Fitness guru Joe Wicks has had no end of success when it comes to the books he’s published with Blubird, but now he has signed a new multi-book deal with HarperCollins to release several new titles, some of which will be aimed at young readers. The deal will begin next year and will see the release of picture books and activity books that will help children realise the importance of healthy living. Wicks said of the deal: “I can’t wait to start developing new adult books with HarperCollins and to create children’s books for the first time. I’m on a mission to get the world fitter, stronger, healthier and happier. Books play a crucial part in that.”
In 2015, Wicks published his debut book, Lean in 15, which has since gone on to become the second bestselling Food & Drink title of all time with a staggering 1.37 million copies sold. Wick’s total book sales add up to 3.2 million books, making a profit of £27.9m, up to 21st March through Nielsen BookScan. His most recent title, Wean in 15, went straight to number one in May and secured Wicks his 18th week at the top of the charts.
As The Bookseller reports Wicks hasn’t sat idly by with the current Covid-19 lockdown, instead he’s been hosting online PE lessons for children who are off school, as well as their parents. HQ executive publisher Lisa Milton said “I couldn’t be more delighted that Joe is joining us at HQ for his adult publishing. I’ve been a massive fan since before he published his first book. He has already transformed the nation showing us how to lead a healthy lifestyle, and now he’s leading the next generation. I can’t wait to join him on his journey as he becomes a global star.”
Bluebird publisher Carole Tonkinson, who helped begin Wicks’ literary success, said: “Joe is a legend – and we wish him all the best. It has been such an adventure working with him at Bluebird. It started in 2015 with the hugely successful Lean in 15, which has now sold over 1.3 million copies, and over the course of eight books we have collaborated to establish Joe as the UK’s foremost lifestyle coach. It is wonderful to be celebrating the current success of Wean in 15 – one of four Bluebird titles in this week’s top 5 manuals chart. We are looking forward enormously to publishing Joe’s next two books, out in December 2020 and June 2021, and to continuing his mission to help people adopt healthy habits.”