Breaking news: US publishing deal for award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro and PUTIN’S TROLLS!

We are absolutely thrilled to share the breaking news about the forthcoming US publication of Jessikka Aro’s PUTIN’S TROLLS in Fall 2021 by prestigious New York-based award-winning independent pressIg Publishing, dedicated to publishing progressive political nonfiction and original literary fiction.

Editor-in-Chief at Ig Publishing, Robert Lasner, who acquired World English rights to PUTIN’S TROLLS is honored to be publishing this first-hand memoir/reportage account.
Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro was bullied out of her country by Putin’s internet trolls, revealing the true face of an invisible threat that is only growing in power. The deal was negotiated in collaboration with co-agent Rhea Lyons at HG Literary on behalf of Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Download the English sample for the title by clicking here.

”Very happy and proud to bring this vitally important book to an American audience.”
– Robert Lasner, Editor-in-Chief, Ig Publishing

On December 1st, 2020, Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare.

”I’m excited that the native English speaking audiences will finally get the access to my book, which they have been waiting for so eagerly! In addition, I’m happy to see the book published in the US, whose politics are heavily influenced by Russian trolls and propaganda.”
– Jessikka Aro

Rights to PUTIN’S TROLLS have been sold now in 9 languages, most recently in Sweden to Sensor Förlag. The book has been a bestseller in Finland since its publication in fall 2019.

About the book
Russia wages war against civilians online. Every critical voice is an enemy. Award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro’s book presents criminal smearing campaigns, launched and approved by the Kremlin against private individuals around Western countries.

Putin’s Trolls, praised by critics in Finland, brings together recent international and illegal filth operations to silence and smear the critics of the Kremlin. The book zooms into the destinies of the author Jessikka Aro, financier Bill Browder, Bellingcat investigator Eliot Higgins, journalist Liz Wahl and many more.

Well documented and shocking true stories show that Russia does not shy away from the darkest means of eliminating its opponents through cyber-espionage, social media trolls, fake news, cyber-attacks, death threats and hate campaigns by PR professionals.

About the author

Jessikka Aro (born 1980) is a Finnish journalist working for Finland’s public service broadcaster Yle. In September 2014, she began to investigate pro-Russian Internet trolls, but became a victim of their activities herself.

On December 1, Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, presented in partnership with the Washington Post and hosted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND:
Johnny Kniga (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC:
Denik N
ESTONIA:
Menu Meedia/Stratkom
HUNGARY:
Corvina
LITHUANIA:
Briedis
POLAND:
Sine Qua Non
ROMANIA:
Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN:
Sensor Förlag
WORLD ENGLISH:
Ig Publishing

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro (born 1980) is a Finnish journalist working for Finland’s public service broadcaster Yle. In September 2014, she began to investigate pro-Russian Internet trolls, but became a victim of their activities herself.

In 2019 she was notified that she was to receive an International Women of Courage Award but this was mysteriously rescinded just before the ceremony.

Bibliography


Jessikka Aro

Putin's Trolls

2019, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

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PUTIN’S TROLLS sold in Sweden! Jessikka Aro receives prestigious international Courage in Journalism Award!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce a wonderful new deal for Jessikka Aro’s award-winning and bestselling PUTIN’S TROLLS – sold today in Sweden to Sensor Förlag. The newly established publisher is excited to bring this extremely important, timeless book to the Swedish audience:

“We are incredibly happy for the opportunity to release Jessikka Aro’s book Putinin Trollit (Putin’s Trolls) in Swedish. The book provides insight, as it creates understanding of the negative sides of the digital revolution. It opens our eyes to how lies, information warfare, manipulation and other methods are used online for antagonistic purposes. Besides being an astonishing and incredible reading experience, this book will also act as an important tool in educating the reader, and ultimately our contemporary society. “ – Björn Bergholm, Publisher, Sensor Förlag

Breaking news from the United States: On December 1, Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, presented in partnership with the Washington Post and hosted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare. This award differs from the one reported two months ago by CNN, when Trump’s White House and State Department revoked its invitation for her to receive a prestigious International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award due to social media posts by Aro that the President found critical.

Putin’s Trolls has been a sales sensation in Finland since its publication in 2019, and drawing rave reviews. Her account is timeless, and its information is eye-opening.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Denik N
ESTONIA: Menu Meedia/Stratkom
HUNGARY: Corvina
LITHUANIA: Briedis
POLAND: Wydawnictwo SQN
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Sensor Förlag

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro (born 1980) is a Finnish journalist working for Finland’s public service broadcaster Yle. In September 2014, she began to investigate pro-Russian Internet trolls, but became a victim of their activities herself.

In 2019 she was notified that she was to receive an International Women of Courage Award but this was mysteriously rescinded just before the ceremony.

Bibliography


Jessikka Aro

Putin's Trolls

2019, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

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Courage in Journalism Award for Jessikka Aro! New review for her PUTIN’S TROLLS!

We are very proud to announce that Jessikka Aro, author of PUTIN’S TROLLS, has received International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage of Journalism Award!

The other three award recipients were imprisoned Egyptian multimedia journalist Solafa MagdyYakeen Bido, a freelance broadcast journalist in Syria; and, Uighur journalist of Radio Free Asia, Gulchehra Hoja.

“Right now, the pursuit of truth, and the need for diverse journalism, is at a critical high,” said the IWMF’s Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz. “This year’s Courage in Journalism Award winners remind us that those who tell the world’s most vital stories, whatever the risk may be, are our true heroes. We congratulate Jessikka, Solafa, Yakeen, and Gulchehra for your spectacular work and uncommon bravery.”

Jessikka Aro reports from the frontlines of Russian information warfare, conducting courageous investigations inside troll factories while enduring incessant attacks and sexual harassment.

Her story is now available in her bestselling narrative nonfiction PUTIN’S TROLLS that has already been acquired by publishers in 7 territories and sold over 20 000 copies in Finland.

Ask for the full English manuscript of PUTIN’S TROLLS by clicking here.

NEW EXCELLENT REVIEW FOR PUTIN’S TROLLS

”Jessikka Aro’s ambitions are to show that the Russian troll business is not a single phenomenon, but a whole system that does not rule out unpleasant surprises in the future. She succeeds well in proving this.”

Here is the full review from Hufvudstadsbladet (in Swedish)

OTHER PRAISE:

”Valuable insight into Russian troll operations worldwide. ”
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Have you ever thought about how defenseless one person can be when systematically attacked with information warfare?
This is what happened to Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro. The book is an outstanding personal and educational story about the dangers of modern information society and the possibilities of defending oneself against them.
Precaution – reading this can severely damage one’s naivety with irreversible consequences.”
 – Raul Rebane, Stratkom, Estonia

”A brave and forceful attempt in the time of the ongoing information warfare
to make the invisible culprits visible.”
– László Kúnos, Director, Corvina Kiado, Hungary

”The extraordinary story of Finnish journalist Jessika Aro is a prime example of a great personal courage and journalist’s dedication face to face new types of threats at the time of an actual hybrid information conflict. The book represents important evidence in the recent debates about the risks we underestimate or even don’t realize.”
– Ján Simkanič, Director, Denik N, Czech Republic

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro (born 1980) is a Finnish journalist working for Finland’s public service broadcaster Yle. In September 2014, she began to investigate pro-Russian Internet trolls, but became a victim of their activities herself.

In 2019 she was notified that she was to receive an International Women of Courage Award but this was mysteriously rescinded just before the ceremony.

Bibliography


Jessikka Aro

Putin's Trolls

2019, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

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Now 7 territories for PUTIN’S TROLLS, 4 for WILD EAST!

We are very excited to announce that narrative nonfiction PUTIN’S TROLLS will now be published in 7 territories! Congratulations go to Lebada Neagra that yesterday acquired the Romanian rights.

Ask for the full English manuscript of PUTIN’S TROLLS by clicking here.

Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro made a major journalistic investigation of the Russian propaganda machine in Finland. She paid a heavy price for it – she was slandered threatened systematically for years and finally had to flee abroad for her own safety.

”A brave and forceful attempt in the time of the ongoing information warfare
to make the invisible culprits visible.”
– László Kúnos, Director, Corvina Kiado, Hungary

”The extraordinary story of Finnish journalist Jessika Aro is a prime example of a great personal courage and journalist’s dedication face to face new types of threats at the time of an actual hybrid information conflict. The book represents important evidence in the recent debates about the risks we underestimate or even don’t realize.”
– Ján Simkanič, Director, Denik N, Czech Republic

The courageous book by award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro was published in September 2019 and has already sold over 17 000 copies in Finland.

 

WILD EAST is the untold story Finnish Kindred Nation Wars in the aftermath of the World War I in North-Eastern Europe – and the fierce events of the year 1919.

The book has been praised for its realism and shocking impression on the reader:

“The work brings new, dark tones to the mythical picture of the Finnish Kindred Nation Wars and the construction of the Greater Finland. It positions the wars in the great power game of the early 1920s and in the ideological continuity between the World Wars. A dramatic story of the actions, motives and destinies of individual people reveals how war breaks people’s bodies and minds.”
‒ Finlandia Nonfiction Award jury 2019

We are glad to announce that Romanian Lebada Neagra joins Estonian Rahva Raamat and Swedish Lind & Co and Finnish Tammi in the list of WILD EAST publishers!

Click here to request English reading materials for WILD EAST.

 

RIGHTS SOLD: (PUTIN’S TROLLS)

FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)

CZECH REPUBLIC:
Denik N
ESTONIA:
Menu Meedia/Stratkom
HUNGARY:
Corvina
LITHUANIA:
Briedis
POLAND:
Wydawnictwo Sine Qua Non
ROMANIA:
Lebada Neagra

RIGHTS SOLD (WILD EAST):

FINLAND, Tammi (orig.)

ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
ROMANIA: Lebada Neagra
SWEDEN: Lind&Co

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro (born 1980) is a Finnish journalist working for Finland’s public service broadcaster Yle. In September 2014, she began to investigate pro-Russian Internet trolls, but became a victim of their activities herself.

In 2019 she was notified that she was to receive an International Women of Courage Award but this was mysteriously rescinded just before the ceremony.

Hungarian and Czech rights for sold for PUTIN’S TROLLS!

We are very excited to announce that both Hungarian and Czech rights for Putin’s Trolls have been sold this week and the courageous title will now be published in 6 countries. Congratulations Jessikka Aro,  Hungarian publisher Corvina and Czech publisher Denik N!

Ask for the full English manuscript by clicking here.

Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro made a major journalistic investigation of the Russian propaganda machine in Finland. She paid a heavy price for it – she was slandered threatened systematically for years and finally had to flee abroad for her own safety.

PUBLISHER’S PRAISE:

”A brave and forceful attempt in the time of the ongoing information warfare
to make the invisible culprits visible.”

– László Kúnos, Director, Corvina Kiado, Hungary

”The extraordinary story of Finnish journalist Jessika Aro is a prime example of a great personal courage and journalist’s dedication face to face new types of threats at the time of an actual hybrid information conflict. The book represents important evidence in the recent debates about the risks we underestimate or even don’t realize.”
– Ján Simkanič, Director, Denik N, Czech Republic

“Have you ever thought about how defenseless one person can be when systematically attacked with information warfare?
This is what happened to Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro. The book is an outstanding personal and educational story about dangers of modern information society and the possibilities of defending oneself against them.
Precaution – reading this can severely damage one’s naivety with irreversible consequences.”
 – Raul Rebane, Stratkom, Estonia

The courageous book by award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro was published in September 2019 and has already sold over 17 000 copies in Finland.  The rights were acquired previously by Wydawnictwo Sine Qua Non in Poland,  Menu Meedia/Stratkom in Estonia and Briedis in Lithuania.

PUTIN’S TROLLS is the most important, and even shocking, narrative nonfiction of the year. The book tells the true stories from the frontline of the Russian information warfare around the world.  Told in unflinching detail, Jessikka’s extraordinary story is supported by accounts from many distinguished and internationally known critics of the Kremlin, including Bill Browder, Eliot Higgins, Liz Wahl, Martin Kragh, Jelena Milic and many others – all of whom share their experiences of being the targets of Russia’s hateful and multifaceted cyber-espionage campaigns.

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)

CZECH REPUBLIC:
Denik N
ESTONIA:
Menu Meedia/Stratkom
HUNGARY:
Corvina
LITHUANIA:
Briedis
POLAND:
Wydawnictwo Sine Qua Non

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro (born 1980) is a Finnish journalist working for Finland’s public service broadcaster Yle. In September 2014, she began to investigate pro-Russian Internet trolls, but became a victim of their activities herself.

In 2019 she was notified that she was to receive an International Women of Courage Award but this was mysteriously rescinded just before the ceremony.

Bibliography


Jessikka Aro

Putin's Trolls

2019, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, History & Politics

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13 PRE-LONDON DEALS!

Here are the 13 deals made just before London Book Fair. Although the Fair is now canceled, the titles are still hotter than ever! Congratulations to all the authors and publishers!


PUTIN’S TROLLS by Jessikka Aro

Last weeks’ sales: Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic
Total rights sold: 5 languages.

Today, we can announce that Czech Rights have been sold to Denik N. 

The extraordinary story of Finnish journalist Jessika Aro is a prime example of a great personal courage and journalist’s dedication face to face new types of threats at the time of an actual hybrid information conflict. The book represents important evidence in the recent debates about the risks we underestimate or even don’t realize.”
– Ján Simkanič, Director, Denik N, Czech Republic

RIGHTS SOLD (5): FINLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, ESTONIA, LITHUANIA, POLAND

Materials available: Full English manuscript – ask by clicking here


A WONDERFUL LIFE by Frank Martela

Last weeks’ sales: Turkey, Taiwan, Greece, Lithuania. 
Total rights sold: 13 languages.

As the book will only be published by HarperCollins/Harper Design on 24th of March 2020, this is altogether 13 pre-publication deals!

What is the meaning of life? Why doesn’t happiness work as a life goal? Don’t worry, philosopher Frank Martela has got you covered on these questions.

RIGHTS SOLD (13): FINLAND, CROATIA, ESTONIA,  GREECE, JAPAN, KOREA, LITHUANIA,  NETHERLANDS,  NORWAY,  RUSSIA, TAIWAN, UNITED STATES, TURKEY

Materials available: Full English manuscript – ask by clicking here


THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT by Mia Kankimäki

Last weeks’ sales: Sweden, Italy
Total rights sold: 16 languages.

Part biography, part travelogue, this book takes you from Karen Blixen’s farm to the forbidden city of Tibet to modern-day Japan,  following the footsteps of 10 brave historical women.RIGHTS SOLD (16): FINLAND, CHINA, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, ESTONIA, FRANCE,
GERMANY,  ITALY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, RUSSIA, SLOVENIA,  SWEDEN, UNITED STATES

Materials available: Full English manuscript – ask by clicking here


RED ABBEY CHRONICLES by Maria Turtschaninoff

Yesterday sold to: Bulgaria
Total rights sold: 23 languages.

This best-selling trilogy, award-winning feminist YA saga has sold to 23 territories – and counting.
Also, the feature film is being developed by Film4/The Bureau.RIGHTS SOLD (23): FINLAND, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, BULGARIA, CANADA, CHINA, DENMARK, ESTONIA, FRANCE, GERMANY, HUNGARY, ITALY, LATVIA, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, POLAND, ROMANIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, TURKEY, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES

Materials available: Full English manuscripts – ask by clicking here


LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES 3: STICKY THE HORRIBLE SNOWMAN by Magdalena Hai

Last weeks’ sales: Estonia, Romania
Total rights sold: 13 languages.

Magdalena Hai and Teemu Juhani’s quirky, popular and hilarious early reader’s series The Little Shop of Nightmares has nowa 3rd book coming up, rights sold already to Estonia and Romania!

RIGHTS SOLD FOR THE SERIES  (13): FINLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, ESTONIA, GERMANY, HUNGARY, LATVIA, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SWEDEN, TURKEY

Materials available: Full English pdfs – ask by clicking here

Frank Martela


Frank Martela, PhD, is a philosopher and researcher of psychology specializing in the question of meaning in life. His articles have appeared in Scientific American Mind, Harvard Business Review and Salon and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Journal of Personality, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Review of General Psychology, and Organization Studies. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on four continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Fitness, Vice News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is based at Aalto University in Helsinki.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children (currently 8, 5, and 3 years old), an amateur-level soccer player, with an occasional skiing trip in the winters. He is made in Green Bay, so Packers holds a special place in his heart.

Jessikka Aro


Jessikka Aro (born 1980) is a Finnish journalist working for Finland’s public service broadcaster Yle. In September 2014, she began to investigate pro-Russian Internet trolls, but became a victim of their activities herself.

In 2019 she was notified that she was to receive an International Women of Courage Award but this was mysteriously rescinded just before the ceremony.

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is a lover of cross genre fiction and all things strange, and her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Besides writing Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.