Hachette Children’s Group and Walker Books have both bought books from Nicola Morgan, including her landmark 100th title.
Walker Books’ Caroline Royds has bought world English language rights to Life Online: Teenage Wellbeing, investigating the effects of the internet, digital and social media on wellbeing and learning, from Elizabeth Roy of the Elizabeth Roy Literary Agency. It will be published towards the end of next year.
Meanwhile Victoria Brooker, managing editor of HCB's Wayland Books, bought world rights to Positively Teenage, which will be Nicola’s 100th book, and "moves away from focusing on problems and provides a blueprint for sailing strongly through adolescence". This was also acquired through Roy and is due to be published in early 2018.
Morgan said: “My first YA novels were published by Hachette and my first non-fiction by Wayland, so this feels like revisiting my home. Or having two homes. In Walker and Wayland Books, it’s exciting to work with two groups of people who are fascinated by the same things as I am. I’m lucky to have the chance to write two books at once – if I can stay offline for long enough.”
Brooker said: “Nicola Morgan is a longstanding, widely-respected expert in young people’s wellbeing, and we are thrilled to be working with a writer of her calibre. Positively Teenage will be a fantastic antidote to some of the pessimistic – and inaccurate – narratives about teenagers. We are also absolutely delighted to be celebrating an incredible landmark in Nicola’s career - her 100th title.”
Royds said: “This is cutting edge non-fiction – never mind the teenagers, I want to know what happens to my wellbeing when I use the internet. Nicola’s books are pitch-perfect for young adults and Life Online is one of her most exciting projects to date.”