Real Writers Get Bad Book Reviews. Here’s Why That’s OK.

Why do so many writers go ballistic when they get a bad review? Why do we RAGE at the single one-star review on Amazon and ignore the fifty good ones? Why do best sellers perceive a good, but unstarred review on Publishers Weekly as a wrenching rejection? Are we all weak-willed namby-pambies in need of a […]

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Buying houses in cash and selling millions: meet self-publishing’s ‘hidden’ authors

When Keith Houghton bought his four-bedroom detached house earlier this year, he did a rare thing for an author: he paid cash, with earnings from his books.   Keith who, you may ask? Houghton is one of a handful of so-called “hidden” bestsellers: his self-published crime thrillers are ebooks, sales of which are not monitored […]

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Publishers rejected me, but I went on to earn six-figures selling 1,000 books a day

Millions dream of quitting the grind and replacing their income through a rewarding, creative endeavor. And what could be simpler – and more glamorous – than writing a bestselling novel? After years of not knowing how the next month’s bill would be paid, thriller writer Mark Edwards is among a new and growing elite of […]

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Can You Really Make a Living as an Ebook Writer?

Ebooks have made self-publishing more accessible than ever. As recently as the 1990s, self-publishing meant paying to have thousands of physical books printed; a 1999 CNNMoney article pegged the cost at $12,000 to $30,000. Now that the majority of books sold are electronic, you can self-publish for much less — even for free. But does […]

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Should You Pay Writing Contest Entry Fees?

If you are considering entering a writing contest and wondering why it is charging an entry fee, consider the operating costs of the contest provider. I recently received this email from a reader of my newsletter: “I’ll sometimes find a contest that might work for me, but then the publication requests $10, $20, and sometimes […]

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