Glasgow personal finance author David Sawyer has sold the rights to the first translation of his self-published book – in South Korea.
Seoul-based publisher Rok Media is having RESET translated and copies are expected to be on sale in the new year. It is the first foreign language deal for the book, which is aimed at midlife professionals aged 35–60 who are stuck in a rut and looking to restart their lives halfway through. The book’s one-year plan sets the ideas behind the US financial independence movement in a UK context.
It has sold 7,600 copies worldwide since Zude PR owner Sawyer, 47, published in August last year. The tally for the first 15 months is about 30 times what might be expected for a self-published book in its lifetime.
Sawyer, who who lives near Clarkston south of Glasgow, said: “When I got the call to say a Korean publishing house wanted to take on my book, I nearly fell off my chair. All I could manage to blurt out was, ‘north or south?’
“But when I looked into it, I could see the potential. South Korea has a population of 50 million and people there are committed to self-improvement and getting their finances in order.Fingers crossed that the translator does a good job and sales do even better over there than in the UK and US. I can’t wait to see the front cover.”
The Korean deal, which is RESET’s first foreign language translation, was brokered by Charlotte Staley at UK-based independent publisher Harriman House. The Korean agent that found the right publisher was literary agency Imprima.
Three months after its publication in August this year, the audiobook version narrated by Sawyer is nearing 1,000 sales.
He added: “It was a bit of a gamble because I didn’t know if people would want to buy it and the time investment was significant. However, Ross Cameron at Riverside Music College in Busby did an excellent job and the sound quality exceeds audiobooks produced by some of the big publishing houses.”