A Swedish psychologist’s self-published picture book about a sleep-deprived rabbit has been acquired by Penguin Random House after becoming a word-of-mouth sensation.
A new edition of Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep” will come out in paper in the U.S. and the U.K. on Oct. 2 and as an e-book Sept. 8, the publisher announced Wednesday.
Billed as a groundbreaking story that “gives suggestions to the child’s unconscious mind to sleep,” Ehrlin’s book features such soporific helpers as Uncle Yawn and Sleepy Snail and has inspired an international debate over its effectiveness. “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep” was illustrated by Irina Maununen.
Originally released in 2011 and translated into English by Ehrlin a year ago, the book this summer soared into the top 10 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, at times outselling such high-profile works as Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” and E L James’ “Grey.”
Roger Sutton, on why the Horn Book does not currently consider self-published books for review and why that situation is unlikely to change.
I recognise everything he says in the explanation that follows the quoted preamble, and recommend you follow the link.
Here at ACHUKA I have tried and tried to find self-published books worthy of attention. I am still open to submissions, but only because it is usually so instantly apparent what a judgement is going to be, for all the reasons given in Roger’s piece.
I think a bigger question is why “traditionally published” needs to exclude books that are published only as eBooks.
The titles on the ACHUKAbooks list have been ‘traditionally’ curated, edited and copy-edited. Some of them are by authors who have established reputations in traditional print publishing.
Books published by epublishers fall into a hard-to-promote middle ground, where traditional review coverage is not forthcoming, and the kind of self-promotion that “self-published” authors are free to indulge in is not viable.
When I launched ACHUKAbooks well over two years ago I knew that this was the situation at the time, but I felt confident back then that it would soon change and that quality ebooks would soon be given attention in the regular review press. That hasn’t happened.
Dear self-published author:
I can imagine how frustrating it is to have your book refused possible review coverage by the Horn Book simply because it is self-published. But here is why that situation is unlikely to change anytime soon.
Video interview – Mick Higham, Meet The Author BBC News
When Tina Seskis book, One Step Too Far, was rejected by the publishing world four years ago she decided to take matters into her own hands.