Egmont has pledged a significant six-figure investment in marketing and PR for Laura Ellen Anderson’s Amelia Fang in 2019, capitalizing on a stellar first year for the series.
The Amelia Fang books see a young vampire, her pet pumpkin Squashy and a band of her friends solve mysteries and get themselves out of sticky situations in a fun-packed series of adventures, all set in the ghoulish world of Nocturnia.
The first award-winning book in the series, Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball, launched as Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month and was the number one non-celebrity debut in October 2017, swiftly followed by Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords in March 2018.
With an explosion in requests for festival appearances and school events, and plans to tour Laura extensively across the UK, Ireland and in major export markets, 2019 is set to be ‘International Year of the Fang’.
In the next book in the series, Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief, the creatures of Nocturnia has begun to act very strangely. No one can seem to remember anything – including their own names or even Amelia’s big birthnight party. Where have everyone’s memories gone? And how can Amelia save them when they have all forgotten who she is? Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief will be published on 04 October 2018, and you can pre-order your copy now.
Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief will be followed by Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday in March 2019. Another Amelia Fang title will follow in October 2019 and both will be supported by a huge marketing and PR campaign across retail, consumer, print and digital.
Laura Ellen Anderson says: ‘I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Egmont on further books in the Amelia Fang series. It’s a dream come true for me to share my excitement for Amelia Fang with children around the world, and I hope I can encourage aspiring young authors and illustrators to pursue their own dreams.’
‘I’d better pack some extra glitter and some pumpkin treats… A terrifyingly Toe Jam-packed year is ahead of us!’
Laura Ellen Anderson has illustrated several high-profile fiction brands, as well as creating several picture books and the award-winning Evil Emperor Penguin. Amelia Fangis her first series for older readers as an author/illustrator.
Ali Dougal, Fiction Publishing Director at Egmont, says: ‘Laura is one of the hardest working people in children’s books and she deserves every success. In Amelia Fang, she has created a character that has charmed the world over, and together with Hardie Grant Egmont and our export and rights partners, we plan to drive the series to global bestseller status. And there’s much more to come from Laura beyond 2019 – watch this space.’
English language sales of the Amelia Fang series now stand at 65,000 copies. The series has been a major rights success, with 20 deals agreed so far and significant ongoing interest.
For further information on Amelia Fang please contact Siobhan McDermott, Publicity Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Praise for Amelia Fang:
‘Brilliantly imagined . . . laugh-out-loud funny’ Sunday Express
‘The perfect mixture of funny, foul and fearful’ Metro
About Laura Ellen Anderson
Laura Ellen Anderson is a children’s book author and illustrator, with an increasing addiction to coffee. Laura is the creator of Evil Emperor Penguin and the first female illustrator to illustrate Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series.
She is the illustrator of Witch Wars and Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five, as well as several acclaimed picture books including I Don’t Want Curly Hair, which she wrote and illustrated. Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball is her first series for older readers as an author/illustrator.