Self-published crime trilogy to Avon

HarperCollins imprint Avon has snapped up a series of self-published novels as it looks to boost its crime list. The imprint, which specialises in commercial fiction, will publish three crime novels by British author Mark Sennen after he found a significant audience online with his self-published books for the Kindle.

His Detective Inspector Charlotte Savage books—police procedurals set in Plymouth and Dartmoor—have sold more than 73,000 e-books in the UK, and have spent 250 days in the Kindle bestseller chart. The author lives in rural Devon.

Claire Bord, editorial director at Avon, bought UK and Commonwealth rights, including translation rights, from Claire Roberts at Trident Media.

Avon plans to publish Touch, the first of three titles, as an e-book in January 2013, while the paperback will be published in April.

Bord said: “We have been searching for new home-grown talent for a while.”