Penguin Imprint Picks Up Twilight Fanfic for 'Substantial' Seven Figures, Orders 500K Copies

Following in the lucrative footsteps of Fifty Shades of Grey, the author of a pair of popular Twilight fan fiction ebooks has signed a "substantial seven-figure deal" with Penguin's Berkley imprint.

Omnific Publishing, which currently handles the ebook version of both Gabriel's Inferno and its sequel, Gabriel's Rapture, will hand over the reins to Berkley.

A paperback edition is expected in the coming months, with a planned first run of some 500,000 copies.

Despite the popularity of the titles — both are fixtures on the Amazon bestseller list in their category — next to nothing is known about the author, Sylvain Reynard.

The person behind the nom de plume is believed to be a man by some and a woman by others. Interviews with Reynard — who went by Sebastien Robichaud when the Gabriel novels were still available on fanfic sites — suggest he or she is Canadian and has already published several non-fiction books.

Previously known as "The University of Edward Masen," Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture revolve around the misadventures of Professor Gabriel Emerson, a handsome and sophisticated Dante scholar with a dark past who uses his wiles to seduce a "sweet and innocent" grad student.

The announcement of the Gabriel deal comes at a momentous point in time for the so-called "mommy porn" genre: Fifty Shades Of Grey, which itself began life as Twilight fanfic, has just surpassed the last book in JK Rowling's Harry Potter series to become Amazon UK's bestselling book of all time.

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