HarperCollins Publishers has acquired world all languages rights for four more novels from journalist and author Laura Jane Williams. Avon’s Commissioning Editor Katie Loughnane has acquired World All Language rights from agent Ella Diamond Kahn, at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency.
Laura’s first foray into fiction, Our Stop, is already a word-of-mouth hit and is shaping up to be one of the books of the summer.
Katie Loughnane, Commissioning Editor at Avon said: ‘Laura provides everything we love about commercial fiction: her characters are achingly relatable but not stereotypical; her stories have commercial hooks but maintain real depth; her voice is smart, bold and courageous whilst simultaneously being uplifting, unashamedly romantic and – genuinely – laugh-out-loud funny. It takes an exceptional writer to be able to weave these elements into a novel, and Laura does it with such ease. She is a unique author on the Avon list and I’m over the moon that we will continue to be the home for her unforgettable fiction. I cannot wait to read, let alone publish, her next four books.’
Laura Jane Williams said: ‘I just can’t fully explain how wonderful I think everyone at Avon is. They’re a small team, but their dizzying chutzpah makes me joke that they have the ultimate #BDE – something they had to Google when I first pointed it out, but that we all laugh about together now! They’re so hands-on, flexible, and communicative, and have already impressed me so much. It was a no-brainer to continue my relationship with them.’
Ella Kahn said: ‘It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Avon on Laura’s first novel, OUR STOP, and their ambitious and creative vision for her fiction was so impressive that we had no hesitation in agreeing to publishing more books with them! Their commitment and energy is refreshing and inspiring, and I cannot wait to see their vision for Laura’s novels realised.’
Laura Jane Williams is a former RED Magazine’s 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.PreviousNext