How to begin? I’ll keep it as simple as possible. Promise.
2014 was a stressful year for me but I rediscovered an outlet that propelled me through—writing. I’d been a lifelong reader but like many folks, didn’t believe that I could make a living writing fiction. It didn’t help that nobody else believed it was possible, but I digress.
To be honest, I knew I could make an “okay” living with freelance writing. I’d been part of the Associated Content and Yahoo Contributors debacle (writing 400 word posts for $8) and Demands Studios. I learned so much from those places about online writing and I proved to everyone that I could make a living with freelance writing.
Until I couldn’t.
That streamed dried up for various reasons which I won’t waste my time talking about here. (Curse you Google Panda!)
After losing those streams of income I put up a post on an online talent website offering my services as a ghostwriter. I heard other displaced DS writers had done the same so why not? The pay was terrible but I enjoyed writing fiction—even if it wasn’t mine. Many times “authors” would send me a bare bones outline and say, “Run with it.” Other times I was writing coming up with ideas, writing outlines and writing books with no supervision whatsoever. More times than not the author loved it and soon I began to see the books I wrote appear in the Top 100 lists of the Amazon store. (That was both thrilling and sucky.) Please don’t ask who that was. I signed NDA’s (that’s non-disclosure agreements) so I can’t and won’t reveal the names of those books or out those authors but I learned a valuable lesson from that six months.
And that lesson was, “I was a bestselling author, even if it wasn’t my name on the book. I HAD the skills to do it and I COULD do it for MYSELF.”
Now that was an eye-opener.
Although I was in big time demand now as a ghostwriter, I turned away new work and decided to write my own story. And that’s how Seven Sisters was born. We’ll talk about the mechanics of that first book in later episodes. Promise.
I published Seven Sisters in August of 2014. By the end of 2014 I made a whopping $106.
I wrote book two Moonlight Falls on Seven Sisters in November 2014 and followed up with book three in March 2015.
In 2015, I made over 30k. That’s $30,000, folks.
In 2016, with my Seven Sisters series, Desert Queen series, Idlewood and Sirens Gate series, I earned over 100k. $100,000 in just two years. Really less than two years because I didn’t publish Seven Sisters until August of 2014.
So it can be done. I have no degree. I had no one to mentor me. I made many mistakes but I muddled through it. And now here we are.
So why am I doing this? Because there’s room for more of us. The indie market can handle more #SixFigureAuthors. Because I want to help you succeed. And I want to build a community of like-minded authors. People who want to change their lives and their families lives. That's also why I'm writing Getting Started With Writing Your Novel.
Will you write the Great American (or insert your country of origin here) Novel? I can't promise that.
Will you make a hundred thousand dollars in two years? Can't promise that either but what I will do is show you how I did it.
So, if you're prepared to DO THE WORK, I'm ready to teach you!
You may have the idea for a novel, or you may not. For now, put that to the side.
I want you to spend some time dreaming. Dreaming about your story. You know mine now, warts and all.
Let's hear yours. Yes, I want to hear it because a year from now, we'll look back at this moment together and we'll see how far you've come. And we'll both be inspired! Tell me what you're doing. What you've tried, what you want to try. Let's talk about your Point A and next week, I'll show you how to move to Point B.
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