From internet to paperback

I will admit it, I’m a sucker for internet-success stories– stories about people who showcased their passions on the internet and are now able to make a profit off their work. If someone wrote a Chicken Soul for the Internet Junkie’s Soul I would be first in line to buy it. The author I am showcasing today fits perfectly in that category.

No, this is NOT mine! This lovely book is the work of Sarah J. Maas.

Sarah J. Maas is the author of “Throne of Glass,” a high-fantasy YA story that hit the shelves last fall. (Book 2 comes out this fall!) Maas started writing “Throne of Glass” when she was 16. (Or at least she started writing an earlier version. “Throne of Glass” has been rewritten several times.) She posted it on Fictionpress and was encouraged by the reviews she received, so she posted more, and more, and more until eventually “Throne of Glass” was the highest rated, highest reviewed story in all of Fictionpress.

Maas decided to pursue her dream of becoming a full blown author and left Fictionpress. She rewrote “Throne of Glass” a few times, got an agent, and eventually sold it to Bloomsbury Children’s in 2010. She is now a full time author at the mere age of 25! What I like about Maas is that she continues to cater to her internet crowd. As I mentioned book 2 has yet to be released, but Maas has three novellas starring the heroine from “Throne of Glass” that are available on Amazon for 99 cents. It’s pretty rare for a published author to release Kindle ebooks, so this feat alone has won Maas a place in my heart.

Know any internet success stories? Warm my heart and share the story in the comment section, please!

And if it seems like I’m avoiding talking about King Arthur and her Knights….It’s because I am. I promise I’ll have an update for you on Wednesday or Friday!

5 comments on “From internet to paperback

  1. OMG!! I love her!! Both of you are in my top four. I don’t actually put you all in particular order, but on that list there’s you, Sarah J Maas, Rick Riordan, and Shannon Hale.

    • Ooohhh I LOVE Shannon Hale and Rick Riordan too! You have fabulous taste, and I’m honored you place me on the same level as them!! 😉 I have a soft spot for the prince in “Throne of Glass,” even though I’m 99% sure Calaena won’t end up with him. Who is your favorite, the prince or the captain?

      • I prefer the captain, sorry, though I REALLY want Sarah to have one of her new characters be our ‘magical’ prince’s new love intrest.

      • I STILL can’t believe I have to wait all summer for any of you to put out books!!! In my perfect world you would all sit in sweat shops, and write out books as fast as I can read them… Alas, that would be wrong and I would feel horrible.

  2. I like the captain a lot too. Truth be told I won’t cry if she ends up with either one of them, buwahaha! And I thought FOR SURE the foreign princess was going to be the prince’s love interest. (I cried so hard at the end of the second book.)

    As for new books, I know what you mean. I’m eagerly awaiting her next book, and I’ve just about gone rabid waiting for news on “Ebon” the sequel to Robin Mckinley’s Pegasus. The good news is that I should be releasing Wild Swans in the next month, and by the time it’s out I should almost be finished writing Cinderella.

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