Hugh Howey is one of the most successful self-publishers that there has ever been. His Wool series was taken on by a traditional publisher for the print rights only, which means he gets to keep the eBook royalties all to himself. The books are being made into a film by Ridley Scott and there’s also a graphic novel being created.
I’m interested to know what this guy says about it all and what his secret to success is. Luckily, he’s given an interview to copyblogger which explains all, and here it is. I recommend you read it first but here’s my take…
Similar, to my routine which I was explaining in this post, Hugh Howey spends 4-5 hours a day writing, and importantly, he also spends 2-3 hours a day reading. I think that this mix is important, especially when you’re still learning.
He’s asked whether he writes with music on or off. Silence is his answer… and funnily enough, so’s mine. (oh my god, we could be brothers)
When asked what he thinks makes a writer great, he answers, Dedication. I whole heartedly agree with this but coming from a guy who’s walked-the-walk, I must admit it does encourage me.
He uses a MacBook Air. Obviously.
Worry about the writing
His one piece of advice to new writers is to just worry about the writing. Forget all about marketing, sales, agents, publishers and all the rest of it. Just write books and get them out there.
Bigging myself up
Now, you know me, I don’t like to boast but… I’ve been kind of saying all of this stuff to myself for two years. The most important thing is to keep plugging away and concentrating on writing more books. Even if you can’t expect to receive the success of Hugh Howey then you might be able to just about earn a living at least. This interview has assured me that what I’m doing feels right and that’s all I need in order to keep me going.
Until next time…