PRLog - July 24, 2011 - SAXMUNDHAM, U.K. -- Romance / crime novel 'Spoilt' by Joanne Ellis is one the best sellers of 2011, and a Kindle #1, having downloaded and sold in e-book and paperback 160,000 copies since February 2011. It is also regarded by some outraged American readers as having a spelling mistake in the title – the American word would be 'Spoiled' – not realising that its Australian author was employing standard English-English where the word 'spoilt' is the more commonly used, although both usages are correct.
Twisted Fire by Joanne Ellis
However, the experience of the publisher – Night Publishing – is that American audiences in general are extremely tolerant of English variations on spelling, grammar and punctuation, even to the extremes.
Night's second best seller, the crime / gangster novel 'Get Some' by Danny Birch, with 80,000 copies downloaded and sold, is written in an obscure Northern English Hull dialect which deliberately flouts Standard English and must seem even more bizarre to an American audience than to a Southern Counties English one. Another new fast selling crime novel, 'Pinpoint' by South African writer Shelia Mary Taylor also uses Standard English, as does 60,000 selling / downloading 'You've Gone Too Far This Time, Sir!' which has retained some spelling errors even in Standard English reflecting that its author, Danny Bent, is not only a brilliant and engaging storyteller but also dyslexic.
So while the Harry Potter books were translated from Standard English into American-English, Night Publishing has chosen to support the authentic expression of its non-US authors, including Afghanistani novelist Shah Wali Fazli whose 'Interpreter' about the experiences of an Afghan acting as an interpreter to NATO troops in Helmand will be released over the next few weeks.
'Twisted Fire', Joanne Ellis' new book, continues to use Standard English and is released literally hot on the heels of 'Spoilt' as it is a romance novel about a girl trapped in a burning building falling in love with a fireman with a fiery temperament to match.
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