KonMari
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An enchanted book
about tidying up
sweeps across the world

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U.S. Edition

Books

Becoming "Million-Sellers" both
in the U.S. and Japan!

"The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up" Series

by Marie Kondo (KonMari)

Rights

Published in 41 regions and countries,
over 5 million copies sold worldwide

Rights sold to:

Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Catalonia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Island, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, U.K., Ukraine, U.S., Vietnam

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  • U.S.

  • Italy

  • Taiwan

  • Brazil

  • U.K.

  • Germany

  • Korea

  • France

  • Netherlands

  • China

  • Thailand

  • Romania

  • Canada

  • Finland

  • Hungary

  • Mexico/Spain

  • Portugal

  • Poland

  • Slovakia

  • Holland

  • U.K./gift ver.

  • Bulgaria

  • Croatia

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Greece

  • Israel

  • Latvia

  • Norway

  • Russia

  • Slovenia

  • Sweden

  • Turkey

  • Vietnam

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Sales

  • Over 2.1 million copies sold in Japan!

  • Over 1.5 million copies sold in the U.S.!

    - Ranked 1st in Amazon.com!

    - Ranked 1st in Amazon Canada!

    - Ranked 1st in the New York Times for more than 27 weeks!

    - Ranked 1st in the Wall Street Journal for more than 3 weeks!

    - Ranked 1st in Barnes & Noble for more than 7 weeks!

    - Ranked 1st in the Publishers Weekly for more than 3 weeks!

  • Over 125,000 copies sold in Taiwan!

    - Ranked 1st in the online bookstore “books.com.tw”!

    - Ranked 1st in the online bookstore “eslite.com”!

  • Over 90,000 copies sold in Italy!

    - Ranked 1st in the online bookstore “books.com.tw”!

    - Ranked 1st in the online bookstore “eslite.com”!

  • Over 85,000 copies sold in Germany!

  • Over 80,000 copies sold in Brazil!

    - Ranked 6th in Amazon Brazil!

    - Ranked 1st in the Folha De S.Paulo!

  • Over 65,000 copies sold in the U.K.!

    - Was introduced in an article in The Times!

  • Over 50,000 copies sold in France!

    - Ranked 5th in Amazon France!

    - Ranked 1st in FNAC!

    - Was introduced in an article in La Parisien!

  • Over 25,000 copies sold in China!

    - Ranked 3rd in the online bookstore “Dangdang”!

  • Over 20,000 copies sold in Netherlands!

    - Ranked 6th in CPNB!

    - Ranked 3rd in the online bookstore “bol.com”!

Profile

Marie “KonMari” Kondo

Organizing Consultant

In her successful career as a professional organizing consultant she has turned rooms that are so cluttered you can't even see the floor into rooms that feel like a hotel room suite. She has been able to persuade her fans to get rid of over a million unnecessary items. In her early childhood she fell in love with reading homemakers’ magazines. She genuinely loved vacuuming, cleaning, cooking, and sewing, and she lived like a dedicated homemaker throughout her school years. When she was in the 9th grade, after being inspired by a bestselling book called Throw-Out Skills, she officially began her study of the art of tidying up. In her second year of college, she established her consulting business and began to devote her life to what would become known as the life-changing KonMari Method for organizing and storing. "Once you learn it, you'll never have a messy room again" was the concept that got her to be noticed, and her popularity soon spread through word-of-mouth.

 

Her Lessons on Organization and Storage for Women and Lessons on Organization and Storage for Company Presidents both have many dedicated fans. She also boasts that none of devotees have gone back to their old ways!

Interview

Articles

Marie Kondo is named to
TIME MAGAZINE’s TIME100

TIME’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world

On April 16th, 2015, TIME named Marie Kondo, a cleaning consultant who is known as the author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” to the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Time100 list first started in 2004, and now becomes an internationally known annual event by TIME magazine. This year, from Japan, Kondo is listed along with Haruki Murakami, the world famous novelist. In the list, US President Barack Obama, Tim Cook (CEO of Apple), Emma Watson (British actress), Thomas Piketty (French economist), Malala Yousafzai (Novel peace prize winner), Taylor Swift (Grammy winning singer-songwriter) are also named along with other internationally influential icons.

Comments from Marie Kondo

I couldn’t even imagine myself being named to the world-famous TIME100. I’ve been devoting my life to tidying since I was 15, and I’m filled with an inexpressible feeling of joy. My tidying method is rooted in the good old tradition of Japan, which is to show respect to every small thing around us. I hope to send this truth to the world, that we can all change our life by tidying up.

Comments from Tomohiro Takahashi, editor-in-chief at Sunmark Publishing

Now, Ms.Kondo’s book is known as a worldwide bestseller, especially in the United States, where her method is welcomed with a great enthusiasm. Her name “Kondo” is used as a verb, and the method she proposed in the book is taken as a social phenomenon. I believe this must be the first time that a book from Japan has sold so well except manga and fiction.

What is said about
Marie Kondo in Publishers Weekly

A “Neat” Bestseller from Japanby Teri Tan

For literary agent Neil Gudovitz of Waterside Productions, licensing a Japanese self-help book to English-speaking markets, which is extremely rare, requires “not only the right book but also the right sort of U.S. and U.K. editors, and the right partners in Japan.” The time he spent with the Tokyo-based Sunmark Publishing team in New York convinced him that they had the patience and determination to make The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever, Marie Kondo’s bestselling self-help book on decluttering and the organization of personal space, work in those markets.

And worked it has: in Japan (where tight living spaces tend to be tidy and orderly), The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying is now in its 55th printing and has racked up sales exceeding 1.5 million copies. Translations are now available in Chinese, German, and Korean, and rights have been licensed to a dozen more countries, including Brazil, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Turkey.

Gudovitz has handled thousands of titles during his 20 years in the industry, and he’s amazed at the book’s impact: “I have never before had editors?even founders and presidents of publishing houses?write to me saying that they used a particular book to change the way they live.”

Lisa Westmoreland, senior editor at Ten Speed Press, for instance, found herself identifying deeply with the trials and tribulations that the author’s clients went through trying to downsize their possessions. “Most importantly, having just gone through a massive decluttering exercise myself, I realized that I had been doing it all wrong. It was an ‘aha’ moment,” she said, adding that “America is a nation of hoarders, and we are probably all doing it wrong. This book [holds] the key to a new way of going through our belongings: ikki ni, which means ‘to tidy them all in one go.’?”

Westmoreland reports that the book’s design was also guided by ikki ni: “Rather than giving it a utilitarian paperback treatment, we have a tidy and pleasing little hardcover, and instead of printing a ‘copies sold’ burst directly on the cover for its September launch, we went for a sticker so that readers can peel off that extra clutter.”

In the U.K., publishing director Susanna Abbott of Vermillion’s colleagues have been sending her photos of their transformed living spaces, and a typesetter confessed that he was finally able to let go of his mother’s possessions and come to terms with her death. “Marie Kondo will motivate you to declutter your home and make it surprisingly easy to get rid of all the things you don’t really like or need,” noted Abbot.

Gudovitz says that, in addition to the books’s ability to grab editors’ attention from the get-go, the English translation has been the key to its success. “The Sunmark team realized, that in order for their title to succeed internationally, they need a professional translator with native English?and that is the primary and crucial element,” he said, “The translation must be pristine when it is first presented to the American and British editors. Fair or not, these editors have little to no patience with an imperfect translation since substantially editing or rewriting a translation is not a part of their program.”

Gudovitz says the book’s triumph in English markets is particularly impressive because there is “virtually nothing in the self-help category from international authors, especially from Asia-Pacific authors.” Gudovitz is currently working on Kondo’s follow-up titles and other Sunmark bestsellers such as Yoshinori Nagumo’s Being Hungry Makes You Healthy, and Kyocera founder and chairman Kazuo Inamori’s The Kyocera Philosophy. “The success of Marie Kondo’s book,” Gudovitz said, “hopefully will help to correct the imbalance and do for international self-help and nonfiction what Stieg Larsson has done for international commercial fiction.”

From the article in Publisehrs Weekly,
August 22nd, 2014