I just got the following email from my thesis advisor. Her second novel was published by a small independent house, and then the paperback rights were bought by Random House, which is a huge score.
Now comes this:
My book has been chosen among 6 summer reading books by the Richard & Judy show in the UK which I hear is the equivalent of being chosen by Oprah. They're printing 200,000 more copies, putting ads in the underground stations, etc. etc. I'll attach the news article about it.
Talk to you soon,