Nine short months ago, employees at Random House were silently urinating in their knickers after a new CEO seemed poised to drastically cut budgets. Now, they're poppin bottles. What changed? Dan Brown!

We'll try not to use too much insider publishing industry "lingo" as we break this down for you: Dan Brown is with Random House, and he sells more books than Jesus, and he was taking forever with his new book so Random House was totally sweating, particularly with this recession and all, but finally his book dropped this week and sold a million freaking copies in the first day, so now Random House has cake and champagne. Although look at this celebration pic at Galleycat, what did they do, just press an audiobook directly into the top of the cake? Bootleg.

Every book publisher should get Dan Brown!
[Pic: Getty]