News Thursday 12th October 2017
Ruby will publish books ‘that don’t tick all the Choc Lit criteria boxes’
Choc Lit is to launch a new women’s fiction imprint, Ruby Fiction. The imprint – like Choc Lit, digital first – will carry books “that don’t fulfil the strict selection criteria of Choc Lit as a brand but which the team are reluctant to let go”. The first three authors on the list are Caroline James, Carol Thomas, and Angela Barton.
James has been a successful self publisher, and comes to Ruby with The Best Boomerville Hotel, set in a hotel retreat for mid-lifers. Thomas’s debut is “a heart-warming story, layered with emotion and sprinkled with laughter. Essentially a story of friendship, family and love.” Barton, who has been shortlisted in Choc Lit’s Search for a Star competition, has signed a three-book deal with the publisher including a historical novel – based on the story of a girl who survived the 1944 Nazi massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane – and two contemporary stories.
Choc Lit md Lyn Vernham said: “We recognise how selective Choc Lit’s submission process can be. With our requirement for a romance at the heart, we lose some good books and authors along the way. Ruby intends to capture those great books that don’t tick all the Choc Lit criteria boxes. It allows us to broaden our offering and readership and to continue our growth. We are delighted with the initial signings at Ruby – it’s shaping up very nicely. Rubies are said to inspire emotions more than any other gemstone and that’s exactly our aim with Ruby Fiction. We’ve picked up some real gems to champion the imprint.”
Authors may submit to the imprint directly. As with Choc Lit, a reader panel helps selects books for publication.