Authors Overcoming Odds

StaringMost bestsellers are written by authors who went through humbling experiences. Read these examples and think about them whenever you have doubts.

* She was persuaded by her sister to send the manuscript to a literary agent. The story she wrote was from a silly dream, causing doubts on why anyone would want to read her boo. Despite that, she wrote it and sent it out.

After many rejections, Stephanie Meyer was signed by Jodi Reamer and went on to sell over a 100 million books.

* Her husband “dared” her to start writing books. Sandra Brown took the dare and now has over 50 New York Times bestsellers.

* After college, he worked in the travel industry for a company owned by his grandfather. Harlen Coben has since won the Edgar Award, Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award. He is the only author to win all three.

* His parents would not allow him to watch TV or movies, but instead, he had to read books. Ken Follett has sold 100 million of his own titles.

* He felt alienated around people, because of his 6’9 height and amazing intelligence. Even at Harvard, the professor gave him bad marks on purpose. To overcome his struggles, he practiced meditation and became a workaholic. He ended up selling over 150 million books.

Unfortunately, John Michael Crichton passed away on November 4th, 2008, but thankfully his books continue to give the world pleasure.

* While her husband was at work, she did ceramic crafts and sewed her children’s clothes. During a winter storm in 1979, to fight off boredom, she started writing her first book.

Nora Roberts has spent 660 weeks on the bestsellers list.

* His childhood memories consisted of poverty, along with a father who was drunk, violently abusive, and cheated on his mother. During his writing career, it took 35 novels before he broke through.

Dean Koontz never gave up and has sold more than 200 million books.

* He wrote short stories and screenplays without much success. He then decided to attempt his dream of being a novelist. It took three years for him to write his first novel and another two years for the book to be published. Absolute Power was an instant success for a book and a movie which stared Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman.

David Baldacci was awarded People Magazine’s, 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. These days, he’s a pretty good author as well.

* After being expelled from school, she tossed her uniform in the Thames River. Only fifteen-years-old, she had an affair with Marlon Brando who was twenty-nine. Early in her author career, her work was called, “Nasty, filthy, and disgusting.”

Jackie Collins has sold more than 400 million books.

* After her husband claimed he loved another woman, then left to be with his mistress, this author became devastated to the point where depression caused amnesia. She went to a hotel as the entire world searched for her.

Agatha Christie has sold more than 2 billion books.

* She was on welfare, depressed, and had suicidal thoughts. Thank goodness for Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling never gave up and sold over 350 million books.

* One marriage ended after 9 years, the other marriage ended after her husband was convicted of several rape charges, and her third husband was a heroin addict.

Danielle Steel has used her experiences to sell more than 500 million books.

What odd’s will you have to overcome? How will you handle the humbling moments in your life? Will you write books that are so amazing, nothing can stop you from selling them?

Here’s one more example…

* He was addicted to beer, cigarettes, cocaine, Xanax, Valiums, NyQuil, and marijuana. Stephen King vowed to quick his addictions and went on to sell over 350 million books.

Ron Knight

12 Month Author Marketing Plan will help you overcome the odds.

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