Chicago independent press Sourcebooks has acquired world English-language rights to Winnipeg writer Isabelle Ronin’s Chasing Red, which was Wattpad’s most-read story of 2016 with more than 126 million views. The novel will be released in two volumes in September and November of this year. Foreign-language rights were acquired by Hachette Livre (French), HarperCollins Germany (German), Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (Spanish), and Mondadori (Italian).
Chasing Red follows Red and Caleb, two students who become roommates in close quarters, which forces them to open up about their respective pasts. Wattpad tapped Chasing Red as an up-and-coming story in 2015, but the fan base really started to grow after Ronin completed serialization in early 2016.
Sourcebooks has previously partnered with Wattpad to publish several of the platform’s writers.