It has sold more than 400,000 copies and landed on the best-seller lists alongside brand-name authors like Michael Connelly, James Patterson and Kathryn Stockett.That sounds like success to me.
And yet … she was rejected by a dozen publishers and more than 100 literary agents. So she e-published it herself. Then she went beyond just publishing it:
She bought some ads on Web sites targeting e-book readers, paid for a review from Kirkus Reviews, and strategically priced her book at 99 cents to encourage readers to try it.Now, she’s receiving bids from foreign imprints, movie studios and audio-book publishers.
Multiple audio-book publishers have made offers. Six film studios have inquired about movie rights. Two foreign publishers bid on the book.Sounds like success to me.
Ms. Chan is holding off on such deals, for fear they might sabotage a potential contract with a domestic publisher.She wants the book to be published in print form.
What is her definition of “success”? What is yours?