From 500 rejections to bestsellers

“I’m just a guy trying to make a living. It took me 12 years and over 500 rejections before I was published, and once I landed my first print deal I was determined to learn all I could about the business in order to succeed.

I learned–as most authors have learned–that the publishing industry is fatally flawed. A small number of top-brand authors get the overwhelming majority of the marketing dollars, making it nearly impossible for a midlister to succeed. The practice of returns and remainders is archaic and ridiculous. Books are successful based on the amount of coop they get, and there is little a writer can do to improve their station.

I beleive my goal is one that many writers share: to earn money doing something we love. Prior to my first novel, WHISKEY SOUR, selling to Hyperion in 2002, I’d written nine other novels that failed to find a publisher. In 2009, some fans emailed me, asking if I could make my early, unpublisher work available on Kindle. I went to http://dtp.amazon.com and uploaded my ebooks, which is free.

Now, 14 months later, I’ve sold 55,000 ebooks, and I’ll make over $100,000 this year on books NY publishing rejected.” JA Konrath

Geez, and I thought I held a record with the number of rejections to publication ratio.

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One response to “From 500 rejections to bestsellers

  1. Elizabeth

    Wow!! this is so inspirational… imagine all those sales AND betcha he sold them for less than the publishers would. win-win for readers and writers. thanks for sharing

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