HarperCollins Acquires Online Title Written by a 17 Year Old


Erika Tsang (Executive Editor, HarperCollins US) And Amy McCulloch (Commissioning Editor, HarperCollins UK) have pre-empted World English language rights to The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire, and a sequel, by 17-year-old online sensation and debut novelist Abigail Gibbs, from Scott Mendel at Mendel Media Group, LLC, for a significant six figure sum.

Abigail is a phenomenon online, publishing The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire serially on writing website Wattpad since she was 15-years-old. To date, it has been read almost seventeen million times. She has a global following, with readers all over the world who have become fans of her characters as well as of their creator. There is already an enthusiastic online subculture of devotees to Violet, Kaspar and Fabian.

The Dark Heroine follows the feisty 18-year-old Violet Lee as she is swept into a glittering world of extravagance and luxury, but all the riches of the world can’t hide the darkness underneath – embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.

To satisfy the desire for this fabulous book, William Morrow will be releasing the eBook on September 18, 2012, with a beautiful paperback edition following this coming March.

Abigail Gibbs says: “From first picking up a pen to writing online on wattpad.com, I have always aspired to see my work in print and I feel extremely privileged to have such an enthusiastic and supportive team behind The Dark Heroine at HarperCollins. I hope my experience as a teenage writer will inspire young people everywhere to develop the craft, even in the face of pesky distractions like school!”

Of the debut novel, Tsang said:

“From the first page to the last, I was completely blown away by this world of love, lust and vampires, and so captivated by the relationship between Violet and Kasper…though I could’ve been persuaded to join Team Fabian.”


2 thoughts on “HarperCollins Acquires Online Title Written by a 17 Year Old

  1. Wow. That is pretty amazing! Good for Abigail!
    I hope this story is shared everywhere, and young people are encouraged to write, write, write. And share their talents!

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