Sure. We click clack away on our keyboards whenever we find the time. We like to daydream about our name in lights, that our words will be embraced by the public, that maybe they’ll even be turned into a movie.
Well, Andy Weir, walking talking self publishing success story that he is, has done just that.
The Martian, a movie based on his bestselling book of the same name, is due out later this year. The trailer’s been released it it looks amazing:
Movie Trailer – The Martian – 20th Century Fox
“I’m going to have to science the shit out of this.”
– Astronaut Mark Watney
Matt Damon in the lead role. An ensemble cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara (Zoe from freaking House of Cards!), Donald (Troy from Community!) and Kristen Wiig in a role which, from the looks of it, might be her bridge from comedy to more serious fare.
Earlier this year, Andy spoke to three of my favorite self-publishers, Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt and David Wright aka Johnny, Sean and Dave of the “Self Publishing Podcast.” He spoke how he wasn’t an overnight success story but rather his journey was one that involved years of pain staking hard work.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and your self publishing career won’t be either.
Andy, you’re an inspiration to every nerd with a laptop and a dream of becoming a self-published author. You did it. One man. One computer. One story. And now one major movie that has every indication of being box office gold.
I tip my hat to you sir, and shall raise a frosty beverage in your honor on opening night. Your achievement has made it possible for a new generation of self publishers to be taken seriously and we are forever in your debt.