It’s a Double-Wedding Rom-Com Deal for Katy Birchall and Hodder & Stoughton


Our superstar YA extraordinaire, Katy Birchall, has burst into the world of women’s fiction and has written some hilarious wedding-themed adult novels!

We are thrilled to announce that thanks to BLM agent, Lauren Gardner, Katy will be tying the knot with women’s fiction publisher, Kimberly Atkins at Hodder and Stoughton.

Atkins has said ‘I DO’ to WEL rights and audio for Katy’s first book, The Undercover Bride, and has caught the bouquet for the second wedding-themed romantic comedy too.

In addition to this massive news, on behalf of Lauren, Nicki Kennedy at ILA will also be walking Katy down the aisle in Germany to Piper.

A modern romantic comedy, The Undercover Bridesmaid is the story of Sophie, who is hired as a professional bridesmaid to help plan one of the biggest society weddings of the year – with hilarious results.

Katy’s first book is more than just a swoony rom-com as she crafts a painfully true depiction of navigating life as a young woman in your thirties, and how a broken friendship is always more painful than a broken heart.

Atkins’s vows:

I am completely delighted to be publishing the brilliant The Undercover Bridesmaid at Hodder – this is an irresistible and smart romantic comedy with a great concept at its heart. Katy is an extraordinarily talented writer, who has come up with a truly original take on the perennially entertaining theme of ‘weddings’. I can’t wait to introduce her writing to an adult readership – this is one of the most exciting new voices I’ve read in years.

Katy’s vows:

I couldn’t be happier that The Undercover Bridesmaid has found a home at Hodder. Kim’s support and enthusiasm for this story has been overwhelmingly wonderful right from the start, and I feel immensely lucky and proud to be working with the fantastic Hodder team for this and my next novel. Writing romantic comedies is a dream come true and I hope readers will have as much fun reading them as I’ve had writing them.

The toast from Lauren:

I am thrilled that Kim and the team at Hodder have fallen for Katy and The Undercover Bridesmaid, and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to meet Sophie Breeze in 2021!

Keep your eyes peeled for your invite for the biggest event to hit 2021!