Read about how she got started with self-publishing here: "How I Got Started"
Here's a very inspiring excerpt from her blog:
Weeks before self-publishing, I was looking through the want ads for a job and trying to decide what type of work I was going to do now that my youngest child was going off to college. Financially, I had known the day would come when I would need to go back to work full time, but with the economy and other factors, the pressure was on more than ever. From the beginning, I wrote every day and I never stopped writing or learning the craft...because I wanted to be able to do this for a living. This was never a hobby to me. My passion was and is writing. It's all I want to do. It's all a lot of writers want to do.
But at the beginning of 2011 I truly thought my time was up. I had tried and failed...because as much as I just wanted to write…financially my husband and I knew that I had to go back to work. In February, 2011, thinking I was going back to get a "real" job, I decided to put my medieval time travels out there...I had nothing to lose at this point. I never for a moment thought about the $. It was more like, okay, the gig is up. Time for me to get a "real" job so I might as well throw the books out there and see if anyone else likes them as much as I do.
And then a miracle.
The books started selling and my life literally changed overnight.
19 years and suddenly...BOOM. I'm selling books, getting fan letters, and making $. For the first time in my 19 years of writing, I realize I just might get to WRITE for a living! How cool is that?
I'm still pinching myself.
As for her success:
BOOKS SOLD AS OF MARCH 15, 2012: 239,592
BOOKS SOLD as of May 31, 2012: 293,202
USA Today also did an interview with Theresa Ragan. It can be found here.
Highlighting some of the author's books:
Back to Main Page
Link to Top 100 Books Ranking (by genre) as rated by Readers