HC signs O'Porter in six-figure deal for adult novels

HC signs O'Porter in six-figure deal for adult novels

HarperCollins has signed a six-figure deal for two novels by TV presenter Dawn O'Porter.

Commercial women's fiction director Kimberley Young signed a deal for world rights in all languages with Adrian Sington at Sington & Co Ltd. The books will be O'Porter's first adult novels. She has previously written YA novels, which will continue to be published through Hot Key Books.

Young said: "Dawn is a creative powerhouse and her amazing young adult books showcased the fact that there is no emotion that Dawn doesn't explore - which is why it is so exciting to take Dawn to a whole new audience with brave, funny and searingly honest fiction."

Her debut YA novel, Paper Aeroplanes, was published in 2013, and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, as well as being sold into seven territories, including the US and Germany.

Porter said: "I remember when I first moved to London nearly 15 years ago and I stood staring at the doors of HarperCollins thinking ‘one day I’ll be in there’. Well I got there eventually and couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m so ready to venture into adult fiction and it’s so encouraging to have the support of such a brilliant publishing house behind me."

HarperFiction will release Dawn's first adult novel in summer 2016.