Cornerstone buys four from self-published Tracy Bloom

Cornerstone buys four from self-published Tracy Bloom

Cornerstone has signed a four-book deal with Kindle self-published author Tracy Bloom.

Jenny Geras, publishing director at Arrow, did the deal with Araminta Whitley at LAW.

Bloom’s self-published works include her debut novel No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday, the story of childhood sweethearts who have a one-night stand, but after agreeing not to see each other  again, meet eight months later at an ante-natal class. The novel reached number one in the Kindle bestseller list after its release in April 2013, selling 220,000 e-books in the six-month period from the release, Cornerstone said.  

Arrow will publish No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday in paperback and e-book in April this year, and a new Christmas-themed novel in October. A new sequel to No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday will follow in 2015, alongside another already self-published novel, Single Woman Seeks Revenge.

Geras said Bloom was “everything we look for in a future Arrow brand”.  She continued: “Her writing is smart, fresh and genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, and her self-publishing success gives us the perfect platform from which to launch her career across the trade and to get her to the even bigger readership she deserves.”

Bloom said that self-publishing had been “an amazing journey” which allowed her to “reach out to readers and receive a response way beyond my wildest dreams”.

“I have learnt a huge amount during the process and I'm now delighted to be joining Arrow who I know have the skills and expertise to bring my writing to an even greater audience and help take my career to the next level,” she said.

Bloom turned to Amazon after initially being unable to find a UK publisher for her work, she told the Derby Telegraph.

In October last year Bloom was singled out for her success by Amazon when it announced its third quarter results.

Bloom, who started writing when she temporarily moved to America with her family, was awarded the 2013 Reader Award for Best Author Published Read for No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday at last year’s Festival of Romance.