Bad news.

I found out today that my American publisher, Egmont US, are closing. They won’t be publishing my book.

This was a huge shock, especially as I wasn’t told and only found out when the closure hit the news.

It’s very upsetting that my book won’t be published in the USA in Spring 2016 as planned, but it doesn’t mean it will never be. There’s still the chance that another publisher might be interested! It just means that I’m back on submission with American publishers.

And The Next Together will still be published in September in the UK by Walker books as planned.

I’m upset, but I have high hopes that The Next Together will find another home in America.


If you would like to support the other Egmont authors, some of whom aren’t as lucky as me and have no other publisher, the hashtag #BuyAnEgmontBook is a great place to start.

I appreciate everyone’s support in this disappointing time.


Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

9 thoughts on “Bad news.

  1. Oh, wow, I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m sure it will find another publisher but it’s still totally disappointing.


  2. That’s awful! I’m sorry. I can only imagine how upset you are. Here’s hoping this disappointment is just paving the way for an even better opportunity.


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