This time last year, Julie Stock launched her debut novel, From Here to Nashville.
Our interview was the second one published here on the blog, but that was the “old days” of email questions and answers.
Now, we have video! (I have to admit: I’m having way too much fun meeting writers on Skype!)
One Year Later
It’s a dream for so many … over 80% of us, in fact.
Writing a book … publishing it … seeing readers buy it … hearing that readers enjoy it.
It just doesn’t get any better than that, and Julie has experienced it all. It’s bound to change a writer’s life!
We talked about so much (and had a lot fun). But here, boiled down to its essence, are the key points of what Julie had to share:
Dream big, but …
Be prepared for the “small fish/big pond” experience as a debut novelist, especially if you are self-published.
Just remember, even if you go the traditional route, publishers often measure the success of a first book by whether they recover the costs of publishing it. In other words, not even the “big guys” expect a win-fall right away, which is why they look at a new author as an “investment” for future returns on subsequent books.
There is life “beyond Kindle”
Julie’s story of exploring beyond the Kindle platform is an intriguing one.
Self-publishing courses and “big money” stories are typically offered by authors living the dream on the Kindle platform. Have you ever seen a course or a blog post about making $10K a month on Apple iBooks?
But, it just makes good business sense to look beyond Kindle.
Quit your day job?!?
Yes, it’s worth considering. (I know Elizabeth Gilbert et al. say otherwise, but I don’t think she was addressing second acters. )
Most, if not all, second acters are uniquely positioned to consider options “beyond the cubicle”. We have experience, knowledge and wisdom to offer, built up from the years that we worked through our first act.
It may take time to figure out exactly how to make that into a “second act income”, but it’s worth considering for a lot of us who want flexibility in our schedules and freedom from jobs that have grown a little “tired”.
Julie nails it when she says,
“If you really want to do something and there’s any way of doing it, you should try. Because at least if you try and it doesn’t work out, then at least you’ve had a go.”
One more thing!
I just want to be sure you have the links to Julie’s work (as noted in the video).
- From Here to Nashville can be purchased on Amazon (UK, US,Canada) and Apple iBooks, and
- Julie now has two websites: her author blog, My Writing Life, and her new Proofreading and Website Design business.
I’m curious (and I’d love to hear from you) …
If you’re a published author, have you published “beyond Kindle”? If so, what platforms have you tried and how have you found sales?
Have you “quit your day job”? If not, have you thought about it? If you have, how’s it going? What choices have you made? (If you have your own business now, feel free to give it a plug!)