Helen Lowe heads for publishing bigtime

Christchurch based Helen Lowe,  has just sold the UK and Australia/New Zealand rights to her 4-book Fantasy series, The Wall of Night to Little Brown & Co in the UK. She has already sold the North American rights to HarperCollins and the first book, The Heir of Night, is scheduled for publication in the United States and Canada in October.

Helen’s first novel, Thornspell was launched at Fendalton Library in 2008.   The book went on to win the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel: Young Adult in 2009 and was also a Storylines Children’s Literature Trust Notable Book.
When asked how she felt about the deal, Lowe said: “Very happy! Selling the books into the UK and Australia/New Zealand markets, as well as being published in the USA/Canada, is a pretty big deal for a new New Zealand author.”

7 thoughts on “Helen Lowe heads for publishing bigtime

  1. Laraine 8 April 2010 / 5:00 pm

    Big congratulations to Helen Lowe, who has done the publishing equivalent of winning the biggest jackpot lotto ever. I am HUGELY impressed.

  2. richard 13 April 2010 / 4:23 pm

    Well deserved success, I’d say, after years of hard work.

  3. Laraine 13 April 2010 / 4:59 pm

    Yes indeed, Richard. I can all too well imagine how hard she worked. As Olin Miller said, writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling with alligators.

  4. HelenL 13 April 2010 / 10:44 pm

    Thank you, Richard and Laraine.

    Laraine, I have not heard the “wrestling with alligators” analogy before, but there are days when it feels very apt. But not, as Aragorn says in the 3rd LoTR film, this day! 🙂

  5. Laraine 14 April 2010 / 1:51 pm

    Hello, Helen. Great to see you here. I have your book on order; can’t wait to read it. 🙂 I mentioned it to my writer friend Lorraine Orman and she has also ordered it.

    Years ago I stopped reading New Zealand novels for young readers. I became thoroughly disillusioned with what the publishers are putting out. “Where,” I asked myself, are the future Margaret Mahys and Sherryl Jordans? I HATE all this sport and teenage angst.” I turned, instead, to Australian writers.

    The quote from Olin Miller has always been a favourite with me. Another favourite comes from American poet William Stafford: “There is no such thing as writer’s block for writers whose standards are low enough.”

  6. HelenL 19 April 2010 / 9:47 am

    Hi Laraine,

    Thank you for the support! And to Lorraine as well.

    I have always loved adventurous, magical, (little r-) romantic books, as well as books where friendship is an important element, so I guess that’s why I like to right those stories myself. Although my publisher at HarperCollinsUSA, Kate Nintzel, thinks that The Heir of Night might have a touch of the “High Fantasy Romantic” as well …

    I shall have to send you all through a sneak preview on the HEIR cover when it’s available. And there’s a map, as well, which is absolutely fantastic and done by a local artist, Peter Fitzpatrick.

    And yes, as a poet as well as a novelist, love the William Stafford quote! 🙂

  7. Laraine 19 April 2010 / 10:12 am

    I like all those things too, Helen. I look forward to the sneak preview. 🙂

    Yes, knowing you are also a poet, I thought you would enjoy that quote. It’s a sad fact that few things worth reading, never mind masterpieces, are written quickly. There is plenty of proof of this in the best-selling titles for adults. I ploughed through The Da Vinci Code only because somebody bought it for us for Christmas and it was real hard going. I couldn’t believe how bad the writing was.

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