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After first dealing a hefty blow to the bricks-and-mortar marketplace by making book downloading as easy as tapping a few keystrokes, site's self publishing model has also made it possible for you or me or Hugh Howey to achieve incredible, life-changing success by writing a great book and selling it directly to the public.
This is what Howey did -- after a few years of self-publishing other titles, mind you -- when he hit the sweet spot with the beautifully written and unputdownable dystopian saga, Wool. Wool was first self-published by Howey as a standalone story on site in the summer of By making the series very affordable -- and deliciously readable -- Howey became the ultimate overnight success, except that it wasn't overnight and rarely is.
An Omnibus edition collecting all five segments together was epublished. And then the fun really began.
Howey's story, the riveting tale of societal interactions within a future world which is buried underground due to the poisonous outside environment, attracted the attention of filmmaker Ridley Scott, who bought the rights to develop Wool into a feature film.
Book publishing companies began to circle Howey with tantalizing offers.
He determined that there were some items on his publishing deal wishlist that were non-negotiable -- like retaining the rights to the ebooks -- and most publishers would not meet those demands.
Howey spoke to PopMatters about how the plot of Wool came to him, his writing process, genre fiction, and the future of publishing. The title came to me while writing the book. It refers to having the wool pulled over one's eyes. The reason for the wool scrubbing pads was to give the title a literal meaning in order to obscure the figurative one. What was your writing process with the series?
Did you know when you wrote the first book that you had the rest of them planned out? Not at all. I thought there would only ever be that one short story. But any work can be extended. Making up a world gives you complete freedom to do whatever you like within it. When I saw the reaction to Wool -- with so many readers hungry for more -- I sat down and plotted out the rest of the series.
If it was a completely different kind of story, would it have had the same trajectory? Genre fiction has an enormous advantage, both in self-published works and in traditionally published works. There are more readers out there looking for genre fiction. So yes, I think it absolutely helped. Those are the best compliments. Why do you think dystopian themes are so popular in current fiction? Does it say something about our times? Our economy? Our outlook on life? You could also say that comic book films have never been so popular, or science fiction films, or zombies, or Korean pop stars.
What are your favorite books? Not every self-published work will be a bestseller, but anyone who cares enough to put in the grueling work of publishing something remarkable can benefit from Mr. I encourage you to seek out his writing, in all forms, both fiction and non. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Hugh Howey and I make up stuff for a living. What is your area of expertise as a writer or online publisher?
Though, expertise might be pushing it. Where can we find your writing? Anywhere that books are let in without checking their credentials. Some bookstores carry Wool ; the rest of my stuff is available online.
I spend two or three hours a day reading. I read the paper in the morning and relax with a good book in the evening. Before you begin to write, do you have any pre-game rituals or practices?
Do you prefer any particular music or silence while you write? Sounds pull me out of my make-believe. How many hours a day do you spend writing excluding email, social media, etc. I spend hours a day writing.
A lot of that is time spent staring at a blinking cursor, but I count those hours. Do you write every day or adhere to any particular system? Every day.
If so, how do you avoid it? What I get is the urge to procrastinate or do something other than writing. Or I feel disgusted with my current output and want to just stop. Who are your favorite authors, online or off? Can you share a best-loved quote? There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
I would like to get better at storytelling. I want my plots to be both simple and intricate. Lots of mysteries, but easily understood. I have a long way to go. Who or what is your Muse at the moment? My muse is the ocean. What makes a writer great? You have to write every single day and do it for years and years. I do all of my writing on a Macbook Air. What software do you use most for writing and general workflow? I use Pages for my writing, and then I export to.
I do layout work in InDesign and cover art in Photoshop. My workflow is a bit of a mess, to be honest. Do you have any tricks for beating procrastination?
Do you adhere to deadlines? I set ambitious deadlines for myself and almost invariably beat them. The trick is to create small goals.