December 1st 2020
At HarperCollins Canada, the company benefitted in 2018 by publishing the winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Esi Edudgyan’s Washington Black, which sold 117,000 copies. This was followed in sales by several titles from abroad, including The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton, which moved 70,000 copies; The Secret Orphan by Glynis Peters, which HC did in print in Canada, selling 40,000 copies. “Peters’s book was an interesting case for us, because we knew we had a market for us here in Canada with the books and we opted to publish it in paper, when it was e-book-only in the U.K. and U.S.,” says Cory Beatty, senior director of sales and marketing for HarperCollins Canada. “Orphans are really hot here—another one of our number-one bestsellers last year was The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff, whose previous bestseller was The Orphan’s Tale.”
Looking ahead, Beatty says Peters’s next book, which will be published this fall, The Orphan Thief, is a likely hit.