Self-Publishing Prodigy Mark Messick–Episode 102–April 7 2016

WRITER 2.0: Writing, publishing, and the space between show

Summary: On episode 102 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Mark Messick, a 16-year-old self-publishing prodigy. We discussed:<br> <br> when and why he decided to become an author;<br> the amazing cover of his book <a style="color: #000000;" href="" target="_blank">Stupid on Purpose;</a><br> * his new venture: <a style="color: #000000;" href="" target="_blank">Book Sales Doctor</a>;<br> * some of the biggest mistakes he sees self-published authors make;<br> * his best tips for writing your book synopsis/marketing copy. <br> <br> Plus, on Today in Writing, a $2.2 million Bible.<br> <br> About our guest:<br> When I was 10 years-old I decided that I was going to become a bestselling author.<br><br> Whatever it took, I didn’t care. I would do anything. But I would become a bestselling author.<br><br> Over the next 6 years I fought tooth-and-nail to fulfill that dream. I worked my butt off every single day. I never gave up on my dream, regardless of how insane it seemed. I was stubborn. I would work for 6, 8, even 10 hours a day. Writing, marketing, researching…day after day after day.<br><br> And now, finally, all of my hard work has paid off.<br> I’m 16 years-old. And I’m a bestselling author. I’ve written dozens of books, sold tens of thousands of copies, and make $4,000 a month from my royalties. Yes, I’m still a teenager. I still stay up late doing homework. I still flirt with girls on the bus. I still hate drivers’ ed as much as the next person.<br> But I make a full-time income doing what I love. I’m living the life of my dreams. How many adults can say that?<br><br> I don’t know everything. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers. But I’ve learned some things on my crazy journey over the last 6 years. And I want to share those things with you.<br> I hope you’ll listen to what I have to say. Because it might just surprise you.<br>  <br>