Novelist Alice Peterson has moved from Quercus to Simon & Schuster in a six-figure deal.
S&S publishing director Jo Dickinson bought world rights to two novels from The Agency Group’s Diana Beaumont, in the latter’s first deal since joining the company from the Rupert Heath Literary Agency.
Dickinson said: “Alice writes from the heart and is a truly wonderful storyteller. Her novels always contain warmth and humour, but she also aims to take the reader to a darker place where characters have to overcome adversity. The two novels we have bought promise to be very special indeed—we have ambitious plans in place.”
Peterson added: “I am delighted to be working with Jo and the team at S&S, their enthusiasm and vision has been inspiring. My thanks to Quercus for all they have done for me. I can’t wait to get started on the new book.”
Peterson has written four novels, all published by Quercus: Monday to Friday Man, Ten Years On, By My Side and One Step Closer to You. Her first book for S&S will be published in 2017.