Alex Aster is an author whose YA debut was, Lightlark, the book which has sold in more than a dozen nations. The award-winning author primarily pens her books for young readers. Lightlark is reported to be published by Abrams this August and has rumors of being made into a movie.
Recently, Aster is receiving much backlash because she grabbed the movie deal for her book before publishing it. Read more to learn about the book and the life of the author.
Author Alex Aster Wikipedia Bio
Alex Aster is an award-winning author whose name is surfacing on the Internet. She does not have a Wikipedia page, but several authors’ biography pages have covered her.
Alex graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied English. She won the award for her Emblem Island series, the Lightlark series, and other graphic novels. The Lightlark is her debut in the category of Young Adult.
She is also a digital creator with over 100 million views on her content. Alex and her videos have featured on high-end digital entities such as Good Morning America, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Guardian.
Her debut middle-grade novel Emblem Island: Curse of the Night Watch garnered starred reviews from Kirkus & Publishers Weekly. Moreover, Seventeen Magazine named it a Most-Anticipated Book of 2020. It was enlisted in the category of 20 Best Books of the Year So Far by Amazon and was mostly selected to be Barnes and Noble’s Book of the Month.
More On The Author: Her Net Worth And Books List
The author, Alex Aster’s net worth, is reported to have not been mentioned exactly, but it is estimated to be around 1 million USD. The author is famed for using TikTok to sell her books- we’ll get to that in a bit after listing all the books she has penned till now.
Aster has written four books- Lightlark (Book 1), 2022; Curse of the Night Witch, 2020; Curse of the Forgotten City, 2021 and Lightlark, 2022. The Lightlark series is soon to be a major motion picture.
Alex Aster reportedly used TikTok to get book deals over $460K, so it is safe to say that she earned a major from this social media. She recalled that the advance was quite low for each book in her first deal-less than $10,000. Alex shared that it was not enough to support a family and did not compensate for the years of labor.
After agreeing to a first book deal with a modest publishing house, she opened her account. Since the marketing budget was constrained, she reached out directly to her Gen-Z audience on TikTok to raise anticipation for her YA book- “Emblem Island: Curse of the Night Witch” and its successor “Emblem Island: Curse of the Forgotten City.”
Her ultimate objective was to use TikTok to land a book deal that would support her. And to the support, the “BookTok” phenomenon spiked in book sales and proved to be more than just a cute TikTok fad for author Alex Aster. She has already amassed over 730K followers since she joined the platform in 2018.
Aster focused on building an audience by hosting viral dancing challenges and competitions and producing comedic and lifestyle videos. She eventually became aware that the users were developing a greater interest in books, and the hashtag “BookTok was starting to gather traction in late 2020.
Surprisingly, the hashtag has had 47 billion views since it initially surfaced during the pandemic’s first wave, surpassing more widely hashtags of a pandemic such as #unboxing and #recipe. It is credited with helping boost US book sales to their highest level since 2004. Aster was by then aware that now was the time to concentrate on promoting her TikTok content. In April 2022, the author received a book deal for around $500,000.
Alex Aster: Age And Family
Alex Aster is 26 years old. The author was born and raised in the US and is said to have a wealthy family. While the name of her parents has not been disclosed, she has a twin sister named Daniella Pierson. Daniella was profiled in a Forbes story in 2022 for having over $200 million net worth and partnering with Selena Gomex to launch the mental health business Wondermind.
i cant condone alex aster’s actions but i also can’t condone bullying and the performative actions of everyone rating lightlark with one star before it’s been released
— clary (@brycequinlin) August 18, 2022
Currently, Alex Aster’s name is garnering attention as her book series- Lightlark, reportedly grabbed a movie offer. While several people are happy for her, tons of them are expressing anger as Aster received the movie deal before publishing the book.