Simon & Schuster Picks Up CreateSpace Author In Three-Book Deal

Simon & Schuster has signed up self-published author Brittany Geragotelis to a three-book deal on the strength of her Young Adult novel, Life’s a Witch. Geragotelis used CreateSpace to self-publish her novel just a few months ago. Geragotelis only signed up with her literary agent at Christmas after she self-published. She also had tremendous success and following on Wattpad, an online writing community. Interestingly, Amazon Publishing was once again one of the major publishers involved in trying to hammer out a deal with the author’s agent. More here and below from PW.
“Since Publishers Weekly ran a story about Brittany Geragotelis, an unrepresented aspiring writer with a self-published YA novel and a huge online following, her life has taken a dramatic turn. Geragotelis’s novel, Life’s a Witch, self-published this fall via Amazon/CreateSpace, has been acquired at auction by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in a three-book, six-figure deal that features an e-book prequel series to be released in 2012. Life’s a Witch will be published in fall 2013 and a sequel will be released in 2014.
The deal was negotiated by Justin Chanda, v-p and publisher of S&S Books for Young Readers and the author’s literary agent, Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. S&S has U.S. and audio rights to the books and Gerogatelis retains foreign rights. Gerogatelis will be edited by BFYR senior editor Alexandra Cooper whose authors include Jane Yolen, Nikki Grimes and Heather Vogel Frederick.”

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