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Five Years

On this day five years ago, I did something that changed my life profoundly. It changed the lives of my family as well as several of my closest friends and family members. Five years ago today, I self-published a book for the first time.

My path to self-publishing was bumpy and full of potholes. I finished my first book, Treading Water, in 2005 and went on to write five other books that didn’t sell to publishers. I finally sold the seventh book I wrote, Line of Scrimmage, in 2007 to a small publisher, and when it was released in 2008—the same month as the economy tanked—nothing much came of it.

I sold two other books to that first publisher and continued to try to sell my other unsold books with no luck. In early 2010, I sold Fatal Affair to Carina Press, beginning my ongoing successful relationship with Harlequin for the Fatal series. However, my contemporary romances remained homeless.

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Early cover of True North

One of my favorite quotes is that luck is the convergence of preparation and opportunity. I was prepared, and over the summer of 2010, my luck was about to change, but not in the way I had expected. One of the big New York publishers was interested in True North, the story of an unlucky-in-love super model who finds true love on a two-week vacation and then has to choose between him and her high-powered career. I had an in-house advocate who’d read the book years earlier while working for a different publisher, and True North was on track for acquisition.

Until it was rejected.

I’ll never forget the reason my agent said the publisher gave for rejecting True North: “No one wants to read about a super model.” Those became the nine words that changed my life. At that point in my “career” I had received a lot of rejections. I’d need a third hand to hold them all. By then, every romance publisher in the business had also rejected Maid for Love, Gansett Island book 1. I’d grown accustomed to rejection, but the True North rejection made me mad. It made me sad. And it made me determined to take control of this ship myself.

In 2009-2010, self-publishing came into vogue as a realistic alternative to traditional publishing for authors who’d either had no luck breaking into big-time publishing or who’d been traditionally published and found it lacking for one reason or another. Authors began to dabble in self-publishing with interesting results. I read their stories, and I was intrigued. I remember going to lunch with my author friend Jessica in early November 2010 and telling her I was thinking about self-publishing True North. She asked the burning question about what might happen if I did because I had two books coming from two different traditional publishers after the first of the year. I didn’t know what would happen.

I asked my agent what she thought might happen. She didn’t know either, but she was very encouraging of my plan to self-publish True North, which is one of many reasons she’s still my agent in 2015. In 2010, non-compete clauses in publishing contracts did not specifically address self-publishing. At that time, I knew of no one who was self-publishing while also under contract to traditional publishers. Maybe those authors were out there, but I didn’t know of them.

I had the second book in my Fatal series coming from Carina in January and the third and final book from my first publisher coming Feb. 1. I had no idea how they would react to me self-publishing ahead of their releases. I told my husband I was about to do something that could get us sued, but if it worked out, it could be pretty cool. To his credit, he only said, “Let me know how it goes.”

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Current cover of True North

I self-published True North via Kindle Direct Publishing five years ago today, on November 17, 2010, and The Fall on December 18, 2010. Because I was truly concerned about publisher retribution, I didn’t say a word about them on social media or in my newsletter. True North sold 51 copies in November. In December, I sold 849 copies of both books, still without saying a word about either book to readers. Because Kindle Direct Publishing pays sixty days after the end of a month, none of that new revenue counted for 2010. I ended the year with a grand total of $2500 in book earnings, which was the advance for my third book with the original publisher. Fifteen percent of $2500 went to my agent who’d more than earned it. I’d tell people who thought I was getting rich in publishing that I was actually a low four-figure thousandaire.

The New Year dawned with the publication of Fatal Justice on Jan. 3, and more than 2,000 January sales of my two self-published books, neither of which I’d mentioned yet to readers. On February 1, my first publisher put one of my earlier books on sale for free for a week, and the numbers for all my books exploded. That month I sold 6,000 copies of the two self-published books I still hadn’t marketed in any way.

Fueled by excitement over how my experiment had unfolded thus far, I got busy preparing more of those unsold manuscripts for self-publication. I released The Wreck in March 2011—the first month I sold more than 10,000 self-published books, which I was now actively marketing. The first three Gansett Island books—Maid for Love, Fool for Love and Ready for Love, were self-published in April, May and June of 2011. Between April and July of 2011, I sold 80,000 copies of my self-published books.

At the end of 2011, I realized two long-held dreams: the publication of the first three books I wrote, Treading Water, Marking Time and Starting Over, and “retirement” from my 16-year day job to write full time. I remember thinking at the time that this could not really be happening one year after I made all of $2500 on my books. But it was happening. I was now a full-time author making the sort of living I’d once only dreamed of, and it was almost entirely due to self-publishing.

I had another incredible year in 2012 with the publication of four more of my Gansett Island books and the fourth Treading Water book that readers asked me to write, while continuing to work with Carina on the Fatal Series. I sold the first two books in the Green Mountain series to Berkley Publishing in the summer of 2012, and sold 650,000 self-published books that year.

On January 2, 2013 I realized another long-held dream of hiring my good friend Julie Cupp to be my full-time assistant. Julie and I had been coworkers at the day job and had talked for years at that point about the day in the far off future when she would leave her job to become my assistant. Neither of us expected it to happen as soon as it did, but who could’ve predicted what would transpire in 2011 and 2012? Not us, that’s for sure! My other good friend Lisa Cafferty, CPA, joined the team on Nov. 1, 2013 as my full-time CFO. My friend Holly and niece Isabel also joined my team in 2013.

 

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Cheryl, Holly, Isabel, Lisa, Marie, Julie, Karen, Nikki and Ashley at Reader Weekend in RI in June 2015

In March of 2013, Waiting for Love, Gansett Island book 8, my 25th published book, was the first to hit the New York Times ebook list at no. 6. Incredibly, it also hit the combined ebook/print list at no. 11, the USA Today list at no. 15 and the Wall Street Journal list at no. 6. I’ve had 19 other New York Times bestsellers since then, most recently with It’s Only Love, Green Mountain book 5.

Lisa keeps all the numbers and reported that as of September 2015, I’ve sold 4.5 million books and hit the eight-figure mark for career revenue. Of those 4.5 million books sold, 3 million are self-published. In addition, my 26 original self-published titles account for eighty percent of my career revenue. Eighteen traditionally published books account for the other 20 percent of the revenue.

Five years. Twenty-six self-published titles. More than 3 million self-published books sold. Thank God True North was rejected! Funny, isn’t it, that something so devastating at the time could turn out to be one of the great blessings of my life. The lesson learned here is that sometimes no means yes to something so much better than you ever could’ve imagined. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up and the last five years will have been the sweetest dream. I’ll still be working at my old job—a great job that I loved but it wasn’t THIS job—my friends will still be working elsewhere and I’ll still be wishing and hoping for the life I have now. As far as I can tell, I’m wide awake, and it wasn’t a dream. It was a dream come true.

Incidentally, more than 77,000 people have wanted to read about a super model, and True North has a new dedication: To the editor who famously said “No one wants to read about a super model,” thank you, thank you, thank you. A million times over, thank you. And about that Gansett Island series rejected by every publisher in the romance business… It has sold 2.2 million ebooks since Maid for Love debuted in 2011, with book 14, Celebration After Dark, coming December 1 and no end in sight for the series.

A huge thank you today to the teams at Kindle Direct Publishing, iBooks, Nook Press, Kobo Writing Life and Google Play as well as ACX, CreateSpace, Ingram and other retailers who have made it possible for authors to connect directly with readers. Your innovation has made dreams come true, and I’m thankful for all your hard work on behalf of authors and readers.

To all the readers who have embraced my books, regardless of how they were published, I will never have the words to properly thank you for this amazing career that you’ve allowed me to have. None of this would’ve happened without you, and whether you’ve bought one book or all forty-four of them, I thank you. Four million and a half times over, I thank you.

xoxo
Marie

In honor of today’s anniversary, I’ll give away five signed copies of True North! Enter to win by commenting on today’s post.


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  • Janet Wellman Tarnosky Merritt

    Well, Marie, first I must say congratulations! Secondly, I must say, thank you for providing the rest of us with reading material to sustain us through our sometimes dull, chaotic or messy lives. Third I must say that I would bet that there are a lot of publishers kicking themselves for their ignorance but good job to you because they aren’t making any money off your job well done and their jobs not done! We appreciate all that you do to give us enjoyment! You keep them coming and we will keep reading! Happy 5 Year Anniversary!

  • Therese Lewis Smith

    I want to thank that clueless editor too….bet he still hasn’t swallowed that bitter pill! I have all 44…..and really need you to keep ’em coming!

  • Peggy Dixon

    Congrats Marie. You have done amazing things!

  • Phyllis Wenzel

    Marie, those are some impressive numbers!! And yes a huge thank you for that rejection you got so many years ago. I can’t say I have all 44, but I am getting there. What you have chosen to do is a hard road to follow, w/o a ton of support you might end up nowhere, but with amazing talent, and not taking no for an answer you can fly high. I am very thankful that you kept going forward, and entertaining us all through your words. Congratulations on such huge accomplishments with many more years ahead for much much more. Yay for all of us!!

  • Sharon Sommer

    Congratulations and Thank you for having such a great talent and sharing it with us !!!

  • Evelyn

    This is really amazing! You are an awesome author.

  • dholcomb1

    Congratulations! You have been an inspiration to so many with your determination and success!

    Denise

  • Delta31088

    All I can say, Marie, is Congratulations! on such a spectacular career change. All of us readers have sincerely appreciated your imagination and writing skills, or story telling skills, and we are glad that you did not accept the rejection, going ahead and publishing on your own for our delight. Keep on writing, and we’ll keep on reading. Happy 5th Anniversary!

  • Becky King

    Congrats love all your books

    • Holly Sullivan

      Becky, Congrats! you’ve won a copy of True North signed by Marie. Please send your mailing address to holly@marieforce.com and I will ship it to you. Thanks~Holly~

  • Carol Stalnaker

    I’m so happy that you pursued your dreams and shared so many good books with us! Congratulations!

  • Stephanie Layne

    Happy Anniversary Marie. I have certainly enjoyed it all.

  • Vikus McGikus

    I’ve always had a dream to write books. You are my inspiration that someday, I will do just that. Congratulations and please keep writing. I love all of your books. Thanks for becoming my favorite author.

  • Luann Lipscomb Purcell

    So glad you had determination…like many of your characters!

  • Carol McClellan

    I hope the people who said no to the Gansett series are really feeling silly. That is my favorite of your romance series. I can’t imagine why someone would not like it.

  • Michele Sayre

    Congratulations on your anniversary. And I wish you many, many more years of happiness and success.

  • Chrissy Ramirez

    Congratulations Marie! And a big Thank you to that clueless editor and everyone else that rejected you. I’m thankful that you didn’t let it stop you from accomplishing your goal. Maid for love was the first book on my Kindle that I bought and instantly fell in love with it. Now I can’t wait until your new books come out. Thank you for giving me a little place to escape too while I read your books.

  • Carol Luciano

    Marie, it was meant to be. 🙂 Your dedication and belief along with your creative thoughts & determination have made it the success it is. . And isn’t it wonderful. Keep writing and we’ll keep reading. Congrats on your dreams come true.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • Sharon Wild Kingsbury

    Congratulations Marie, I love all of your book series & am truly thankful that I found you as an author!!! Keep up the great work 🙂

  • April

    SO happy for you! xoxo

  • Aimee Wilcox

    That is AMAZING! Congratulations! Blessings in disguise have a way of surprising us!

  • Michele Williams

    Congratulations on your success. I haven’t purchased all 44 books but close to it and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. So much emotion. The characters come to life in my mind. Thank you for taking me away to some lovely places.

  • Larral St. James

    Congratulations on all of your success. It is well earned and well deserved. Wishing you all of the future success you can handle and waiting patiently for your next book!!

  • Anne L.

    Wow! Hard work and dedication plus a great writer too! I love your books and hope you keep writing for many years to come!!!

  • Laurie Laska

    Congrats, Marie! I have all 44 books and have pre-ordered any that are available. You are an amazing talent and a wonderful person. Keep ’em coming!

  • Melanie Melchiorre Clark

    Woohoo! Thank you for getting mad AND deciding to do something about it!

  • Heather Teeter

    I love this journey. Life is not always easy but hard work does pay off! Keep being you☺

  • Kathy Dunn

    So happy that you made that decision – you had made a lot of happy readers!

  • Kelly

    CONGRATULATIONS, Mare!! Its so refreshing to hear of an incredible woman making her dreams come true. You are an inspiration! Thank you for all the amazing stories and life lessons you share with us – and never EVER stop writing!!!

  • Kelly Carpenter

    Congratulations! So happy it all worked out because I LOVE your books!

  • Gem Border

    Please don’t ever stop writing! I was lucky enough to find you soon after you began the self-publishing adventure and your books are among the few which jump to the top of my reading list as soon as they’re published. Such well-deserved success: congratulations.

  • Jennifer Wunn

    Congrats Marie! Your story is amazing and gives hope to many others, no matter your job, that the right place is out there waiting. And don’t stop writing, I love your books.

  • Chrissy Beaty

    Thank God for editors who don’t their ass from a whole in the ground!! You deserve every great thing that comes your way! I’m so glad you never gave up on your dream! Your readers have benefited from your persistence., thank you!! I have bought & read & re-read(multiple times) every single book that has come out!!
    Congratulations,Marie!!

  • Molly Sturgeon Lyon

    Love hearing about your path to becoming one of my go to authors. Thank you for taking that journey and sharing your talents with us.

  • Lee-Ann Lanciaux

    I am so happy for you. Your books have given me countless hours of pleasure. I still recommend them to anyone looking for a new author to read. Recently, at the hairdresser’s, someone recommended you to me. Hope it happens more and more. Thanks and congrats.

  • Dana Glass

    Wonderful inspiration! Congrats on your success and following your dream:)

  • Lynn Papso

    We thank that publisher, too, Marie! You are an example and an inspiration to women and new authors, both!

  • Amelia Bjornson

    Love the gansett island books. Can’t wait for celebration after dark.

  • Tammy Young

    Congratulations Marie! And thank YOU for giving us such wonderful stories to lose ourselves in. I love True North! Would love to have a signed copy!

  • Terri M Lorah

    Thank you for sharing this story, it is so encouraging.

  • Melissa Smith

    After reading your story I realized how soon on your self-publishing career that I found you! I am so glad I have had the privilege to be apart of your worlds for so long. Thank you for not giving up when those around you said what you were doing wasn’t good enough!!

  • Betty K

    Somehow my Marie Force kindle collection has 45 books- Love every one of them and have read them multiple times. Thanks for sticking to your guns!

  • Pam Bull

    Maid For Love was the first fiction book I read in my adult life. My husband encouraged me to use his old Kindle when we were on a cruise. Having two small children, I thought he was crazy. I was never going to have time to read. I took the Kindle and downloaded Maid For Love and a couple of other free books. I knew I would never get to them, but was trying to appease him. I ended up reading all night on the first night of the cruise. I then downloaded the rest of the Gansett series as soon as I had internet access. As they say, the rest is history. 4.5 years later, I have read over 700 books…much to my husband’s dismay! 🙂 Thank you Marie for igniting my passion for reading. I look forward to more to come in the future!

  • Carol Beddow

    I hope those editors are eating their silly rejections. I’ve laughed and cried through your books. I’ve loved all of them

  • Dianne Harris

    I am in awe of your talent and your journey! Some things were just meant to be and I am so happy that we were not deprived of your wonderful work. Love everything I have read.

  • Heather Miles

    Your story is always so inspiring. There’s not an author alive that can’t embrace the depth of your success. You are an inspiration to all of us – self-published, traditionally published or hybrid. It’s an amazing journey that lends hope to the masses of us that write as a career. I can’t get enough of hearing about your successes. You are a my own little boost of confidence when I’m feeling less than confident about my decision to tackle the biggest dream of my life. Thanks for sharing!

  • Julie C

    Congratulations! Thank you for never giving up and sharing your stories with us!

  • Elizabeth Breese

    Congrats on your anniversary!

  • Cyndi Duke

    What an amazing journey! Thank you sharing your gift and love of writing! We love you and your amazing work!!!!! 🙂

  • Kymmie Rose

    A friend just introduced me to the Fatal series..I am hooked!!! Looking forward to reading all your books!! Thanks!

  • PATRICIA MINOR

    CONGRATS on all of your success!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE ALL of your books and different series!!!! I EAT THEM UP!!!!

  • mags

    You are the reason I own a kindle. After reading and loving Line of Scrimmage and Love at First Flight, I was desperate to get my hands on more of your stories, especially the Fatal Series. I now have 37 of your books and re-read them more than any others. Thank You ☺

  • Natalie

    I started with your “rejected ” Gansett Island series and from there began searching for everything you have written. I believe I have read all you have published so far, but maybe you should check the far back of your reject drawer. It would be awesome if you found another manuscript back there! I have preordered the next in the Gansett Island series and look forward to the next in the Fatal series. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

  • Mo

    Just goes to show that you must persevere to succeed. And you did it on your own terms. Congratulations!

  • Techgranny

    Happy Publishing Anniversary. I have read all of your series books published to date. Wait patiently for the next. You just keep writing and I will keep reading.
    Bettyjo.english@gmail.com

    • Holly Sullivan

      Congrats! you’ve won a copy of True North signed by Marie. Please send your mailing address to holly@marieforce.com and I will ship it to you. Thanks~Holly~

  • Annette OMullan

    Thank you Marie Force! Your books are amazing. Congratulations on your anniversary! I have enjoyed all of your books over the years and I am so grateful that you decided to self publish. You have brought a lot of happiness to your readers. I look forward to all your future books.

  • Carolyn Cooper

    Thanks for living your dream! My oldest son, did the same, with great success! I’ve read almost all your books, and following each journey is so much fun and love. Keep writing & I’ll keep your journey expanding! Congratulations!

  • Sharon Rudolph

    I am so grateful I found you! I became a fan on August 24, 2012 when I found Maid for Love! 3 days later, I had all 6 books that were out and started buying anything and everything by Marie Force! Thank you for writing such good books and reigniting my love of reading!

  • Kim Koon Herring

    Congratulations! I think I have read if not all then most of your books. You are a truly talented author.

  • Vilma Fitzpatrick Akins

    that is awesome and a great inspiration to go after what you want, regardless of rejection. Thanks Marie for sharing the entire story. My first book was Maid for Love and I have since bought the entire Gansett Island series

  • Debbie Smith

    I got hooked after reading Maid for Love and have purchased very single one of your books since that time. You are truly a remarkable writer. It just goes to show that when one door closes another one really does open. Congratulations Marie!

  • Sandy Miller

    I can”t say enough how much I enjoy your books .While the world turns around I get into your story and can’t hear anything else .Just visioning from a distance whats going on in the story love them all I hope you keep up the good work. thank you Marie

  • Susan Ellen Ronan Gourley

    Great example of what can happen when you don’t give up on your dreams! Thank you Marie for sharing all your wonderful books with us!

  • Robin Davis Cleary

    I discovered your books at the same time that I got my tablet, which was a Christmas gift to myself last December. I downloaded Maid for Love as a freebie on Amazon and was hooked on Marie Force! Since then your books and my little tablet have been constant companions….from San Francisco to Hilton Head SC and every where in between! After reading this post, you’re an inspiration for me to step up, step out and take a chance on my dreams!

  • Tammy Holt

    Sometimes the best answer to prayers are unanswered prayers. We love you and we love your work. Stay true to yourself and your art!

  • Delaine McLafferty

    I hope other authors having the same problem will follow your lead into the world of self publishing. I truly believe that you were given the gift of writing so that others may enjoy the life they only dream of. Your books help each and everyone of us one way or the other. For me I get to spend time in another part of the country that I may never get to see and get away from everyday life for awhile. Congratulations on your success and I can’t wait for the next books to arrive. Thanks for your hard work .

  • Randi Schreiber

    Marie,
    I too want to thank that editor too. Your books (all series) have become my favorites to read. I wait patiently for all the new books in all the series.

    I remember when the first book I read was Maid for Love and from that point on I was hooked.

    Congratulations on your success and keep writing!

  • Yvonne rahn

    This is a truly inspirational story. Thank you for so many wonderful stories

  • Anna Anderson

    Congratulations on your accomplishments. Without your determination and perseverance, we would not have such great books to read. Talent wins out in the end. You have earned your success on your terms. Thanks for sharing your story and your talent with your readers.

  • MARSHA

    LOVE ALL YOUR BOOKS.

  • judi

    I think True North may have been my first Force read – then tried another and another – my kindle library is force-filled – every book read – multiple times – they are my go to read and ‘re-reads – so happy to have found true north and marie

  • Lindsay Elders Trimble

    Congrats on your accomplishments!! What a journey and please never stop writing!! I have read every one of your books, at least once and some two and three times. Thank you for giving us great stories to jump into. Look forward to all the upcoming releases. 🙂

  • Karen McHugh

    Wow, I never knew. Ganset island books are some of my favorite! True North was fabulous and those publishers were crazy. I’m glad you went to self publishing, it made books cheaper for me, and more money for you, one of my favorite authors!

  • Darlene Holley

    what an amazing story! Thank you for sharing with us. I guess that it does pay off to follow your dreams and take the initiative to making those dreams happen into your own hands. Congratulations to you!!

  • Meghan

    The first book I read was “Line of Scrimmage” and before I even finished I went back to Amazon to see what other books you had available. You have become one of my favorite and go to authors – thanks for creating such great stories and characters that let me escape!

  • Patricia Oliver Lane

    Congratulations Marie and I thank the good Gods that I found
    you. You are the very best and I have read everyone of your books. Then it is withdrawal time till the next comes out. Thank you so much.

  • Karen Doltz

    I just had to look up when I first started reading your books. Amazon says that I ordered Maid for Love on June 21, 2012. You’re like a drug dealer… FIRST ONE’S FREE. 🙂 I have read every book you have published, self or otherwise. I always anticipate the next book and pre-order them the second I can. Keep ’em coming!

  • Danna Van Arsdale

    Marie,

    I love each and every one of your books. Your writing style is inspiring and your ability to create lovable characters is amazing! Thank you for all your hard work and never giving up on your dreams!!

  • Kathleen Bylsma

    I am so very happy you persevered! We readers are the beneficiaries of all your wonderful books!

  • Congrats Marie. I’m so happy that you didn’t accept that “no”

  • Laura Tavares

    Thank you Marie for bringing so much pleasure to all of us. I know I am always waiting with bated breath for the next in any of your series.

  • Sabrina Baker

    I’m glad you ignored those rejections! Loved “True North” and all of your books!

  • Lisa Reigel

    Cheers to you Marie! Happy self-publishing anniversary. I still can’t believe that True North AND Maid for Love were rejected. Thank goodness you didn’t let the no’s stop you. YOU are a FORCE to be reckoned with. Thank you for all the wonderful stories you have written.

  • Cheryl St.John

    Congratulations, Marie! You are an inspiration.

  • Jenn Donald

    Congratulations! That was such an inspirational post! Yay for taking the chance and self-publishing!

  • Ronda R. Brewer

    Thank you so much for never giving up. if you had taken that rejection from that dunder head we may not be reading your wonderful books. my hats off to you Marie. keep it up

  • Diane Blaser

    Congratulations on your self publishing anniversary Marie, and thank you for all the hours of joy your books have brought me and all of your fans. You are a true inspiration.

  • Terri slade

    Thank goodness you never gave up! I love the books and the characters in each story I feel like I know them personally. I look forward to many more books from you. When I am not reading them I feel like I am missing my family.

  • Barbara Santilli Caiazza

    Congratulations Marie! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication you are truly a talented writer.

  • Denise

    I believe there is a purpose for everything that happens in life. It really is our pleasure to be your friend on Facebook and fans of all of your books. I don’t know how you do it. You are an exceptional writer. You have a talent for writing great stories with great characters. I am very glad that you have gone through everything you have, as it gave us a determined you. I love all of your fabulous books. You truly have a gift and I am glad that you share it with all of us.

  • Meleada Moncrief

    Congratulations on your success!! Thanks for not giving up.

  • Deborah Evans

    You are truly an inspiration!

  • Stacie Blair

    Amazing! Thank you for taking the leap of faith. I love reading your books over and over andlook forward to the new releases!

  • Marcy Meyer

    I loved True North, as well as every single one of your books! So blessed to have found your work. Your book families, especially The Abbotts and McCarthy’s, have become my family too.

  • Dana McNeely

    Congratulations on five years of self-publishing. Your story is inspiring! Please enter me to win a copy of True North.

  • Patt Mondik

    Congratulations on your success!!! You have enriched my life so very much with your stories…I have read and loved all your books! My kindle and I live for the next story!
    You are the only author that ever personally replied to me. I was devistated when you came to Silicon Valley and I was in the hospital and unable to see you in person. I wanted to thank you for the joy you have brought me.
    I also feel you have affected so many other people indirectly. I regularly now order from Vermont Country Store! I have ordered many old “friends” that I had lost from my life, poticia, black walnut squares, filbert balls great warm clothes on and on.
    Again thank you Marie Force for enriching my life.
    Patt

    • Holly Sullivan

      Patt, Congrats! you’ve won a copy of True North signed by Marie. Please send your mailing address to holly@marieforce.com and I will ship it to you. Thanks~Holly~

  • Jackie Wright

    I have all your books and I re read them a lot. I’m so glad you persevered with your passion , your books are special to many people. Oh and did I say I love your books

  • Susan McCollum Dougherty

    Thanks for sharing your story! It is an inspiration for others.

  • Bev Fasig

    I’m happy to read any self published book you write, Marie!

  • Brandi Miller

    I have been reading your books since just before you quit your day job. I found Maid for Love as a free book somewhere, fell in love with Gansett Island and immediately started to read about Janey and Joe (who are still my favorite couple) that same night. I have bought and read every single book that you have written and love what you have accomplished by just being determined to succeed. Thank you for the many hours of enjoyment I have gotten out of all of your books!

  • Jo

    Hi, “Maid for Love” was included a boxed set I had purchased. After reading it, I immediately looked for any other books you had written. I read all of the available titles before I read the next book in the boxed set!! Thanks for the many wonderful “escape” hours you have given me!

  • Kathyg

    I can’t remember the name of the song, but Garth Brooks did a song that went like this “sometimes god’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers”…as I was reading your post..I was smiling and thought “you go girl” your books are amazing and I would never be able to choose one book over the other…you are my go to author..when asked “what author do you recommend?”…But most of all…it is your way of communicating with your fans that is truly special….thanks for sharing your talent

  • Cathy Sears Watts

    Congratulations!! You deserve every moment of happiness for all your hard work and preserverence. We should all look at life that NO doesn’t necessarily mean the end, that it just means not that way. Having the tenacity to keep on going is what makes you so successful! Just keep on swimming, keep on swimming! 🙂

  • Kim Rothenbuhler

    Marie, My 1st introduction to your work was about 3 yrs ago after my Husband gave me my 1st tablet! As this totally ‘non~techy’ person discovered the Google Play Store, ‘Maid for Love’ was a free download at the same time! I FELL IN LOVE & soon it was Marie Force all the time! I finished all the Gansett Island books then moved on to Sam & Nick<3. I've since read everything you've sent our way & can truly say that I've enjoyed each and every one!! Thank You for your tenacity and for sharing your awesome gift of storytelling with us, your avid fans!!!
    Kim Rothenbuhler
    Cygnet OH

  • Tricia Cole

    Your story on how you handled the rejections and turned them into the power of success is absolutely inspiring!!! I can’t wait to read more of your books and I ALWAYS pre-order them as soon as the link comes up. I’m so happy you self published as I wouldn’t have too many books to read without your work.

  • Leslie

    Congratulations to you on your great success, not only in your writing career but also and maybe more beautifully, for being such an inspiration. I have enjoyed each and every one of your books. They have been a blessed relief from the stress of some very difficult days. Thank you also for the reminder that the Universe has much bigger plans for us than we can ever imagine. I am struggling with that in my own life right now and I thank you once again for the inspirational reminder.

  • Carissa Simpson

    Such an awesome post! So glad you kept on going. The Wreck was my first book of yours and one of the first I bought on my Kindle! Then I moved on to Maid of Love and read all those that were outin the series. Then Treading Water, then the Fatal series. I have read all of your books and have loved every one of them!

  • Laura Haines

    This is so cool! Congratulations on all your success. All your hard work was worth it! YAY!

  • LINDA GROS

    The first book I read was Fatal Affair, because it was free. But I was instantly hooked. I cannot wait for the next book to be finished 🙂

  • Trish Scotto Horgan

    I am so greatful I picked up “Georgia on my Mind” at my library that one day. You have made me a happy person to be able to look forward to reading your next books. You are an amazing writer. Keep them coming.

  • Melanie Drake

    Wow! What an amazing story. Well done!

  • Kristy Pelka

    Congrats Marie, I wish I had been reading you since 2011 but alas I havent, although I do own all of the series you have going. If I don’t win the true north, that will be my next purchase.

  • Robin Scott

    Amazing! Thank you for you determination to publish! Love your books.

  • Kim Hughes

    I have been a Marie Force fan for years and I will continue to be. I appreciate your hard work and am thrilled you never gave up on your dreams to write.

  • CAMc

    Wow, if at first you don’t succeed…an incredible story, so inspirational!

  • Allyn Lesley

    Thank you for your words of inspiration, encouragement, and transparency. I appreciate authors like you who reminds others who are interested in a career in writing, that perseverance is the key to success. Much more success to you, Marie.

  • Kelsey Steele

    Wow what a story, congrats. Love the treading water series and garett island, can’t wait for more to come 🙂

  • Maria Cantu

    Congrats Marie and many more years of writing wonderful romance novels. You are on the top list of my favorite authors. I really enjoyed reading the Gansett Island series and felled in love with all the characters.

  • Nancy Gwaltney Stopper

    I’m so glad you chose to self-publish! Congrats!

  • Hollie McCandless

    When I first received my Kindle, which was gifted to me because books were overtaking the house, I had several unread books already on the shelves. I vowed to finish those books before purchasing any ebooks, but I didn’t say anything about freebies! Lol! I downloaded several free books which were ok, but all just missing something, until I came across one written by an author I had never heard of…Marie Force. I devoured that book, and quickly broke my vow and bought my first ebook. I now have all of your books on my Kindle, and eagerly await the next release! I think we would all say, thank goodness for an insane publisher that gave you the boost that eventually led to writing becoming your full time job. Full time means more books for all of us to enjoy!

  • Jamie Jones

    I met you in July and you gave me a signed copy of Fatal Affair. I hadn’t yet read a Marie Force book, but I was curious about the series. I took the book home and thought “How am I gonna read something this thick?” I read it in two days, and I’m now up to book six. I love the series!

  • Seale Brown

    You are my favorite! I already have a signed copy of True North. So I will take this opportunity to say Thank you again.

  • BerkeleyHapa

    Great story, and I love your books!

  • Jackie Marcinko

    Congratulations, Marie! You are an inspiration to all of us.

  • nika skwirba

    My mom i have always been really close. We both are also avid readers but have never really liked the same books or authors until you came along. We both loved reading your books. But most of all we love being able to discuss them together. So thank you for always believing in your self. Its allowed me and mom to get even closer. Thank you and congratulations on your success.

  • Donna Opalenik

    The first book I read was Made for Love… that day I fell in love with all the characters, most importantly it was also the day i fell in love with your style of writing. I love all your books and always look forward to new releases my kindle is the home of your books looking forward to Dec 1 Gansett Island Thank you!!!!

  • Traci

    Congratulations!! You are my favorite author and I love all your books but Fatal series is my absolute favorite.

  • Sandra Ross

    You are amazing. I love your books and I love that you self publish. Congrats on the 5 years.

  • Christine S

    Great story, I love happy endings! Congratulations & Happy Anniversary!

  • Peggy McCrary Henry

    Love your books. Can’t wait for the newest gannsett island book

  • Linda Clarke

    Thank you for sharing your journey’s story with us!!! I am SO glad you ventured out and made your own success! Shame on the publishers who obviously didn’t know a great potential when they saw it. To quote Vivian in ‘Pretty Woman,’ “BIG mistake. Big. Huge!” I would love to work for you too!!! Congratulations on your Author-versary!

  • Jennifer Love

    I’m so glad they rejected True North, too! I loved it. The Green Mt. Series is my favorite, so far. One day I will get caught up and read everything. Happy writing and thank you!!

  • Belle Cornell

    What a great and uplifting story Marie!!! I’m so glad you have had such great success because we’ve all benefitted from your talent enjoying these amazing stories. I will continue reading all your books, so keep them coming! Congratulations and happy anniversary Marie!

  • Texas Book Lover

    Such a wonderfully encouraging story and I for one am thrilled not only for your success but that we’ve all been luck enough to read your fabulous books because of it.

    Thank so much.

  • Lisa Lang-Blakeney

    What an inspiring post. It’s great when you find an author whose work you admire as well as enjoy! Thank you for your story.

  • Nikki H

    I am so glad you decided to self-publish! You’ve brought so much joy and pleasure to my life. What a great story! Congratulations!

  • Leeann

    You’re amazing, Marie. You inspired me when you visited New Zealand for our Romance Writers Conference. It wasn’t only because you are a wonderful writer and business woman – it’s because you are a great mom and wife. I wish you all the very best, and a huge congratulations on what you have achieved. Lots of love, Leeann

  • Teresa Bantz

    Glad you never gave up – Love your books 🙂

  • Carole Hall

    What an awesome “inspiring” story, and I also am thankful that “True North” was REJECTED!!! You make me cry, you make me smile, and laugh out loud… oh yes, I can get angry too, but most of all I look forward to each and every book you write! Thank you for sharing your story!

  • Harriet Chow

    To this day Treading Water series is still my favorite. Although Nick and Sam did give it a run for its money. There is something so pure and hopeful about the series, nobody is the ‘bad guy’ circumstance made it difficult and everyone just made the best of it.

    I love that self-publishing has given a way forward for people who believe in themselves, but got rejected by people who ‘know better’. There are all kinds of readers or there who can appreciate all different kinds of books. I am still a faithful fan, and have read all of your work. Please continue your great work!

  • Dana Garcia

    I just love a story where a “no” inspires someone to achieve something they were told they couldn’t. My job was eliminated early last year and I made up my mind to make a career change. It took me 17 months to find the job I wanted after a lot of rejections but I stuck to my plan, dipped into my savings, and was about a month away from giving up. I have been on my new job since July and absolutely love it. Follow your dream and be “true” to yourself. Congratulations to you and your well earned success!!

  • Melody

    I enjoyed reading True North. Your story gives new meaning to ‘Never give up’. Thank you for all the great books!

  • Fran Swarts

    I love all your books. You are an amazing author. Thank you for all the hours of joy you bring to us.

  • KerryAnnMorgan

    For those of us dreaming of “making it” with our own books, you are the True North of inspiration. Congrats on your blockbuster success and thank you for sharing your story!

  • Mary Tate Engels

    Marie, you have certainly been an inspiration and support in my self-publishing career. Your story reminds me of one of my favorite affirmations: A tiny grain of sand in the oyster is the grit that makes the pearl. Thanks for everything.

  • CWarner

    A few years ago when I got my first kindle, I was looking through the free books. I found “Maid for Love”. After I read that book, I was addicted! I wanted more. I loved the McCarthys. Since then I have read all of your books. You have made me laugh and made me cry. You are a great author! When my friends are looking for a book to read I direct them to you. I say, “Read Marie Force! You will not be bored. You will love all of her books.” Keep up the good work! I am always excited for a new release.

  • This is so inspiring! I haven’t read your books yet, but I plan to. I have not been on submission yet, but I anticipate that rejections are in my future 🙂

  • Penny Foster

    I got Maid for Love on a promotion weekend for $0.00 and have been hooked on your writing ever since. I have read everything published in the three series and have worked my way through many of the stand alones. Hard to believe a publisher, or many publishers, would turn down the “for Love” series!

    • Holly Sullivan

      Penny, Congrats! you’ve won a copy of True North signed by Marie. Please send your mailing address to holly@marieforce.com and I will ship it to you. Thanks~Holly~

  • Marie White Mason

    My best friend from nursing school told me about you, I started with Treading Water and haven’t stopped! Now I’m the one telling people to read your books. I love them all! Your story is a dream come true & we are the lucky readers that get to share it, thank you.

  • Rhonda Skinner Calicott

    You are amazing! What you have done in 5 years most people couldn’t do in 50 years. I started with Maid for Love and read all the Gansett Island books in a week. Moved on to Green Mountain series and am caught up with them, finished all the Quantum books the day each was released and now am on Fatal #8 with only one more to go. Love them all. Thank you!

  • Kelly Altria

    One of the first books I owned on Kindle and one of the best reads. We have even named our daughter Liana after your supermodel because I loved her character and drive, and I was secretly hoping she would be tall (I’m 5ft 1).

  • Jennifer Cowan

    Congratulations of realizing your dream!

  • Michele Laframboise

    Liked ( and tweeted) the ” sometimes no means yes to something so much better than you ever could’ve imagined”! Bravo!

  • Ann

    That is so cool! Congratulations and Thank You!!

  • Tammy Holt

    Ok after this blog post, I had to go read “True North.” I have read all of your series books 🙂 but had not read a few of the stand alones. That publisher was an idiot! True North tore at my heart strings. Loved it!

  • Congratulations, Marie! Love this blog post; it’s such an inspiration.

  • Cris Anson

    What a wonderful success story! Congratulations, Marie. May you continue to have such astonishing numbers.

MARIE FORCE


Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of 60 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold 6 million copies worldwide!


Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.


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