As a successful epic fantasy writer who quit his day job and got picked up by Penguin, Anthony Ryan definitely attracted my eyeballs. It was also heartening to see that he was not 16, but rather was a middle aged person with a former real day job – totally real life stuff. Plus he’s really dryly funny.
Why reading this post makes me better:
1. He took 6 years to write his one book, Blood Song.
At that rate I’m still ahead as I’ve never spent 6 years on any book. That said, I’ve spent like 20 years writing and yet to finish even 1 book. Much less publish.
2. Sales started off slow.
In his 5 first months of publishing Blood Song he sold 2000 copies, most of them in month 5.
He writes the old fashioned way, concentrating on plot and language and all that instead of just churning out stuff for the sake of stuff.
All things for us aspiring writers to remember.