In the old days, back before single-serving Tumblrs and pithy Twitter accounts, you had to be talented or rich or well-connected to nab a book deal. Now, with the democratization power of the Internet, you need a wifi connection and a slightly unhinged obsession with raunchy BDSM sex or a boy band. Welcome to 2012, you guys. Aren’t you just so proud of how far we’ve come?
The Daily Mail reports that a 16-year-old fan of the British boy band One Direction has landed a publishing deal with Penguin after a piece of her fan fiction went viral. Emily Baker penned the story “Loving the Band” on Movellas, and a Penguin editor–who apparently was so desperate for new clients that she just decided to trawl a teen fiction site?–spotted the piece. The book will be published as an ebook on November 1st, and Penguin can tap into the massive amount of fans Ms. Baker already accrued on Movellas.
Since Penguin now owns the rights to “Loving the Band,” you can no longer read it online as it’s been removed from Movellas. But if you’re desperate for your boy band fan fiction fix, there are still plenty of One Direction-themed fan fiction stories to sate your desires. “Only You” is about a girl with a dead mother and mysterious scar on her shoulder who two band members fall in love with. “Stole My Heart” is about One Direction taking a break from touring when Harry, the curly-haired one, finds love in the least expected of places.
Go ahead, bookmark them–we won’t tell. Can’t be any worse than the latest book Sophie Kinsella crapped out.