From ‘Tube to Text: 11 YouTube Creators with Book Deals

/ Jun 3, 2014


YouTube creators are crossing over to become authors. As soon as this summer, several of your favorite online personalities will be telling their (or other) stories in print (or on the screen of your Kindle).

Here’s a list of creators whose titles you should be on the lookout for as they continue to bridge the gap between old and new media — but this time with print:

1. Shane Dawson


Dawson is famous for his hilarious celebrity impressions, music videos, vlogs, and comedy sketches, with three channels all ranked on YouTube’s top 100 most viewed list. He recently sold his original pilot for the half-hour workplace comedy, “Losin’ It,” and has a starring role in a reality-competition series for Starz.

Upcoming Book: Details to come, but his fans showed their support in likes by the hundred of thousands when Dawson tweeted a picture of a newspaper headline announcing the book deal on May 22.

Publisher: Keywords Press

Release Date: Late 2014 or early 2015

2. Justine Ezarik aka iJustine


With more than 3 million subscribers and 430 million views across her five channels, vlogger Justine Ezarik is iJustine to her fans. While continuing to create her own vlogging content, she also stars in the AOL original series “Hardwired,” which just debuted its second season.

Upcoming Book: Ezarik has disclosed that the book will focus primarily on the early stages of her career, in which she established a presence for herself on the web as a lifecaster. She also expressed a desire for her book to be interactive, as she plans to engage her fans through social media to help decide the stories she will tell. More details to come.

Publisher: Keywords Press

Release Date: Late 2014 or early 2015

3. Shay Butler aka “The ShayTards


Shay Butler, aka Shay Carl, has documented four years of  his entire family’s life five days per week at its peak, as well as his own personal weight-loss journey.

Upcoming Book: Details to come, but rumored to be a memoir about the livecast family experience “where real life happens every day.”

Publisher: Keywords Press

Release Date: Late 2014 or early 2015

4. Connor Franta 


Connor’s vlog-style conversations invite viewers to share embarrassing common experiences with him such as reacting to old profile pictures or asking a complete stranger on a date. He’s recently gained momentum by attracting the attention of John Green per his enthusiastic promotion of “The Fault in Our Stars” on his widely-viewed channels.

Upcoming Book: Details to come.

Publisher: Keywords Press

Release Date: Late 2014 or early 2014

5. Joey Graceffa


With 3.4 million subscribers, Joey Graceffa is a YouTube celebrity of basically all types of content. He’s a blogger, gamer, parody maker, singer-songwriter, model, comedian, actor, and writer, who posts vlogs to his channels daily. From posting professionally produced covers of music videos like a most recent Panic! At the Disco single, to zombie chasing videos with flurries of animation, Joey’s versatility and presence is undeniable.

Upcoming Book: Details to come.

Publisher: Keywords Press

Release Date: Late 2014 or early 2015

6. Marcus Johns 


At 21, Marcus Johns has a substantial YouTube following with most of his videos raking in views by the hundred of thousands. Yet it was another related new media medium, Vine, that catapulted him to not only visibility but a level of internet stardom. His channels feature comedic vlogs and original music that fans can purchase on iTunes, as well as a series of the six-second videos which attracted a fan base for the entertainer.

Upcoming Book: Details to come.

Publisher: Keyword Press

Release Date: Late 2014 or early 2015

7. Paige McKenzie / “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl”


Paige McKenzie is the face of YouTube docu-drama, “The Haunting of the Sunshine Girl,” produced by Coat Tale Productions and created by Nick Hagen and Mercedes Rose. As the protagonist, Frances, a Portland, Oregon teen, McKenzie takes on paranormal problems as well as teenage ones in short episodes of the four-season series.

Upcoming book(s): The “Sunshine Girl” team has secured a development deal to write a series of YA books based on France’s paranormal adventures with talk of a feature film to follow.

Publisher: The Weinstein Co.

Release Date: N/A

8.  Mamrie Hart


YouTube’s favorite lush, Mamrie Hart, is known for her series “You Deserve a Drink.” Through a steady flow of outrageous witticisms and commentary, Hart concocts inventive cocktails, often inspired by particularly relevant celebrities (favorite examples include “Matthew McConaugh-Yay! Ya Did It!” or “George Clooney’s Silver Fox”).

Upcoming Book: Sharing the same name as her web series, her book “You Deserve A Drink” will be one-part memoir, one-part mixology manual, and all humorous. The result is sure to be a delicious literary libation.

Publisher: Plume Books (Division of Penguin House)

Release Date: Summer 2015

9. Grace Helbig aka “It’s Grace” 


One of YouTube’s most prominent funny female forces, Grace Helbig recently departed from My Damn Channel, where she gained a loyal following for her DailyGrace channel. The web-star has since shifted her vlogging presence to her It’s Grace YouTube Channel, with 1.7 million fans and over 600 thousand Twitter followers behind her.

Upcoming Book: “Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown Up” promises a dose of comedic, ironic self-help. Helbig will offer advice on a myriad of girl problems, from “how to get over a hangover, to how to do the walk of shame, to how to hang out by yourself.”

Publisher: Touchstone

Release Date: October 21, 2014. Currently available on Amazon for pre-order.

10. Hannah Hart 


Hart’s acclaimed web series “My Drunk Kitchen” is a beloved blog of boozy culinary adventures.

Upcoming Book: “My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut.” Hart describes it as “a collection of narrative comedy essays in recipe form.”

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release Date: August 12, 2014. Currently available on Amazon for Pre-Order.

11. Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

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Su is teaming up with novelist and TV writer Kate Rorick to adapt his Emmy Award-winning web series “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” for print. That’s right, this will be a book adaptation of a vlob-based web series, which itself was an adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice.”

Upcoming Book: “The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel” will be the first of two companion books to the web series. The publisher promises “revelatory details about the Bennet household, including Lizzie’s special relationship with her father, untold stories from Netherfield, Lizzie’s thoughts and fears about life after grad school and becoming an instant web celebrity.”

Publisher: Touchstone

Release Date: July 1, 2014. Currently available on Amazon for pre-sale.

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