Many writers would advice against self-publishing, but sometimes the stigma behind it can be unfounded. Some self-published books go on to be a great success, and there is no finer example than Roddy Doyle's The Commitments.
The comical novel about a working class jazz band from Dublin came out in 1987, and was funded by a £5000 loan. Doyle said that his bank insisted on a business plan, but that 'there was more fiction in the business plan we submitted than the book itself.' Despite lacking solid foundations, Doyle creativity, ingenuity, and entrepreneurship won him reviews in leading newspapers, and a positive reaction from the famous songwriter, Elvis Costello.
The Commitments soon became a cult hit, and Doyle ended up adapting it into a West End Musical. That musical is now going to make its world premier at the Palace Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue on the 21st September. The show will run until the 26th January, with tickets costing between £10-£67.50; all previews (until 7th October) will be half price.
Songs include hits such as 'Can't Get No Satisfaction' by the Rolling Stones, 'Night Train' by James Brown, and Mack Rice's 'Mustang Sally'.