospice, where her experiences have inspired her incredibly powerful… (read more)


Walker pre-empts first YA novel from Caroline O’Donoghue on the eve of Bologna Book Fair

DKW are excited to announce that Walker Books have acquired the first YA novel from author, journalist and podcaster Caroline O’Donoghue, in a pre-empt with a six figure sum for a two-book deal the day before the start of Bologna Book Fair. Executive Editorial Director Denise Johnstone-Burt acquired World, All Language Rights for All Our Hidden Gifts and a follow up novel from Bryony Woods at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary… (read more)


Welcome to Brenna Hassett

We’re very excited to announce Ella’s newest client, Dr Brenna Ryan Hassett! Brenna is a bioarchaeologist whose career has taken her around the globe, researching the past using the clues left behind in human remains. She has worked at University College London and at the Natural History Museum, and is 1/4 of the team behind the Trowelblazers,  a wide ranging project that does everything in its power to bring the… (read more)


Stripes Conjurs Magical Middle-Grade Acquisition with Two Book Deal for Sharon Gosling

Stripes Publishing, an imprint of the Little Tiger Group, has acquired two historical middle-grade adventures by Sharon Gosling. Editorial Director Ruth Bennett bought World rights to THE GOLDEN BUTTERFLY which sees a young girl fight back against the patriarchal restrictions of the Society of Magicians, and a second standalone book from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn and Woods Literary Agency. Bennett said: “I am delighted to be publishing Sharon Gosling’s… (read more)