Category: Success Stories

Self-Publishing Success Stories

Dec 17

Miscellaneous Questions: How did you become a screenplay writer?

I took a single screenwriting class. It was relatively easy – if you watch movies and understand that every story is the Monomyth. It’s all about structure, showing not telling, and fitting your story into 90-120 pages. Screenwriting was exactly what I expected it would be. It wasn’t difficult, and – within three months of …

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Jul 08

Question: Why doesn’t self-publishing work?

Answer: Well, your question starts off with an incorrect assumption. Self publishing does work.  It’s worked for hundreds and hundreds of years.  Poor Richard’s Almanack was certainly a success – it was printed starting in 1732.  William Blake was very successful self-publishing his work starting in 1783.  Jane Austen was pretty successful – although, to be …

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Jun 10

Burying the Hachette

Keith Cronin posted a great article about the ongoing Amazon/Hachette nonsense over at Writer Unboxed.  Personally, I firmly feel that Hachette is doing all of their authors a HUGE disservice by continuing this idiotic business war, and I feel that it’s making them look bad.  My favorite observation from this article: “This is something that …

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Mar 17

Inspiration from Tom Clancy

Thomas Leo “Tom” Clancy, Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American novelist and historian best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War, and for video games that bear his name for licensing and promotional purposes. Seventeen of his …

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Feb 27

Fourth and final Sherlock Holmes book published on this day in 1915

On this day in 1915, the fourth (and final) Sherlock Holmes book The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle was first published as a novel.  The story was first published as a serial in the Strand Magazine between September 1914 and May 1915.  Legend has it that the story is based on the “real-life exploits …

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Feb 06

J.A. Konrath: Fisking Donald Maass

Oh. My. Goodness. My favorite author has just spanked the Emerald City Doorman hard enough that it’s going to leave a mark.  And Mr. Maass is going to have a severe limp for quite awhile! It’s no secret that I am an indie-publishing heretic, posting often and everywhere about how every author should look into …

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Jan 01

Smashwords Year in Review 2013 – Indie Authors the Stewards of Publishing’s Future

Mark Coker has posted another Smashwords “Year in Review” article over at the Smashwords blog.  From the article: Welcome to my annual Smashwords year in review. It was another amazing year. On behalf of all employees at Smashwords, I want to start by thanking every Smashwords author, publisher and agent that publishes and distributes with …

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