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Steve Martin

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Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 7:26 AM
 
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If so, I'd love to hear about them.

Thanks in advance.
cdalebrittain

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 9:04 AM   in response to: Steve Martin in response to: Steve Martin
 
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All authors start as no-name authors. Before someone has published their first book, no one has heard of them.

(Unless you're already a movie star or something, but that's not what we're talking about.)

There are plenty of people who started making good money and ranking high on KDP. Amanda Hocking, Hugh Howey, and Jacinda Wilder comes to mind. Every month the KDP Newsletter has an interview with such a person.

What all these authors have in common is that they wrote a lot of books, wrote really interesting books that people told their friends about, and did a good job of marketing. Amanda Hocking left KDP for a traditional publishing house because she said that she was spending 8 hours a day on FB, answering fan emails, sending out tweets, etc., and wanted to be able to spend more time writing, letting someone else handle publicity. (The trad publisher picked her up however because she'd already become a best-seller on KDP, doing all her own publicity.)
Linda L Broberg

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 11:57 AM   in response to: Steve Martin in response to: Steve Martin
 
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In the email newsletter thingy that KDP sends out each month, they feature author "success stories" pretty regularly, it seems. If you're published on KDP, you should be getting the newsletter....
Marcy Henshaw

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 12:13 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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Rhiannon Frater also went on to TOR. Pretty sure she's also in negotiations for a movie deal.
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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 1:33 PM   in response to: Steve Martin in response to: Steve Martin
 
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Yes.
Charlie S

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 1:41 PM   in response to: Steve Martin in response to: Steve Martin
 
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Not a single one.

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michelle lancas...

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 2:14 PM   in response to: Charlie S in response to: Charlie S
 
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I hope you're not a betting man Charlie...
Charlie S

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 4:21 PM   in response to: michelle lancas... in response to: michelle lancas...
 
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I hope you learn to recognize sarcasm Michelle.

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wirdmonger

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 4:42 PM   in response to: Steve Martin in response to: Steve Martin
 
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lol Charlie.
Marcy Henshaw

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 4:47 PM   in response to: Charlie S in response to: Charlie S
 
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:-)
michelle lancas...

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 5:11 PM   in response to: Charlie S in response to: Charlie S
 
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Never heard of it...are there clinics you can go to for that?
Charlie S

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 6:05 PM   in response to: michelle lancas... in response to: michelle lancas...
 
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michelle lancaster wrote:
Never heard of it...are there clinics you can go to for that?
No, but somebody should build a clinic to treat old writers soured by years of reading and writing sarcasm, satire, irony, and outright cynicism so we can again become the productive members of society we once were. I'd be the first in line.

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 6:09 PM   in response to: Charlie S in response to: Charlie S
 
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Certainly, not on the KDP forum. :-)
michelle lancas...

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 6:31 PM   in response to: Charlie S in response to: Charlie S
 
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Now where would be the fun in that? We've become kooky, which shouldn't be mixed up with kink-y, although I suppose both have there merits.
Charlie S

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Re: Are there stories of "no name" authors coming here and becoming well-to-do?
Posted: Feb 13, 2015 6:48 PM   in response to: michelle lancas... in response to: michelle lancas...
 
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Ah ... Kooky. I remember him well. He never would loan me his darn comb....

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