Atria Signs British Web Star
YouTube sensation Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella, inked a two-book North American rights deal with Jhanteigh Kupihea at Atria. The 24-year-old shot to fame in the U.K. via the video-sharing site; according to S&S, her fashion and beauty vlog currently has 4.9 million subscribers. Sugg will write two YA novels under the deal. The first, Girl Online, follows a 15-year-old whose relationship with a handsome American boy is exposed after her private blog is discovered. Kupihea brokered the deal with Zosia Knopp at Penguin U.K. (Penguin U.K. acquired the novel earlier this month.) Girl Online, which Atria called a Notting Hill for teens, will be published in November 2014 by Keywords Press, a newly announced imprint that aims to release books by established online personalities. The second book in the deal, also a YA novel, is planned for 2015.
YA Debut to HMH Kids For Six Figures
Elizabeth Bewley at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers preempted North American rights to Estelle Laure’s This Raging Light, in a mid-six-figure, two-book, deal. Emily Van Beek at Folio Junior/Folio Literary Management represented the debut author. The novel follows a teenager and her younger sister as they try to deal with their mother’s sudden disappearance. Things become further complicated when older sister Lucille falls for her best friend’s brother. The publisher said the book is a “luminous portrait” of two young girls enduring hardship. Laure lives in New Mexico and received an M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts; Light is set for fall 2015.
Rowen, Under Psuedonym, To Razorbill
Bestselling author Michelle Rowen (Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide) closed a three-book deal for a new high-fantasy series with Elizabeth Tingue at Razorbill. Rowen will write the books under the pen name Morgan Rhodes. Tingue took world rights to the series, which will spin off of the bestselling Falling Kingdoms books (which are also published by Razorbill and written by Rowen using the Rhodes name); book one is called A Book of Spirits and Thieves. The launch title follows two sisters who, in modern-day Toronto, get their hands on an unreadable book after it’s delivered to their father’s antiquarian bookstore. The book, Razorbill explained, “provides a portal to a faraway world rich with valuable magic,” and is sought by a secret society that will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management represented Rowen in the deal.
Agent Sells Debut to Viking Kids
Katelyn Detweiler, an agent at Jill Grinberg Literary since 2010, sold a YA duology to Leila Sales at Viking Children’s Books. Detweiler was represented in the deal by the founder of her agency, Jill Grinberg; Viking took world English rights. The first book in the couplet is called Immaculate and follows a pregnant 17-year-old named Mina who shocks her small Pennsylvania town when she claims that, despite her circumstance, she remains a virgin. The assertion elicits a mix of reactions, with some calling the girl a heretic and others believing she carries the second coming of the Messiah. Immaculate is set for summer 2015.
Correction: An earlier version of this article listed Michelle Rowen as the author of the Vampire Academy series. She is not the author of the Vampire Academy book series; she is the author of Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide.