Random House Acquires Novel by Teen Wattpad Star

Teen Wattpad Author Gets Print Deal

from Publishers Weekly:

Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books [US], has announced it will publish e-book and print editions of The Kissing Booth, a debut book by Beth Reekles, a 17-year-old from South Wales. The novel, which centers on a never-been-kissed teenager who comes face-to-face with her secret crush while running a kissing booth for her school carnival, first appeared to high acclaim on Wattpad, the self-publishing Web site. Random House Children's Publishing UK published the novel as an e-book in December 2012, and it quickly rose to the top of bestseller charts. On April 9, Delacorte will release an e-book edition of The Kissing Booth, and will bring out the first print version of the novel, a trade paperback released under the Ember imprint, on May 14. ... The author, who is currently studying for her A level exams, began writing fiction at the age of 14 on an old laptop her father had given her to use while doing her homework. Her peers clearly connected to her fiction when it appeared on Wattpad: with more than 19 million reads and 40,000 comments to date, The Kissing Booth has garnered more views and most comments than any other fiction title ever posted on the site. Last year, the novel won Wattpad's annual Most Popular Teen Fiction Watty Award, voted on by readers.