Friday, April 19, 2013

Self-Published Book Skyrockets Author to Success

An April 16 Washington Post article captures the key to self-publishing success. If Colleen could do it, so can you.

"SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas — After a feverish month of inspiration, Colleen Hoover had finally fulfilled her dream of writing a book.

With family and friends asking to read the emotional tale of first love, the married mother of three young boys living in rural East Texas and working 11-hour days as a social worker decided to digitally self-publish on Amazon, where they could download it for free for a week.

“I had no intentions of ever getting the book published. I was just writing it for fun,” said Hoover, who uploaded “Slammed” a year ago in January.

Soon after self-publishing, people she didn’t know were downloading the book — even after it was only available for a fee. Readers began posting reviews and buzz built on blogs. Missing her characters, she self-published the sequel, “Point of Retreat,” a month later. By June, both books hit Amazon’s Kindle top 100 best-seller list. By July, both were on The New York Times best-seller list for e-books. Soon after, they were picked up by Atria Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint. By fall, she had sold the movie rights."

Read the rest of this fascinating story HERE.


  1. This is a very inspirational story. I went on to read the rest of the story and it does give new authors, such as myself hope and inspiration. Thanks for posting. :)

  2. The dream lives on!

    Insanity, is the perfect description of a writers life, and insane describes this writer most days.

    Just a note -- you have captcha on -- is that on purpose?

  3. The captcha comes with the program. I'll see if I can alter it.

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