Largest ever book deal for children's novel about bloodthirsty unicorns
A debut book chronicling a dystopian world inhabited by "bloodthirsty unicorns" has landed a lawyer from Canterbury a seven-figure book deal.
Annabel Steadman's fantasy series Skandar and the Unicorn Thief has won what is believed to be the largest ever deal for a debut children's writer after a bidding war by several publishers. The film rights to the series have also been snapped up by Sony Pictures. "It's extraordinary," Rachel Denwood, managing director of Simon & Schuster Children's UK told The Telegraph. "We believe it to be record-breaking for a children's book debut."
The 28-year-old said she conceived of the idea in 2013 while training to become a lawyer and since landing the deal is putting her law career on ice to focus on writing.
"At the moment I'm not even sure I've really processed [the deal] at all," Ms Steadman said. "It's so nice to be able to think I can just concentrate on this and make the books as good as I can. It's a dream come true. She said she wrote the story "in about three months in 2018, and then I left it alone".
The debut author told The Guardian that the situation "completely went mad" once the work was seen by her literary agent, and then by excited publishers.
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