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Bookouture US Publications for Victoria Fox and Anna-Lou Weatherley

Congratulations to agency authors Anna-Lou Weatherley and Victoria Fox on the US publicationsof VENGEFUL WIVES and TEMPTATION ISLAND

VENGEFUL WIVES by Anna-Lou Weatherley        Temptation Island by Victoria Fox

VENGEFUL WIVES by Anna-Lou Weatherley (CHELSEA WIVES in the UK)

Money can’t buy you love…

Discovered at the tender age of sixteen, Imogen Lennard once had the world at her feet as one of the world’s top fashion models.  Now married to Sebastian Forbes – a billionaire as controlling as he is wealthy – she has everything money can buy…  but can’t forget her first love.

On the surface they have it all; beauty, wealth and status. But, united in their destructive marriages, the three women join forces and risk it all for the ultimate revenge… and the chance of finally finding their own happy ever after.

‘A fun, romp of a read, the perfect poolside companion.’  Grazia

‘If you’re a die-hard fan of Jackie Collins and Rebecca Chance, then Anna-Lou Weatherley’s books will be up your street.’  I Heart Chick Lit

‘This is a fantastic debut adult novel from Anna-Lou Weatherley, and the perfect beach read! It’s escapist fiction at its best, and it goes to show that even if you have all the money you could ever need, it doesn’t necessarily make you happy  5/5′  Chloe’s Chick Lit reviews

The US ebook for VENGEFUL WIVES is available on Amazon now



Welcome to Paradise:  Only the rich are invited…only the strongest survive.

In the middle of the Indian Ocean, an exclusive island provides the ultimate getaway for the rich and famous.  Beneath the glittering waters though lie dark secrets…  to which one man holds the key.

For three women – world-famous supermodel, LA’s wildest teen tearaway and a Hollywood starlet – their invitation to the shores Cacatra will change everything as discover a secret so shocking, there’s no turning back…

‘Victoria Fox is a Jackie Collins for the twenty-first century: sharp, witty and scandalous. Temptation Island epitomises escapism.’  Fresh Direction

Hot encounters, breathtaking scandal, lashings of secrets and lies . . . you’ll be lost to temptation until long after the sun has set.’

‘Even we were shocked at the scale of scandal in this juicy tale.’  Now magazine

The US ebook for TEMPTATION ISLAND is available on Amazon now


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Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency digital bestsellers

SOULMATES by Holly BourneWinter Wonderland by Belinda Jones  Taunting the Dead by Mel Sherratt 

Belinda Jones has had great digital success with her latest novel WINTER WONDERLAND (Hodder), and has been selected for Kindle’s Romance daily deal today.  Download this wonderful Christmas story for a reduced price of 99p only.

Winter Wonderland Kindle daily deal

Congratulations to Holly Bourne whose YA debut SOULMATES (Usborne) has been selected for the Best Teen Fiction Category in iBooks Best of 2013!

Showcasing picks chosen by the iTunes Editorial team, this feature celebrates the year’s best novels, short stories, nonfiction, and more.

Best of 2013 children's fiction SOULMATES

Mel Sherratt’s revamped edition of TAUNTING THE DEAD (Amazon / Thomas & Mercer) went straight into the top 10 Amazon Kindle charts again: No.1 in Police procedurals, No.1 Crime, No.1 International mysteries and No.1 British detective.

Taunting the Dead by Mel Sherratt

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Can publishers make shorter fiction popular again?

Tales of the Unexpected by Roald DahlMy favourite collection of short stories is the incredibly eerie TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED by Roald Dahl, quite an unexpected departure from what he’s most well-known for.  I came across this collection when I was a teenager, and I remember feeling so surprised at how difficult it was to find other collections of short stories in bookshops.

Traditionally, only short stories by well-known authors have been successful in the book market, so publishers are rarely able to publish collections by less well-known writers.  Yet short stories have always been a way for new writers to gain recognition, either through writing competitions or having short stories published in magazines, before going on to write longer fiction.

For me, the market is ready for short stories and shorter content given the growing popularity of e-reading devices, and the snatched moments from our busy lives that we give up to read.  Digital devices all support shorter content, and in this format content can be priced accordingly.  Just as I want to read the first three chapters of a submission before committing to more, I imagine people would love to read a sample of a writer’s work before buying their full length novel.  That’s why Kindle sampling has been so popular.

More risks can be taken with shorter fiction and non-fiction, but I believe there is a long way to go.  Releasing digital short stories are a way that my clients ‘keep hold’ of their readers between publication of their ‘big books’.  These are always popular.  Agency author, Belinda Jones, compiled the anthology Sunlounger, which consists of over 40 short stories by different authors. It was published this summer and sold over 20,000 ebook copies in the first two weeks.  What got me thinking about this in more detail was an excellent article I came across on how short content can be used by publishers in the digital world:  The Digital Middle.  Amazon Publishing in the US has already jumped on the wagon, launching an imprint called StoryFront dedicated to short fiction and poetry, and Kindle Singles mentioned in the article.  More publishers now have digital only imprints, for instance Harlequin’s Carina Press, so it’s likely that more will follow suit.

Just as the printing revolution of the 19th century saw reading material become more widely accessible  –  snatched readings of the latest serialised novel in the back of a stagecoach  –  so now people are able to download bite-sized content in an instant. Perhaps, with this instantaneous magic of the download and the endless possibilities of updating, sharing and engaging with digital texts, this kind of drip-feeding of content is due to come back into the limelight.

Front cover of a serialisation of 'The Three Musketeers' by Alexandre Dumas pere (1803-70) late 19th century (engraving)  Books in tablet computer and smartphoneKindle

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