Simon and Schuster UK today announced the acquisition of nine titles from three top-selling self-published authors Abbi Glines, Nicole Williams and Steph Campbell. These titles will launch a programme of hot romance titles in the ‘new adult’ genre, with Jane Griffiths, Commissioning Editor, managing the list.
The titles have been self-published in ebook format in the US and several have appeared in bestseller lists. Under this new acquisition, the UK ebooks will replace self-published editions this autumn, with paperback editions for all nine titles also acquired as part of the deal and scheduled for 2013.
In the new deal announced today, jointly acquired with S&S US, by Ingrid Selberg, are four titles from iBookstore #1 author Abbi Glines, whose Sea Breeze series has sold 185k ebooks across three self-published titles, Because of Low, While it Lasts, and Breathe. The fourth title, Just for Now, has not previously been published. The S&S ebook editions of Because of Low, While it Lasts and Just for Now were available from early November 2012, with Breathe following in spring 2013.
Venetia Gosling, Editorial Director at S&S, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Abner Stein, on behalf of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, in five titles from two authors, Nicole Williams and Steph Campbell.
From Nicole Williams, three novels, Crash, Clash and Crush, tell of a steamy romance between a good girl ballet dancer and a bad boy who turns star football player. Clash was #1 on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list and both Crash and Clash regularly appear in the top 100 paid-for ebooks on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. S&S UK published Crash and Clash on 26th November 2012, with Crush coming in 2013.
The exciting 'New Adult' news just keeps on coming! I haven't read any of these books yet, although I bought a copy of Crash when it was first self-pubbed. I need to check out Abbi Glines books soon. I've heard lots of amazing things, and I have a copy of The Vincent Boys in my possession. I can't wait to get started on that one. I've heard it's pretty hot! I also love the sound of Steph Campbell's books - these are actually new to me titles, and I'm really looking forward to checking them out!
If you have read any of these titles, I'd love to know your thoughts!
Source: Simon & Schuster Press Release.