In light of the success of Ipso Books, launched in August 2015, Peters Fraser + Dunlop is excited to announce its expanded publishing arm will be relaunched as Agora Books. The venture has grown rapidly since its launch, with 2018 year-to-date revenue up 93% year on year and 180 titles in print, including work from Margery Allingham, Jeanette Winterson, Eric Ambler, and Bear Grylls.
Agora Books will continue to publish the best of the agency’s extensive backlist alongside new offerings from existing PFD clients but is expanding to publish original fiction drawn from an open submissions process.
Peters Fraser + Dunlop CEO Caroline Michel says:
“Kate Evans and her team at Agora have identified a totally new book business model and have achieved extraordinary financial growth on backlist titles, through their innovative marketing and sales initiatives. They have brought much loved classics to new generations of readers and created a business model that is now to be expanded into the launch of a whole generation of new writers, I could not be more thrilled and excited to see where this is going to go… This is a time of such opportunity for writers, and Kate and her team are there to explore it.”
Agora Books Publisher Kate Evans says:
We are thrilled to be offering a new pathway for authors. Whether they’re just beginning their careers or looking to try another approach to publishing we want to work with great writers, to nurture their talent, and to give them a platform to reach their readers.
I’m honoured to work with the amazing authors on our list and could not be more excited to publish some wonderful new talent.
Agora Books offers authors the flexibility and personal approach of an independent publisher as well as the support, international reach, and opportunities for career development of a major agency.
Agora Books is launching its new list with the publication of Missing Pieces by Laura Pearson, a heart-breaking family drama charting the devastating impact of the loss of a child. Out June 21st, the book is the first in a three-book deal for world English language rights. The agency will be handling translation and audio rights.
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For all enquiries, contact Kate Evans: email@example.com or +44(0)207 344 1047