Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Atom to publish David Owen’s third YA novel

Atom, an imprint of Little, Brown, has acquired a third YA novel from David Owen. Sarah Castleton, Editorial Director at Atom Books, bought UK & Commonwealth Rights (excluding Canada) from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. All The Lonely People is a story about online culture – both good and bad – and its influence over our sense of self. Told from the perspective of Kat, a girl… (read more)


Polish Pre-Empt for Caroline O’Donoghue

We are delighted to announce that Świat Książki has pre-empted Polish rights for Caroline O’Donoghue’s darkly witty debut PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN in a fantastic deal negotiated by our co-agent Magda Cabajewska at Macadamia Literary Agency. As the publishers of Paula Hawkins, Jojo Moyes, Julian Barnes and many more, we are positive they will make a fantastic home for Caroline in Poland. ‘I loved it. The writing is whipsmart and… (read more)


Welcome to Nikki Marmery

We are thrilled to welcome the talented Nikki Marmery to DKW as Ella’s newest client! Nikki’s debut Isla Maria, which was shortlisted for the Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition 2017, is a literary historical novel inspired by the true story of Maria, the only woman on the Golden Hind with Francis Drake when he circumnavigated the world in 1577-1580. This is the untold story of one woman’s struggle for freedom and… (read more)


Tom Huddleston to write Warhammer Adventures: Realm Quest Middle Grade fiction series

We are delighted to announce that Tom Huddleston will be writing the new WARHAMMER ADVENTURES: REALM QUEST fiction series for middle grade readers, set in the Age of Sigmar Warhammer Universe, for Games Workshop. Warhammer Adventures is a series of action-packed stories about brave heroes battling monstrous enemies and winning great victories against impossible odds in the far future universe of Warhammer 40,000 and the fantasy realms of… (read more)


Faber to publish Jion Sheibani’s debut picture book

DKW are excited to announce that author and illustrator Jion Sheibani’s debut picture book will be published by Faber Children’s Books in September 2018.   One evening, Lily is playing on the beach. And who should float in, but LOTS of polar bears! Lily is excited to welcome them home for dinner (of fish fingers and ice cream, of course) and to have them stay for a sleepover. Lily has even… (read more)


Legend Press Signs Write Stuff Winner Natalie Hart

DKW are extremely proud to announce Legend Press’s acquisition of Pieces Of Me, the debut novel from Natalie Hart. The manuscript won the Write Stuff competition at the London Book Fair’s Author HQ Live Pitching event in 2016 and Lauren Parsons acquired World English rights from Ella Kahn at DKW Literary Agency. The book will be published 4th October 2018. Emma did not go to war looking for love, but Adam is unlike… (read more)


Welcome to Lis Maimaris

We’re thrilled to welcome Lis Maimaris to DKW as Elinor’s newest client. Lis has studied creative writing under Michael Rosen and Julia Bell at Birkbeck College, London, and with Curtis Brown Creative. Her debut YA novel, MY FATHER’S GHOST, is a modern-day retelling of Hamlet, set amongst the snowy mountains, lake and forest surrounding a family-run Danish hotel, The Sovereign.  A supernatural Scandi-noir, MY FATHER’S GHOST remains true to its Shakesperean inspiration,… (read more)


Legend Press to publish Joanne Burn’s debut novel

DKW are extremely proud to announce Legend Press’s acquisition of Petals And Stones, the debut novel from Joanne Burn which will be published 6th September 2018. When Uma discovers her husband’s infidelity just hours before his untimely death, the carefully woven threads of her life begin to unravel… Struggling to manage the grief of those around her, she escapes to a remote cottage by the coast where she swims in the winter sea, cooks the forgotten… (read more)


DKW Sponsors Place on Get Into Book Publishing Course

The Get Into Book Publishing course is a four-day vocational course running from April 16th – April 19th 2018, organised by Bluebird Consulting and to be held at University College London, which will provide a comprehensive, industry-supported, accessible introduction to publishing. For the second year running, Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency are pleased to be sponsoring one place on the course for a candidate who lives outside of easy commuting… (read more)


Anna Holmwood appointed Foreign Rights Manager

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Anna Holmwood as Foreign Rights Manager, tasked with developing the agency’s foreign rights department in-house for the first time. Anna Holmwood was previously a literary agent at the Grayhawk Agency in Taipei, and was a founding member of the Emerging Translators Network in London. She has an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies and a BA in History from Oxford University. She speaks fluent… (read more)


Scholastic to publish two new novels by Sylvia Bishop

DKW are delighted to announce that Scholastic have acquired THE SECRET OF THE NIGHT TRAIN, a thrilling middle-grade adventure for readers aged 9-12, and a second untitled middle-grade adventure from author Sylvia Bishop. THE SECRET OF THE NIGHT TRAIN will be published on May 3rd. When Max is sent to Istanbul to stay with her boring Great Aunt Elodie, little does she expect to be plunged into a thrilling night-time adventure… (read more)


Welcome to Katharine Orton

We are delighted to welcome the wonderfully talented children’s author Katharine Orton to DKW! Katharine is the latest author to join Bryony’s list of clients, having met her through the WoMentoring Project, where Bryony was bowled over by her vivid and powerful storytelling. Katharine’s debut children’s novel, Nevertell, is a darkly magical middle-grade adventure, set in the wilderness of Siberia. 12-year-old Lina was born in a Soviet prison camp and has… (read more)


Welcome to Calum McSwiggan

We’re very excited to be welcoming Calum McSwiggan to DKW as Ella’s newest client! Calum McSwiggan is an LGBT+ writer and advocate who is passionate about gender and sexuality, queer politics, and LGBT+ history. Known for his written blog and successful YouTube channel Eat Gay Love, Calum has a highly engaged audience base on social media and ranks in the top 100 most influential figures of the global rainbow power list. (read more)


Virago to publish exciting debut novel from Caroline O’Donoghue

DKW are thrilled to announce that Sarah Savitt, Publisher at Virago, has acquired Caroline O’Donoghue’s debut novel, PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN, in a passionately fought auction. She acquired UK & Commonwealth rights for PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN plus a second untitled novel from Bryony Woods at Diamond Kahn and Woods. PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN is a gothic, darkly witty novel about sex, power, work and being a young woman in a man’s world. Twenty-six-year-old… (read more)


DKW offers sponsored place on Get Into Book Publishing Summer Course

The Get Into Book Publishing course is a new, four-day vocational course running from the 29th August – 1st September 2017, organised by Bluebird Consulting and to be held at University College London, which will provide a comprehensive, industry-supported, accessible introduction to publishing. Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency are pleased to be sponsoring one place on the course for a candidate who lives outside of easy commuting distance from London. (read more)


Coronet to publish BETA: Quiet Girls Can Run the World by Rebecca Holman

DKW are excited to announce that Rebecca Holman’s brilliant non-fiction debut, BETA: QUIET GIRLS CAN RUN THE WORLD will be published in August 2017 by Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton. What does success look like? 5AM conference calls and late nights in the office? Winning every argument and always getting your own way? What does a successful woman look like? The shoulder-pad wearing Alpha? The dogmatist who rules with… (read more)


Welcome to Joanne Burn

We are delighted to announce that Ella Kahn has signed a new client – Joanne Burn! Despite having always wanted to live by the sea Joanne lives with her family in the beautiful, land-locked Peak District, and contents herself with unwittingly writing stories that conjure the coast in one way or another. She is working on an upmarket, commercial women’s fiction novel, Petals and Stones, set in Derbyshire and Pembrokeshire, which… (read more)


Icon Books Acquires Memoir from Blogger Meg Fee on Love, Friendship & NYC

Icon Books has signed PLACES I STOPPED ON THE WAY HOME by Meg Fee. Commissioning editor Kiera Jamison acquired World rights from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. Inspired by her popular journal-style blog, Places I Stopped on the Way Home traces Meg Fee’s life as a twenty-something in New York City, stopping to reflect on the people and places who – for better or worse – have… (read more)


Hodder acquires second book from Laura Jane Williams

Hodder & Stoughton is delighted to announce the acquisition of Ice Cream for Breakfast: Child-Like Solutions to Bullsh*t Adult Problems by Laura Jane Williams, a book on the art of reconnecting with your inner child in order to make your adult life simpler and happier. It will be publishing in hardback on 20 April 2017, and Editorial Director Briony Gowlett acquired world rights from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods… (read more)


Female-led Space Opera to Piatkus

We are very excited to announce that Anna Boatman, Editorial Director at Piatkus Fiction, has bought World English rights in the Second Species Trilogy by Jane O’Reilly from Ella Kahn at DKW Literary Agency. Boatman said: ‘This hooked me from the very first page – it has fantastic action and great world building, alongside a strong, refreshing and immediately engaging heroine – if Rey from Star Wars had her own… (read more)