On episode 102 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Mark Messick, a 16-year-old self-publishing prodigy. We discussed:
- when and why he decided to become an author;
- the amazing cover of his book Stupid on Purpose;
- his new venture: Book Sales Doctor;
- some of the biggest mistakes he sees self-published authors make;
- his best tips for writing your book synopsis/marketing copy.
Plus, on Today in Writing, a $2.2 million Bible.
About our guest:
When I was 10 years-old I decided that I was going to become a bestselling author.
Whatever it took, I didn’t care. I would do anything. But I would become a bestselling author.
Over the next 6 years I fought tooth-and-nail to fulfill that dream. I worked my butt off every single day. I never gave up on my dream, regardless of how insane it seemed. I was stubborn. I would work for 6, 8, even 10 hours a day. Writing, marketing, researching…day after day after day.
And now, finally, all of my hard work has paid off.
I’m 16 years-old. And I’m a bestselling author. I’ve written dozens of books, sold tens of thousands of copies, and make $4,000 a month from my royalties. Yes, I’m still a teenager. I still stay up late doing homework. I still flirt with girls on the bus. I still hate drivers’ ed as much as the next person.
But I make a full-time income doing what I love. I’m living the life of my dreams. How many adults can say that?
I don’t know everything. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers. But I’ve learned some things on my crazy journey over the last 6 years. And I want to share those things with you.
I hope you’ll listen to what I have to say. Because it might just surprise you.