Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin

Ehrlin Publishing won International Challenger of the Year

Jönköpingsgalan 22 of April 2017

An unforgettable night awaited as we walked through the grand doors to Munksjömagasinen in Jönköping City. The expectations were high, and excitement filled the air among the 400-ish guests. My publishing company Ehrlin Publishing, was nominated in the category “International Challenger of the Year”, and during the night we were happy to know we could take the prize home with us. The fact that a small self-publisher from Husqvarna can reach out globally and make a bestseller with over 2 million sold copies world wide, is if anything a proof that everything is possible, if you only believe.

When I received the prize, I got the question: “What makes someone start a publishing company today?” That is a very good question. In a world where books and reading is competing with so many other things and activities, you can expect it´s not that easy to reach out. But when you have a dream and a vision as clear as I did, it is stupid NOT to do what seems almost impossible.

My answer to the interviewer was: “I am passionate to help people.” Helping people is the core of my work, what drives me to reach out even more with my books. One of the international goals I achieved during 2016 was that the book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep sold past 800 000 copies in Japan only – it was their second most sold book that year, all categories. It is amazing when you think about my books lying in millions of families homes out in the world; children are probably falling asleep to my books right now.

I would like to send a big thank you to all of you who supports and cheers for me and my publishing colleagues to continue to do good things. It doesn´t matter if it´s a comment on our Facebook-page, hartly words from a thankful parents, or a prize from a jury that likes what we do – we stand humble and thankful to be able to contribute in something much greater than ourselves.

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Photo: Katrin Bååth