Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Deal Announcement - Four-Book Deal for Debut Author Ruth Fitzgerald!

I am thrilled to announce a four-book deal for debut author Ruth Fitzgerald's EMILY SPARKES AND THE FRIENDSHIP FIASCO, a voice-driven, hilariously funny story about eleven-year-old Emily and her adventures (and disasters) trying to find a replacement best friend. 

I first met Ruth while running a workshop on 'Voice and Engaging Writing' for the SCBWI. I asked everyone to read the first two pages of their works-in-progress and when Ruth started to read from Emily Sparkes, I wondered if she should have been teaching the class instead of me! I signed her soon afterwards as the rest of the book was just as fantastic, and I'm so pleased Kate and the lovely folks at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers UK thought the same. We couldn't ask for a more enthusiastic home for Ruth and Emily.

Congratulations, Ruth!

May 6, 2013

International rights:
UK Children's 

Ruth Fitzgerald's debut EMILY SPARKES AND THE FRIENDSHIP FIASCO, in which an eleven-year-old has to cope with her best friend moving away and her mum having a new baby, all while competing with her 'sworn enemy' to win the friendship of the glamorous new girl, to Kate Agar at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers UK, for publication in 2015, in a four-book deal, by Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency (world).

For more info on Ruth, check out our website. For the deal announcement on the Little, Brown website, click here. And if you are on twitter, go congratulate her @writingruth


  1. Huge Congratulations, Ruth (and Gemma) So exciting!

  2. Wonderful news. Congratulations to all of you!