Transworld has bought five books by Meredith Wild, who was originally self-published, in a “significant six-figure deal”.
Editorial director Harriet Bourton acquired British Commonwealth rights to all five books in the Hacker series from Grand Central Publishing in the US.
The first four books in the series, which were originally self-published – Hardwired, Hardpressed, Hardline and Hard Limit – were released as Transworld e-book editions on 7th April.
Mass-market paperback editions will follow in July and August.
The fifth and final book in the series, Hard Love, will be released in both e-book and mass-market paperback editions on 24th September.
Bourton said: “We have been biding our time to find a new series author who could seriously compete in the modern romance market, and UK fans of Sylvia Day will love Meredith’s addictive story.
“The Hacker series has such broad appeal, which is evident in Meredith’s sustained success over the past year. We’re launching the print series with a major nationwide marketing campaign and are confident that the proven performance in the UK digital market is a sign to come of real success for the paperbacks this summer. Early responses from the retailers have been incredibly encouraging, and we are so excited about what is to come.”
The Hacker series is about “young, savvy businesswoman Erica Hathaway and the intensely powerful relationship she develops with charismatic billionaire Blake Landon”.
Bourton has also acquired her first non-fiction book, by blogger The Unmumsy Mum, real name Sarah Turner.
The book will be about the “hilarious realities of motherhood”.
Bourton bought British Commonwealth rights from Hannah Ferguson at Hardman & Swainson in a pre-empt.
Bourton said: “Sarah’s writing is exactly what I love to read: full of voice, wit and humanity, and she talks about being a mother in a way that feels like a conversation with a friend. Her irreverence makes me laugh out loud.
“The engagement she has with her readers is incredible – the growing number of visitors to her blog and Facebook page is staggering – and it’s clear there is demand for a book about motherhood that tells it like it really is.”
Transworld will publish in February 2016 in time for Mother’s Day with a Bantam Press hardcover.
Turner said: “I originally had doubts about writing such an honest and uncensored account of motherhood but the “warts and all” approach seems to have really struck a chord with parents. I never dreamed the blog would take off in the way that it has, but over a million views and thousands of messages later I am confident that the next step has to be a book. I’m absolutely thrilled to be teaming up with Transworld to make this happen.”