Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--March 2015 Issue
As mentioned in the last NEWS Mail, Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, visited San Francisco and New York this January and February. She spoke to audiences in both cities, and her speech, through English and Japanese, in front of a full house of local readers and fans was a great success. Articles based on interviews with her during the visit appeared in newspapers such as The New York Times and The Boston Globe. The waves of “Sparking Joy” tidying seem to grow larger and larger.
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The excitement of the phenomenal bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is now spreading into Italy!
We’ve announced the great response to the worldwide bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo many times over in this NEWS Mail, but it’s still growing with no boundaries. Following its success in the U.S., the book is now reaching another milestone–in Italy! Just four months after its release, the Italian version has ranked No. 1 on the bestseller list of Amazon Italy this February. As the French version will be released in France soon, what we expect next is to find the title on the top 10 bestseller lists in three different language communities at the same time: English, Italian, and French.
252 pages / January 2015 / 1,300 yen (w/o tax)
The long-awaited illustrated version of the acclaimed cleanliness "bible" is here!
Since its initial release in December of 2010, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has sold more than 1.4 million copies domestically and enjoyed wide coverage on TV and in magazines. The book has also taken the rest of the world by storm. Translated versions have been published in 25 countries around the world, including the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Italy, China, Korea, and Taiwan. The book also earned mention in the New York Times. The latest installment in the series is The Illustrated Guide to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In this version, author Marie Kondo has constructed the book to incorporate an abundance of illustrations to go along with the 108 simple cleaning tips taken from her classes on organization — a reissue that is exactly what her legions of fans have been eagerly awaiting. For both amateur and expert cleaners, it’s just what the doctor ordered. Don’t clean another inch of your house until you’ve read every word in this book. Think of it as the ultimate collection of the know-how of Marie Kondo — an encyclopedia of cleaning wizardry that will put your life back in order. Incorporate the wizardry of cleanliness into your life and see for yourself just how significant the change can be.
14 Get the hang of putting things into drawers
20 How to clean and store shoes
21 Packing for a vacation or business trip
26 How to keep your books well organized
47 Ways to keep your cosmetics in order
64 Letting go of your stuffed animals
71 How to keep kitchenware neatly organized
75 Give your cutlery the “VIP treatment”
87 How to store consumable goods in the kitchen
90 How to lend an air of “cuteness” to your kitchen
95 Turn the bathroom into an open space
Four years after the release of this series, the desk in my office, cleaned in true Marie Kondo fashion, has yet to become messy again. Since I was the head editor, I naturally took it upon myself to put her lessons into practice, and can honestly say they’ve done wonders for my life. I feel confident we’ve made a good book, especially since we’ve received positive reviews from readers practically every day. We’ve also received numerous requests for an illustrated version of the book, which we are now pleased to be able to offer. This useful book is a must-have. I hope you like it just as much as you did the earlier version.
222 pages / November 2014 / 1,300 yen (w/o tax)
The leading authority in animal communication tells us what "they" are really saying.
“If I could communicate with animals…”
If you’re a pet owner, you’ve surely considered this at least once. In fact, communicating with animals is by no means impossible, as it has become apparent that both humans and animals desire to form a strong emotional bond with one another. There are certainly those who scoff at the notion of communication with animals. However, if you only clear your mind and open your ears, you too can hear what they are “saying.”
“I love you, Mom (owner)!”
“I want to play outside longer.”
“My role in this house is to strengthen the family’s relationship.”
Animals do have these and other similar thoughts, and we can often be moved to tears or laughter by truly connecting with them. In this book, the author recounts her experiences of speaking with animals, sharing with us the true thoughts and feelings — particularly of cats and dogs — that are often ignored. I strongly recommend this book to pet owners who wish to deepen their ties with their pets, to troubled pet owners, and to those who are considering owning a pet in the future.
– Story 01 What dogs really want to convey with their pesky, pointless barking: “I’m not a prince.”
– Story 03 What dog-hating dogs are secretly thinking: “I won’t let anything happen to Mom!”
– Story 06 A pet’s rebellion starts with the small things: “I always want to be the favorite!”
– Story 08 They love you with all their heart: “I’m all grown up now.”
– Story 11 No pet dies resenting their owner: “I’m very happy to have lived in this home.”
Morinaga-san has a Golden Retriever and a number of other dogs in her office — all of which poked their heads between my legs and snuggled up to my feet as I sat and spoke with her about this book. For a person like me who has always wanted a pet — but doesn’t live in an environment that would allow such a privilege — I was in absolute bliss. Those were the most enjoyable meetings of my editing career, and I was a bit saddened when the project ended and I could no longer visit with them. I highly recommend this book, as pet owners and non-owners alike will no doubt find it a source of enlightenment.