In just a few weeks we will all celebrate the publication of the last book in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. This series has been a long time in the making and has taken more than a little elbow grease from the author, who wrote the first draft of Eragon at the ambitious age of fifteen. What some may not remember about the illustrious history of this series is that it began as a small homegrown project from a family publishing house.
Paolini took several years to plan and write what would finally become Eragon with the support of his parents. When most people would be finishing high school, Paolini was finishing his final draft, which his parents read and agreed to publish through their small family press, Paolini International. After 135 visits to schools, libraries and bookstores around the county with little success, Eragon came to the attention of Carl Hiaasen who, in turn, introduced it to the publishing house Alfred A. Knopf. After another round of editing and new cover, Eragon was rereleased in 2003 to quickly move onto the New York Times Children’s Books Best Sellers list and stay there for 121 weeks!
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