An inspirational story for crusaders?

March 6, 2011

IMPORTANT NOTE – schedule changes are coming to the Kelworth Files! Stay tuned for further details.


My boss at work knows that I’m interested in writing, and last Thursday he forwarded me this article.

It’s a short piece on Amanda Hocking, the best-selling independent author on Amazon’s Kindle store. Amanda has never had a traditional publishing deal, and posted stories on her blog before starting up a Kindle self-publishing arrangement.

She’s selling around 100,000 copies per month, according to the article, at prices from 99 cents to 3 dollars, and gets to keep 70% of the revenue.

Obviously this is a great success story in terms of a writer being able to market herself, if nothing else. Is it something that we on the Writer’s Platform-Building crusade should be aspiring to? I think that at the least, it’s a path that many of us should be considering.

What are you trying to build your blog platform towards? What would be success in terms of your writing, and getting it published, specifically? I’m not sure what the answers would be for myself yet, but I’m doing my best to think it through.

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