Cumbrian author signs contract for two books with major publisher
An author from Cumbria signed a two-book contract with a major publisher.
The debut novel by Kirkby Lonsdale-based Danielle Owen-Jones will be published by Bookouture, a division of Hachette, next spring.
The publisher has acquired all language and film and television rights worldwide from literary agent and co-founder of The Liverpool Literary Agency, Clare Coombes.
Danielle said: “Signing my book deal has been my real life” pinch me, am I dreaming? “moment! I had been sitting with this rough idea and a half-written manuscript for years, but last year’s lockdown was the push I needed to focus and finally finish it.
“Publishing is known for its refusals, and I’ve had my fair share of interviewing literary agents, but it was one of the happiest days of my life when I signed on with my brilliant agent, Clare Coombes. .
“Clare and I worked together to strengthen and shape the book, she then presented it to publishers and one day I got the call. It really is a dream come true; I’ve always loved books, and I dreamed of one day being a published author since I was little.
“I am delighted to be launching my writing career with such a dynamic publisher – Bookouture’s vision and passion for the book blew me away.”
Danielle’s debut will be released in the UK and US next April. It’s a crazy fish-out-of-water comedy set in Liverpool, in which protagonist Arabella “goes from Prada to nada” when her family’s soup empire goes bankrupt.
Danielle previously worked as a senior journalist and public relations manager before launching her public relations business in 2016.
She added: “I grew up in Southport but moved to Kirkby Lonsdale six years ago. My husband and I love to live and work in Cumbria. It’s a fabulous place to call home.
“I am passionate about the North, and my two romantic comedies have magnificent Nordic sets. The city of Liverpool is at the heart and soul of my first novel – you can’t beat the spirit and the warmth of Scouse, and it’s a place close to my heart as my family are all proud Scousers .
Doubled up with laughter
Bookouture Editor-in-Chief Emily Gowers said, “I asked the universe for something to fill the Schitt’s Creek waist hole in my life, and Danielle responded! This book made me laugh out loud and left me wishing Bella was real so we could be friends. The best thing to do is present her – along with Danielle’s handwriting – to the world, and I feel so lucky to do that!
Literary Agent Clare Coombes said: “From the first reading I knew this book was special. There was a lot of interest but I’m so glad we found the perfect home for it at Bookouture. Danielle has such an amazing writing style and comedic timing. Readers will love Arabella’s journey of self-discovery (and the world of soup, which is such a hilarious and unique setting for this whole story).
“For our first female fiction signing and book contract in this genre which takes place in Liverpool (and the first romantic comedy we know of based in the Toxteth part of town), it’s just amazing and we’re so proud of Danielle. “