Orion launches new YA imprint

Orion Children's Books is launching a new Young Adult imprint, with Harlan Coben's first foray into YA fiction among the "starry authors" geared up for release.

Indigo will publish four titles a month, beginning in September this year. Fiona Kennedy will be publisher of the imprint, working with commissioning editors Amber Caravéo, also of Orion Children's Books, and Gillian Redfearn of Gollancz.

The first titles will be Kate Harrison's Soul Beach, Cinda Williams Chima's The Warrior Heir and Mia James' Darkness Falls, all coming on 1st September. Harlan Coben's Shelter, featuring Mickey Bolitar, nephew of his adult fiction hero Myron Bolitar, will follow on 15th September. Orion Publishing Group trade m.d. Lisa Milton said: "As a father of four, Harlan has always wanted to bring his style of breakneck twists to a younger audience."

Other authors lined up for the imprint include Holly Black, Marcus Sedgwick, Sara Grant and Cliff McNish.

Kennedy said: "Indigo will publish teen fiction with style and poise, as the clutch of starry authors on the list shows. It will give our teen titles an identity and status as a whole, and each book more profile individually.

"A number of our authors have been writing older novels and Indigo will give them the support and freedom to develop their work for this readership, as well as giving us the perfect opportunity to extend the range of titles we publish. As always, our list will be one of hand-picked titles that we feel passionately about."

Milton said the imprint will work with social networking sites to build its profile and fan base. She said: "Finding growth in this challenging market is difficult, and encouraging children to continue reading as they become young adults and are faced with myriad distractions is vital to the future health of our industry. Harnessing the potential of social networking sites we will create a community of fierce fiction readers. We are thrilled to launch with such amazing authors, and look forward to attracting even more to our lists."