Lewes-based Cat & Mouse Press reaches 25,000 books sold

Lewes-based indie publisher Cat & Mouse Press recently announced that it has sold its 25,000th book.

Founded in 2012, the company publishes beach reads for adults and children. The milestone book was a copy of “Beach Secrets” sold at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach.

“Since their first year, Cat & Mouse Press has produced high-quality books that customers love,” said Susan Kehoe, Browseabout Books owner. “People enjoy reading stories that reference restaurants, hotels and activities they recognize. We have customers who come in year after year looking for the next book in the series.”

“Beach Secrets” recently won three state-level awards from the Delaware Press Association. Like many of the books published by Cat & Mouse Press, it contains short stories set in and around Rehoboth Beach. The book’s content came from the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest, which is now in its 10th year.

“When I started the company, there were no local publishers and few books set in Rehoboth,” said Nancy Sakaduski, owner of Cat & Mouse Press. She said she knew she had a winner when the first book in the Rehoboth Beach Reads series, “The Beach House,” was the top-selling book at Browseabout that year, outselling everything except Legos.

The Rehoboth Beach Reads series is known for its wide range of stories, chosen each year by a panel of judges and written for that year’s theme. In “Beach Secrets,” for example, readers meet philandering fiancés, teenage tinkerers and romantic rock stars; discover cryptic letters, historical legends and family secrets; and encounter a WWII submarine, an avenging wife and a lucky chicken. There are even a couple of crossword puzzles to solve.

To learn more, go to catandmousepress.com.

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