20 Years After ‘Legally Blonde’ Hollywood Movie Studios Are Continuing Their Recognition Of Self-Published Authors – Forbes

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For many movie lovers, Legally Blonde was Reese Witherspoon’s best work. Her epic role in the movie might have been one of her finest moments, but it was also, in many ways, an ode to self-publishing. In 2001, Amanda Brown self-published the novel of the same name, which was picked up and made into a movie…Well, four movies, to be exact, if you are counting Legally Blonde 3, which is set to be released sometime in 2022.

In the last 20 years since the first Legally Blonde movie was adapted for the silver screen, quite a few other great self-published books have also caught the eye of movie studios. For instance, The Shack was self-published by author William P. Young in 2007 and then adapted into the widely successful movie of the same name, released ten years later. The book has since gone on to sell over 12 million copies since its adaptation, proving once and for all that there is a space for indie authors in Hollywood.

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The Legally Blonde film adaptation is an apt example for Rachael Eckles, a real-life lawyer-turned-author based in Manhattan. While most indie authors search for an agent and then a publisher, Eckles used the opportunity presented by the pandemic in 2020 to fast-track the release of her debut novel, Trading Secrets, a passion project she had been working on for many years. She started her own publishing business, Aphrodite Books, and released the whirlwind erotic thriller that has gone on to exceed her expectations.

Trading Secrets’ success has since inspired a sequel, the recently-released Risky Assets, with the third in the series planned for summer 2023. Self-publishing feeds Eckles’ entrepreneurial spirit and because of that, she encourages authors to take the leap of faith. “I always tell aspiring authors that everyone has at least one book in them, and the world deserves to experience what you’re destined to create.” As for film adaptations, Eckles would love to see Trading Secrets and her lead character, Celeste Donovan, a high-powered finance executive with a dark past, adapted to film, though that was not her primary goal in writing the stories.

“I wanted to tell the story of a one-percenter powerful woman and convey that she experiences the same complex emotions and trauma as a typical modern woman.” Based on feedback from readers, Eckles has found that her protagonist is more relatable than she could’ve imagined. “Countless women have thanked me for demonstrating that a woman can move on from a dark past to a life full of career success, friendship, and even love. Typically, a …….

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshwilson/2022/08/17/20-years-after-legally-blonde-hollywood-movie-studios-are-continuing-their-recognition-of-self-published-authors/

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