BERKLEY BOOKS AND PENGUIN YOUNG READERS GROUP TEAM UP
TO PUBLISH BESTSELLING SELF-PUBLISHED NOVEL
Tammara Webber’s Easy Generating Major Online Buzz
for Hot New Genre Dubbed “New Adult”
Novel Appeals to Adult and Teen Readers and has Landed on
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists
Berkley Books and Penguin Young Readers Group, two divisions of Penguin Group (USA), have teamed up to acquire Tammara Webber’s bestselling self-published novel Easy. The unique partnership between the two divisions is a nod to the wide range of readers—romance and YA fans alike—who have embraced Easy since the release of the self-published edition. Penguin Group will take over the e-book rights next week on October 9th, with a Berkley trade paperback edition hitting stores on November 6th.
Don Weisberg, President of Penguin Young Readers Group, acquired North American rights to Easy and a second novel by Webber in a two book deal with Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. Foreign rights for Easy have also been sold in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Hungary, Israel, and Brazil.
Weisberg commented, “The moment we read Easy, we knew we wanted to publish it. We are big fans of Tammara Webber’s books and we are thrilled to offer her a home at Penguin.”
Easy follows two characters on the cusp of adulthood and reflects a growing trend in publishing that media outlets and readers have dubbed “new adult.” In new adult novels, the characters are often in their late teens or college age and are facing the coming-of-age issues that accompany the move from teen to adult life.
In Easy, 19-year-old Jacqueline grapples with both the aftermath of a sexual assault and the excitement of a new love interest. Similar to such bestselling novels as Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and Colleen Hoover’s Slammed, Easy features an intriguing love story and deals with themes that resonate with both older teens and adults.
“We’ve had great success this year in identifying, acquiring, and re-releasing several self-published novels,” Leslie Gelbman, President and Publisher of Berkley Books, said. “Everyone at Berkley has fallen in love with Easy, and we’re excited to expand on Tammara Webber’s impressive work, introducing the novel to new readers and making the book available through even more retailers.”
Since its release in May, the self-published edition of Easy has spent nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, landed on the USA Today bestseller list, and sold more than 150,000 e-book copies.
“I’m so excited to team with Berkley Books and Penguin Young Readers to republish Easy, providing it with a wider distribution to a more diverse audience than I could have accomplished through self-publishing channels alone,” Webber said.