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This is a big week at AAPS, and we’re thrilled to also be able to announce that The Hot Guy has been acquired by Echo Publishing. The Hot Guy is a fun romantic comedy co-written by popular journalist, author and cultural critic Mel Campbell and Junkee journalist Anthony Morris. Echo Publishing will publish in June 2017.
Mel and Anthony have had a whirlwind romance with AAPS, so we’re not only announcing their debut novel as a co-writing team, but welcoming them to the agency!
The Hot Guy is about recently dumped publicist Clare, who is encouraged by her friends into a one night stand with “hot guy” Adam to boost her self-esteem. Problem is, budding film director Adam is a genuinely lovely guy and sparks fly. As their relationship takes off, their friends and rivals try to break them apart, because surely no real relationship can exist with a guy as hot as Adam.
AAPS is very proud to announce that not only have *we* signed up the very talented (and lovely) Dave Hartley to join our agency, but that Scholastic Australia have wasted no time in acquiring his new series for junior readers, Newspaper Tate! Building on his success co-writing the Deadly D and Justice Jones series with Scott Prince, Dave Hartley’s new series is action packed fun featuring an all too curious newspaper kid, as he delivers papers, solves mysteries (and gets into his share of trouble).
Dave Hartley is a deputy principal on the Gold Coast, and is based on the coast with his wife and two daughters. Employed by Education Queensland for more than a decade, he has taught across many year levels and was awarded ‘Gold Coast Teacher of the Year’ in 2009. David’s people are Barunggam, the traditional people of the Darling Downs/Chinchilla region
It’s been an intense few days at Camp AAPS – Friday 29th July was spent pitching our books to film producers as part of Screen Australia’s fantastic Books At MIFF initiative, part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. This is the tenth year this program has been instrumental in putting agents and publishers in touch with some of Australia’s best film and television producers, and it was wonderful to be part of. And then, it was a mad rush back home to Brisbane to be part of the Australian Society of Author’s Speed Dating event, where more than 60 authors were pitching to five publishers and one agent (me) in 3 minute sessions. A big day, and I somehow managed to see 28 lovely, passionate authors in a little over 90 minutes (plus some footpath pitching after the event).
There are some pretty exciting things happening with all things Kylie Chan, and while most of these are top secret, we *can* reveal that Kylie has signed up to write a brand new trilogy with Harper Voyager Australia, with a tentative publication date for Book 1 in 2017. Watch this space! Here’s Kylie and Alex celebrating over yum cha!
Thursday, 21st July 2016 saw us at Avid Reader Bookshop for a huge night celebrating the launch of Bad Blood by Gary Kemble. Thanks to Nick Earls for doing the launch honours, Echo publisher Angela Meyer for flying in to be there on the night, and Paul for working hard to get the cupcakes the right shade of bloody with accompanying toffee glass shards, and to Gary for writing another amazing book!