Bestselling author Rosamund Lupton has hailed self-published authors at an event to mark half a million sales of her debut Sister (Piatkus).
Speaking at the ceremony to receive a Nielsen Gold Award for exceptional sales of 500,000 copies, Lupton said: "I have huge admiration for writers who self-publish and it’s fantastic they succeed. I personally welcome the support of a publisher, especially the creative input of my editor."
Sister was also Little, Brown's bestselling fiction e-book title of last year, racking up sales of over 55,000 copies. Publisher David Shelley described Sister as "one of the first e-book bestsellers in this country".
"This just proves that p-books and e-books can happily co-exist together, with strong success across all formats and all sectors of the market—independent bookshops, supermarkets, high street, as well as online," he said.
Little, Brown c.e.o. Ursula MacKenzie hailed Lupton's Nielsen award, saying: "We are all thrilled for Rosamund. She is such a gifted writer and the fact that her talent has been recognised by such a prestigious award makes me very proud."
Sister was published in 2010 and was selected as the first Richard and Judy Bookclub title. It went on to be Amazon's number one fiction title that year. It is also in development as a film by Pathe/Film Four.
Photo l-r: Editor Emma Beswetherick; Lupton; Shelley