A friend of mine pointed me to this announcement by Publishers Weekly. If you read the article fast, you’ll miss an important part. From the article:
Sterling Children’s Books will launch a new teen fiction imprint in January, called Splinter. The list will debut January 11 with the release of Tiger’s Curse, the first in a fantasy-romance saga by Colleen Houck, self-published before she signed with Sterling.
That’s right, Houck self-published her books first on Kindle, and now has a publisher who will be printing 250,000 hardback books along with an aggressive marketing campaign.
Her book captured the number one spot on Kindle’s children’s best-seller list for seven weeks.
Even as little as six months ago I got the vibe from some agents and publishers that self-publishing was the kiss of death. Self-published? Not interested. But how can you turn down a book that has such a positive response just by word of mouth?
Look for more deals like this in the near future.