70-year-old debut author’s novel sold in major deal 48 hours after she submits it to publisher
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70-year-old writer Anne Youngson has proved it is never too late to get your big break in books.
The British writer has had her debut novel snapped up by major international publisher Transworld Publishers – just 48 hours after it was submitted!
Transworld editorial director Jane Lawson has pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights including Canada to the book, calling it ‘the gentlest, most humane and emotional’ novel.
The novel, titled Meet Me at the Museum, is set to become the publisher’s lead fiction title for summer 2018.
Youngson told the Bookseller: ‘It is astonishing and thrilling in equal measure to have my first novel selected for publication by the team at Doubleday.
‘My agent advised me not to hesitate to accept their offer and she was right. I have been so impressed with the passion and professionalism they have brought to the process (all new to me) of moving towards publication.
‘I feel truly privileged to have this opportunity to develop another career, and I plan to take full advantage of it.’
Transworld has built the careers of some big name authors in the past, including Jilly Cooper, Catherine Cookson and Terry Pratchett, and also works with Dan Brown, Bill Bryson, Lee Child, Richard Dawkins, Ben Elton and Tess Gerritsen. Recent successes for the publisher include Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.