Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

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)

Welcome to Dan Smith

We are thrilled to announce that Ella has signed Dan Smith! Dan has had five adult crime thrillers published by Orion, and four action/adventure novels for teens published by Chicken House, with two more to come. Dan’s debut novel for younger readers, My Friend The Enemy, was long listed for the Branford Boase Award 2014, and short-listed for the Historical Association Young Quills 2013. His 2015 novel Big Game is based… (read more)

Stripes to Publish Sharon Gosling’s YA debut FIR

DKW are pleased to announce that Stripes have acquired Sharon Gosling’s YA debut novel FIR for publication on their Red Eye list in February 2017. Ruth Bennett acquired World Rights from Ella Kahn at DKW. FIR is a briliant YA horror novel crackling with tension and we couldn’t be more excited – congratulations, Sharon! FIR by Sharon Gosling: We are the trees. We are the snow. We are the winter. (read more)

Major Atom Publication for 2017 gets the 360° Colour Treatment AND Exciting Film News for David Owen

Atom Books, the dedicated YA imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, will publish David Owen’s second novel, The Fallen Children, across the entire printing colour spectrum, producing the book in 360 different colourways on every run. This innovative idea is a first for Little, Brown and opens up exciting opportunities for retailer and reader engagement. The cover design – by Jack Smyth… (read more)

Two New Deals For Virginia Macgregor

DKW is delighted to announce two further deals for acclaimed author Virginia Macgregor. HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins, have acquired World English rights to Wishbones, Virginia Macgregor’s debut YA, and a second untitled YA novel. Wishbones is a truly powerful YA story of the struggles that a teenager faces when living with an overweight mother whose health is suffering. Anna Baggaley, HQ Senior Editor, bought the rights from Bryony Woods… (read more)

Welcome to Natalie Hart

DKW are delighted to announce that Ella Kahn has signed Natalie Hart, winner of the 2016 London Book Fair’s The Write Stuff pitch event, which saw six authors pitch their books to a panel of agents in front of the Author HQ audience. Ella was invited to be on the panel of The Write Stuff event having won the… (read more)

Bryony and Ella named winners of the Young Stationers’ Prize 2016

Bryony and Ella were delighted to last night be named as winners of the Young Stationers’ Prize 2016! The prize was announced at the Annual Young Stationers’ Dinner at Stationers’ Hall, and was presented by last year’s winner Angela Clarke. You can read the full press release here. (read more)

Welcome to Catriona Silvey

This afternoon we’re delighted to give a big welcome to DKW’s newest client Catriona Silvey! Catriona is currently working on a brilliantly original and utterly spellbinding YA fantasy novel, and Bryony couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with her. Watch this space for more news soon!… (read more)

Vanessa Curtis wins 2016 Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction

Many congratulations to Vanessa Curtis, who has been awarded the 2016 Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction (secondary age readers category) for her novel THE EARTH IS SINGING (Usborne, 2015) The Young Quills awards are for historical fiction produced by adult authors for young readers, and are presented each year by the Historical Association. They recognise the best historical fiction… (read more)

Sandstone Press to publish Magnus McGrandle’s debut novel

We’re delighted to announce that Sandstone Press is to publish Short Ride on A Fast Machine, by Magnus McGrandle, in June 2017. Short Ride on A Fast Machine is a quirky and engaging caper: the story of a young cycle courier from London who goes on an improbable journey to Norway, to pick up a stuffed owl for a mysterious client. For his oddest job to date, Sam enlists the help… (read more)

Bloomsbury to publish Tom Percival’s eighth picture book

We’re thrilled to announce that Bloomsbury will publish the extraordinarily talented Tom Percival‘s brilliant, heartwarming eighth picture book, Perfectly Norman, in 2017. Perfectly Norman is about a boy who suddenly grows a pair of magnificent, rainbow-coloured wings. At first he delights in soaring around up in the sky, but then he begins to worry what people will think about him… A journey of discovery, in which Norman learns that self-acceptance… (read more)

Welcome to Amy Newsham

We have some more lovely client news this morning: Bryony is thrilled to be working with debut author Amy Newsham! Amy is currently writing her first YA novel, a hilariously bonkers tale of fame, friendship and feminism. More on this soon. In the meantime, you can find Amy’s full bio here. Welcome to DKW, Amy!… (read more)

Welcome to Tom Huddleston

We’re really pleased to welcome Tom Huddleston to DKW, with Ella taking on his representation. Tom is the author of The Waking World (David Fickling Books, 2014) and of two titles in the Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space series (Egmont, 2016). He is a film editor at Time Out Magazine, volunteers for the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, and plays in folk-rock band The No Sorrows. His writing is vivid, imaginative,… (read more)

Welcome to Rebecca Holman

We’re delighted to welcome writer and editor extraordinaire Rebecca Holman to Bryony’s list of clients here at DKW! Rebecca is currently writing her first non-fiction book (more about that soon…) and is the editor of TheDebrief.co.uk, the award-winning digital brand for millennial women. Beginning her career on the asos.com magazine, Rebecca then went on to edit handbag.com and launch xoJane.co.uk with… (read more)

Welcome to Catherine Meade

More exciting client news here at DKW, and this time we’re welcoming the very lovely Catherine Meade, the latest children’s author to join Bryony’s list! Catherine’s writing is beautiful, haunting, nostalgic and strange in all the best ways, and Bryony was captivated from the moment she started reading Catherine’s original submission. With two wonderful projects underway, we can’t wait to see what the future will bring for this exciting new talent –… (read more)

Welcome to Caroline O’Donoghue

We are delighted to announce that Caroline O’Donoghue has joined Bryony’s list of authors here at DKW! Bryony has been a fan of Caroline’s writing for a long time and couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with her. Caroline is a wonderfully talented writer and social media manager for the-pool.com, writing witty and insightful articles about gender, politics, pop-culture and everything in between, and is also a singer/songwriter… (read more)

Little, Brown to publish Laura Kaye

We’re pleased to announce that Little, Brown will be publishing Laura Kaye‘s brilliant debut novel, English Animals, in spring 2017. English Animals is a funny, subversive, poignant and beautifully written novel about a certain kind Englishness, prejudice and a doomed love affair, told in a distinctive voice, and a contemporary setting. When Miša gets a job in a country house in rural England, she has no idea of the struggle she faces… (read more)

Welcome to Meg Fee

DKW are delighted that Ella will be representing the extremely talented Meg Fee! On her popular blog, MegFee.com, Meg writes about what it means to suss out a life when you’re totally unsure as to your place in the world – mining value and meaning in the mundane of the everyday: one’s morning coffee, home-cooked dinners around a full table, the joy in waking next… (read more)

Ella and Bryony named winners of the Trailblazer Awards 2016

Bryony and Ella were absolutely thrilled to last night be named as winners of the inaugural London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards! The Trailblazer Awards are powered by The London Book Fair in partnership with the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) and BookBrunch. The awards were created to celebrate the next generation of the UK publishing industry; those ‘roaring through their 20s’. You can read the full announcement… (read more)