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Back in 1998, I wanted work as a graphic designer, but had no experience outside of school. So I started up a "silly" little business with a partner and we did websites, including some of the first Realtor websites in the city. My plan was to build my resume so I could go "traditional" and get a job.

Here's what happened:
- My first Realtor client experienced a huge increase in business from being one of the first agents online. Within a few years, he moved up a notch and bought his franchise/office.
- I made $$ an hour and never, ever put out a resume to earn 1/4 of my bill rate.

Now. Running a business is not for everyone. We have some savvy people here on KBWC, who make it look easy, but it isn't.
 

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T. B. Crattie said:
Publishers Marketplace is reporting that of 300 six-figure deals reported to them in 2012, 45 were from books that began self-published.

http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=8408
A-MAZE-ING!! I never would've guessed the percentage was that high. And you have to imagine that the vast majority of the other 255 deals were from established authors, celebrities, sequels, etc. Great news.
 

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Dalya said:
Back in 1998, I wanted work as a graphic designer, but had no experience outside of school. So I started up a "silly" little business with a partner and we did websites, including some of the first Realtor websites in the city. My plan was to build my resume so I could go "traditional" and get a job.

Here's what happened:
- My first Realtor client experienced a huge increase in business from being one of the first agents online. Within a few years, he moved up a notch and bought his franchise/office.
- I made $$ an hour and never, ever put out a resume to earn 1/4 of my bill rate.

Now. Running a business is not for everyone. We have some savvy people here on KBWC, who make it look easy, but it isn't.
I suppose it's nice to have the option for those who are business-challenged. ;)
 

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Wow. That is amazing and wonderful.

I'm also sort of surprised to hear there were three hundred six-figure deals last year. Those folks do have some dough to toss around, don't they?  ;)
 

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Hugh Howey said:
A-MAZE-ING!! I never would've guessed the percentage was that high. And you have to imagine that the vast majority of the other 255 deals were from established authors, celebrities, sequels, etc. Great news.
Yes. From one who knows!
 

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Becca Mills said:
Wow. That is amazing and wonderful.

I'm also sort of surprised to hear there were three hundred six-figure deals last year. Those folks do have some dough to toss around, don't they? ;)
And those are only the reported deals...
 

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T. B. Crattie said:
Publishers Marketplace is reporting that of 300 six-figure deals reported to them in 2012, 45 were from books that began self-published.

http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=8408
I think this will become common place and I would look for a repeat in 2013. It's the way publishing is going.
 

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I'm not all that surprised. Agents have been telling authors to bugger off with their "New Adult" ideas, since bookstores don't know what shelf to put the books on. Shockingly, there was demand for this category! I know, right!

I'm trying to think of books that don't have shelves or zones at bookstores ... think, brain, think! What's the new hot category? Is it literary fiction with interstitials of a graphic novel?
 
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