The Shack, written by William P. Young, was published in 2007 and became a USA Today bestseller, having sold one million copies. It was originally self-published:)
As the story goes, Mr. Young was a salesman who began writing The Shack in 2005. It took four months for him to complete the first draft. After he completed his manuscript, he photocopied 15 copies and gave it away as Christmas presents that year. From there Mr. Young began getting from people he didn't know telling him how much they loved his story. He was shocked at the response he received. At that point he enlisted the help of Mr. Wayne Jacobson, a clergyman. With Mr. Young's permission, Mr. Jacobson, with his friend Brad Curmmings, rewrote the story and send it off to publishers. Sadly, major publishers rejected his novel, calling it too christian while the christian publishers thought the movie was too theologically flaky. So they decided instead to self-publish the novel. They created a publishing company called Windblown Media and turned a $15,000 investment into millions of dollars in sales. It took four months to run through their initial printing of 11,000 copies (Their first thousand copies were sold from website). They ordered 22,000 more copies, and were all sold in sixty days. Then the third priniting of 33,000 sold out in just thirty days. Spending only $250 on advertising, the rest of their sales success came from word of mouth. Windblown Media sold 3.8 million copies, and in June, 2008 the huge Hachette Book Group took over distribution.
Mr. Young's tale of self-publishing his christian novel was a tremendous and a phenomenal story that all self-publishing authors should take note on. It should surely bring hope to anyone who wants the world to read their work. It should remind everyone (including yours truly) that anything is possible. That your novel could reach the world if you only have hope and faith before the hard work.
So please read the novel, definitely check out the movie when it comes out. It's always great to support the movie and the book especially when it was once a self-published one. I really hope that this movie does just as great (if not greater) than The Martian (another self-published novel that was made into a movie).
So take care and I wish you all a great day!!
Wikipedia's plot of Good Behavior:
Letty Dobesh, a thief and con artist, is released from prison. She reunites with her 10-year-old son, who is being raised by her mother; and she regularly sees her parole officer, whose motives for helping her are questionable. Letty soon overhears a hitman being hired to kill a man's wife and sets out to prevent it, which puts her on a collision course with the killer to the point of starting a relationship with him.Michelle Dockery( Downton Abbey) stars as the main character Letty Dobesh. It premiered on TNT Network on November 15, 2016. You can check out more about the show on their website: www.tntdrama.com/shows/good-behavior.html You should, of course, read the book too. Take care and have a great day!
Silence is a historical fiction written by Shusku Endo. The novel is set in 17th century Japan. It was published in1966 and was the recipient of the Tanizkaki Prize and was called "Endo's supreme achievement. The 2016 Movie Adaptation is directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks with Martin Scorsese. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Nesson, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, and Ciaran Hinds. This would be the second adaptation of Mr. Endo's novel as the first one was made in 1971.
I hope you enjoyed watching the awesome trailer to silence, and of course check out the novel when you can. To each and everyone of you have a great and safe Thanksgiving week.
You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.
That, my fellow readers, should entice you take to a peek into this latest novel by Michelle Krys. You can read the excerpt right here: www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/241370/dead-girls-society-by-michelle-krys/9780553508024/
1. How long did it take you to write the first draft of Dead Girls Society?
This is a hard question because I rewrote the book several times. From the moment I started the book until I handed in the final draft was over a year. Each draft took maybe 3-4 months.
2. Are any of your characters based on real-life people you know?
None of the characters are direct depictions but I always keep my eyes open for interesting personality traits to use for my characters.
3. Have you ever met someone in real life that’s similar to your main character Hope?
I’m a pediatric and NICU nurse, so I’ve met and worked with a ton of kids with chronic illnesses. They are some of the strongest people you will ever meet. And yes, sometimes sheltered.
4. Have you ever met someone in real life that’s similar to the villain of the story?
I’ve definitely come across a few unsavory characters in real life. I think the best villains seem like real people.
5. Who were your role models when you were becoming a published writer?
To be completely honest? I admired Stephanie Meyers. Reading Twilight was what inspired me to become an author. Now I’m particularly inspired by Victoria Schwab. She’s been very vocal about her career trajectory. She didn’t debut as a bestseller, but worked hard, built a list of fantastic books, and really made a name for herself.
6. Do you write every day, and for how long do you write?
I try to write every day. With two kids, it’s hard to make the time, but I usually write during nap times or after they kids are in bed in the evening. I try to get in at least 1000 words a day when I’m drafting.
7. In one word how would you describe Dead Girls Society?
8. Where is your favorite place to write?
At the kitchen table. I get my best work done in an uncomfortable wooden chair.
9. What YA thrillers did you read as a teenager?
I didn’t read a whole lot of thrillers back then. I was extremely into Nancy Drew though!
10. If (or rather when) Dead Girls Society becomes a movie, would you like to be part of the screenplay process?
That would be fun! I’m not sure how involved authors get to be in the process unless they’re say, George R.R Martin though!
11. What classroom reading recommendation did you like and hate the most?
I can hardly remember what we read in high school! A Tale of Two Cities comes to mind. I think I liked it but found it hard to follow as a teen. Um. I literally can’t remember any other books I had to read for school. My age is showing!
12. Are you a coffee person or a tea person?
Coffee! I have at least 3 cups a day.
13. Last question, if you had the ability to be inside any book, which book would you like to be in and what character would you be from that book?
Anna from Anna and the French Kiss. What girl doesn’t dream of going to school in Paris and meeting a hot French boy?
I truly appreciate Ms. Michelle Krys for answering those questions and I really hope you all would get her latest novel, Dead Girls Society, which comes out on November 8th 2016.
Take care and happy reading.
Michelle Krys is the author of Hexed, Charmed, and Dead Girls Society. When she’s not writing books for teens, Michelle moonlights as a NICU nurse. She lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, with her family. You can visit her online at michellekrys.com or follow her on twitter as well: https://twitter.com/MichelleKrys
Just wanted to report that two movies based on a novel are on top of the box-office. The Girl on the Train made it to first place with $24.6 million, an average of $7,844 per theater. Internationally, the movie, directed by Tate Taylor, made $1.2 million. The film stars Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson, Haley Bennett as Megan Hipwell, Rebecca Ferguson as Anna Watson, Luke Evans as Scott Hipwell, Aillison Janney as Detective Sgt. Riley, Edgar Ramirez as Dr. Kamal Abdic, Lisa Kudrow as Martha and last but not least Laura Prepon as Cathy.
The second place goes to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (a movie that was first place last week) made an addition $15 million for a current total of $51 million. The film is directed by Tim Burton and was made for about $110 million. It stars Eva Green as the Miss Alma Lefay Peregrine, Asa ButterField as Jacob "Jake" Portman, Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Barron, Judi Dench as Miss Esmeralda Avocet, Terence Stamp as Abraham "Abe" Portman, Ella Purnell as Emma Bloom, Milo Parker as Hugh Apiston, Allision Janney as Dr. Golan, Rupert Everett as an ornithologist, Chris O' Dowd as Franklin Portman, and last but not least Kim Dickens of Gone Girl as Maryann Portman.
I'm glad to see both movie reaching the top of the competitions and I hope you guys definitely read the books as well. I hope everyone is having a great autumnal season. Take care and keep coming here to check out my blog:)
Come discover the mystery that is Louis Drax. Read the excerpt of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax here: www.lizjensen.com/the-ninth-life-of-louis-drax/#top
1. How did the idea come?
I’d just finished a novel set in London during the Blitz. War Crimes for the Home was about memory and false memory, and the human capacity for denial. I thought, now it’s time for something totally different. There were two sources of inspiration: First, my kids. My two sons were twelve and seven. They were funny and eccentric and just wildly cool. I especially loved the way they talked. I wanted to mimic it. In fact I sort of wanted to be them. So I came up with a kid who was like their invisible middle brother, and I inhabited his mind for a while.The second source of inspiration was also a brother who wasn’t there. It’s a very sad story. Like the very worst stories, It’s a true one.
When my mother was ten years old, on holiday with her widowed mother and siblings in the Swiss Alps, her 19-year-old brother went missing. He’d had an argument with his mother, walked out of the hotel where they were staying, and never come back. They searched for four days. Then the weather broke. But my grandmother insisted on going out to look for him anyway, in the storm. She was found dead the next morning at the bottom of a cliff. My uncle’s body—if there was one—was never found. He was never seen or heard from again.
From the moment I heard it, the story haunted me, just as it haunted my mother: in some ways she never recovered from the trauma of losing two family members in the space of four days, with no explanation. You don’t have to be a psychologist to work out that the story of Louis Drax has parallels with what happened to my mother’s family in Switzerland: a cliff-side, an argument, a body, a double mystery. But the strange thing is, I didn’t realize it while I was writing the book. It only dawned on me—with a colossal duh!—after I’d finished the last page.
2. Did you know the ending?
When I start a book, I never know all of it. I might know the opening, or the ending, or an element of the central section. With Louis Drax, the ending came to me pretty much the way it comes to you when you read the book: as a revelation that should have been obvious form the start, but wasn’t. How could I not have realized what was going on?
3. Were there alternate endings you considered for The Ninth Life of Louis Drax?
All readers come up with their own alternative endings. And they are all true. The writer doesn’t really write the last page of a story. That’s the reader’s privilege.
4. From your stories you’ve written so far, if any of your characters could come alive and have a dinner chat with you, who would it be and why?
I’d like dinner with the anthropologist Hesketh Lock, the hero of my latest novel, The Uninvited. He’s incredibly good-looking, socially awkward, and a walking encyclopedia. He makes beautiful origami and he’s a talented linguist and he drives people crazy on many levels.
5. Did you have any section in The Ninth Life of Louis Drax that gave you difficulty?
Dr. Pascal Dannachet had me stumped on a few occasions. He’s a complex character, full of doubts and urges and contradictions, and it all kinds of in denial. I was a walking cocktail of emotions on his behalf while I was writing his character. I’m a feminist and I love men. Feminists with sons know how deep the protective urge goes. How it alters the way you perceive your own sex, how empathetic it makes you towards boys and men. There’s nothing like walking a mile in another’s shoes.
6. A huge congratulation for the movie adaptation of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, what scene are you most excited for your readers to see?
I have seen the movie twice. All I’ll say is that it made me cry, and everyone will have their own favorite scene, and that’s the way it should be.
7. What was your reaction when you first watched the movie trailer of The Ninth Life of Louise Drax?
There are these two cool and very funny guys on YouTube, reacting to it. I like their take on it, which pretty much mirrored mine, though I don’t use the f word so much. I was more like the girl sitting next to them on the sofa with a bandana over her mouth and the eyes look like they’ll pop.
(you can check out the YouTube clip if you want: www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9-87zir78k)
8. What book are you currently reading in your free time?
Just one? On my bedside table I have: Joe Hill’s The Fireman, Polly Coles’ The Politics of Washing: Real Life in Venice, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer, T.A. Morton’s Halfway Up A Hill, Rebecca Solnit’s A Paradise Built in Hell, Matthew Quick’s Every Exquisite Thing, Jenny Erpenbeck’s Visitation, Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent, Amanda Craig’s Hearts and Minds, and Emma Cline’s The Girls. I can highly recommend all of them.
9. Do you have any suggestions to help one become a better writer?
10. Last question, if you have the power to bring back an author from the dead, for one day, to meet with, who would that be?
Kurt Vonnegut. I’d like his take on today’s world. Might he agree that it’s a dystopia? And that in every dystopia, there’s a utopia in embryo?
Many thanks to Ms. Liz Jensen for giving up her downtime to answer my questions. As you guys can read it was truly insightful and informative. If you want to read more novels from this author go ahead and visit her website: www.lizjensen.com/
Don't forget to mark your calendar for the movie release of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax. It comes out on Sept. 2 in United States, Canada, UK, and Ireland. As always take care and have a blessed week:)
I would like to start off by encouraging you guys to read the excerpt of Spontaneous:issuu.com/penguinteen/docs/spontaneous_excerpt?e=9680049/34420991
That alone should tell you how original the story is.
1. Could you tell us about your journey of writing Spontaneous?
I'm not sure if it was a journey, so much as it was riding some momentum. There have been plenty of stories and movies that have featured spontaneous combustion, but as soon as I discovered that no one had ever written a young adult novel spontaneously combusting teenagers, I knew I had to be the first. Once I had the voice of the narrator, I wrote the beginning very quickly, and since I knew that characters would be blowing up every few pages, I was never bored writing it.
2. What was the hardest thing about writing Spontaneous?
The middle. The middle of books are always the hardest because you have to keep that momentum from the beginning, but the ending is still a long way off. I tried with this book to keep the narrative constantly changing, so that helped, but I definitely rewrote the middle more than any other parts of the book.
3. What was your favorite scene to write? (make it as spoiler-free as possible)
Hard choice, but it's between the football game, the scene with the twins in the car (you'll know it when you read it), and the medicine show. All are bursting with tension, which I love.
4. Did you have other titles in mind beside Spontaneous? What were they?
Actually no. It seemed the most obvious choice. It immediately tells you what the book is about, is easy to remember, and can mean multiple things.
5. Were the characters in Spontaneous based on or slightly based on people you know in real life?
I based the main character, Mara, on all the girls I knew growing up who were much cooler than I was. But none of the characters have real life counterparts, unless you count Dr. Krook, who's sort of a Margaret Mead character.
6. Congratulation on Spontaneous being optioned by Awesomeness Films. Could you brief us on how you found out the news?
Thank you. It's exciting, but it's also a long process of phone calls and emails and when the news is finally announced, you've already discussed it so much that it's a bit anti-climactic. But I first heard about interest in it from my agents (literary and film) and I was thrilled.
7. What are your expectations for the movie-version of Spontaneous?
I just hope it gets made. It's still a slim chance that it will happen. But I'll take a slim chance over no chance.
8. If someone was to start reading your stories which one would you suggest he or she should start off with and why?
Hard to say. If you like creepy things, start with The Riverman (and its two sequels). If you like more mysterious sci-fi fare, try The Only Ones. And if you like to laugh (and you're older than 14!), go with Spontaneous.
9. Which author would you love to invite over and chat with?
Hmmm...I'm going to pick a dead one because it's more interesting. How about Dorothy Parker or Oscar Wilde? Can't beat either when it comes to wittiness. I'd just sit back and listen.
10. If any fictional character was to come alive and hang out with you, who would that person be?
Fozzy Bear. Seems like he'd be a good friend to have, right?
11. Are you a dog person or cat person?
Dog. Dog. Dog.
12. Last question, which novel have you read that you wished you, yourself, wrote and why?
I don't necessarily wish I wrote anyone else's novel because if I loved something, it's usually because I realize I couldn't have written it. There are a lot of novelists for young people out there right now that I really like but not everyone knows, including, but not limited to Kate Milford, Sara Zarr, Nova Ren Suma, Jonathan Auxier, Stephanie Kuehn, and Laurel Snyder. They've all written multiple books. Go out and get some!
I would like to sincerely thank Mr. Aaron Starmer for taking his time to answer my questions. You guys should definitely get this novel on Aug. 23, 2016. If you want to check out his other novels, here is his website: http://www.aaronstarmer.com/ I'm hoping things would work out regarding to Spontaneous being made into a movie. Take care everyone and have a great day.
The movie Arrival (starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, and Jeremy Renner) is based on a novella "Story of Your Life" which was written by Mr. Ted Chiang. It was featured (among other novellas) in the book titled Stories of your life and others. The other novellas are: Tower of Babylon, Division by Zero, Understand, The Evolution of Human Science, Seventy-Two Letters, Hell Is the Absence of God, and Liking What You See: A Documentary.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Arrival arrives in theater on November 11, 2016
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