Not bad going for a book that was only published on 25 November. Girl Online, the debut novel of Zoe Sugg, also known as Zoella on YouTube, sold 78,000 copies in its first week, making her the fastest ever-selling debut author in the United Kingdom. Her first week sales have eclipsed the debuts of J K Rowling, Dan Brown and E L James.
See, it can be done.
The rather overwhelmed Zoe told the Guardian: “It’s such an amazing feeling. I’m so grateful to everyone who has bought a copy of Girl Online. I love that so many of my viewers are enjoying the book! This year has been so exciting and this for sure is the icing on the cake.”
Girl Online tells the story of young blogger Penny and her trials and tribulations, along with swoon-worthy rock star boyfriend Noah and supportive parents who don't quite get it. Told that Penny is "about to go viral", her concerned Dad says: "I thought you looked a bit peaky, love. Do you want a Lemsip?"
Girl Online is the first in a two-book deal with Penguin, with the sequel promised in summer 2015.
Who knows what it takes to make a literary splash? In this case, it looks to be a combination of a huge YouTube following (some 6.6 million at the last count), a sweet and well-written story, good luck and good timing.
Girl Online, by Zoe Sugg
Published by Penguin