From Quill & Quire:
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.
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“We first noticed My Mother’s Secret on The Globe and Mail bestseller list,” says [Penguin Canada editor Adrienne] Kerr. “Books with proven sales track records are much easier to sell, and there’s less risk for booksellers because they already know that readers want it.”
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