iUniverse announces deal for title Alias Island with Hollywood producers

Author Donna Ward astonished by book’s discovery by Author Solutions’ Hollywood office sixteen years after publication

Bloomington, Ind. - July 11, 2016 - iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, supported self-publishing services provider, has announced today that iUniverse title Alias Island (ISBN: 978-0-59500-219-1), written by Donna Ward, has been signed to a shopping agreement with longtime studio executive turned producer John Sacchi and his colleague Matt Groesch. Sacchi and Groesch will produce the light-hearted crime drama for television under Sacchi’s 5 More Minutes Productions.

Author Ward was amazed that her book was discovered so long after its initial publication. “I published Alias Island in 2000 after honing my craft at Mystery Writers of America, when iUniverse was new to the e-publishing scene. I’m now inspired to work on two other books that I wrote, but never published, in the Mark Oberlin series.”

Alias Island is a comedic mob mystery set on a retiree island off the coast of North Carolina, where the FBI has stashed multiple protected witnesses. FBI Agent Mark Oberlin is sent down to the island to investigate when one of his aliases is murdered. A comedy of errors ensues as the body count rises. Author Solutions’ Hollywood-based director of media services, Caroline Weiss, identified the iUniverse title and tipped off Sacchi and Groesch.

Alias Island is a fascinating novel that immediately draws you into a mystery and world that will make a tense and thrilling adaptation,” Groesch said.

Ward, a lifelong mystery writer, added, “Sixteen years later, it is truly extraordinary that my voice was discovered in the sea of titles published by your company and matched with producers who know how to bring these stories to life.”

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About John Sacchi:

Hollywood veteran John Sacchi has spent over 20 years in the entertainment industry, including 15 years as a production and development executive at Lionsgate Films, where he oversaw films in every genre. Since hanging his own production shingle, 5 More Minutes Productions, he has been actively developing material to produce for film and television.