I write science fiction novels for a living. I’m what they call an Indie Author because I publish independent of a traditional publisher.
Currently, I have 47 books and six box sets on the market. It’s taken me nine years to reach this point, and over that time, I’ve gained some insights into writing for a living. Although I write novels, most of the lessons I’ve learned apply to any writing type, be it articles, screenplays, books, or press releases. Some of these tips are basic, common sense items. Others are more specific. But all come from experience. This isn’t…
I’m a self-published (indie) novelist. I’ve been doing it for going on nine years, and I have to tell you it has changed my life — for the better.
And the question I hear quite often is how much do I make off an individual book, and can it be duplicated with future volumes?
The answer is: See below and maybe. Of course, it depends on a variety of factors, including your skill level, the genre you write in, and how well you craft your stories. I know people who make well over a million…
Is it possible to write a book in half a month?
It is, and I’m going to show you how I just did it.
On June 26th, 2020, I finished writing my seventh book in seven months. It’s a science fiction novel in a long-running series, so, yes, I cheated (see the disclaimers below). What follows is a detailed rundown of my daily progress, with notes and insights. I’m not saying anyone can do this, or that you should even try. It ain’t easy, and the stress would kill some people.
But for others, it’s a challenge. And if you’ve…
I write novels for a living, so editing is an integral part of my daily regimen. In the past, I’ve hired editors, used beta readers or done it myself. Even if you do all of this, there are ways to make the process easier and more efficient.
Recently, I discovered a trick that has helped tighten up my writing, made my books cleaner and help speed up the editing process. And it’s something all of us can do.
First of all, let me describe my writing routine. After each day’s writing (and sometimes even during the day), I stop and…
As I’m writing this, I have earned $1,245,267.00 in royalties from my writing.
That’s right, almost one-and-a-quarter million dollars.
But before you get too excited, that’s over 103.5 months or 8.625 years, since the day I self-published my first novel on Amazon in October 2011. And before you grab the calculator, I’ll save you the trouble. That works out to be $144,379.00 per year or a very respectable $12,031.00 per month — for every month since that first book hit the market. (I still wonder where all the money went?)
For more background, I write and self-publish science fiction novels…
Full-time novelist with over $1.25 million in career royalty earnings. This is what I’ve always wanted to do, and now I’m doing it. Life is good.