HarperCollins acquires Waterland’s commercial fiction debut in two-book deal
HarperCollins has acquired world rights to the commercial fiction debut by author and comedian Rosie Waterland, in a two-book deal.
Waterland’s yet-to-be-titled first novel tells the story of Olive Alexander, an advice columnist for a women’s website who is ‘smart, sardonic, socially awkward and upfront about the realities of being a woman—even the gross parts’.
HarperCollins head of fiction Catherine Milne described Waterland as ‘a ridiculously talented writer’, and her protagonist Olive Alexander as ‘the raucously funny, outrageously Fleabag-kind-of-heroine that we need to have on our pages and in our lives’.
Waterland is the author of two memoirs previously published by HarperCollins: The Anti-Cool Girl and Every Lie I’ve Ever Told. She said of the deal: ‘Having written two memoirs by the age of 30, I’m more over myself than you can imagine, so I’m thrilled to be moving into fiction! HarperCollins was the obvious choice. They have always supported me and my creative choices, and I’m excited they’re now letting me make up some stories about the kind of unapologetically funny (and sometimes confronting) female protagonist we don’t often get to see.’