Two years ago, if you’d told me that writers were making money selling FICTION, I would have laughed. It took years of frustration to become a successful novelist… if you were lucky.
Amazon changed everything.
These days, novelists are finally making money.
The gatekeepers have gone. You can write and publish your Kindle ebook as easily as you use a word processor.
I began my writing career as a novelist in the early 1980s. In those days, you could count on years of rejection slips, shipping off bulky manuscripts to editors and agents in New York and London.
Although I was lucky – I managed to get a multi-book contract after six months, and an agent a couple of years after that — within a few years I gave up writing fiction. Dealing with the gatekeepers was just too frustrating. I hated being told what to write, how to write, and how many books I could write each year. Copywriting and magazine writing was much less frustrating, and much more profitable, so although it was a wrench, I forgot fiction.
Then Amazon released the Kindle, and everything changed.
Nowadays, the gatekeepers have gone. That’s not to say that everything in the garden’s rosy of course. You need to do the things that publishers used to do for authors, even though they did it badly… You need to find an audience, build a platform, and promote your books.
Monday Madness this week helps you to write fiction — just in time for National Novel Writing Month, which starts on November 1.
Learn more about: Fiction Frenzy: Write and Publish Kindle Fiction.