Following the London Book Fair, the sale of U.S. and U.K. rights for Finnish YA author Salla Simukka’s Snow White Trilogy has just been announced. Larry Kirshbaum at Amazon Children’s Publishing/Skyscape acquired U.S. rights; U.K. and Commonwealth rights were sold to Hot Key Books. Elina Ahlbäck of Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency in Finland brokered the deals, which bring to 15 the number of foreign rights sales. Simultaneous publication in many territories, including the U.S. and U.K., is expected for summer 2014.
In Finland, book one in the trilogy, As Red as Blood, was published by Tammi Publishers in February 2013. Book two, As White as Snow, will publish in Finland in October 2013, and book three, As Black as Ebony, will be released in spring 2014.
Simukka is a translator and editor as well as an author of juvenile fiction. She has published several novels and one collection of short prose for young readers, and has translated adult fiction, children’s books, and plays. In January 2013 she was awarded Finland’s oldest prize for children’s fiction, the Topelius Prize, for her novels Without a Trace and Elsewhere.