Carolyn Jess-Cooke has proved to be a hit in Holland.
Carolyn's debut novel, The Guardian Angel's Journal, has gone in at No.2 on the Dutch Bestseller List.
The Guardian Angel's Journal has been sold in 20 languages and was a bestseller earlier on in the year in Italy. Carolyn is currently working on her second novel.
If you would like to read an extract of The Guardian Angel's Journal please click HERE.
***Bestseller*** Italian Favourite
Carolyn Jess-Cooke’s The Guardian Angel's Journal has debuted at No.5 on the Italian Foreign Fiction Bestseller Chart.
After a week of extremely successful sales, The Guardian Angel's Journal went to the top of the Charts and Carolyn’s Italian publishers, Longanessi, rushed back to the press for a reprint. This is incredible for a British debut novel abroad.
Carolyn has already been dubbed the new Audrey Niffenger (The Time Travelers Wife) as well as one of Company Magazines ‘2011 Top Reads’!
The Guardian Angel’s Journal is published by Piatkus on the 7th April 2011.
When Margot Delacroix dies at forty-two years old, she is sent back to earth as a guardian angel - to herself. Renamed Ruth, she is forced by divine mandate to re-experience and record her biggest mistakes and fiercest regrets from the beginning of her life to her untimely death.
Forced from the moment of her birth to witness the cogs of fate and the stuttering engine of free will, Ruth sets out to change the course of her life, and, ultimately, to prevent her premature death. When she realises that the reasons behind her teenage son's descent into drugs and murder lay within her own actions as Margot, she makes a pact with a demon - she will give up her place in Heaven in exchange for the opportunity to save her son from his fate.
But the changes she makes result in consequences no one could expect...
The Launch Of An Angel
Carolyn Jess-Cooke launched her incredible debut novel The Guardian Angel's Journal, at the packed out Hexham Festival on the 7th May.
At the launch Carolyn, along with various other authors, spent the day signing books and talking to crowds of fans. On the day, it was also announced, that The Guardian Angel's Journal has been chosen as one of the Read Regional campaign.
Here Carolyn gives us a sneak peak at where she gets her idea's from and what's in store for the future...
How does it feel having your debut novel published?
It's wonderful to see it in the 'flesh'! I have a book fetish, so to be able to handle it and admire the cover and font and 'new book' smell is beyond words....
Where did you get the idea for THE GUARDIAN ANGELS JOURNAL?
I don't think an idea for a book is ever an easy thing to pin down. On hindsight I see many different experiences, curiosities and strands of thought coming together to create the idea for the book. When I was about 12 I wrote a novel called 'Teen Ghost' about a 12 year old girl who dies and comes back to watch over her loved ones - very Lovely Bones, only written (badly) by a 12 year old - and so there have always been portraits of death the afterlife appearing in my work. I've always been intrigued by angels, too, so that was a major factor. And I guess I was writing at a time when I was reflecting on my life, and what I would change about it if I could do it all over again.
How did you go about researching your book?
I did very minimal research, to be honest - I looked up some terms on heart disease (Google is my best friend) and on quantum physics, and I did try and read some other books on angels to see what else had been written on them. But the rest I left to my imagination.
What is your favourite book(s)?
Can't limit it to just one, sorry! 'Wild Geese' - a poetry collection by Mary Oliver - is definitely in my top ten, as is 'Soul Food', an anthology of poetry edited by Neil Astley and Pamela Robertson-Pearse. I adore 'The Life of Pi', 'The Time Traveler's Wife', and 'The Aeneid' - my list of favourites is actually very long...
What advice would you give to authors trying to get published?
Write for YOU, but research who you send your work to carefully. Make sure you address your query letters to an actual person, and check that that person is still working for the publisher or agency in question. See who else they represent - acknowledgments are great for this. Google them!
And finally, what can we expect to see from you in the future?
I'm currently working on my second novel, The Angel Behind the Door, due out next year, and have about three or four more projects to keep me busy until 2016...
To find out more about Carolyn, and her wonderful debut, visit her website: www.carolynjesscooke.co.uk
Fun At The Fair
The Darley Anderson Agency had a fantastic Frankfurt book fair this year with over 300 back-to-back meetings between them over the course of a week.
They saw leading foreign publishers from all around the world including the US, and are now busy with follow-ups and sending out all the material that was discussed.
Madeleine Buston, Head of Rights, says I saw publishers from over thirty different countries this year - editors specialising in fiction, non-fiction, childrens and Young Adult books.
I love selling debuts and new books by our authors but I am equally relentless when it comes to pushing our authors backlist titles we find that publishing works in cycles and some books are much more fashionable in foreign markets now and therefore we can sell them. Also, the more successful our authors become in the UK the more languages we can secure worldwide.
I love spotting the gaps and getting new deals for our authors. It is a continuous process foreign sales growth is integral to our thinking at the Agency. We want our authors to flourish all over the world, for them to be international successes.
A lot of our authors are not just UK and US bestsellers but foreign bestsellers in places as far as China. Every foreign publisher loves our meetings because we sell the commercial books they are looking for.
Time and time again foreign editors say to me youre the only agency who has all the books we want!
(Left) Darley Anderson Agency shelves the only agency in the Agents centre displaying their books.
(Below) Carolyn Jess-Cookes debut THE GUARDIAN ANGELS JOURNAL at the Hachette Stand in Frankfurt