Zoella beats JK Rowling to become fastest-selling debut novelist ever

YouTube vlogger Zoella sells more than 78,000 copies of her debut novel in one week

YouTube sensation Zoella already has over 6.6 million YouTube subscribers, and now she’s conquered the old-fashioned world of print as well.


The online vlogger has become the fastest-selling debut novelist since records began, beating the likes of JK Rowling and 50 Shades author EL James to the top spot with her book Girl Online.

24-year-old Zoe Sugg – known to her fans as Zoella – sold more than 78,000 copies of her book in just one week, making it both a record-breaking debut novel and the fastest-selling hardback of 2014.

As well as her six million-plus YouTube subscribers, Zoella has over two and a half million Twitter followers and three and a half million followers on Instagram.

She started her fashion, make-up and lifestyle vlog five years ago, and since then her videos have racked up over 300 million views.


Compared to those numbers, 78,000 books seem like small fry.