This has never been done in Canada. Breaking news, long-form reportage, or non-fiction, always go directly to the newspaper. No one would think a single news story on Kindle or Kobo or iBooks would be the biggest payday of the year. Finding Karla commands the top position on Amazon Kindle’s non-fiction singles bestseller list and No. 5 on Kobo’s e-books list.
Finding Karla documents how Paula Todd, a former TVOntario/CTV host, tracked Karla Homolka, a convicted killer and former wife of multiple murderer Paul Bernardo to her home on Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean, where she interviewed her.
Imagine if this work had gone the traditional route, the work would be censored by the newspaper editors. If it had been released as a hard book format, Finding Karla would be watered down by the expected editors. In fact, the CBC has a library of book submissions but the bigger names get the exposure. There is no platform on Canadian TV that promotes authors. BookTV is gone and others like it too. Finally, the old school approach to publishing in Canada has been challenged. All journalists and writers now have a chance at getting their story heard.
Paul Collins, author of Mack Dunstan’s Inferno / Mystery of Everyman’s Way
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