Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Meet Mark Dawson, the literary sensation you've never heard of

Mark Dawson writes up to 4,000 words every day

Everybody has a novel in them, so they say. Yet even if the idea for a book comes easily, the challenge of having that dormant masterpiece accepted by iron-clad publishing houses has long seemed a Herculean task, even for the most promising manuscripts.

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.

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