14 Sep 2010 6 am eastern

The Self-Published Author

I didn’t have much of a marketing plan other than e-mailing my friends and writing to people who had book-review sites and asking them if they would like a free copy. But the word got around. Soon I was deluged with e-mail, and within days I started getting checks in the mail. Many dozens of ‘em. Mostly from the United States, but also from Sweden, Australia, Singapore …

Using the internet to reach an audience and distribute work traditional publishers reject. Novelist edition. Jane Friedman interviews John Sundman in “There Are No Rules – Building an Enthusiastic Fan Base as a Self-Published Author,” Writer’s Digest.

Filed under: Publications, Publishing, work, Working

2 Responses to “The Self-Published Author”

  1. John Sundman said on

    Jeffrey,

    Thanks for passing this along.

    jrs
    @jsundmanus

  2. Paul Ingraham said on

    I make a living self-publishing, and it started a bit like that — just offering my work for sale.

    In 2006 I was sitting on a lot of content I’d created over the years for clients of my massage therapy practice. I decided to put a price tag on one of the beefiest self-help help articles I’d written. A steady trickle of sales started to flow. By 1998 I’d put a few more up for sale and was pulling a passive income of a few thousand annually — a healthy bonus. A nice trip to Mexico each year.

    I quit my day job at the beginning of 2010. I earn a decent living from a modest inventory of eight science-based ebooks about back pain, knee pain, and so on. Sales are 99% automatic. I attract customers with a large library of good quality free articles. I am free to write, research and tinker with publishing technology all day long — my favourite things!

    A traditional publisher would have to offer a very sweet deal indeed for me to consider changing my business model.

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