Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Coronet to publish debut romantic comedy from Nicole Burstein

DKW are delighted to announce that Coronet is to publish a novel about two twenty-something virgins who meet at a support group by YA writer, Nicole Burstein, who will be writing under the pseudonym, Amber Crewe. Rights for the UK & Commonwealth (excluding Canada) to Adult Virgins Anonymous were snapped up by editorial director Melissa Cox in a deal struck with Bryony Woods, of DKW Literary Agency.

Kate Mundy is stuck in a placeholder job, her oldest friends have quietly left her behind, and she’s never even been on a date with someone, much less taken her underwear off with them. Freddie Weir’s only social interactions consist of comic book signings and fending off intrusive questions from his weird flatmate Damian. There’s no way he could ever ask a girl out, so maybe he’ll be alone forever?

When Freddie and Kate meet at a support group for adult virgins, they realise they might just be able to help each other out so they can both get on with finding their true romantic destinies. But might they have more in common than just lack of experience?

Cox said: “I love teen coming-of-age dramas like Sex Education and Never Have I Ever, but when this book appeared in my inbox it opened my eyes to a world where feeling awkward and inexperienced lasts beyond your teenage years and well into your twenties. Adult Virgins Anonymous wasn’t like anything else I’d ever come across in all my years of reading commercial women’s fiction and I just knew I wanted to publish it.”

Burstein said: “I’ve always found inspiration in life’s underdogs, and in a world where sex can feel like it’s everywhere, I wanted to shout out to the people for whom romance and physical intimacy isn’t quite so easy. I’m so pleased that Melissa and the team at Coronet are as excited to tell this story as I was writing it.”

Woods said: “Adult Virgins Anonymous is such a funny, uplifting and big-hearted read. At a time when we need books full of empathy and hope more than ever, Adult Virgins Anonymous has both in spades. I fell for Freddie and Kate straight away, and I’m delighted that they have found the perfect home with Melissa and the team at Coronet.”

Adult Virgins Anonymous
 will be published by Coronet this summer as an ebook, and in early 2021 as a paperback original.

Burstein is a published author of YA fiction, with two novels, Othergirl and Wonderboy published by Andersen Press in 2015 and 2016; Adult Virgins Anonymous is her first novel for adult readers. She has also worked as a bookseller at Waterstones.