*Audio rights are sold for THE LOOK OF LOVE.
*Sarah travels to Birmingham, Alabama, for a special meeting with executives from Books-a-Million, one of the largest bookstore chains in the country.
*Sarah is hard at work on her seventh novel with Penguin, THE LOOK OF LOVE, coming in November 2014!
*Large print rights are purchased for GOODNIGHT JUNE.
*Condensed rights are sold to Reader’s Digest US for GOODNIGHT JUNE.
*BLACKBERRY WINTER becomes a bestseller in Turkey, where it remains on the bestseller list.
*Sarah becomes a contributing writer to BRIDES magazine (Conde Nast)
*All five of Sarah’s novels are sold to one of the largest publishers in Russia.
*THE LAST CAMELLIA is sold to Sarah’s German publisher.
*MORNING GLORY is published.
*THE LAST CAMELLIA is a top-5 Amazon Kindle bestseller.
*MORNING GLORY is sold to Sarah’s Brazilian publisher.
*MORNING GLORY is sold to Sarah’s Turkish publisher.
*Writing, writing, writing (Sarah takes a break from updating):)
*Polish condensation rights for THE BUNGALOW are sold to Readers Digest in Poland!
*THE LAST CAMELLIA is featured as a summer reading recommendation in the July issue of Coastal Living!
*Lithuanian digital rights are sold for two of Sarah’s titles, THE BUNGALOW and THE VIOLETS OF MARCH.
*Dutch condensation rights for THE BUNGALOW are sold to Readers Digest in Holland!
*Polish rights are sold for THE LAST CAMELLIA!
*Sarah to visit NYC for BEA (Book Expo America)!
*THE VIOLETS OF MARCH becomes a USA Today Bestseller!
*THE VIOLETS OF MARCH goes back to press for a ninth printing!
*THE LAST CAMELLIA gets a 4-star rave review from RT Book Reviews!
*Norwegian rights are sold for MORNING GLORY.
*Russian condensed rights are sold for THE BUNGALOW to Reader’s Digest.
*In other news, Sarah goes up in a hot air balloon for an essay she’s writing for O, The Oprah Magazine!
*Blackberry Winter appears on Publisher’s Weekly’s 2012 ebook bestseller list!
*Sarah’s new novel, THE LAST CAMELLIA (out on May 28), is praised by Kirkus Reviews. They call it a “tantalizing read”!
*Turkish rights are sold for THE LAST CAMELLIA.
*The Turkish edition of THE VIOLETS OF MARCH becomes a bestseller, hitting the top 20 list for women’s fiction.
*Norwegian rights are sold for THE BUNGALOW.
*The Italian edition of THE VIOLETS OF MARCH hits the #1 spot on some bestseller lists in Italy.
*Princess Cruise Line chooses BLACKBERRY WINTER as their on-board book club pick.
*Condensation rights are sold to Reader’s Digest Finland for THE BUNGALOW.
*Brazilian rights are sold for THE LAST CAMELLIA.
*Large print rights for THE LAST CAMELLIA are sold to Center Point.
*Lithuanian rights are sold for The Bungalow.
*Condensation rights for Blackberry Winter are sold to Reader’s Digest in the U.S.
*Book club rights are sold for The Violets of March in Italy.
*Blackberry Winter climbs the New York Times List as a #7 ebook bestseller and #21 combined ebook and paperback bestseller.
*Blackberry Winter climbs to #21 on the USA Today Bstseller List.
*The Turkish edition of The Violets of March is published.
*The Italian edition of The Violets of March is published.
*Blackberry Winter is #1 on the Seattle Times paperback bestseller list.
*Blackberry Winter becomes a USA Today bestseller!
*Blackberry Winter becomes a New York Times bestseller!
*Blackberry Winter is published!
*Blackberry Winter goes back for its fourth pre-publication printing.
*Hungarian condensation rights are sold for The Bungalow.
*Lithuanian rights to The Violets of March are sold to the respected Lithuanian publisher Baltos Lankos, Vilnius.
*Sarah sells her next two untitled novels (#5 and #6) to her wonderful publisher at Penguin, Plume! The announcement that appeared in Publisher’s Marketplace: “Author of THE VIOLETS OF MARCH, THE BUNGALOW, and the forthcoming BLACKBERRY WINTER and THE LAST CAMELLIA, Sarah Jio’s next two untitled novels, the first of which is set on a houseboat in Seattle, again to Denise Roy at Plume, in a significant deal, for publication in 2013 and 2014, by Elisabeth Weed at Weed Literary.”
*REAL SIMPLE picks Blackberry Winter as a must-read for fall!
*Kirkus names Blackberry Winter a “most anticipated book for fall“!
*The book trailer for Blackberry Winter is released.
*Kirkus praises Blackberry Winter, saying: “This novel will enchant Jio’s fans and make them clamor for her next offering.”
*Book club rights are sold for The Bungalow, in Germany.
*Turkish rights are sold for Blackberry Winter.
*Polish rights are sold to Sarah’s publisher, Znak, in Poland, for Blackberry Winter. Znak has previously published Sarah’s first two books, The Violets of March and The Bungalow.
*Blackberry Winter makes a splash at Book Expo America in New York.
*Slovenian condensation rights are sold to Readers Digest for The Bungalow.
*Blackberry Winter is sold to the major Norwegian publisher Cappelen Damm, who also publishes Jodi Picoult’s and Nicholas Sparks’ books.
*Large print rights are sold for Blackberry Winter.
*Condensation rights for The Bungalow are sold to Readers Digest Portugal.
*Sarah interviews one of her life and literary heroes for Glamour: Dr. Maya Angelou.
*Sarah’s three novels, The Violets of March, The Bungalow, and Blackberry Winter sell in a pre-empt to Novo Conceito in Brazil.
*Blackberry Winter sells to Sarah’s publisher in Germany, Heyne/Diana (German division of Random House).
*The Next Chapter bookstore declares that The Bungalow will be “the best beach read of the summer”.
*Library Journal gives Blackberry Winter some early buzz, calling it “sweet, absorbing women’s fiction’”.
*Large-print rights are sold for The Violets of March
*Croatian rights are sold for The Violets of March to Mozaik knjiga, which also publishes Tatiana de Rosnay and Rebecca Skloot’s books
*The national grocery store chain, Safeway, chooses The Bungalow for a summer reading promotion
*UK Condensation rights are sold to Reader’s Digest for The Bungalow
*Audio rights are sold for Sarah’s next novels, Blackberry Winter and The Last Camellia
*Spanish condensation rights are sold to Reader’s Digest for The Bungalow
*Romanian rights are sold for The Violets of March
*Polish rights are sold for The Bungalow
*Sarah begins writing her fifth novel (title and details to be announced!)
*Chinese rights are sold for The Violets of March
*Sarah finishes the first draft of her fourth novel, The Last Camellia
*French rights are sold for The Violets of March
*Sarah’s agent and editor come to Seattle from New York to visit!
*Womansday.com praises The Bungalow, saying the book is “extraordinarily real” and a “true page-turner”
*The Bungalow remains on the Neilson Bookscan bestseller list for 7 weeks in a row!
*New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster declares The Bungalow her “favorite book of the year”!
*In its first week on sale, The Bungalow hit #3 on Bookscan’s romance bestseller list!
*Sarah is now represented by Dana Borowitz at United Talent Agency, who will oversee TV/film interest in her books.
*Penguin will send Sarah on a national book tour in January and February. Stay tuned for tour dates.
*Orders for The Bungalow continue to pour in, necessitating several additional pre-publication printings.
*Turkish rights are sold for The Violets of March.
*The Violets of March, and Sarah’s third novel, Blackberry Winter, sell at auction in Italy.
*Due to continued orders from booksellers, The Bungalow goes to press for a third and fourth pre-publication printing.
*Kroger’s and Sam’s Club will also both be carrying The Bungalow.
*A significant order of The Bungalow is placed by Penguin Canada, making the book widely available in book stores across Canada, as well as at NewsGroup (a “Reader’s Pick”) and Walmart stores (where The Bungalow will be a featured selection).
*Large print rights for The Bungalow are sold.
*The Bungalow will be available at Costco.
*The Bungalow is a “Recommended Reading” pick by Target, beginning in the month of January.
*Polish rights are sold for The Violets of March to Znak, Krakow (who also publishes novels by Emily Giffin and Lauren Hillenbrand).
*Sarah’s debut novel, The Violets of March, is selected as a Best Book of 2011 by the prestigious Library Journal.
*Blackberry Winter, Sarah’s third novel, is moved up again! The new publication date is September 27, 2012. It will be a lead Fall 2012 title for Penguin (Plume).
*Orders for The Bungalow are so great that it goes back to press for a second printing (pre-publication).
*The Violets of March is sent back to press for a seventh printing.
*Sarah is invited to be a featured author at the King County Library’s Literary Lions Gala 2012. Seattle’s King County Library System is the largest library network in the country and recently one the national “Library of the Year” award. Keynote speak for the event is #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, with book reviewer extraordinaire Nancy Pearl as emcee.
*Woman’s Day magazine declares The Violets of March a “must-read” for fall and calls the book absorbing and says “readers will be enthralled”.
*Condensation rights are sold to Reader’s Digest for The Bungalow.
*Sarah’s next two books, Blackberry Winter and The Last Camellia, are sold to Penguin (Plume).
*The Violets of March is a SheReads September Book Club pick.
*Audio rights are sold for The Bungalow, again to Listen and Live Audio.
*The Bungalow is a Pulpwood Queen 2012 Book Club Pick.
*The Violets of March is featured in Coastal Living and FIRST for Women magazines.
*German rights to Sarah’s second novel, The Bungalow, are sold to her publisher in Germany, Heyne Verlag (a division of Random House).
*Redbook magazine declares Violets “engrossing” and chooses as a must-read in their May issue.
*Costco Connection magazine picks Violets as a May Book Buyer Fiction pick.
*The Violets of March goes back to press for a third printing before it’s release date.
*The German version of The Violets of March, which will be debuting in hardcover, was chosen for the cover of the Heyne Verlag (division of Random House in Germany) fall catalog! To see the beautiful cover, click here.
*The Violets of March is reviewed favorably by Publisher’s Weekly, and RT Book Reviews gives a 4-star review and calls the book “an endearing tale,” adding that readers are sure to be “captivated”.
*Spanish rights for The Violets of March are sold to the publisher Ediciones B
*Audio rights are sold for The Violets of March to Live & Listen Audio, Inc.
*Book club rights are sold for The Violets of March (and, a special edition hardcover will be printed!)
*The Violets of March is chosen by Target for their Emerging Author program.
*Sarah’s second novel, The Bungalow, is sold, again to her editor, Denise Roy, at Penguin (Plume).
*The Violets of March is praised by Jodi Picoult!
*The editor-in-chief of Plume declares, in the cover letter accompanying the summer catalog, that The Violets of March is the original novel on the list with the “strongest commercial potential!”
*The Violets of March receives early praise from such renowned novelists as Beth Hoffman, Sarah Pekkanen, and Kelly O’Connor McNees. (Earlier praise came from the fabulous Claire Cook and Allison Winn Scotch.)
*The publication date of The Violets of March is moved up from August to May (April 26 to be exact) after a successful showing and lots of enthusiasm at the Penguin quarterly sales conference.
*Sarah sells The Violets of March, at auction, to Penguin (Plume). Shortly after, she sells the German rights to The Violets of March in a whirlwind 6-way auction to Heyne Verlag, a division of Random House, which plans to publish the book in hardcover in the fall of 2011 for their prestigious “Diana” list.