Virginia Macgregor and Chloe Seager will be published the under new YA imprint HQ YA next year.
The imprint is part of HQ, formerly known as Harlequin and a division of HarperCollins. It replaces Mira Ink, which will be closed at the end of October.
Macgregor’s title Wishbones is about a teenager who struggles with dealing with a very overweight mother. HQ senior editor Anna Baggaley bought the UK and Commonwealth rights from Bryony Woods at Diamond Kahn and Woods and will publish in March 2017 in paperback (£7.99) and e-book (£4.99).
HQ has also acquired Editing Emma – The Secret Blog of an Internet Stalker, by Chloe Seager, a literary agent at Diane Banks Associates. Seager’s humorous debut novel is about a tech savvy teen who has an unhealthy obsession with her ex-boyfriend, so decides to set up a dating blog.
Baggaley bought world rights from Lauren Gardner at Bell Lomax Moreton Agency and will publish in August next year, again in paperback (£7.99) and e-book (£4.99).
Speaking about the deals, Baggeley said Macgregor’s Virginia’s writing is “so exceptional powerful”, whilst Seager’s books is “absolute joy to read”.