The Martian: Self-published to Book and Movie Deal

One can hope…

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Andy Weir’s The Martian is one of those success stories that indie authors love to hear about, or rather, would love to happen to them.

You see, Andy Weir started out by posting chapters of The Martian on his blog for anyone to read for free.  He then decided to sell it for $0.99 on Amazon. Then things got crazy. It was so popular that it got picked up by a traditional publisher, and then within a week, he had a movie deal. And now that the movie’s coming out, it appears that critics are saying this may be one of the best movies of the year.


Read about the whole story here. What I wrote above is just a highly condensed version. And here’s the movie trailer.

This should give hope to a lot of indie authors who want to make it big. It can happen. But…

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8 thoughts on “The Martian: Self-published to Book and Movie Deal

  1. The official 20th Century Fox trailer information says, “on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott.” It is a remarkable story from the looks of it and I’m happy to have this recommendation. It is due out in less than a month and I will definitely see it. x

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      1. Maybe your next story should be entitled “The Venusian.” Do you know how long it’s been since Hollywood has made a movie about Venus? (1958)

        Wikipedia: “In the film Easy Rider, Jack Nicholson’s character speaks of Venusians around a campfire after smoking marijuana…”

        Sounds like the beginning of a great story. 😀

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  2. I didn’t know that. I saw the movie recently and it was excellent. Now I’ll have to look for the book. May all your publishing dreams come true. I’m still waiting for that phone call from Tommy Lee Jones. 🙂


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