Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Berkley purchases Sylvain Reynard's Gabriel's Inferno Series from Omnific Publishing in a seven-figure deal.

Berkley purchases Sylvain Reynard's Gabriel's Inferno Series from Omnific Publishing in a seven-figure deal.

Penguin Group (USA) has acquired rights to publish two of USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Sylvain Reynard’s wildly popular books Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture, in a two-book deal on behalf of Omnific Publishing. The substantial seven-figure deal was facilitated by Knight Agency president Deidre Knight and co-agented by Melissa Jeglinski.

Both titles were purchased for Penguin’s Berkley imprint by Senior Editor Cindy Hwang and will be published in e-book and trade paperback formats. The digital release is to occur immediately, with print release to follow in the next few months. Berkley is planning a first printing of 500,000 copies of each book in trade paper. World and audio rights were also acquired by Berkley. The deal came about after months of dynamic sales in both digital and print outlets, with both titles consistently staying in the Amazon Top 100.

Omnific Publishing President, Elizabeth Harper, is thrilled to see this author and these books get the recognition she thinks they deserve: “These books transcend the stereotypical romance and take readers on a deep and moving journey that will stay with them forever.” She notes that she started Omnific with a dream of nurturing talented amateur writers into professional published authors. “Our motto is "Romance without Rules," and I think we've used that as a guiding principle in the development of our catalog. We believe that romance readers, who are primarily women, are intelligent, creative, sensitive, and complex, and books like these honor these qualities in those readers.”

Agent Deidre Knight sees great things in store for this union: “When I settled in with Gabriel’s Inferno for the first time, I found it to be a downright compulsive read—even better, I loved the lovely lyricism and depth to the writing. I think these two books are true gems, and it’s not an accident that Omnific Publishing has been so successful with them to date. It’s exciting to see what Berkley will do to give the books an even wider audience.”

About Omnific Publishing: Omnific Publishing, founded in 2009, is a female-owned and operated independent publishing company that seeks to publish fresh, relevant and entertaining fiction in a number of different media, including eBooks, audio books, and print editions. Omnific Publishing specializes in the genre of romance, including contemporary, historical, paranormal, suspense, and erotic romance.
About Sylvain Reynard: Sylvain Reynard is interested in the way literature can help us explore important aspects of the human condition, particularly suffering, sex, love, faith and redemption. Reynard’s favorite stories are those in which a character takes a journey - either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself. Sylvain is also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a character. In Reynard’s writing, all of these elements are combined, along with the themes of forgiveness and the transformative power of goodness.

About The Knight Agency: Founded in 1996, The Knight Agency is one of the most successful boutique agencies in the country with more than 30 New York Times bestseller in the past two years. Collectively, the Knight Agency team has sold more than 2,000 titles to a broad spectrum of houses. Areas of fiction expertise include women’s, romance, young adult, literary, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, and multicultural and inspirational/religious fiction, as well as nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, self-help, health, and financial/business titles.

For more information about Omnific Publishing, please send inquiries to: publisher@omnificpublishing.com. 

For more information about The Knight Agency, please send inquiries to: jia.gayles@knightagency.net.

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