Orion buys 'online guide' by YouTuber KSI

Orion buys 'online guide' by YouTuber KSI

Orion has bought a comedy guide to the online universe by YouTuber KSI.

Publishing director Anna Valentine bought UK and Commonwealth rights to KSI: I Am a Bell-End from Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown, acting on behalf of Liam Chivers at OP Talent.

KSI – real name Olajide Olatunji – has more than 12m subscribers across his two YouTube channels.

In his book KSI “takes down fellow YouTubers, trolls, Tinder catfishers and Nigerian scammers in an all-out assault on the online universe”.

KSI will work on the book with writer James Leighton.

Valentine said: “We’ve been approached by lots of YouTubers wanting to be published, but at Orion we were looking for someone distinctive, someone who stood out from the competition – and that person is KSI. But this isn’t just another book by a YouTuber – this is comedy writing at its best.”

KSI: I Am A Bell-End will be published in hardback and e-book in autumn 2015.