The Martian by Andy Weir

posted Jul 31, 2017, 3:52 PM by David Alan Binder

The Martian by Andy Weir

Again I am impressed and hear about the success stories of authors.

For instance, I heard NPR interview Andy Weir about his book, “The Martian”.

He said that since it was so science oriented that he thought that .01% of the science geeks would enjoy the book.

Yes, the book is steeped in science but it was the story of how a man was left behind on Mars and found a way to beat the odds and get off.

Wikipedia says, “The Martian is a 2011 science fiction novel written by Andy Weir. It was his debut novel under his own name. It was originally self-published in 2011; Crown Publishing purchased the rights and re-released it in 2014.” (credits to Wikipedia)

Andy was an unrequited author.  He’d tried before to get books published by publishers to no avail.  He stared writing the book in 2009. So he offered it for free, one chapter at a time on his website with an Amazon Kindle version available at $0.99 per copy.  It sold 35,000 copies in three months.  Now he had publishers’ attention.  He sold the rights to Crown publishing in 2013 for $100,000.  The book was on the New York Times Best Seller list in March 2, 2014 in hardcover fiction at 12th place.  

Pretty nice for him.

For this one story there are about 100,000 authors at least that started a book and quit before fruition.  Stopped in frustration because they doubted themselves.

There is plenty of doubt out there.  Ignore it.  Especially your own doubt.

It does not mean you will ever have a best seller.  You will have peace of mind that you are following your path and one that you choose no matter what the outcome may be.

Now go write your own story and do likewise.  Be persistent.  Believe in yourself and your ability.  

Do not listen to any voice (especially your own) that says, “No way.”

Keep saying, “Yes, way!” and do it.


Yours, David Alan Binder
“After all, if we are not here to help each other, then what are we here for?”

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