Trisha Ashley is to move from Avon to Transworld, with the publisher saying it will take her to “a whole new level in popular fiction”.
Editorial director Harriet Bourton acquired Commonwealth rights in four new frontlist titles by Ashley, as well as three backlist titles, from the Judith Murdoch Agency.
Transworld will begin publishing Ashley in autumn 2016, with a Bantam Press hardback, followed by a Black Swan paperback in spring 2017.
Bourton said: “We are ecstatic about welcoming such a star to our list. Trisha’s unique storytelling, kind-hearted characters and brilliant northern humour have captured hundreds of thousands of fans over the years, and we have a bold publishing strategy to take Trisha to a whole new level in popular fiction.
“Trisha's arrival here is a crucial part of our ambitious plans to cultivate new generations of brand authors – the vision of a focused team of in-house women’s fiction ambassadors from across the business – and to drive our list on to ever greater successes in the future.”
Ashley said: “I am very grateful to Avon for their hard work over the happy years I’ve spent with them but I feel the time is right to turn over a new page with Transworld.”
Last week it was announced that Danielle Steel was leaving Transworld to go to Pan Macmillan.
At the time Larry Finlay, m.d. of Transworld Publishers, said that Transworld has “a very active growth plan in the area of women’s fiction where we are investing in a mix of writers and innovative publishing, so watch this space”.
Ashley has sold 703,732 copies of her books through Nielsen BookScan. Her latest, Creature Comforts, released in February, has sold 4,842 copies through Nielsen BookScan.