Atria Books Inks Two-Book Deal with Jamie McGuire's BEAUTIFUL DISASTER and WALKING DISASTER

September 8
7:04 2012


Atria Books has announced a two-book deal with bestselling self- published author Jamie McGuire. BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, the first book in the deal, will be released immediately as an Atria e-book with an Atria trade paperback edition available since August.

BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, McGuire’s fourth novel, was originally self-published as an ebook in May 2011 and as a self-published trade paperback in October 2011. Throughout the spring and summer, it has been steadily rising on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, recently appearing at No. 9 on the Times list. The ebook has sold more than 200,000 copies in the U.S. and foreign rights have been licensed in ten countries, with more deals pending. Collectively, the book has received more than 7,000 overwhelmingly positive reader reviews on, i Bookstore, and Goodreads.

Judith Curr, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Atria Books, says, “There’s a very good reason that BEAUTIFUL DISASTER has garnered such a large number of glowing reader reviews. As so many of the comments point out, it’s a book that hooks you right from the start and keeps you turning the pages all night.”

Filled with romance, passion, and unexpected twists, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER is the story of a young woman who has escaped a painful past only to find herself torn between two men: one who represents safety and security, and another who seems likely to pull her back toward danger.

McGuire’s highly anticipated next novel, WALKING DISASTER, will continue this story from a different and surprising point of view. WALKING DISASTER is scheduled for publication in 2013 by Atria Books.

Atria won the rights to the books after a heated bidding war. The deal, for World English rights and audio, was negotiated by Atria editor Amy Tannenbaum with Rebecca Watson of Valerie Hoskins Associates Ltd, the agency that represents EL James, author of Fifty Shades of Grey. Simon & Schuster U.K. will publish in the UK and Commonwealth; Simon & Schuster Audio will publish the audiobook.

“As we celebrate Atria’s tenth birthday, it is the perfect gift to be able to welcome a wonderful, new talent like Jamie to our publishing family,” says Publisher Judith Curr. “Atria has launched numerous successful literary careers and we are confident that this is only the first of many marvelous books we will be seeing from Jamie in years to come.”

Jamie McGuire lives in Oklahoma with her children and her husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 10 acres with four horses, four dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Atria Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information about Atria, visit the website at

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