Actresses enjoy success as bestselling authors
Actress Choi Kang-hee (My Sweet Seoul) published her essay collection at the end of September, and within only ten days it’s already become a bestseller.
The collection is titled Choi Kang-hee, A Little Child’s Little Happiness and has shot to the top ten of various bestseller lists. Currently, the volume has sold more than 32,000 copies and is heading into a fifth printing. The publisher’s initial printing produced 10,000 copies, but because of demand, they have upped the latest print order to 20,000 volumes.
The CEO of the publishing company, Yoon Dong-hee, said, “Approximately 80 percent of readers who bought the book in its first week of publication are twenty- and thirtysomething women. It seems that Choi Kang-hee’s sincerity has connected with that young generation which feels instability and loneliness keenly.”
Speaking of bestselling author-actresses, Lee Hye-young (Queen of Housewives) is set to follow her popular first book with a second. The actress, oft-noted for her sense of fashion and style, had published a book called Beauty Bible, and is now putting out The Fashion Bible. Like her first volume, this follow-up is a collection of her own idea and tips on cultivating style.
Beauty Bible had sold more than 20,000 copies and became a bestseller. Based on the popularity of that volume, after news was released of her second, already preorders have come in for The Fashion Bible in numbers exceeding 50,000.
Lee Hye-young will be at a special event to speak about her experience writing the second book at Seoul’s Imperial Hotel on October 14.