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Colleen Hoover skyrockets to success as self-published books lead to publishing, film deals

19 April 2013

From The Washington Post:

fter 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.

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When Hoover finished her third book, “Hopeless,” in December, she initially turned down an offer from Atria and decided to digitally self-publish again. By January, that book too was a New York Times best-seller and she signed that month with Atria to publish the print version, but kept control of the electronic version. The paperback is set to come out in May.

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Johanna Castillo, vice president and senior editor at Atria, said she learned about Hoover while perusing book blogs. Checking out Hoover’s blog that details not only her burgeoning writing career but also her day-to-day life, Castillo became enchanted. Around the same time, Hoover’s agent, Jane Dystel, sent Hoover’s books to Castillo.

Link to the rest at The Washington Post and thanks to Meryl for the tip.


4 Comments to “Colleen Hoover skyrockets to success as self-published books lead to publishing, film deals”

  1. Congrats to Ms Hoover.

    But, you know the day I’m looking forward to? The day when deals like this are so common-place they are no longer news. Then we will know that self-publishing has finally “arrived.”

  2. I enjoyed this article! I will have to download “Slammed” even though it’s not my usual genre. I sort of wish I was going into this the same way she did; putting a story up for friends and family and expecting nothing. But, alas, with examples like Hoover and Howey, I hope to win the lottery. Knock wood. Of course, I thought the same way when I was looking into traditional publishing all those years ago. Fortunately, I can work the usual day jobs until such a time, even if it takes me to the end of time. Thank goodness I love to write.

  3. Colleen is a super nice person. I read “Hopeless” in one sitting, even though I don’t usually read that genre. =)

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