Independent publisher Accent Press has signed a 25-book deal with one of Wales’ best-loved and most prolific authors of historical and romantic fiction, Catrin Collier.
Accent acquired world rights in all print and e-book formats for six new Collier titles and 19 backlist novels with Philip Patterson of Marjacq Scripts.
Starting on 11th July, Accent will publish eight titles in Collier’s Hearts of Gold series, which was filmed as a mini-series by the BBC. Set in Collier’s hometown of Pontypridd between 1930 and 1950, Hearts of Gold follows the peace and wartime fortunes of the Powell and Ronconi families. The titles in the series include One Blue Moon, A Silver Lining, All That Glitters, Such Sweet Sorrow, Past Remembering, Broken Rainbows and Spoils of War, and all will be published in large print (£29.99), paperback (£14.99), hardback (£19.99) and e-book (£2.99).
Accent founder and m.d. Hazel Cushion said the new covers were designed to particularly appeal to the digital and library markets, and said of the cheap e-book price: “What we’ve found is that people love a series, they love something they can really get behind and get involved in, so they’re very good value reads.”
The Swansea Girls series (Swansea Girls, Swansea Summer and Homecoming), which follows the lives of four teenage girls looking for romance in 1950s Swansea, will also be published from 11th July, as will the Brothers and Lovers series, which starts with Beggars and Choosers, set in 1906 in the Rhondda Valleys during the time of the miners’ strike, and ends with Tiger Ragtime based in the 1930s in the Tiger Bay community of Cardiff. There are also two stand-alone novels, Magda’s Daughter and One Last Summer, both published on 5th September in all formats.
The first of Collier’s new novels, The Long Road to Baghdad (£7.99), will be published in February 2014 and is the first in a trilogy about three friends who are sent to fight in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) during the First World War. A second trilogy, beginning with The Tzar’s Dragon, will follow in April 2014, about a Welsh emigrant who moves to Russia and sets up a steelworks in the early 20th century.
Cushion calls Collier Wales’ answer to Maeve Binchy. “Being a Welsh publisher, we had been very keen to get hold of Catrin’s books because she is one of the bestselling contemporary Welsh authors. These books are absolutely ideal for the library market and print on demand means they’re permanently available and in stock, so we’re able to open up into lots of different formats for all her backlist.”