Hi, I’m Mike Martin, one of the founders of Writers First. I am a freelance writer and author. I write the award-winning Sgt. Windflower Mystery series, set in beautiful Grand Bank, Newfoundland. I have written 8 books in that series, with 9 and 10 coming out in the next year. I have also written a book of Christmas stories and a self-help book.
All of my books have been self-published independently. That means I paid for some of the upfront costs of getting my books into print. But I have not only managed to do that but win awards for my writing as well. If you search for Sgt. Windflower Mysteries you will easily find me and my books. That’s because in addition to investing in my writing, I have also invested in promoting my books.
Do I make a lot of money? No. Not many writers do. Even some of the more popular writers have trouble making a lot of money. But I do make some money from my writing and I do sell books. Every month. When a book first comes out I sell some print copies and then as time goes on I sell mostly ebooks. I’ve also been targeted libraries later, and while they don’t buy many books, I get some money from the government for letting them share them. That’s one tip we’ll let you in on at Writers First.
We started Writers First to help you do the same. Get your books into print and then sell books. That’s why you wrote it in the first place. Because you had something, a story, to tell the world. We also want to help you make your book better before you send it out into the world. That might include evaluating your full manuscript, story or line editing, copy editing or proofreading. We want you to put your best book out there and because it’s a great book we’ll help you sell more copies.
We have also learned that many publishers and publishing companies want to take advantage of you, the independent writer. They are interested in making money off you. The difference at Writers First is that we’ve been there and we don’t want anyone else to go through that. We promise to put you, the writer, first. Yes, we will take a fee from the services we provide. We have to eat, too. But we promise to not overcharge you, to add on extra costs after you agree to any of our services, and to keep the prices for our services as low as possible. Because we are writers, too.
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