Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Success for New Zealand author
After a successful career in the media,
Julie Thomas, moved from Auckland to Cambridge last year and
established herself as an ebook author. In the past nine months she has
uploaded four books to Amazon and Smashwords and through Smashwords to itunes,
Sony, Barnes and Noble and Diesel. Her novel, book of short stories, crime
novella and book of her father's war letters have sold over 42,000 copies
combined, with by far the majority of sales coming from her novel.
'The Secret Keeper' is an 80,000 word novel
that sweeps from pre-war Berlin
to the present day. It follows the history of a precious del Gesu violin,
looted from a Jewish family in Berlin
in 1939, then stolen by a Soviet general in 1945, and the quest to retrieve it for
the rightful owners. This is story that took seven years to research and write.
It's a tale of loss, love, brutality, music and possession - nine tenths of the
law, unless you stole it. With over 40 five star reviews and a number one
ranking on the Amazon Jewish Literature list for several months (the only
Gentile on the list), Julie was delighted with the response to her ebook.
month ago Thomas (right) got an email out of the blue from Carolyn Marino, a senior editor
with twenty-two years experience at Harper Collins USA. This week she signed a
contract to publish the book as a trade paperback under the William Morrow
imprint. The book will be released northern summer 2013 in major chains and
independents across the USA
and the foreign rights will be sold into English speaking markets, with
translations planned into German and Russian. It will also be released as an
ebook at the same time across all electronic platforms. Julie's contract
includes an option for her next book and she is thoroughly enjoying the process
of having her work edited by the vastly experienced Carolyn Marino.