Overcoming Odd’s: Part II

Fiction authors who are selling millions of books, had to overcome great odds to reach that point of success. No one can short-cut the publishing process. No one can just write a great book and hope for the best.

Authors need to be humble, determined, and humbled some more.

* After his first novel was rejected by many publishers, he was finally signed by Wynwood Press, who only ran 5,000 copies of his book. He sold the book from the trunk of his car with little success, wondering if he could make it as an author. John Grisham’s, A Time to Kill, became a bestseller and a major motion picture. Grisham has since sold over 250 million books.

* After his death in 1972, his son Christopher published a series of manuscripts that had been written by his father. This included The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Even death could not stop J.R.R. Tolkien from selling over 200 million books.

* After battling an illness, he died on the same day as author Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) and the same day as President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He had been good friends with J.R.R. Tolkien. Like Tolkien, death could not stop C.J. Lewis from selling over 100 million books.

* He was imprisoned for “spending over his means.” To pay for his board and help his family, he worked ten hour days pasting labels on shoe polish. These cruel work conditions had an impression on Charles Dickens, which inspired his classic novels.

* He was criticized by Stephen King, “dopey thrillers, terrible writer.” Another critic said he had, “Absurd plotting, facile trickery, and prose that is simply dreadful.” James Patterson has sold over 100 million books.

* After her daughter died of leukemia, she became an atheist. Then many years later, she returned to the Catholic Church, announcing that she will use her life and talent of writing to glorify her belief in God. Anne Rice has sold over 75 million books. 

* She was a secretary and copy editor, then a stewardess for Pan-American Airlines, before leaving her job to start a family. She supplemented the family’s income by writing short stories. After her husband died, she took a job writing four-minute clips for radio stations. Her agent convinced her to start writing novels. Mary Higgins Clark has sold over 100 million books.

* After he was discharged from the military, he worked in the advertising industry, first as a copywriter and later as a creative director. At night, when he put the kids to bed, he felt alone and wanted to talk to someone. So he started writing. Clive Cussler has sold over 40 million books.

* He was quoted, “I have always smoked and drunk too much. In fact, I  have lived not to long, but too much. One day the Iron Crab will get me. Then I shall have died of living too much.” While being in the Navel Intelligence Unit, he came up with an idea to create a character named, James Bond. Ian Flemming has sold over 100 million books.

* His wife did much of his book promotion, writing press releases, and scheduling him on talk shows, along with press interviews. His first three published books sold under 10,000 copies each. However, his fourth title, The Da Vinci Code, became a bestseller and a major motion picture. Dan Brown has sold more than 120 million books.

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Ron Knight

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  2. Debbie Peters says:

    Who is DEB PETERS?
    She is a forty-four year old mother of two who loves a good mystery. She started her writing in 1996, when her Composition instructor asked her why writing wasn’t her career. She decided to give a children’s mystery a shot and subsequently came up with the M.S.C. Collection of children’s mysteries. She sent two of the finished mysteries to be critiqued and was told that it was ready for market. She won a writing contest for two stories she wrote in 2004 and published two of her books by the end of that year. In 2004 and 2005, she took courses for a Bachelor’s in Children’s and Adult Literature. In 2006 she published another book and got a Doctorate degree in Creative Writing. In 2007, She had self-published another book and won two Editor’s Choice Awards for two poems she wrote. In 2008, she achieved: Best of Best Poems, and other awards that helped her get Poet of the Year. Three more books were published in 2008. She won an Editor’s Choice Award for two of her poems in 2008 and then again in 2009. She published yet more books this year, totaling fifteen. Her ideas stem to all different genres and into the hundreds, which has quickly turned into 2,000. In 2010, She has already been added to: Marquis Who’s Who of Women, Cambridge Registry for Professionals and Executives and the Remington Registry for Professionalism in Publishing-She was presented a certificate and an award from the Library of Congress for this accomplishment. Distinguished Individual of 2010 through Cambridge Who’s Who.

    “When I became disabled, my family got me a computer program called Dragon Dictate/Voice Direct Professional. It took forever it seemed for the computer to recognize my voice, but when it did, and then I wrote. I started teaching myself how to write and type with my left hand, and then I wrote more. Over the years, even though I have struggled with pain and health issues, I still came up with to this day 2,000 ideas. I have been asked how and my answer always is “With passion and imagination, I will not stop writing”.

  3. Debbie Peters says:

    April 5th My newest book published just tells you how I have come through my illnesses and wrote all these years-AGAINST ALL ODDS.