Hugh Howey is a very successful science-fiction author. He says he had two dreams: to write a novel and to sail around the world. To put it mildly, he has realized his dreams.
His first published work, Wool, was a dystopian novella that he wrote while working as a bookstore clerk at Appalachian State University. This was in 2011.
The first Wool story was approximately 12,500 words, and he sold it for $.99. After several months, he was selling 1,000 copies per month.
Spurred on by this success, he wrote four more Wool stories and was soon selling 20,000-30,000 copies per month of the five-story series.
In a whopper of an understatement, this enabled him to quit his bookstore job. Recently Apple began adapting the book to an Apple TV series.
Hugh is much more than a successful author. He helped to change the publishing business by achieving his success as a self-published author through Amazon.com’s Kindle Direct Publishing program.
This means that he didn’t use a traditional publisher. He wrote the book, uploaded it to Amazon, and collected a far larger percentage of the revenue. He is an inspiration to anyone who can’t get a book deal to self-publish and control their own fate.
If you know anyone who thinks “they have a book in them,” be sure to forward this episode to them. It will save many hours of effort, angst, and expense trying to play the traditional game of publishing.
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