Author Success Stories

It’s a wonderful feeling to achieve a goal

At iUniverse, we know that no two goals, or authors, are exactly alike. We aim to help each author reach their own personal aspiration, whether it’s fighting for a cause, reaching commercial success, or sharing a personal story with the world.

We’re pleased to share some of the stories of iUniverse authors who’ve achieved success.

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Helping Others with My Words

Educating Readers Through Authoring a Book

Susan Norris

Susan Norris is on a mission to eradicate sex trafficking in the United States. Using her voice for hope, she began her mission by educating others as an international speaker. She never imagined that putting her words down in writing would be something she would do. Then, she started blogging and new opportunities arose to reach even more people through writing.

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iUniverse author Susan Norris in front of a white background holding her published book Rescuing Hope.
iUniverse author Justin Vovk sitting in a chair holding his book Imperial Requiem.

Giving My Business a Voice

Independent Historian Turned Indie Author

Justin Vovk

Justin C. Vovk, an author and independent historian of Slovenian and English background, began documenting and cataloging all the royal houses of Europe since the beginning of the Late Modern Period. It was this research into the complexities of royal marriages that inspired Vovk to write a royalty encyclopedia.

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Achieving a Lifelong Dream

Seasoned Editor Turns a Passion into Reality

Lisa Drucker

Lisa Drucker, a freelance writer and editor, had traditionally published a book in the past but didn’t feel that the publisher offered enough support. So, she turned to self-publishing looking for more editorial control. “Because it’s self-publishing, the writer doesn’t have to do anything they don’t want to do,” says Drucker.

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iUniverse author, Lisa Drucker, holding her published book Arise, O Phoenix, in front of a bookshelf.
iUniverse author J.L. Witterick sitting in a chair while holding her published book, My Mother's Secret, in front of a fireplace.

Achieving Success as an Author

From self-publishing to G.P. Putnam’s Sons

J.L. Witterick

At first J.L. Witterick didn’t seriously consider writing, so she put her creative aspirations aside to pursue a business degree. But, she eventually went back to something she always wanted to do — write a novel. “I always thought it was amazing that you could put words together that would create thoughts and ideas that didn’t exist before,” says Witterick.

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Sharing My Story

Impact Others by Sharing Your Story and Achieve Author Success

Emma Lou Warner Thayne

Emma Lou Warner Thayne is no stranger to writing and publishing a book. Before publishing The Place of Knowing with iUniverse, she published 13 works, including poetry, essays and works of fiction. But for her 14th title, she was inspired to publish for a much different purpose: to share an eye-opening life experience.

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