Hey! I have BESTSELLERS! (Five of them…)

Please excuse my bouncing up and down, but while looking for a book on Amazon, I decided to see how my self-pubbed stuff was doing.

I’m freakin’ giddy!

PROFESSIONAL PLOT OUTLINE is sitting at #6 in Writing Skill Reference as I write this, and MUGGING THE MUSE: Writing Fiction for Love AND Money is at #17!

Take a peek πŸ˜€ : Real bestsellers, Real self-pub.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/158279011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kstore_1_6_last

Both books are in the left (PAID) column on the first page.

{dancing around my office}

I’m so happy. πŸ˜€

Added later…

After my elation at finding two of my books on the first page, I went through the rest of the list. I actually have FIVE books on Amazon’s Top 100 in Writing Skill Reference.

Create A Plot Clinic is #42, How to Write Page-Turning Scenes is # 64, and HTTS Lesson #1 is #83!

And the VERY Next Day…

Plot Outline at #2

Plot Outline at #2

Picture. Proof it’s real. Pinching self, trying not to do too much damage. πŸ˜€

YOU GUYS did this. The jump was ALL you. Thank you.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

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  • Tambi Harwood Jul 13, 2012 @ 9:43

    Dear Holly,
    Congratulations! Am I allowed to write to you even though I don’t know you personally? I kind of thought e-publishing was not a very big deal, not a good way to go. So it’s inspiring to see you succeeding wildly at that. I am taking your HTRYN class and even though I am on week 5 (after 5 months) it is my road map and has given me direction and purpose. It’s also gotten me writing/revising once a week, which is not as much as I want to do, but is sure better than nothing, and the consistency is comforting. I am completely committed to my one time a week, at my favorite Starbucks. If anyone tries to schedule something I say, I can’t, it’s my time to write. I also love your emails and tips — I always read through them first chance I get (even if it’s just on my teeny phone). But, what is really inspiring to me is the way that you have a goal and move toward it with a progressive plan. You think the same way that I think. Thank you for inspiring me and teaching me.
    Tambi

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 10:11

      Hi, Tambi, and welcome. Most of the folks here don’t know me personally (if you’re defining personally as “in the flesh”). πŸ˜€ They know me online, through courses or classes, and from chatting with me on my Boot Camps forum or here on my blog. Online is mostly where I am.

      I’m delighted that you’re finding HTRYN helpful—novel revision is the single most difficult process in writing, but also gives you the most amazing results when done well.

      And plans are excellent, if you work at them regularly. I walked around a corner into the results of working my plan a couple months ago, when I wrote my final Self-Pub Special, How to Think Sideways Lesson 28: How to Deliver What You Love and Your Readers Want Time After Time.

      I’m going to quote myself here:

       

      … And I know I can accomplish a lot in five years.

      In the five-year period from January 2008 to January 2012, I wrote and completed:

      NONFICTION

      How to Think Sideways
      How To Revise Your Novel
      How To Write A Series
      How Not To Write A Series (And Why You Don’t Want To)
      How to Motivate Yourself
      How to Write Dialogue With Subtext
      How to Write Page-Turning Scenes
      How to Find Your Writing Discipline
      Professional Plot Outline Mini-Course
      7-Day Crash Revision Workshop

      Unknown number of website articles and weblog entries on writing.
      Unknown number of posts on writing in Boot Camps
      52 writing tips/lessons for my Writers’ Update newsletter


      FICTION

      The Silver Door (Book 2 of MOON & SUN)
      β€œLight Through Fog”
      β€œLast Thorsday Night”
      β€œ>>>==4EVR===>”
      TalysMana (first draft)

      And I worked on but didn’t complete…

      β€œDreaming the Dead”
      β€œC”
      The Emerald Sun (Book 3 of MOON & SUN)
      the HTTS Walkthrough
      And some projects I love but am not ready to talk about yet.

      I’m going to sit here for a minute.

      I’d never actually written that down before, so I didn’t realize just how much I’d done in those five years. Clearly, I need to have someplace where I keep a list of projects completed and dates of completion to study on those days when it feels like I’m not making any progress.

      So you’re going to find one of those in your worksheets, too. β€˜Cause… damn. You really can do a lot in five years. And you should be able to point to what you’ve accomplished, and say, β€œThere. That’s how I’ve spent my work time. I have not wasted it.”

  • Phil Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:39

    Congrats Holly!
    When I get published, I owe you lunch!!

    pk

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:44

      Cool. I love lunch. πŸ˜€

      Seriously, though, thank you.

  • Lisa Threadgill Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:35

    I couldn’t be happier for you! You have given so much, and this is richly deserved!

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:45

      Thank you so much, Lisa. πŸ˜€

  • Lizabelle Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:26

    Congrats. πŸ™‚ My purchase of Mugging the Muse probably didn’t count, as I bought it from Amazon UK – but yes, your post did inspire me to buy it yesterday!

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:46

      I don’t know whether those are counted into the totals or not. I think they might be. πŸ˜€ Either way, Thank you!

  • James Boyer Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:24

    Congratulations on your success, Holly; well done. πŸ˜€

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:46

      Thank you, James!

  • Kevin O McLaughlin Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:06

    Congrats, Holly! I’ve been reading Mugging the Muse (in my copious free time), and it’s excellent. =)

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:48

      Thank you so much. I had a lot of fun doing the update and working in the self-pub material. And while I did the drawing for the cover of the first version, I’m much happier with the new cover. Graphics software has gotten remarkably better in the last ten years. πŸ˜€

  • Jean Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:04

    Great news and congratulations! I saw the note yesterday. Margaret was cracking the whip while we were working together on some FM updates. We had time to comment on the good news to each other, but I didn’t get a moment to stop over here and high five your success. (Okay, I could have last night, but I was wiped. I don’t know how Margaret does that every day. I guess there is an acquired endurance.)

    Double congrats on today’s equally good news!

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:49

      Margaret is a force of nature. πŸ˜€ Figure, she does the tech for FM AND for me.

      And thank you. I’m doing site work, prepping everything for getting the rest of the HTTS lessons uploaded, and for getting HTRYN converted, so I don’t have anywhere near as much time to hang out as I’d like.

      But I’m excited to see people finding the courses. And happy to see you, too.

  • Sonya Jul 13, 2012 @ 7:49

    Yay! I’m sooo happy for you, Holly. You deserve all it, of course. And more.

  • Allison Jul 13, 2012 @ 7:15

    Rock on, Holly! You totally deserve this, and thank you for all your hard work in putting together great writing sources. πŸ™‚

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 7:23

      Thank you. πŸ˜€

      And you’re welcome. I’m glad you’ve found them helpful.

  • Susan Saxx Jul 13, 2012 @ 7:12

    YAY!!!!!!!!

    *crazy happy dance for you*

    Frame those screenshots, Holly! =)

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 7:23

      Cool idea. πŸ˜€ I would never have thought of that. And thank you! Dancing with you.

  • Walter Spence Jul 13, 2012 @ 5:18

    Major grats. πŸ™‚

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 6:18

      Thank you. I’m pretty pleased.

  • Julia Hughes Jul 13, 2012 @ 2:33

    Shake that booty:D Congratulations, long may you reign.
    Julia

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:12

      πŸ˜€ {shake, shake, shake}

  • Elmi Jul 13, 2012 @ 2:07

    Haha, I can see you doing all sorts of happy wiggles around an office chair, screaming victory cries at the stapler, and pumping your fist at post-it notes… Congratulations! Your glee made my morning (I LOL’ed for a good minute), and of course encouraged me a whole lot! Happy bouncing up and down πŸ˜‰

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:13

      Thank you. It was a COOL surprise.

  • kate rooney Jul 12, 2012 @ 22:42

    I’ve been very happy to find your books on Amazon. I’m so pleased other people have too!

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:13

      Thank you so much. (And me, too.)

  • Stacy Jul 12, 2012 @ 21:52

    This is because you’re awesome! πŸ™‚ Congrats!

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:14

      Thank you. πŸ™‚

  • Craig Jul 12, 2012 @ 21:43

    That’s fantastic Holly – congratulations!
    I have a piece of news myself; an international publishing house has requested a full copy of my first ever manuscript after reading the first three chapters.
    I’m afraid I haven’t done any of your courses but I’ve been getting your emails for some time now and found some useful tidbits in them. I’ll be buying a couple of your books to try and push you up on the bestseller list.
    All the best.

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:15

      Thank you.

      And WOW! Congratulations.

      And thank you again. πŸ˜€

  • Victoria Evangelina Jul 12, 2012 @ 19:11

    OMG, dearest Holly, you DESERVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been following you for about four years now, and have been your student (a lazy, busy one!!!) for two+ years. I am amazed at your discipline and passion! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ….and it is just a beginning!!! πŸ™‚

    Victoria
    (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:17

      Thank you, Victoria! I’m so excited.

  • Jeana Weiss Jul 12, 2012 @ 18:43

    Congratulations. You should be dancing. It is motivating to all of us. You go girl!

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:18

      Thank you. And it definitely suggests that self-pub has hit genuine broad viability.

      • Jeana Jul 13, 2012 @ 9:30

        I noticed that if you click on a name, that persons website comes up. Do you mind sharing the name of the program that does that or is it something you did?

        • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 9:57

          Hi, Jeana,

          That’s Wordpress. When folks reply, they have the option to enter their website address on one of the lines of the reply form. πŸ˜€

  • Amy Jul 12, 2012 @ 18:13

    Aww, I am so not surprised! I LOVE your books, and the plot clinic and page turning scenes are my favs :o) Think Sideways literally changed how I approach writing, and Revise Your Novel has made revision make sense for the first time. You are awesome. So happy for you πŸ˜€ :o)

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:18

      Thank you, Amy. And I’m so glad the courses have mattered to you.

      • Amy Jul 14, 2012 @ 3:16

        Absolutely! I recommend them to everyone (I’m in your affiliate program and HTTS and HTRYN have earned me some decent pocket money πŸ˜‰ :D), including my students at school.

        *confetti* You are awesome. Thanks for being so inspirational.

        *cookies* for the Muse πŸ˜‰

  • Jay Jul 12, 2012 @ 18:09

    Holly, Congratulations on your Amazon success. I just bought two of your titles – a small way to say thank you and offer a little support for your generosity and sharing. You deserve all your success and more. Keep up the great work. Cheers, Jay

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:19

      Thank you, Jay. I really appreciate it.

  • Therese Jul 12, 2012 @ 16:33

    Congratulations, Holly! It’s well deserved!

  • Brenda Jul 12, 2012 @ 15:48

    Holly, I’ve “known” you for less than a month, but I can’t think of anyone who deserves this more. Congratulations!

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:19

      Thank you, Brenda. And it’s nice to meet you.

  • WandersNowhere Jul 12, 2012 @ 15:09

    LOL that reaction cheered me up amazingly! Congrats and well done, Holly, you deserve the accolades, you really are a fantastic teacher and while it’s only right that you’re returning to the world of full time fiction, it’s a sad loss for the field of writer’s education. I’ve enrolled in all of the big three courses, recommended them to every writer friend I know, and been deeply sad for those who made excuses or didn’t end up enrolling because I know how much they’re missing and how much they would benefit from your stuff. I had visions of giving the ridiculously talented people I know a helping hand up the slope of writing success, the same way you gave me one, but ‘you can lead a horse to water’, and all that. In the meantime I’m going to continue buying your fiction (I picked up the World Gates trilogy for my Kindle, will probably buy from this site before Amazon if the books are up here) and wishing you the very best of sailing on the sea of words and ideas.

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:26

      πŸ˜€ I’m happy. I see no point in trying to look all cool and contained when you’re happy. Sucks the fun right out of the moment.

      And horses…water… Yep. Thank you for taking the courses, thank you for recommending them. And I’m delighted they’ve helped you.

      I have a number of my books up in my new shop now, with one price for all three formats. HOWEVER, they’re still really hard to find because both sites are a total mess as I try to bring everything into the new set-up, new classrooms, new course delivery methods, and new connections between HollyLisle.com and HowToThinkSideways.com.

      Finally, thank you for buying my books and courses. I really appreciate it.

  • Dee Jul 12, 2012 @ 13:45

    Congratulations! They are remarkable resources, after all, so it’s not surprising that your courses are flying up to best-seller status. I recommend your classes to anyone looking for writing courses. :::joins in the happy dance::: You deserve it!

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:26

      Thank you so much, Dee. And … nice happy dance. I’m visualizing Snoopy on Schroder’s piano. πŸ˜€

  • Deb Jul 12, 2012 @ 13:45

    Congrats, Holly.

    You’ve been a huge inspiration to me for years now and I’m delighted to see you get due recognition on Kindle/Amazon. I thoroughly enjoyed HTCB and am looking forward to meeting up with Cady again when you get her next adventure written.

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:27

      Thank you, Deb. And I’ve been working on Cady on the weekends. Have hit the 25% mark. πŸ˜€

  • Kim Jul 12, 2012 @ 13:34

    Congratulations! I am not surprised. This is a statement to your knowledge and skill as an author and as a teacher.
    Sometimes it’s the smallest comments you’ve made that have done the most to push me on. In turn I bought several of your books, which took me to HTTS. Thank you.

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:27

      Thank you, Kim. And thank you for buying my courses, too. I appreciate it.

  • Toni Walker Jul 12, 2012 @ 13:18

    I was one of those that bought your Plot Outlining Mini Course, Plot Clinic and Scene Clinic on Amazon. I even bought How To Think Sideways #1 & #2 on iTunes. (Still anxiously awaiting the new version of the Character Clinic.)

    I’ve recommended it to everyone via the Amazon review this book option. Plus, I posted it on my Facebook page and even told my brother about it. He’s currently downloaded the samples of a lot of your books just based on my recommendation. He’s been pouring over the Outlining stuff and I’m sure he too will buy the Plot Outlining Mini Course and maybe the Plot Clinic once he gets the money available.

    I mean, really, this stuff is GOLD! It’s no wonder it’s now a BESTSELLER!

    Toni Walker

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:29

      Thank you, Toni. So very much. I appreciate the purchases and the recommendations, and I’m delighted I can help you do something that matters to you. πŸ˜€

  • Marti Verlander Jul 12, 2012 @ 13:13

    You’re not really surprised, are you? None of your students are! Of course your writing courses are best-sellers!

    Congratulations! I’m so excited for you.

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:30

      I was shocked, actually. I never look at those lists, but when I went to the Plot Outline Page, I saw in the stats that it was #6 in its category. Couldn’t believe it, so I clicked through, and there it was. πŸ˜€ With siblings.

  • LPogue Jul 12, 2012 @ 12:53

    Congrats! It must be so exciting to see your books climbing the ranks.

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:31

      Thank you. πŸ˜€ It is. It’s amazing. And a lot of fun.

  • Carl Plumer Jul 12, 2012 @ 12:41

    Go Holly!
    You DESERVE this success and so much more! No one comes close to Holly Lisle in how much you have given back/paid forward to the writing community. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.

    So, bring on the fiction bestsellers! Bring on the movie deals! The HBO specials!

    Seriously, thanks so much for just being YOU.

    Here’s to continued, earth-shattering success.

    Cheers!
    Carl

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:34

      Thank you so much, Carl. I’m delighted I’ve been able to help you work toward your goals. And I deeply appreciate your support and encouragement. (And if Joss Whedon wanted to buy movie rights for HUNTING THE CORRIGAN’S BLOOD, or WARPAINT, my life would be complete. :D)

  • Frauke Jul 12, 2012 @ 12:15

    Congratulations, Holly! I’m so thrilled for you πŸ™‚

    Be assured that once my YA novel tops the charts and gets me the Nobel prize for literature I’ll tell everybody it’s thanks to your great courses πŸ˜‰

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:36

      Thank you. πŸ˜€ Hey, by the way, if you do, let ME know, and I’ll send everyone I know out to buy your book. πŸ˜€

  • AZ Jul 12, 2012 @ 12:07

    Awesome. Congratulations, Holly. ;o)

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:36

      πŸ˜€ Thank you.

  • Gregory Carrico Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:53

    Way to go Holly! You’ve been a tremendous help to me, and I’m thrilled to see you get your dues!
    Grats!

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:37

      Thank you, Gregory. And I’m delighted I’ve been able to help you.

  • Stuart Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:52

    PS With regards to the price. Why are you pricing them at 99 cents?

    At that price you earn about 30 cents right?

    At $2.99 you would earn $2

    Have you tested out the price point and found that you sell 7 times as many books at 99 cents?

    I get the excitement at having bestsellers. But all of us still need to pay the bills. So have you tested this out, or simply want to sell as many as possible, but still charge something?

    I find myself wondering why you don’t price the first one at 99 cents. but then charge $2.99 each for the rest?

    That way people can try out your work at the cheap price, and if they like it then $2.99 is not so much to pay for an author they like.

    Can you give us an insight into the real-world economics of all this?

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:41

      Hi, Stuart,

      Those books are introductions to my work—a chance for writers to get to know me without a lot of cost. I have other courses that are significantly more expensive, but the best way to prove to someone you can teach him how to do something he’s never done successfully before is to DO it.

      With those two courses, I’m simply saying, “Yes, you really can write, and YES, I can show you how…and I’ll do it for as close to free as Amazon will let me. And if you like this…I have more.”

      I’ve found it makes more sense to walk the walk than to talk the talk. πŸ˜€

      • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 5:09

        BTW, Amazon WOULD let me give those courses away. Unfortunately, I’d have to pay the download fees to do it—and download fees with no corresponding income would be suicidal. Which is why they’re 99 cents.

  • BonnieH Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:50

    Holly,
    WooHoo… This is awesome news this gives us hope, a light at the end of a confusing tunnel. Congrats

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 4:43

      Thank you, Bonnie. And … self-publishing rocks. πŸ˜€

  • Lee Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:40

    Woohoo! This is great news! I have most of your writing books, too, Holly, and have been following you for years. (Um, that didn’t sound right.) I’m enjoying your courses. And also am enjoying watching you bounce bounce bounce all over the place right now. (Well, now I really do sound like a stalker!) Cheers! Skol! Congrats! Gratulerer! Felicitats! Mazel tov! (Which doesn’t mean so much that I wish you good luck, though I certainly do, but that I am celebrating with you that this good fortune has already happened to you.) πŸ˜€

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 5:12

      LOL! Thank you for celebrating with me. And thank you for helping me keep a roof over my head by buying my courses, too. I really appreciate it.

  • Stuart Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:37

    Hi Holly,

    Pleased for you.

    But what does that mean in terms of the number of daily sales of each title?

    • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 5:07

      It varies by slot. A lot.

      As of yesterday, Professional Plot Outline was at #6 on the Writing Skills: Reference Top 100 List, and 3000-something on the Kindle Store list. To that point, I’d sold 330 copies in the previous 12 days. (You can get Amazon stats in Current Month and Past Six Weeks flavors, but you don’t get a Daily.)

      That averages out to 27.5 copies per day.

      TODAY, Professional Plot Outline is #3 on the Writing Skills: Reference Top 100 and #1892 on the Kindle Store list. And between yesterday and today, it sold 72 copies. So 72 copies in one day MAY be worth three spots on the Writing Skills: Reference List, and at least eleven-hundred spots on the Kindle Store list. Or it may be figured cumulatively, so that 330 copies put me in #6, and 407 copies is currently worth the #3 spot in the pinpoint list, and 1100 spots on the overall list.

      AT THE BOTTOM OF MY LIST OF FIVE, How To Think Sideways Lesson 1 was #83 yesterday. It had sold 21 copies in 12 days, or 1.75 copies a day. Right this minute, it is at #76, and has sold 24 copies. That averages out to 1.85 copies per day. So either three copies between yesterday and today or an increase of .1 book per day was enough to move it up 7 slots down at the bottom of the list.

      This demonstrates to me that small steady sales will get you listed on the specialty lists. But it really does take a lot of sales to get you to the top, even in a specialty list.

      Realize that all sales numbers for listed books are relative to each other, so the number of copies that will get your book listed when most folks are at the beach sleeping like lizards on their towels HAS to be different than the number that will get you listed when people are in a “NaNoWriMo starts in three days! Ohgod, ohgod!” frenzy. And if someone else has a surge when your book is doing its steady thing, this will push your book down.

      But this is all short-term and ballpark. Since I haven’t tracked this before, I have no long strings of numbers for comparison. And honestly, not enough time to make a regular habit of tracking this information, either.

  • Cher Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:20

    Awesome news! I’m bouncing with you. I have most of your writing books and tell everyone they need to get them too. Thank you for making them available to us. YAY!

    • Holly Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:24

      Thank you SO much for buying them, and for recommending them. I really appreciate it.

  • Zeta Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:09

    Congrats!Sharing in your AWESOME Joy! So happy for you!

    • Holly Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:14

      .o/^\o. boing .o/^\o. boing .o/^\o..o/^\o..o/^\o.

      πŸ˜€ Thank you.

  • Jaimi Sorrell Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:07

    Whoo hoo! When I read your email today I jumped up and down and scared my cats!

    As the owner of my own brand new (for now e-only) press, with only three books out there so far (one of them a recent finalist in the 2012 Global Ebook Awards, much to our happiness!) and still working on my own novels, I was very happy to see you doing so well. You’re quite an inspiration to me. Publishing is nothing like my previous world of television publicity, but I’m learning the ropes as I go along, and I’m so thrilled to see you confirm again that yes, you CAN make a living writing and publishing fiction.

    I also wanted to let you know that I am working my way slowly through your instructional books, after beginning to read “Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood” and realizing you are an SF writer after my own heart! I recently went through some pretty horrendous writer’s block after some life-altering experiences, and your books are giving me a welcome “refresher course” to help me back on the road to inspiration again.

    Thanks!

    Jaimi Sorrell
    Plotfish Press

    • Holly Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:18

      First, sorry about the cats.

      Second, very best of luck with getting your work recognized, and HUGE congrats on being a Global Ebook finalist!

      And I’m glad I could help you get where you’re going. I’m also happy you liked HUNTING THE CORRIGAN’S BLOOD. I’m having such fun writing the second book.

      Finally, thank you for the cheers. I’m delighted (and a bit amazed) how quickly folks are finding my self-pubbed work.

      • Jaimi Sorrell Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:33

        It’s the age of the independents! Back when I was at the Network, I used to have late night conversations with a friend who was an editor at one of the big legacy publishers. She and I would shake our heads over how similar our two businesses (publishing and entertainment) had become. Especially in terms of being a new writer. If you’re not a repeat best-selling author or a celebrity with a cookbook, you’re pretty much out of luck these days.

        But now we have the ability to go direct to the audience. I am still dealing with the doubt on people’s faces when I tell them that yes, I always wanted to publish my own books, I’ve never wanted to have a legacy publisher — but it’s getting easier and easier. πŸ™‚

        It’s like infomercials, in a way. Remember how everyone used to complain about them? I never did. To me, they were just a way for deserving inventors to bypass the gatekeepers.

        • Holly Jul 13, 2012 @ 6:23

          πŸ˜€ After years of being frustrated by the way my work was presented and marketed, I now get to do it all myself. Which means if I screw up, it’s all on me.

          But if I get it right…and I think I can get it right…it’s all on me.

          I’ll take having full responsibility for my own success or failure over having to depend on long chains of middlemen any day of the week. EVERY day of the week.

          And I always thought infomercials were cool, too. The live version of the long-form sales letter—“This is what I have, this is what it does, this is why you want it.”

  • kittyb78 Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:02

    Well deserved! I’ve talked to several people in my various writing groups lately who can’t get enough of your writing lesson books! πŸ™‚
    I told them about Mugging The Muse and they went to get it when the conversations were done.

    You deserve all this! Thank you. πŸ™‚

    • Holly Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:09

      Thank you so much for recommending me. And for the kind words. I appreciate both.

      • kittyb78 Jul 13, 2012 @ 10:32

        It’s my pleasure. You’ve done so much to help other writers, how could I not recommend you? πŸ™‚

  • Ruthanne Reid Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:58

    WOOHOO! You SO deserve it, too!!

    • Holly Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:10

      πŸ˜€ Thank you!

  • TYRONE Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:51

    Many congratulations on your accomplishment!!!! I , for one, am hardly surprised though…your instructional material is gold; hidden in the rivers and mines of fiction throughout the literary badlands…and we all know what happened with gold in the badlands!!

    • Holly Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:12

      It was mined, and made into wonderful jewelry, and coins that made folks lives better, and … fillings for teeth … and … I’m out. Too excited to think up all the cool uses for gold. πŸ˜€

      Thank you!

  • Talynn Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:40

    Your stuff truly is *THE* best I have ever used. I’ve used a bunch, too, so I feel like I have a viable review. The lessons are in small, bite-sized chunks, you use excellent examples from your own work and your writing is such a pleasure to read and so easy to follow. Absolutely the best on the market today. I give you 10 out of 5 stars. Thank you!!

    • Holly Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:47

      Thank you so much. I’m thrilled you’ve found them so useful. πŸ˜€

  • Chris Kelworth Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:39

    Congratulations! I’m bouncing in my chair for you. πŸ˜‰

    • Holly Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:48

      Thank you so much. Doing a lot of bouncing myself.

  • Esther Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:38

    Holly, I am so happy for you. After all the sweat, blood, and tears you’ve invested not only in your own writing, but in helping all of us with our writing, you so very much deserve this. May you hit the top of list and keep on selling!

    • Holly Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:48

      Thank you, Esther. Fingers crossed.

  • SharonW Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:37

    YAY HOLLY! How wonderful!

    • Holly Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:40

      Thank you!

  • Chanoch Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:36

    Well done Holly. Have been following you for a little while and you deserve it for all the hard work. I think your courses are fantastic and gained a lot from the ideas and exercises.

    Chanoch

    • Holly Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:38

      Thank you. πŸ˜€ I’m so excited.

  • Bryden Yeo Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:33

    Yay!! I’m so happy for you. Bounce away you totally deserve all the happiness and excitment for all the hard work you have done. πŸ™‚ Your post make me smile, good for you Holly. πŸ™‚

  • Joy Daniels Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:33

    I already had those two so I can’t claim to have contributed to their bestseller-dom. BUT a few weeks ago I was waaay excited to learn that you wrote THREE Devil’s Point novels – I’d only read (and loved) “Sympathy for the Devil” – so I snatched up numbers 2 and 3 for my Kindle!

    So fab that you’re self-pubbing/re-releasing all your older stuff – new treasures just waiting to be discovered πŸ™‚

    • Holly Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:39

      Thank you so much for picking up the other two.

      And I can’t believe the amount of stuff sitting in my drawer and on my hard drive waiting to be re-released (and written). Just need the time to get it all done. πŸ˜€

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