Archive - August 28, 2012

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Selling Your Novel Today
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Winner Of 2011 Maria Thomas Fiction Award–Susi Wyss (Central African Republic 1990-92)

Selling Your Novel Today

Here is a writer who have solved the marketing problem of her first novel. I have been reading about Kathleen Grissom’s novel, The Kitchen House. It is about life on a Southern plantation and was published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in February 2010. The first run was 11,500 copies, which is a lot for a first novel, but, of course, that didn’t attract much attention. While most of us focus on the Internet and creating buzz, it was the old-fashioned book-club-word-of mouth that made the difference for The Kitchen House. Today, the book is in its 21st printing, with 254,000 copies in print and another 152,000 e-books sold. It is now being carried at Target and Costco. Grissom received a good advance of $35,000 from Touchstone and now has had several more royalty checks for $100,000 plus. How’s that for a first time novelist! How did . . .

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Winner Of 2011 Maria Thomas Fiction Award–Susi Wyss (Central African Republic 1990-92)

Winner Of 2011 Maria Thomas Fiction Award–Susi Wyss (Central African Republic 1990-92) author of The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories Winners  of the Peace Corps Writers Awards receive a certificate and small cash award. Susi Wyss book of fiction set across Africa that was largely inspired by her twenty-year career  managing international health programs. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central African Republic from 1990 to 1992, and currently works for Jhpiego, a Baltimore-based international health organization. She has one master’s degree in public health from Boston University, and another in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her writing has appeared in numerous literary magazines, and she has received awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and other arts organizations. The Civilized World:  A Novel in Stories by Susi Wyss (Central African Republic, 1990-92) Henry Holt and Company $15.00 226 pages March, . . .

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