After years of rejections from agents, I took the plunge to self publish in August of 2012. I found a professional cover artist and editor and assembled my own team. I hit “publish” on Smashwords and KDP. Then I watched my dashboards. Nothing happened!
Then in June of 2013, I attended UtopYA Con.
I learned so many useful strategies from successful authors who had taken their careers into their own hands and had decided to forge their own destinies. I took careful notes and went home and applied everything I learned. Within a few days, my life changed!
My Amazon author rank increased:
My sales increased:
I now make as much money, if not more, in royalties as I do in my day job as a college instructor. My plan is to become a full-time writer in five years.
Going to UtopYA Con was one of the BEST things that’s ever happened to me. I would rate it up there with some major life-changers. Here are my top five:
1. Finding my awesome hubby
2. Giving birth to my three beautiful children
3. Going to UtopYA Con
4. Having Lasik Surgery
5. Having a hysterectomy and saying goodbye to periods forever
As you can see, UtopYA Con is pretty important to me! In addition to being a total career-changer, I made some dear friends that I can’t imagine not having in my life. I went back last year and made even more!
I will keep going to UtopYA Con for as long as I can. Going back is like visiting the place of my birth. That’s how I feel!