Pan Macmillan has acquired five self-published and two unpublished novels by bestselling e-book saga writer Mary Wood.
Louise Buckley bought UK and Commonwealth rights, including Canada, from Judith Murdoch at the Judith Murdoch Literary Agency.
Wood, who began writing in 1989 and found success in 2011 when she started to self-publish her novels, said she was "thrilled to be taking the next step and entering the world of traditional publishing". Buckley commented: "I knew I'd found a gem when I first discovered Mary's books. She writes with an honesty and warmth of heart that is unrivalled." Murdoch has described Wood's writing as being "in the grand tradition of Catherine Cookson and Meg Hutchinson".
Pan Macmillan will publish the novels in paperbook and e-book throughout 2014 and 2015. The publisher has previously signed self-published success stories Amanda Hocking, Kerry Wilkinson and Novelicious founder Kirsty Greenwood.