Indie Love: “The Martian” was originally self published as an eBook

the martian was an ebook first
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Yeah, THAT “The Martian,” the one that’s a movie starring Matt Damon, the one that was a NY Times bestseller, the one, well, you get the idea.

It’s possible, indie authors.

If you write good stuff.

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

16 thoughts on “Indie Love: “The Martian” was originally self published as an eBook

      1. Ashes he started when he was 15 as a screenplay but changed it into a book over the years (it’s a bit juvenile but not bad for a start). We Were Kings is a little novella (36 pages) that he wrote after my husband’s 50th birthday bash. His writing has improved over the years and even though it’s a short story I believe it’s better written than Ashes (he’s 29 now). He is currently teaching high school English & Literature and working on three different novels at the same time…one fantasy, one romantic comedy and one textbook-type on Greek literature. I keep telling him to finish at least one of them..but alas, he’s gonna to do what he’s gonna do!.

  1. I read The Martian about a year ago. Liked it a *lot*! At first I almost gave up, though, because it was sooooo dry. Then magic happened: I got caught up in the fellow’s brain and kind of thought along with him. What choice did I have? He was all there was, basically. 🙂 I was shocked when I heard that a movie was made from it. I mean, it’s virtually all internal dialogue, so how…? I guess I’ll just have to go see it!

    BTW, I didn’t know it was originally an E-book. Yes, I got it for my Kindle, but I had assumed it was out in print before that. Huh. Wow. That’s inspiring!

    1. Ellie, it will be interesting to see how they make it into a movie, but I think Goodfellas creared a good template for internal monologues, and so did Cujo, so we’ll see.

      I wonder whether people were keeping the whole “this was a self pub indie eBook” thing quiet? Personally, I thin every indie author ought to share, reblog, Tweet this information and shout it from the rooftops. When Matt Damon is the star of your self pubbed eBook-turned-movie, a MAJOR milestone has been surpassed!

      1. Indeed! Not to mention Damon & Ben Affleck’s own first screenplay snagging Robin Williams and awards galore! Same with Diablo Cody’s Thelma and Louise! The old dictum “Talent will out” is true, I think. Very long odds mind you, but still possible!

  2. Better odds than if you give up, though.

    There was a joke about a guy praying, “Please let me win the lottery, please let me win the lottery.”
    The cloud parted and God spoke. “Meet me halfway. Buy a effing ticket.”

    1. Haha, love that!

      BTW, I mixed up my newcomer screenwriters! It wasn’t Diablo Cody who wrote Thelma and Louise! (Was she even born yet in 1993? lol) It was actually Callie Khouri. Cody was the writer of Juno, another great indie flick!

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