‘Writing is a passion of mine,’ she says, ‘so when they asked me if I had ever wanted to write a book I said, “Yes, that’s my dream.” It’s the most exciting thing I’ve done so far.’ Her first novel, Girl Online, will be on sale in every English-speaking country in the world on November 25.
This little lot are the superstars of British vlogging.
It allows me to have every hour in the day to put into making You Tube videos, which is exactly what I want.
I’m having so much fun.’ Smales and his vloggers turn down potentially lucrative deals in favour of the bigger picture.
It is as though we want to be outraged by their success because it is such a departure from what we are accustomed to.
We do not begrudge Jennifer Lawrence her million per film, but the thought that an ‘unknown’ internet personality could be earning hundreds of thousands of pounds a year seems to rankle.
‘I was amazed by their power – to publish a video on You Tube and be in the top five or 10 being watched in the world almost straightaway, right up there with Ferraris crashing, man falls out of tree naked and dogs on skateboards.’ Soon he was helping them with commercial decisions, and now they are among the biggest names on Gleam’s books.