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HarperCollins pays six figures for teenage author
10.09.12 | Joshua Farrington
A teenage author who has built a huge following online has been snapped up by HarperCollins.
Abigail Gibbs, 17, began publishing her novel The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire when she was 15 on the online writer’s platform, Wattpad.
Now HarperFiction commissioning editor Amy McCulloch and Erika Tsang from HarperCollins in the US have pre-empted world English language rights for the novel and its sequel. The rights were acquired for a significant six-figure sum from Scott Mendel at Mendel Media Group LLC.
On Wattpad, the novel has been read more than 17 million times, as readers follow the story of 18-year-old Londoner Violet Lee, who is kidnapped by the charismatic heir to the vampire throne, Kaspar Varn.
It will be released as an e-book on September 13th, followed by a paperback edition on October 25th.
Gibbs, originally from Devon, is about to begin studying for a BA in English at Oxford University. She published her story in episodes online, under the pseudonym Canse12.