Thursday, June 13, 2013

Love with a chance of publishing: A fearful adventurer's journey to publication

What happens when a woman who's afraid of the ocean falls in love with a man who plans to sail around the world in a rather rickety boat? Enter Torre DeRoche's memoir, LOVE WITH A CHANCE OF DROWNING, which tells this tale, one of love, adventure, and fear.

Hyperion released LOVE WITH A CHANCE OF DROWNING last month in the US, just after Penguin Australia's release in February. Summersdale in the UK will follow in July, with more international publishers to come!

The history of the book's publication is a bit of a real-life fairytale. It was originally self-published by DeRoche in 2011 under the title SWEPT: Love with a Chance of Drowning. Here's the old cover of that version:

As DeRoche promoted her book on her website and across the social media sphere, people fell in love with it, and soon separate film and UK offers came in. Shortly thereafter, DeRoche got agency representation and more offers followed! Read about DeRoche's exciting publishing adventure in her own words here.

Be sure to peruse through the rest of her website and blog, too. The experiences DeRoche recounts in her memoir began at the same time she began blogging. Now, she has nine years of blogging savvy under her belt, which means that is simply not to be missed!

While DeRoche's incredible story and compelling writing have taken the world by storm (the book has been called“thrilling” by Courier Mail, “irresistibly offbeat” by Kirkus, and “hilarious” by Vogue Australia), so too has the trailer. Complete with a catchy whistling tune and fortune cookies symbolic of fate, the trailer perfectly captures the book's tone. Take a look:

For a glimpse into what went wrong on the trip, the best parts of the trip, and why DeRoche decided to recount her story in memoir form, check out the interview below:

An Interview With Torre DeRoche from Torre DeRoche on Vimeo.

Given that multiple countries are publishing LOVE WITH A CHANCE OF DROWNING, the book has two different covers—one for the US and one for Australia and the UK. The US cover is bold and speaks to the danger of DeRoche's voyage....

...while the Australian and UK cover captures the whimsy of the adventure. Below, you can see it featured on a giant billboard at the Sydney airport!

Image courtesy of @yTravelBlog

Take a look at a sampling of the reviews from those who have already fallen in love with the book--and then be sure to pick up a copy yourself so you too can fall in love with it!

“A charming memoir...A funny, irresistibly offbeat tale about the risks and rewards of living, and loving, with an open heart.” --Kirkus

Hilarious...recounts the adventure of a lifetime.” --Vogue Australia

“Wow, what a book. Exciting. Dramatic. Honest. Torre DeRoche is an author to follow...Such a beautiful, thrilling story you'll have to remind yourself it's not fiction.” --Australian Associated Press

“The story of how DeRoche overcame her fears, her self-deprecating humour and her way with words would have been enough to make this a great story. The fact her Argentinian boyfriend combines the passion of a Latin lover with the grit and spirit of a Scandinavian seafarer makes this book a Hollywood dream come true.”--The Sydney Morning Herald, Great Holiday Read

"In her debut, DeRoche has penned such a beautiful, thrilling story you'll have to remind yourself it's not fiction. Her language is effortless." --Courier Mail

“The book is by turns gripping, laugh-out-loud funny, moving and uplifting...any reader with a sense of adventure or a desire to confront their fears should love it.” --Bookseller+Publishing Magazine

1 comment:

  1. I met Torre online via a cruisers email loop, picked up a copy of her brand new self-published book, and loved it so much that I wrote a review saying I wished the company I then worked for could have published it. Such fun that she soon found representation and a new publisher.

    Not only is the book a delight, but Torre's generous nature wins her friends everywhere she goes. As a fellow cruiser/writer, I'm thrilled that Torre's story provides glimpses into the life of a sea nomad.