This site is about building a successful career as a writer by self-publishing your books, but first, let me tell you a story about a boy. A boy who wanted to be a writer.
The boy was born into a world where computers were as big as houses, a smartphone was what Max had in his shoe and social media was Russian TV.
Self-publishing was akin to stepping in dog poo.
“You can’t be a writer," everyone said. “Writers are poor. You need to get a real job.”
So the boy did. And he did well at it. But the desire to write never left him. In fact, looking back, he'd spent his career writing - just disguised as computer programs, teaching, writing business manuals and creating websites for fun and profit.
One day, the boy decided enough was enough. Some might call it a mid-life crisis - the boy preferred to think of it as that point where anyone, regardless of their age, says, “You know what? I’m not putting up with this crap any more.”
So he wrote a book. A terrible book.
So he wrote another book. And sold it to a traditional publisher. Now, you might think that’s the end of the story. A happy ending indeed!
But it wasn’t.
See, in those intervening years, the boy had become a fair corporate manager and entrepreneur, so he knew how business worked. Once the euphoria had worn off and he had a good look at what he’d signed up for, he realized that this was no dream come true. "I'm getting screwed," he cried. "I can never make a living this way!"
So he wrote another book, self-published it, and sold it directly to his readers.
Two years later, the boy had made enough money to quit his corporate job.
But you can call me Nige – everyone else does.
I’m sure you’ve recognized the autobiographical nature of the story of the boy.
As writers, we often forget we are on our own hero’s journey. Our paths might be different, with our own trials and tribulations, but we share a common goal – the desire to live our lives as the artist and creator we know in our hearts we are.
It’s in the common framework of the hero’s journey that there are parallels where we can relate. I for one, refused the call to adventure for two decades because I thought I had no chance of success.
I have since learned just how wrong I was – self-publishing success is very much achievable... IF you understand what’s changed in the book publishing world AND how to benefit from those changes.