Jake Shares His Thoughts About Being A Best-Selling Author

When I’m asked how I feel about the success of my book, One Wants to be Letter, my mind often blanks, and I don’t know how to answer the question. The answer is that I feel good, but a lot of the time, I’m not sure how to elaborate. Probably because I tend to overthink almost everything. So, I’m going to interview myself. 

What do I feel good about? 

I feel good that this book could open up the imagination of young kids. I was 4 years old when I came up with the idea of One, and would frequently come up with ideas for books and movies. A lot of my ideas were heavily based on other books and movies I had seen. I do remember coming up with an idea called Galaxy Wars. When I was young, I drew on what I knew. 

When did I come up with the idea for the book? 

I don’t remember the exact moment I came up with the story as it was 13 years ago. I do remember coming down to my dad in the morning and telling him about the idea. I described a story where the number One wants to be his friends, who are all letters. We began coming up with ideas. My imagination flourished and I had a lot of inspiration. 

How does it feel to be an author? 

I hope that this story can give kids the inspiration to create as I did. I discovered and created. I felt very excited to see the book come together after the project resurfaced. Seeing the final drawings for the first time felt incredible. It was really cool to see and the illustrations looked amazing — thanks to our lovely illustrator Gregor. 

What does the success of the book mean to you? 

I’m really glad the book has resonated with so many people. I sometimes wonder how my 4-year-old self would react if he saw the success of the book today. Many people have shared positive things about the book, like how some kids have trouble with numbers and letters and this book has made it simpler while also giving them a good message about uniqueness. 

It’s a great thing to see.


Virtual Event with Jeff Kinney and Jake Marrazzo on December 14, 2020

Jeff Kinney BroadcastPostscript: Watch my virtual event with Jeff Kinney on Facebook Live or YouTube! We had a great time talking for an hour about my book, his book and a host of other topics! Please watch it and let me know what you think?

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Virtual Event Jeff Kinney Jake Marrazzo

Guess what?

Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series and owner of the Unlikely Bookstore Bookstore will interview me about my new book, One Wants to be a Letter and growing up with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy on Monday, December 14, 2020, at 7:00 pm.

Both my book and Jeff’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series are about being different and finding your true self. One Wants to be a Letter has already sold over 800 copies and a portion of the proceeds from the book sales will go to our foundation which helps families with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to make their homes accessible. The One Wants To be a Letter book is currently in stock at Jeff’s bookstore, the Unlikely Story in Plainville, MA.

Please visit the registration page on the An Unlikely Story website to register for free for this special virtual event with Jeff Kinney and me!




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About Jeff Kinney and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Series
Jeff KinneyDiary of a Wimpy KidIn 1998, Jeff Kinney came up with the book idea for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a story about a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley. Jeff worked on his book for almost eight years before showing it to a publisher in New York. In 2006, Jeff signed a multi-book deal with publisher Harry N. Abrams, Inc. to turn Diary of a Wimpy Kid into a print series. The first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was published in 2007 and became an instant bestseller. There are now more than 200 million copies of the series in print worldwide. To date, the online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has more than 80 million visits and is typically read by more than 70,000 kids a day. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been a fixture on the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. The book series has remained on the New York Times bestseller lists since the publication of the first book and the books are currently available in 76 editions in 64 languages.