Many authors have dreams of being published, but so often their hopes are dashed by the rejection letters from the big publishing houses. J.L. Witterick’s took matters into her own hands and self-published her own book. She knew she had written an amazing novel based on a true story. She was proved correct because after self publishing her novel it became a success selling 15,000 copies in the first six months. After that, a traditional publishing house took notice and signed her to a deal to expand her distribution to other countries.
The latest self-publishing success to land at a major house is by a first-time Canadian author. J.L. Witterick’s My Mother’s Secret has sold 15,000 print copies in Canada since being self-published six months ago. The runaway sales – mostly via Amazon and Indigo – caught the attention of Penguin Canada, which rereleased the novel earlier this month (it appeared in the U.S. under the Putnam imprint). The book has also sold in Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and other territories. Witterick says she was initially unable to stoke publishers’ interest in the novel, which tells the fictionalized story of a real-life mother and daughter who concealed multiple Jewish families in their home during the Holocaust. “I approached some publishers, but not having much luck, I just decided to self-publish it,” she says. Putnam eventually acquired world rights to the title in a deal arranged without an agent. Penguin Canada editor Adrienne Kerr says she views the book’s previous retail success as an indication of future sales. Read More Here…
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