Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Avon acquires Laura Jane Williams’ debut novel

Avon Books have signed a World All Languages deal with journalist and author Laura Jane Williams. Phoebe Morgan acquired rights to Our Stop from Ella Kahn at Diamond, Kahn and Woods. The book is slated for publication in June 2019.

Our Stop is a love story of near-misses; full of humour and heart, it’s the Rush Hour Crush column for the millennial age where none of us have got the time to finish scrolling through Instagram, let alone meet someone. It’s the story of two people with messy lives who can’t quite connect – but want to.

Phoebe Morgan, Senior Commissioning Editor at Avon said: ‘I’m obsessed with the “Rush Hour Crush” column in the Metro and I love the idea of two people meeting through a chance connection like that. I’ve admired Laura’s amazing platform and her writing for a long time, and working with her on this book feels like the perfect combination. I know she will bring so much heart to this novel and I can’t wait to see people reading it on the train!’

Laura Jane Williams said: ‘I am so thrilled to be working on this with Phoebe – I’ve followed her career avidly since meeting at the Stylist Lit Fest a few years ago, and am in awe at her ability to manage the market’s demands with what authors want to write. Avon are the perfect home for my first foray into novel-writing, and I so look forward to making them my fiction home.’

Laura Jane Williams is RED Magazine’s ‘Talking Point’ columnist and Grazia’s ex-dating guru, as well as a keynote speaker and author. She’s known for her touching insight, outrageous wit, and charismatic truth-talking both off- and online, with a focus predominantly on female empowerment and connection. She is also the author of two non-fiction books, published by Hodder.