Sylvain Reynard, who originally published Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture through Omnific Publishing, has landed a seven-figure deal with Penguin’s Berkley imprint for the series. The two-book deal was signed by Senior Editor Cindy Hwang, and will see an ebook edition released almost immediately and a trade paperback forthcoming in the next few months.
Both Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture have been big hits this year, helping boost the overall success of erotica in the ebook market. The books have won Reynard a legion of fans, and she admitted in a recent interview with Indie BookSpot that while she hadn’t planned on writing a third book in the series, she was now considering the possibility.
The success of Fifty Shades of Grey this year has led to a huge boost for erotica, with authors such as Reynard and Sylvia Day securing deals with traditional publishers. Reynard’s deal is another sign that for many publishers, the world of self-publishing is effectively functioning as a giant slush pile that enables them to snap up titles that prove they can develop a following.