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SPS-160: Warm Bodies: How to Follow Up a Bestselling Book – with Isaac Marion


Isaac Marion lived every writer’s dream; the purchase of his first traditionally published book by Hollywood, a respectful adaptation, and a resulting wildly successful movie starring Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, Mad Max: Fury Road) and directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness). Since then Isaac has been finding his way as a hybrid author, while also learning the ropes of independent publishing.

This week’s highlights include:

  • On Mark’s exploration of translation into German
  • How interest in Warm Bodies built from its origins as a short story
  • Using the zombie trope to explore deeper ideas
  • Dealing with rapid success and having a book turned into a movie
  • Providing input to the film’s writer / director
  • Following on writing in the wake of the film’s success
  • On creating a short-run special edition hardcover book
  • Trying to write outside the boundaries of genre fiction

Resources mentioned in this episode:

PATREON: Self Publishing Formula Show’s Patreon page

Tommy Donbavand’s cancer battle website and Just Giving Page

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