Beth Reeks has not finished high school yet -- much less applied to college -- but she has managed to get a jump-start on her writing career in a big way.
Today News reports the now 17-year-old posted her teen romance novel on Wattpad -- a website for writers to upload their fiction -- and ended up landing a three-book deal with Random House. Reeks' story grabbed the attention of an editor at the publishing house after setting a record 40 million hits.
Reeks is not the only teen who has landed a significant book deal based on her online writing. There are other young adult authors who have taken similar paths to literary success by posting their work online, building a large following of readers, and then gaining the attention of major publishing houses.
Click through the slideshow below to read about Reeks and two other teen online fiction writers who snagged major book deals.
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Beth Reeks, “The Kissing Booth”
Before even finishing high school, Beth <a href="https://twitter.com/Reekles" target="_blank">Reeks</a> -- who goes by the pen-name <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/18/beth-reeks-book-deal-kissing-booth_n_2321039.html" target="_blank">Beth Reekles</a> -- was given a three-book deal from Random House. The 17-year-old uploaded her romance and teen fiction onto Wattpad -- a website anyone can use to share original fiction -- and became incredibly popular. "The Kissing Booth" has been <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Kissing-Booth-ebook/dp/B00AIV2KIG" target="_blank">available</a> for purchase online since December 2012.
Abigail Gibbs, “The Dark Heroine, Dinner With A Vampire”
Abigail Gibbs was 18-years-old when she landed a six-figure book <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/abigail-gibbs-18-signs-de_n_1871794.html" target="_blank">deal</a> with HarperCollins for writing fan fiction stories based on the Twilight book series. Before "The Dark Heroine: Dinner With A Vampire" became a published <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-Heroine-Vampire-ebook/dp/B0095I7UEC" target="_blank">novel</a>, Gibbs uploaded individual chapters to Wattpad and eventually accumulated 17 million reads. She was then discovered by an agent, and the rest is history.
Emily Barker, “Loving The Band”
Emily Barker may not be the only 16-year-old who loves One Direction. She is, however, the only 16-year-old who managed to <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2213370/One-Direction-teenage-fan-Emily-Barker-wins-Penguin-publishing-deal-Loving-The-Band-Movellas.html" target="_blank">score</a> an e-book deal for her romance inspired piece of fan-fiction based on the boy band. A Penguin editor found her story on the online writing community website Movellas, and was impressed with the 30,000 readers interested in Barker's story. "Loving The Band" was <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Loving-the-Band-ebook/dp/B00A25MJQ6" target="_blank">published</a> on November 1, 2012.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that "Divergent" by Veronica Roth and "The Kissing Booth" by Beth Reeks began as fan fiction. These statements were errors and have been corrected.