Simon and Schuster UK is to launch a programme of titles in the 'new adult' genre comprising hot romances set at college or university and with a YA and crossover readership.
The publisher has bought nine titles from authors Abbi Glines, Nicole Williams and Steph Campbell, who have all self-published in the US, with several appearing in bestseller lists. UK e-books will replace the self-published editions this autumn with paperbacks of all the titles scheduled for 2013. Commissioning editor Jane Griffiths will manage the list.
S&S UK publisher Ingrid Selberg said: "We have made a substantial commitment to the acquisition of a range of bestselling authors in the 'new adult' genre . . . We are very confident that these authors will be huge bestsellers on our list. Sexy and fun, these books are unputdownable stories, which reflect the concerns and dreams of real young women. A perfect antidote to the stresses of the real world."
From Abbi Glines [pictured], whom Selberg picked out as "a terrific writer, with an enormous fan base and a track record of very impressive sales", S&S has acquired jointly with S&S US four titles in the Sea Breeze series: Because of Low, While it Lasts, Breathe and Just for Now. The series has sold 185,000 copies in e-books thus far.
Meanwhile editorial director Venetia Gosling also bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) in five novels from Nicole Williams and Steph Campbell in a deal through Abner Stein on behalf of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. The books are Nicole Williams' Crash, Clash and Crush, and Steph Campbell's Grounding Quinn and Delicate. Campbell has sold more than 75,000 copies of her books to date, said S&S.