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The Anatomy of Making It

Updated on June 29, 2012

You love to write. I love to write. Tracey Garvis loves to write. So she did, from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.. Then she went to work at Wells Fargo in HR department, When she got home, after chores were done, she wrote more. This began in 2010 and continued for 18 months. At the end of 18 months, she had her first novel called, On the Island, an island survival tale inspired by the movies, Blue Lagoon and Cast Away.

The novel was rejected 14 times from just about everyone in the book publishing world. She sighed and came to the conclusion that it was not meant to be and there was no interest. As a last ditch attempt, she decided to self publish it as an e-book. She figured, what the hell. Good thing she did.

That was last September. She did not have much hope that it might sell, so the e-book debuted at $2,99. She sold 100 copies on Amazon. Then, each month, it increased until by Spring 2012, it was 140,000 (when Amazon reduced it to 99 cents). This quickly put the rejected book on the e-book best seller list! This made the paper book publishers that had rejected her take notice. Penguin Books gave her a seven figure deal! Now, the book will have a print run of 400,000 in paperback format.

Even before she acquired an literary agent, she had offers from International book publishers who bought foreign rights. As if that was enough, Temple Hill Productions in Hollywood has optioned the movie rights. While there may or may not be a movie, her story is enough to inspire any author to keep trying.


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