Saturday, December 08, 2007

The Little Book That Could

When my mom decided to make her sixteenth book the first that she self-published, she did so with a gulp and a big leap of faith. In an ever-more concentrated publishing industry, it's a tough market out there for any author, even those being published by big-name yahoos. So, considering what she was up against when she launched our new imprint Small Planet Media with 20,000 copies of Getting a Grip: Courage, Clarity, and Creativity in a World Gone Mad, it's even more exciting to announce the news we just got today: Getting a Grip hit the San Francisco Chronicle's top ten paperback bestseller list this week. That's right... sidling up next to Eat, Pray, Love; Omnivore's Dilemma; No Country for Old Men... is Getting a Grip!

My mom published Getting a Grip on her own terms, which meant using a union-run print shop, choosing recycled paper and soy-based ink, and picking her own cover design, and she got the book out there. If you haven't got your copy yet, check it out a local bookstore near you. Go mom!

--signing off as a proud daughter