Polly makes publishing history by publishing book direct from sales
A new author has become the first person to land a publishing deal specifically because of the number of pre-orders she got for her book.
Northchurch-based mother-of-two Polly Walker had to secure 250 sales of her children’s story – Worm, Slug, Maggot and Leech, before publishing concept Britain’s Next Bestseller would print it.
The company, founded by Murielle Maupoint of Little Gaddesden, aims to give popular authors a chance to make it big without being held back by the whims of publishers.
Firm spokesman Clare Sidebottom said: “We know how tough it can be for new writers to get their first big break.
“Some of the world’s best loved books nearly didn’t make it to our shelves. JK Rowling was advised by an editor to get a day job since she had little chance of making money in children’s books.
“Dan Brown was rejected by publishers because his book was so badly written.”
Polly’s £7.99 story was the first to reach the target set by Britain’s Next Bestseller, and now it has been published.
In the book, Worm, Slug, Maggot and Leech are firm friends sharing the ups and downs of life but they are deeply troubled by the way they look.
Miss Stick Insect helps the creatures achieve what they think will be a marvellous make over but they soon realise their new-found beauty has come with some catastrophic consequences.
The quartet learn that being beautiful has not made their lives complete and they are faced with a difficult choice.
Polly, who has two young daughters, is a qualified primary school teacher who has wide experience of working with pupils who have special educational needs.
She said: ‘I’m really excited about my book being published and my story being read to children to explore and discuss matters relating to their self-worth, self-esteem and identity.
“As a new author it’s fantastic to be part of an innovative publishing campaign that is empowering authors and readers.
“This route from manuscript to publishing deal is a dynamic and attainable one which allows the author to take ownership of the process.
“Empowering the reader to take such a decisive role is also a hugely positive step.”
Although other publishers were interested in her work, the BNBS ‘crowdfunding’ model has allowed her to make much faster progress towards her dream.
To find out more about BNBS, visit www.britainsnextbestseller.co.uk