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Six Years

At this point in 2010, I was an extremely frustrated author. I’d had four books released by two publishers to great reviews and lots of reader excitement, but my sales were only so-so. I had three more books coming in 2011, but I was a LONG way from calling this writing gig a “career,” despite having written more than a dozen books by then. In all of 2010, I made a whopping $2500 on my books, 15 percent of which went to my agent. Suffice to say, I was going nowhere fast.

I had stacks of rejections from agents and publishers for books that included Maid for Love, book 1 in the Gansett series, Treading Water, book 1 in the series of that name, Georgia on My Mind, The Wreck, True North and The Fall. I couldn’t get anyone interested in publishing any of these books to save my life.

Then, in the summer of 2010, True North was under consideration by a big NY publisher. I had an in-house advocate and everyone was excited about the book, until it too got rejected because, I was told, “No one wants to read about a super model.”truenorth1400

That’s right about the time I got mad and said ENOUGH already to chasing my tail round and round in the same circle. Other authors had begun to take advantage of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program, and it was time for me to try it, too. While this might seem like a no-brainer of a decision in hindsight, at the time it was anything but. I had books coming in early 2011 from two publishers, and I honestly had NO IDEA how they’d react to me publishing on my own ahead of their releases. Hardly anyone had done that, and contracts didn’t yet include non-compete language about authors self-publishing. I had legitimate reason to be concerned about getting sued by one or both of my publishers.

I did it anyway, self-publishing True North on Nov. 17, 2010 and The Fall in mid-December 2010. I said nothing about them on social media. I posted them to my website and kept my mouth shut about them otherwise. And I waited to see what would happen. At first, not much happened. I sold about 50 books in the first month, then a couple hundred in the second month. One publisher book was released January 3, the other on February 1, accompanied by a freebie of an earlier book with that same publisher.

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And that’s when everything changed.

Readers scooped up that freebie and everything else I had on sale, including my two self-published books. I self-published a third book, The Wreck, in March, and sold 10,000 books that month. Then came April, May and June of 2011 and the debut of the first three Gansett Island books—Maid for Love, Fool for Love, Ready for Love—and 80,000 books were sold in a month. At the end of that year, I published Treading Water, Marking Time and Starting Over, five years after I wrote books that no one wanted—except my readers. I quit my day job on Dec. 31, 2011 and have been self-employed for five years, thanks in large part to my indie published books.TreadingWater500

It’s been six years (yesterday) since my life changed forever thanks to indie publishing, and I still can’t believe everything that’s happened since then. Twenty-six New York Times bestsellers, 5.5 million books sold, more than 52 books published (31 of them indie published), three entirely indie-published series, one of them the Gansett Island Series, which is soon to notch 3 million books sold, and the Quantum Series, closing in on 1 million books sold in 18 months.

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My profound thanks for six AMAZING years to all the readers who have shown me that anything is possible, and to my retail partners—Amazon KDP, iBooks, NookPress, Kobo, Google, CreateSpace, Ingram, ACX and others—who made it possible for authors to connect directly to readers and changed so many lives in ways they’ll never fully comprehend.

I’m so excited to continue writing the books my readers want in my five series as well as pursuing new ideas that capture my interest along the way. Six years into my indie-publishing journey, and I’m just getting started! Thanks for coming on this ride with me.

xoxo

Marie


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  • Sandra Sparkes

    Marie…we, your readers and self-proclaimed fans, are truly excited for you to be celebrating this milestone. At the same time, I need to say, from the first book of yours I found and consumed to the next and next and next…your story lines, characters and verbal images have intrigued, consumed, changed, fulfilled, enriched our lives. Thank you for sharing your writing with us. Thank you for trusting your gut. Thank you for taking us along on this whirlwind jouney. You are loved.

  • Kathleen Bylsma

    Happy and thrilled for you and for us, too! Happy Thanksgiving !

  • Susan Ellen Ronan Gourley

    Thank you for not giving up……..I have all of your books and love every single one!

  • Rox Oga

    To many more years! Please keep writing as we need your wonderful books. Hugs and kisses!

  • Mary Smith

    I am so glad I found your books and you didn’t give up. I have now read every book and am always anxious for the next. Congrats on your sweet success story and now just please keep writing.

  • Mary Gramlich

    Thank goodness you never gave up!!! I love every book you’ve written and I look forward to each new one that comes out. You are by far my favorite author! Keep writing and I will happily keep reading.

  • Denise Campion-Minton

    I am so glad I found your books!!!! I just love them, please don’t ever give up. I can’t wait till the next book come out.

  • Cathy Sears Watts

    Thank you for not giving up!!

  • Annette

    Congratulations on such an amazing journey. Thank you for publishing so many wonderful books. I’ve enjoyed them all and look forward to reading many, many more. I can’t wait to read Mallory’s story in Light After Dark. I always enjoy going back to Gansett Island.

  • Dianne Hart

    That is so sweet to thank your reader’s. I truly love your writing and all but hold my breath waiting for the next one to come out. I’ve shared your name with many of my reading friends since I found you. Here’s hoping for many many years with your writing muse!!!!!

  • Cindy Ashman

    Congratulations Marie. It proves that anything is possible if you put your heart (and a lot of hard work) into it. You have a great following (I’m one of them) and word of mouth is the best advertising. Much luck to you and many more books to come.

  • Valerie Halfen

    LOVE your books and you! So very glad you helped yourself break out. Great story, keep up the wonderful work!

  • Nancy Burns

    My first book I read was Maid for Love I got if free from BookBub from Amazon and I was hooked i been reading you ever since I love all your books.Marie you are a wonderful writer with interesting stories and great characters and at the end of each one i always want more

  • AJ Renee

    Thank you, Marie for all the wonderful stories. I also want to thank you for clearing the pathway for other indie authors. Your success and other great authors succeeding in indie publishing have allowed the reader family to accept us as potential future bestsellers too. You weave wonderful tales and are a role model in the industry. Best wishes on another 6 successful years!

  • Andrea C. Rowe

    I started my Marie addiction when I received Maid for Love free on my Kobo, love your books and keep them a coming. I have read every book except for the Fatal series, read up to the 4th but it isn’t my thing. I do love the Quantum series, my husband “does too”. Thanks for everything, Andrea

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MARIE FORCE


Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold nearly 3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold 1.5 million 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 slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5.5 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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