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Writers' Cafe / Re: The self-published authors I want to hear from.
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:08:30 am »
To Sapphire:
Thank you for your kind words. I am very blessed in the conviction and support/encouragement of my family. We have faced a great deal of trials and hardships together and have grown stronger and closer because of it. My hopes and desires are firmly fixed on making sure sacrifices made by them are not done so in vain.

There is something I try to remember daily and tell them when the walls seem a bit too close:

We cannot guarantee our success in this. What we can do is remain consistent and diligent in our efforts, ever-increasing our chances of success.

BTW, I have 11 children. Love saying that. 11 bright, brilliant, glorious children (and now grand-babies too ;D).

Writers' Cafe / Re: The self-published authors I want to hear from.
« on: February 12, 2014, 07:26:07 pm »
I wish I could add a great success story as to financial gain, but I can't yet. However, I wanted to add some of my information if it can help (or encourage) others.

Started back in 2005 and made some good money for a couple years making my comic books self-publishing. Sole money earner and I had 8 kids at the time. It didn't last more than 14 months, when a car accident ended my drawing career. In 2010 my wife and oldest daughter told me to write the story in novel form. Even when we ended up homeless (literally, with 10 children and an aged father-in-law) my wife and children pushed and encouraged me to keep going! All my teens and I took every job available, we're now in a house and I get up at 3am every day to write until noon--then go to "work" to put food on the table.

I'm still at it and have sold hundreds of books, both eBook and print, but the money isn't consistent yet. Good reviews, 4.5 stars average on Goodreads (now owned by Amazon, correct?), but this hasn't worked out like the comic book industry--which I understood a bit better. So I keep going, writing and something in me says it's not a matter of 'if', but 'when' it will break. It did with the comic books and this is the same story, but better. Hope that helps the research here. I don't mind being a guinea pig--it's life as usual.

Interesting Point: I am starting to make money with games based ON my books. Fans have contacted me and asked permission to create games based on the story lines. In both cases I worked with them, themed it and did all the artwork. I was given all copyrights. Both have been released this month, plus I created my first game (solo) based on my second book. So three games already selling this year. Should be interesting.

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