Author Solutions’ imprints have provided opportunities for authors to be discovered by traditional publishing companies and representatives from the entertainment industry. Often through our industry relationships and always through the hard work of our authors, several have made the leap from self-publishing to traditional publishing or film optioning. These are a few of those stories of discovery.
Donna Schwenk published Cultured Food Life with Balboa Press. It was later acquired by Hay House and retitled Cultured Food for Life. Donna transformed her family's health when she discovered the power of cultured foods and now shares these healthy, delicious foods with the world as a Hay House author.
Lisa Genova published Still Alice with iUniverse publishing. The book was later acquired by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, and it debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at No. 5. Lisa has since written two additional bestsellers, is working on her fourth book and keeps an active speaking and events schedule.
William Sirls published The Reason with WestBow Press. The title was later acquired by Thomas Nelson, and Sirls was offered a multibook contract. Since the acquisition of The Reason, Sirls has also released The Sinners’ Garden and has been interviewed on several national television and radio shows.
Dr. Timothy A. Pychyl has devoted his academic career to studying one of the biggest plagues in the world of education: procrastination. He is dedicated to helping students learn how they can overcome procrastination to achieve their goals. Pychyl originally published his book The Procrastinator's Digest with Xlibris, and the title was soon acquired by Tarcher, an imprint of Penguin.
Read up on more of our acquired authors and see a complete list of Author Solutions titles that have been picked up by traditional publishers on our acquisitions page.
Virginia Castleman, author of Strays
Aladdin Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, acquired publication rights to Virginia Castleman's Strays, a novel about young, orphaned sisters seeking safety and security in the foster system. Castleman originally self-published Strays through Archway Publishing in February 2014.
David Spurgeon, author of Bikin' and Brotherhood: My Journey
Thomas Nelson acquired David Charles Spurgeon’s Bikin’ and Brotherhood, a memoir about his time in the Outlaws biker gang – often referred to as “the 1%ers.” Spurgeon self-published the book through WestBow Press in October 2011.
Michael Norten, author of Unlocking the Secrets of the Feasts: The Prophecies in the Feasts of LeviticusMichael Norton's book, Unlocking the Secrets of the Feasts, examines the feasts from Passover to the Feast of Tabernacles, the embedded customs from these feasts and how they layout God’s plans for the world. Originally self-published through WestBow Press in March 2012, Unlocking the Secrets of the Feasts has driven strong book sales and prompted Thomas Nelson to acquire the title.
Germania and Gorging Out by Robert Chipley
Option agreement finalized with producer Danny Sherman and Thruline Entertainment for iUniverse novel, Germania.
Thruline also previously optioned another of Chipley’s titles, Gorging Out, which he self-published with iUniverse under the pen name Robert MacNeill.
Happy Hour Stories by Chelsea Ashe
Option agreement finalized for Xlibris book Happy Hour Stories with producers Sophia Dilley and Jessica Kardos of Double Lenses, Inc.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (iUniverse)
Adapted into the Oscar-winning motion picture “Still Alice,” which was released in 2015 and starred Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin.
The Pearls of the Stone Man by Edward Mooney, Jr. (Xlibris)
Adapted into Japanese film “The Pearls of the Stone Man,” which was released in 2015.
Kerosene Cowboys by Randy Arrington (iUniverse)
Adapted into film “Red Sky,” which was released in 2014 as an independent film directed by Mario Van Peebles.
K-Pax by Gene Brewer (Xlibris)
Adapted into film “K-Pax,” which was released in 2001 and starred Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges and Mary McCormack.
Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown (AuthorHouse)
Adapted into film “Legally Blonde,” which was released in 2001 and starred Reese Witherspoon and Luke Wilson.
The Long March to Freedom by Tom Hargrove (AuthorHouse)
Adapted into film “Proof of Life,” which was released in 2000 and starred Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe.
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