18-Year-Old Signs Six-Figure Deal With HarperCollins For Vampire Series
When Abigail Gibbs read the Twilight series, she thought it was great and all, but told the BBC that her ideal version was bloodier, edgier, and more British. So she did what any 15-year-old would do in that situation: Wrote her own version and posted it on Wattpad. She got to nearly seventeen million readers, at which point she was spotted and signed to HarperCollins by age 18. Wait...what?
Gibbs's new six-figure deal with the Big Six publisher includes her original novel, The Dark Heroine: Dinner With A Vampire, as well as a yet-to-be-completed sequel, which she'll write in between her classes at Oxford University. Gibbs describes the book, the story of a teen kidnapped by vampires and the ensuing love triangle, as "the sexiest romance you'll read this year"—slightly disturbing when you consider that it was written by a 15-year-old.
The eBook edition is available in the UK starting today and in the US on September 18th. The paperback will hit stores in October. The times they are a-changin', and the path to success isn't as straightforward as it used to be. Personally, I think it's a good thing because who knows if talented young authors like Gibbs would get picked up through traditional means. What do you think of her route to publication?
On another note, is anybody but me sick of vampires yet? They're sooooo 2009, and zombies are so 2010. Can we get some sea monsters or mummies or ogres up in here, please? I mean, where do we go from here, people?
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