Author Solutions Announces Deal for iUniverse Title “Alias Island” with Hollywood Producers

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

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Author Solutions, LLC, the world leader in supported self-publishing services, 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 Author Solutions, LLC:
Author Solutions, LLC, is the world’s leading supported self-publishing services provider. Author Solutions’ leading self-publishing imprints — AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Palibrio, Trafford Publishing and Xlibris — have helped more than 200,000 authors self-publish, promote and bring to market more than 275,000 new titles. Through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, Author Solutions is making it possible to develop new literary talent efficiently and providing authors with a platform for bringing their books to market. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, Author Solutions’ global reach includes imprints developed specifically for authors in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Africa and India. For more information, please visit For the latest news, follow @authorsolutions on Twitter and “like” them at

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.

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