And now for the news.
Highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing:
Here’s a bit of encouragement on a slow news week (slow, that is, if you subtract the constant barrage of doomsday-like reports on matters pertaining to health, politics, and the environment). Author Louise Ross, better known under her pen name LJ Ross, has reached the pinnacle of self-publishing success. With 19 best-sellers under her belt at age 35, she came to a crossroads 5 years ago that many writers are facing today as a result of ongoing economic uncertainty and the instability of the job market: What next? This article from Jonathan Owen of iNews covers her story from childhood to present day, and repeatedly highlights what makes her such a great advocate for self-publishing authors. “Being able to self-publish,” Owen quotes Ross as saying, “a fantastic opportunity to be creative but also earn a living from your creativity.” There are also tangible benefits: “I have a six-year-old and it’s nice to be able to be there after school for him,” says Ross. “Having the privilege of flexibility that a career in writing brings is worth its weight in gold.” Her DCI Ryan mystery series has netted her a comfortable 5 (or so) million sales, which she attributes to word of mouth and the excitement of her fan base.
How’s that for inspiration?