In her “fastest acquisition yet”, editorial director for Orion Spring Olivia Morris pre-empted two books on baby loss and grief by Zoe Clark-Coates within 24 hours of submission.
Morris acquired world rights to the “taboo-busting” books The Baby Loss Guide and Beyond Goodbye via Jane Graham Maw at Graham Maw Christie.
Clark-Coates and her husband Andy have personally faced the loss of five babies. Out of their experiences they founded the charity the Mariposa Trust (more often known by its leading division Saying Goodbye), offering support to thousands of grieving parents and relatives around the world each week. Clark-Coates published her first book, Saying Goodbye in September 2017, and The Baby Loss Guide, to be published in April 2019, will provide practical support for anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.
Beyond Goodbye, set for release in 2020, meanwhile, will explore the subject of grief more generally, as well as providing a further support plan for the bereaved.
Morris said: “As soon as I started reading about Zoe’s story and her incredible work supporting people through her charity and at government level, I knew we had to publish her next books here at Orion Spring. Zoe’s words and actions are so meaningful and provide hope to so many already, it’s an honour as a publisher to be able to help her reach even more with these new titles.”
Clark-Coates added: “Following the success of my first book Saying Goodbye I have been inundated with requests to bring out further books on the complex subject of grief and loss, and I am overjoyed to have joined the Orion Spring family to do just that. It has been a long-held dream to be a writer for Hachette, so to see that become a reality is a ‘pinch me now’ moment.”