As we approach what could be our last consultation session with our screenwriting mentor, Bill Boyle, over our screenplay adaptation of GREEN DARKNESS, we decided to do a more comprehensive dig into the publication history of the best-selling novel.
It turned out that there wasn't one single site online with all of that information. So we compiled data -
English has been the primary language for publication. However, the popularity of this classic historical romance also caught the attention of publishers internationally. The book has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Turkish and Dutch. Two other variations were created that further widened the book's marketplace - books in large print and books on tape.
Whether the publisher was Houghton Mifflin, Hodder & Stoughton, Chicago Review Press, Fawcett Crest, Buccaneer Books, Emece Editores, Random House, Inc., Ulverscroft Large Print, The Book Club, Corgi, Coronet, Amereon or Books on Tape, GREEN DARKNESS has been published in some form almost continually from its first edition in 1972 to the most recent in 2009.
Considering that every edition can have multiple printings, it’s no wonder we can’t discover a final tally for the total number of books sold!
It would be equally difficult to determine the number of copies that were bought, read, enjoyed and passed on to friends so they could relish this tale.
Talk about a built-in international marketability factor for our screenplay!
Until next time -
Marla Hayes & Angela Falkowska