During his guest spot at the Online Writing Festival, Matthew Reilly discussed his early career, and how he went from self-publishing 1,000 copies of Contest to signing with the William Morris Agency in New York and Smart Cars with trailers for Scarecrow.
Among Matthew’s advice for writers was what he considers the most important tip: “Write something you would love to read. Readers can tell if you’re not fascinated by what you’re writing.” His second tip is revise, revise, revise.
Matthew says the best thing about being a successful writer is writing full-time, and the worst is disparaging remarks about ‘commercial’ writing. Or nasty reviews on Amazon.com.
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By the way, copies of the original, self-published version of Contest now sell for $1,200 on eBay.