16/10/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Nicole Geismann of Goldmann Verlag, part of the Random House Group, has acquired German rights in the first two books of The Demi-Monde, a science fiction quartet by debut author Rod Rees, for a good five-figure sum in Euros.
Nick Johnston of Quercus acquired World rights in the books from agent John Jarrold in September, making a six-figure pre-emptive offer against stiff competition.
'The Demi-Monde is based on a very intriguing idea. Rod Rees has created a world which fascinated me from the beginning. Although this is fiction it seemed in many respects more than real. The story, the wonderful characters and the hilarious dark humour won me over instantly. I haven't read a more imaginative novel in a long time!' said Nicole Geismann
'This is a great first rights sale so soon after the initial deal,' said the author's agent, John Jarrold. 'Nicole and Goldmann are terrific publishers and Rod and I both look forward to seeing their editions. Congratulations to Daniel Bouquet, Quercus' Head of Rights, for sorting this out so rapidly.'
The first book in the series, titled The Demi Monde: Winter, is delivered and will be published by Quercus in January 2011.
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