Good News from London
Friday, August 17, 2007
My British publisher, the always wonderful Lisa Highton at Hodder & Stoughton, emailed me recently with exciting news. Marley & Me had just been released in the United Kingdom in paperback, one year after the hardcover edition was released there.
In it's first week out in paperback, Marley hit #2 on the UK's paperback bestseller list. I was tickled, of course. But that's just the pretty good news. The really good news came the following week when Lisa wrote to tell me Marley was moving up to #1 on the UK paperback list. So far it's remained in the top spot for two weeks. Obviously, I am over-the-moon thrilled and humbled, and I want to thank all my UK readers for their outpouring of support. Thanks so much, guys! (And thanks for all your notes on the message boards.)
Lisa was pretty enthusiastic, too. In her email announcing Marley's rise to #1, she pointed out that during that week, it was not only Britain's top-selling paperback, but also its second-best selling book of any kind. After....yes, you guessed correctly.... the new Harry Potter book.
"What can I say?" Lisa wrote. "Am speechless with pleasure."
As am I, Lisa. I owe her and her whole team at Hodder a great big double-cheek kiss for all they've done to put my book in the hands of so many readers in the UK. Smooch smooch!
posted by John Grogan at 7:52 PM