Jane Morpeth and Marion Donaldson at Headline in London, and Peter Mayer at Overlook Press in New York, have bought Eoin Colfer's first independent adult novel, in deals negotiated by Sophie Hicks at Ed Victor Ltd. for an undisclosed sum.

Plugged is set in New Jersey and is a classic noir novel which will be published in 2011. Asked if it was the start of a series, Hicks told BookBrunch that "he's written one for now – but who knows. He's an extraordinary man who has, as Ed said, channeled a sequel to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and written a musical, Lord of Love, which will be staged on the Edinburgh Fringe.”

Next year marks the 10th anniversary of Puffin's publication of Colfer’s first Artemis Fowl novel, which is in contention for "the Puffin of Puffins" award, marking the publisher's 70th anniversary.