Mark Dawson is a self-published author and inspirational story. This past year he’s been making waves on the self-publishing scene. Forbes just wrote an article about him, titled,
“Amazon pays $450,000 a year to this self-published writer.”
So how did a regular guy with a wife, two kids, and a full time job become a writer?
Everyday he had to take a 1.5 hour train commute into the city to get to work. When work was over, he had another 1.5 hour ride back home. He certainly couldn’t write in the mornings, evenings, or on the weekends, since he was busy being a father and husband.
But he found that he could be quite productive on that 3 hour train commute. He got to where he could write 3,000 words consistently each day (1,000 per hour).
His first self-published novel, “The Black Mile,” didn’t do so well. But since he had nothing to lose, he started giving his novel away for free on Amazon. The strategy worked. Even though he didn’t make any money, readers started finding his book and picking it up for free. It was a good story and readers wanted more.
Luckily Dawson had his routine down pat by that time. 3,000 words 5 days a week equals 15,000 words a week. That’s 60k in a month, or 120,000k in two months. Which meant that Dawson could easily put out a new novel every couple of months.
Over the course of a couple of years his readership continued to grow. Dawson was loyal to his fans and good at involving them in the process. He didn’t quit his day job until he was good and sure that his income from writing was consistent and reliable.
Most people spend years writing their novels. But they’re not really writing a novel. They writing for a few months and then stopping for a few months, starting and stopping, making the usual excuses. Meanwhile, guys and gals like Mark Dawson are plugging away on their lunch breaks, or in the mornings before their spouses are awake, or they are speak-texting words into their phones while driving to work.
It’s the kind of story that keeps me going. I really hope that Dawson’s success continues to grow. I hope he keeps finding ways to do what he loves.
The universe smiles when people do the work they were born to do.