I have a new two-book deal with Avon UK!

I’m really thrilled to be able to announce that my next two novels will be published by Avon UK, part of HarperCollins!

2015-08-12 11.12.06These things take a while for all the T’s to be crossed and I’s to be dotted, so I’ve been sitting on the news since mid-August, when I went down to The News Building, standing right next to London’s Shard and just as impressively glassy (though not quite as tall).

I met Eleanor Dryden and some of the energetic and enthusiastic Avon UK team. They’d decorated the room with hats, as the heroine of my novel, Ava, is a milliner, and made chocolate cake and bought biscuits. (They had me with that cake.)2015-08-14 07.38.23

My lovely agent, Juliet Pickering of Blake Friedmann, came to the meeting, of course, and asked all the questions I didn’t think of, but as Eleanor unrolled Avon’s plans for my books, and for me as an author, I found myself realising that I’d found my new home.

Avon wasn’t the only publisher in the frame but Eleanor and her team were the ones who said everything I wanted to hear so, in the end, after a whirlwind couple of weeks of trying to compare offers that seemed impossible to compare, the decision made itself.

Here’s a little about the books in the deal (titles to be decided):

Book 1

Set in London at Christmas time, the story’s about things being difficult for Ava’s millinery business, revenge porn, Sam having all the trappings of success but little defence against his mother’s illness, and whether it’s obligatory to like Christmas. Due out around September 2016.

Book 2

In contrast, a summer book, set in France, where Leah, who has remained determinedly single and child-free, finds herself looking after her sister’s family while her sister’s life detonates. I’m about halfway through the first draft and the finished article is due out in Summer 2017. (I would be further along with this book if my research hadn’t led me down a blind alley. Every book seems to go through this phase, when I have to doΒ  relationship counselling between my plot and my research.)

2015-08-12 15.42.00On the way home from the meeting, I stopped for a private celebration. Yes, I drank them both!

I’m not even ashamed. πŸ™‚

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45 responses to “I have a new two-book deal with Avon UK!

  1. markewest

    Woo hoo!

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  2. Well done! I am really, really pleased for you xx

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  3. Excellent news, ‘Cheers!’

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  4. So thrilled for you – and for all your readers who, like me, are eagerly awaiting the next book. XX

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  5. Lizzie Lamb

    Well done Sue, thrilled for you.

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  6. Lizzie Lamb

    Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:
    So pleased for Sue Moorcrift and her two book deal. Who next we wonder ?

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  7. Jan Brigden

    So pleased for you, Sue! Many Congratulations & very best wishes πŸ™‚ Xx

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  8. Reblogged this on Fay Keenan and commented:
    This is absolutely brilliant news! Well done, Sue – I can’t wait to read the new books. πŸ™‚

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  9. Well done, Sue! Great news. Glad we all have these new books to look forward to πŸ™‚

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  10. beverleyeikli

    Such brilliant news, Sue! It must have been so hard to keep that under your hat. That pun came out of nowhere but it’s pretty appropriate. I love books about dressmakers and milliners, being so into that, myself. Enjoy the celebrating!!! I’m so thrilled for you. πŸ™‚

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  11. So pleased for you! Can’t wait to read them!

    Mandy xx

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  12. Congratulations, Sue!! πŸ™‚

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  13. Fantastic news, Sue!! That sounds like one amazing whirlwind and I am so pleased you enjoyed your day. Sounds like you have an amazing team around you. Many congratulations.

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  14. Congratulations, Sue! Can’t wait to read them both πŸ™‚

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  15. So happy for you, Sue! Well deserved. Look forward to reading them.

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  16. Aww that is wonderful news x

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  17. Liv T

    Congratulations, Sue – so thrilled for you. They are lucky to have you xx

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  18. WhoooppWhooop Its been a long time coming and very well deserved. Looks like the drinks will be on you. I am envious beyond green but couldn’t happen to a nicer lady. Wishing you more happy times xx

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  19. Congratulations again, am beyond thrilled for you! So proud of my fab Aunt πŸ™‚

    Nikki x

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  20. Yay! Congratulations! That is brilliant news!

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  21. Congratulations Sue, so thrilled for you x

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