John Locke's story of success selling his self-published books, and the scandal it kicked up, provides multiple lessons on why the best way to long-term success is writing quality books and putting in good, honest hard work.
I think as human beings we all have something of value to share with the world and we shouldn’t be afraid to share our stories.
Self-publishing used to mean forgoing the resources of traditional publishing and running your entire independent enterprise by yourself. Thanks to technology and the increased connectedness allowed by the Internet, indie authors now have access to experts, marketplaces, and readers. What's not to like?
Amanda Hocking’s story might strike some as a one-off or a product of luck, but it's not. Her success was a product of great writing and smart decision making. And since she was a self-published author, she got to call all the shots.
As an author, you might wonder why you'd need to build an email list. Short answer: email lists make things happen. But you need to engineer that by engaging, creating a platform for interaction, and building your tribe.