Bookouture signs three from self-published Barlow

Bookouture signs three from self-published Barlow

Bookouture has signed three novels by self-published author Christie Barlow.

Publishing director Claire Bord acquired world English language rights to A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, Beyond the School Gates and a third book from the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.

Bord said: “Christie has established a solid fanbase with her first novel. There is huge potential to keep growing her readership, bringing Christie’s novels to a new audience. Her writing is a breath of fresh air; sharp, hilarious, and recognizable to playground mums everywhere.”

Barlow said she was “absolutely honoured and thrilled” to be working with Bookouture.

Bookouture will publish A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother in July 2015, followed by Beyond the School Gates in early September 2015 with the third following in spring 2016.

The digital publisher has also acquired US and Canadian e-book rights to Natalie Meg Evans’s The Dress Thief and The Milliner’s Secret. Bord agreed the deal with Laura Longrigg of MBA Literary Agency.

Bord said: “I was a huge fan of The Dress Thief. It’s an incredibly accomplished and exquisitely written debut novel set in the world of 1930s Parisian haute couture. Bookouture has rapidly cemented a strong and growing readership in international markets for our authors. I’m delighted that we have the opportunity to bring Natalie Meg Evans’s novels to an American and Canadian audience.”

The Dress Thief, which has been shortlisted for Best First Book Romance Writers of American Awards,will be released this spring. Bookouture will release The Milliner’s Secret in the US and Canada simultaneously with the Quercus UK edition in July 2015.