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    You'll have to read this to believe it...

    This should have the whole publishing world talking. I'm completely speechless.
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    Wow lucky her. What are the chances?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca C. View Post
    This should have the whole publishing world talking. I'm completely speechless.
    Holy crap! Good for her, that is just amazing, and yes hard to believe, though I'm sure it's 100% true since she calls out her agent and the publisher by name.

    It's cases like this that give everyone just a little bit more hope!
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    Isn't it amazing? :P Like... "whoa" is all I can say!
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    Holy crap. And she said she wrote that book in 14 days, 13 hours a day. Words cannot describe how incredible that is.

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    Wow, that's amazing!
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    Wow.
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    Good for her! Nothing like a success story for inspiration.
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    awaiting further developments...
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    It's an amazing story and I'm so happy for her, and I love that she acknowledges that everyone's story is different and that hers is weird and atypical. Unfortunately, zillions of people are going to use this as fodder for why self-publishing is a smart decision when your goal is to be published by a big 6.
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    Wow...I don't really know what to say. Some people do get lucky in that they have what someone is looking for at the exact perfect time. On the whole it sounds less like a publishing story and more like an Indies band that got scouted at their first show, or something. But as interesting as the whole concept is, I think emulating her success would be basically impossible!

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    That is amazing. Good for her. I love how she's so honest about how luck and timing played a part in her success and that her story isn't typical for everyone. I wish her much success.

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    *dies*

    Congrats, Aaronni, if you're reading this!!!



    This was one of my first thoughts, too:

    Quote Originally Posted by Shady Lane View Post
    Unfortunately, zillions of people are going to use this as fodder for why self-publishing is a smart decision when your goal is to be published by a big 6.
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    WOW. that is a crazy story. and also one-in-a-million, with the self-pubbing leading to Jodi Reamer (!!!!) and a book deal. so awesome for her!
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    Some people are at the right place and at the right time. Congrats Aaronni!!!

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    OMFG

    Jodi Reamer.....

    Wow.

    Good on her.

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    I'm still a little speechless....but this is amazing! Wow.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shady Lane View Post
    It's an amazing story and I'm so happy for her, and I love that she acknowledges that everyone's story is different and that hers is weird and atypical. Unfortunately, zillions of people are going to use this as fodder for why self-publishing is a smart decision when your goal is to be published by a big 6.
    Yeeeah, I'm thinking the same thing. lol

    However, it does seem within the past year or so there have been a significantly bigger amount of success stories with self-publishing. I have no doubt that's simply because with technology where its at, it's free and 100x more people are trying it than, say 5-10 years ago.

    Truth be told, stories like this encourage me to consider digging up an old manuscript I dismissed as garbage liner, blowing on it a few times and throwing it up on Amazon for .99 cents. Could be fun!
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    I squealed when I read it!

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    That is amazing Aaronni! Congrats and good luck!!
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    yeah! One for the little guy!

    congratulations! I luv it when good stuff happens to AWers.

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    I just found out about this, and I have to say, I'm having a hard time believing it.

    Before anybody jumps down my throat, I'm NOT accusing her of lying. But let's look at the timeline here:

    She self-publishes her book on the 17th of July - four days ago.

    With no obvious explosive popularity or sales (or none that anybody has mentioned) as justification, the book attracts the notice of a famous agent three days later.

    The day after that, said agent has both signed the author AND sold the book to a major publisher. No revisions or editing first, apparently, just near-instant sale of a book whose first chapter reads like an obvious first draft. (I'm not taking a dig at the author here - anybody's manuscript would need work if it was written so quickly.)

    I mean...I don't think I'm being unfair in expressing some scepticism, am I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Wills View Post
    I just found out about this, and I have to say, I'm having a hard time believing it.

    Before anybody jumps down my throat, I'm NOT accusing her of lying. But let's look at the timeline here:

    She self-publishes her book on the 17th of July - four days ago.

    With no obvious explosive popularity or sales (or none that anybody has mentioned) as justification, the book attracts the notice of a famous agent three days later.

    The day after that, said agent has both signed the author AND sold the book to a major publisher. No revisions or editing first, apparently, just near-instant sale of a book whose first chapter reads like an obvious first draft. (I'm not taking a dig at the author here - anybody's manuscript would need work if it was written so quickly.)

    I mean...I don't think I'm being unfair in expressing some scepticism, am I?
    No, you're not. BUT it could be the editor accepted under the assumption (or maybe even the requirement) that there be multiple rounds of revisions.
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    It could be, I just find it hard to believe that it all could have happened so fast. We all know what publishing is like - this is apparently the industry working at speeds that would be ridiculous even for an established author.

    I'm completely open to being proven wrong, of course.

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