That was before the rise of online self-publishing, of course. For in the age of the e-book, many of the traditional obstacles facing new writers – from gaining the services of a literary agent to winning a book deal – can be skipped, allowing anybody to become an entirely self-reliant, published author in a matter of minutes. And if you’re prepared to be shrewd about it, the move could prove extremely lucrative.
In a rapidly growing industry, the author Mark Dawson knows just how profitable self-publishing can be. Since releasing his first e-book in 2013, the 42-year-old has amassed over two million downloads of his novels, the sales from which generate him a yearly income in the high six figures – and rising.