Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

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… (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… (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)

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)