YA author Louise O’Neill is moving to Quercus’ adult imprint with her editor Niamh Mulvey, who took on the role of senior commissioning editor of the adult list last month.
Mulvey signed world rights to two more books from O’Neill in a “significant deal” with Rachel Conway of Georgina Capel Associates.
The titles of the books are yet to be confirmed but Quercus said they will still have “YA and crossover appeal”.
Mulvey said: “I couldn’t be more delighted to be continuing this exciting publishing journey with Louise. She keeps all of us at Quercus on our toes with her phenomenal storytelling and frank, no holds barred feminism. And while the next two books mark something of a departure – in that they will focus on the experience of older characters – we know Louise’s fans will follow her, whatever she writes.”
Jon Riley, editor-in-chief of Quercus’ adult division, added: “I am so happy that Louise will be an integral part of the new imprint we are forming. She is such an exciting and unusual talent, with the ability to reach an enormous readership, who has written two special books in her short career already.”
O’Neill’s first novel, Only Ever Yours, was published by Quercus Children’s and won The Bookseller’s inaugural YA Book Prize in March. The film rights were sold to Killer Content last month, which is also when her second novel, Asking for It, was released.