UK rights to Mother’s Little Book of Bad Moods, Estonian rights to The Women I Think About at Night and Russian rights to Love, Joy & Courage sold!

We are delighted to announce new nonfiction deals for our bestselling The Women I Think About at NightThe Little Book of Bad Moods for Mothers, and our new hands-on parenting guide; Love, Joy & Courage. Steps Toward Sexual Maturity.

Mia Kankimäki’s narrative non-fiction about the female explorers and artists who have gotten lost in the history has been sold to 7 foreign territories now when Varrak acquired the Estonian rights to The Women I Think About at Night.

”Kankimäki is a modern day Indiana Jones. Instead of a whip she strikes with her pen!”
– Luettua elämää blog


The Mother’s Little Book of Bad Moods by Lotta Sonninen was published in Finland last week, and has started strong as two big publishers have acquired the translational rights. Today we can confirm that Bloomsbury will proudly continue to be Lotta Sonninen’s UK publisher, and last week Droemer Knaur bough the German rights.

“I am delighted that Bloomsbury will be publishing The Little Book of Bad Moods for Mothers. It’s funny, smart and cathartic – and it promises to be the most outrageous parenting book of 2020”
– Xa Shaw Stewart, Commissioning Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing UK


Love, Joy and Courage – Steps Toward Sexual Maturity by Raisa Cacciatore and Erja Korteniemi-Poikela is also a book for parents, but instead of jokes and bad mood it shares the secrets of world-famous Finnish parenting, has practical exercises and step-to-step guidance for how to talk to your children, teenagers and young adults about sexuality. The Russian rights were sold to Bombora, and previously Scolar acquired the Hungarian rights.

Rights sold:
The Women I Think About at Night

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Motto
ESTONIA: Varrak
GERMANY: btb Verlag/RandomHouse
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NETHERLANDS: Uitgeverij Orlando
RUSSIA: Eksmo Publishing
US: Simon & Schuster (North American rights)

 

Rights sold:
The Little Book of Bad Moods for Mothers

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
GERMANY: Droemer Knaur
UK: Bloomsbury

 

 

Rights sold:
Love, Joy, Courage. Steps Toward Sexual Maturity.

FINLAND: Minerva (orig.)
HUNGARY: Scolar
RUSSIA: Bombora

Lotta Sonninen


Lotta Sonninen works as an editor of Finnish fiction and has also translated a lot of nonfiction. She got the idea for The Little Book of Bad Moods when working on yet another book on positivity. On her free time, she plays in a band and has tried to be funny on a stand-up comedy stage as well.

Author photo by Päivi Puustinen

Mia Kankimäki


Mia Kankimäki has worked as an editor and copywriter. Her first book, Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster, a book that took her to Kyoto in search of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese noblewoman and writer who lived a thousand years ago. The book received, among others, the 2015 HelMet Award annually given by Helsinki libraries to ‘a future classic’.

Author photo by Otava Publishing

Piia Aho


Piia Aho is a graphic designer who loves book design more than anything. She always makes an effort to find the perfect visual tone for each book – whether it is crazy wild or toned down or anything in between.

Piia’s book designs have often been awarded in The Most Beautiful Books of the Year -competition. The nature book Finnish Nature that she designed with Venla Koski won the Most Beautiful Book of 2013 award.

Raisa Cacciatore & Erja Korteniemi-Poikela


 

Raisa Cacciatore MD, is a child psychiatrist, adolescent health specialist, and a certified EMDR therapist. She provides training to professionals and to parents, and has written many textbooks and works of nonfiction, including Save the Boys. She is currently writing her dissertation on the topic of supporting children’s sexuality. Raisa has received lifetime achievement awards from the Finnish Cultural Foundation (2011) and the Association of Finnish Non-Fiction Writers (2016), as well as the State Award for Public Information (2017).

Erja Korteniemi-Poikela is a midwife, nurse, clinical sexologist, and nonfiction author. She has had a long career working with the sexual health of adults, children, and adolescents, and has co-authored several nonfiction books with Raisa Cacciatore. Erja was chosen Midwife Innovator of the Year in 2000, and in 2004, received the School Health Deed of the Year award from the Finnish Association of School and Student Health for her work on the Steps to Sexual Maturity learning materials published by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

The duo’s previous collaborations include several books for adolescents, parents and professionals alike.