Orion is publishing Gollancz commissioning editor Rachel Winters' debut, a romantic comedy called Would Like To Meet.
World rights in the book and a second romantic comedy were acquired by editorial director Sam Eades from Winters directly. Would Like to Meet will now be a lead title for the Orion rights team at 2018's Frankfurt Book Fair.
The story introduces the reader to long-time assistant Evie Summers who will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most difficult client, Ezra Chester, to finish the script for a Hollywood romcom. The catch is he hasn’t started writing it. The blurb reads: "Suffering from ‘writer’s block,’ [Ezra] will only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. Cue Evie entering into one ridiculous romcom scenario after another, and falling back in love with life in the process."
Eades hailed Winters "an exciting new voice in the women’s fiction market" and praised Would Like To Meet as a "smart love story with a hook and heart, as well as a celebration of the romcoms we know and love".
She added: "Rachel is such a talented editor and is much-loved by her authors, so it is no surprise that she is also a dream author to work with. Would Like to Meet has left the whole of Orion with a spring in their step."
Winters has both a degree in Creative Writing and a Masters in Publishing. She commented on the deal: "Having grown up on a steady diet of romcoms, I always assumed I’d meet the love of my life reaching for the same book in a bookshop. In lieu of that, it’s been so much fun writing a love letter to romcoms with Would Like to Meet. It’s for anyone who’s ever wondered if it’s possible to meet someone the way Harry met Sally."
Would Like to Meet will be published by Trapeze in e-book, audio and trade paperback in April 2019 and mass market in August 2019.
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