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When an older book title finds new readers

I'm having a great year of sales of the print book of my very first published book "The Bird with the Broken Wing". This book was first published in 2011 through Etopia Press. The publisher dumped it (and a lot of other YA titles) in 2014 and the rights reverted back to me. I messed about with a few self-made book covers, just to keep the title up on Amazon, but I realized I had to get a professional cover created. Mine were just woeful.

The first book cover was so beautiful, a design by Eithné Ní Anluaín, and I wanted to keep the same theme. I contracted Ryn Katryn, Digital Art Group to create a cover that was equally as beautiful.

Sales on the print copy of this book that was first published in 2011 have been surprisingly good. It is by far my best selling title of 2019/2020. I couldn't be more happy. This is still one of my personal favorites. I'm so happy that it is finding new readers, mostly in United Kingdom, United States, and Germany, and mostly through Amazon ads, but if it's working I'll keep advertising.

original artwork by Eithne Ni Anluain


new cover by Ryn Katryn Digital Art Group

I guess The Bird with the Broken Wing is what they consider a slow burner. I might be in good company. Lord of the Flies by William Golding did not have great success after being released—selling fewer than three thousand copies in the United States during 1955 before going out of print. It has since gone on to be a best seller and has been made into 2 movies. Now I just got to find out how that happened and replicate it.


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