Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Choc Lit Goes to North America


I’ll be back with more Home Thoughts very soon, but this week brought the announcement of some exciting news that everyone at Choc Lit’s been eager to share.  We all had to be a bit patient until the news could be co-ordinated to suit both sides of the Atlantic, but here it is, the official press release...

Brand-led, commercial women’s fiction publisher, Choc Lit expand into North America with effect from 1st January 2012, represented by International Publishers Marketing (IPM).
“North America is a key market for our expansion. We already have a loyal following in the USA and constantly receive great reviews. Finding the right partner, who believed in our brand and could offer the right support was critical. We believe we’ve found the perfect match with Jane Graf at IPM,’ states Lyn Vernham, Director, Choc Lit.

Since launch, Choc Lit has published a string of novels that regularly hit the Nielsen’s Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List. In the last few months, they have picked up three awards – Best Romantic Read Award from the Festival of Romance, The Big Red Reads Fiction Award and Best Historical Fiction Award. Never Coming Home, a debut from Evonne Wareham (to be published March 2012) was a finalist in the American Title competition, run by RT Book Reviews Magazine & Dorchester Publishing of New York.

Jane Graf of IPM says: “We are delighted to add Choc Lit to our portfolio of clients. The quality of the writing, as well as their high production values, and stunning covers will make them stand out as a romantic fiction publisher. Their brand and great strapline ‘Where heroes are like chocolate – irresistible!’ are unique and a strong selling point. We’re excited to see how we can grow and develop this publisher in North America.

6 comments:

Flowerpot said...

That is terrific news Chris - hooray for all of you! Am sure you are very proud. xx

Pondside said...

Good news - does this mean that I might walk into a book store one day and find your book on the shelf!!? You know you can stay here on your NA book tour!

Frances said...

Chris, I will be on the lookout for any and all references to your publisher over here in New York.

How I do wish that there were still some independent booksellers still going in NYC. I would go visit the owners.

(And right now it won't really help for me to say that years ago I shared the laundry room in this building's basement with Jeff Bezos's brother. I only mention this as yet another example of what a small world we do live in.)

xo

Fennie said...

Well done to all the Chocliterati. Good luck in the land of Auntie Sam.

Cait O'Connor said...

That is great news.

Chanpreet said...

Yay! Thank goodness. Now I won't have to pay exorbitant amounts to get your books here in the US!