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Photo via author's website/The Casquette Girls/Alys Arden
Photo via author’s website/The Casquette Girls/Alys Arden

New Orleans. Vampires. The very elements that helped make Anne Rice’s famous Vampire Chronicles series into a publishing phenomenon has helped boost the profile of another self-published author — and helped her ink a deal with Amazon.

The news comes from Nola.com/The Times-Picayune that Amazon’s imprint Skyscape will publish Alys Arden’s popular young adult novel, The Casquette Girls, plus its sequel.

Photo via Amazon/The Casquette Girls
Photo via Amazon

Arden first self-published the book chapter by chapter to Wattpad, she told Nola.com. Readers took note. The book’s popularity resulted in Anne Rice fans inviting her to their yearly convention, Undead Con, in 2014.

Her book is not only popular with fans. The book industry’s magazine Publishers Weekly also gave it a starred review. The book also averages about 4.5 stars on Amazon, with 137 reviews to date.

Amazon’s Skyscape will publish The Casquette Girls in the fall, with the sequel due out in 2016.

Below, the book trailer:

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