Here’s the press release!
In a deal negotiated between both parties, Curtis Brown Group Ltd will now be handling translation and TV/film rights for Orenda Books, whose growing list is attracting increasing attention worldwide.
Luke Speed will take over on the TV and film front, having recently sold TV rights for Ragnar Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series as an international TV co-production. Kate Cooper and her team, including Alice Dill and Mairi Friesen-Escandell, will look after translation rights sales.
Orenda Books publishes literary fiction, with a heavy emphasis on crime thrillers, and about half in translation. Shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Newcomer Award and the Independent Publishing Awards, Orenda has had a string of bestsellers and award-winners, including Michael J. Malone’s A Suitable Lie, Agnes Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal, Ragnar Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series, Steph Broadribb’s Deep Down Dead, and Amanda Jennings’ In Her Wake.
Karen says, ‘Orenda Books has grown quickly and achieved success beyond my wildest dreams. In order to do my wonderful books and their authors justice, I am thrilled to announce a new partnership with Curtis Brown, undoubtedly one of the leading international literary and rights agencies, to ensure that foreign and TV/film rights are sold around the world. There has been far more interest than I have ever been able to accommodate with any efficiency in such a small company, and know that we are not just in safe hands, but the best.’
Kate Cooper says, ‘We are so thrilled to be working with Orenda Books – they are a dynamic outfit with a growing list of brilliant authors, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to sell their books to publishers around the world.’
Luke Speed says, ‘I’m very excited to be working with Orenda Books. Karen has a brilliant eye for a cutting-edge author, such as Ragnar Jonasson, who is one of the sought-after crime novelists in the international TV market. I’m thrilled to be able to work with Karen across her amazing list.’