Corvus has acquired seven books from self-published author Nick Alexander, whose title The Missing Boyfriend was in the top 10 in the Kindle paid-for charts for six weeks.
Senior editor Laura Palmer bought world English language rights to The Missing Boyfriend as well as an as yet untitled sequel, and to all five of Alexander's backlist titles: 50 Reasons to Say Goodbye, Sottopassaggio, Good Thing Bad Thing, Better Than Easy and Sleight of Hand. The deal was done through agent Adrian Weston.
The Missing Boyfriend follows CC, a successful careerwoman approaching 40, who wants a baby and is beginning to wonder how she's going to meet a man.
This is Alexander's first mainstream commercial women's fiction title, with his previous five novels gaining a "cult" following among gay readers. They had all been published by Alexander's own BigFib Books imprint, selling through Amazon and gay retail outlets such as Prowler Soho and Gay's the Word.
Palmer said: "Nick is a real find and I am extremely excited about bringing his writing to a mainstream audience".
Alexander said he thought Corvus would be a "perfect fit for my work".
Corvus will first release digital editions of The Missing Boyfriend in August 2011, launching its print edition of the book in April 2012.
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