Behind the Bestsellers
Daisy Maryles -- 1/29/01
New Year, New Oprah Pick | Another Day, Another Dollar
A Regional Hit for 'PW' Insider | Has This Shrub Matured?
New Year, New Oprah PickWhat a difference a day makes. Last Wednesday, Oprah
Another Day, Another DollarShe's back. Bright and sassy bestselling author Terry McMillan returns after a four-year hiatus with another blockbuster bestseller, A Day Late and a Dollar Short; PW's starred review noted that this book is "gutsier and less glitzy" than her previous bestseller. It lands in the top spot on our hardcover bestseller chart after just one week on sale. Back in 1992, Waiting to Exhale--her first big book--spent 43 weeks on PW's chart and didn't hit the #1 spot until week 16. How Stella Got Her Groove Back, published in 1996, enjoyed a 21-week run on the list, jumped into the #1 spot the first week out and stayed there for one more week. Copies in print for the hardcover edition of Exhale is 760,500, plus two million in print in paper. Stella has 1.1 million copies in print in hardcover; the paperback has 2.1 million copies in print. Viking reports A Day Late has 720,000 copies in print after two trips to press and the author will be on tour until the end of February. In an Essence interview, McMillan said that even though Exhale and Stella were movie hits and an earlier book, Disappearing Acts, did very well on HBO, she d sn't see her latest book as a movie.
A Regional Hit for 'PW' InsiderPlume's new January title, Brown Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction, edited by Carol Taylor, has debuted in the #9 slot on the January 24 L.A. Times paperback fiction list. One of the stories in that anthology is by Diane Patrick, a PW freelance contributor who compiles the People column and is associate editor of PW's Rights Alert e-mail newsletter. First printing for Brown Sugar was 12,000 copies and the book has gone back to press three times, for a total of 23,000. Patrick wrote an unauthorized biography, Terry McMillan, published by St. Martin's Press back in September 1999.
Has This Shrub Matured?Given the rather significant event that took place on January
FilmistakeWe noted last week that the movie rights to Brad Meltzer's latest bestseller, The First Counsel, had been sold to Fox 2000. We stand corrected: those rights not only have not gone to Fox 2000, they haven't been sold--yet--to anybody. The rights to Meltzer's first novel, The Tenth Justice, have been sold to Fox 2000.
With reporting by Dick Donahue.
Volume 247 Issue 5 01/29/2001