The first time I published a novel, I took part in an on-line book release promotion that included nine thrillers, each priced at 99 cents for the ebook edition. That was in 2011. The promotion brought me to my first 200 sales for The Awakening, which was very exciting at the time. Over the next few years thousands of copies sold but I was running a busy law practice and didn't release Book 2 in the series for another three years. Not the best marketing plan, but that's a topic for another day.
One of the other thriller writers who took part, Russell Blake, was writing full time. He published thriller after thriller, became a New York Times and USA Today best selling author, collaborated with Clive Cussler, and now has an Amazon world devoted to one of his series. (OK, I'll stop now because I'm getting depressed.)
In 2015, Blake wrote a great post about what he would have told himself as newbie author. It's a funny and informative article, the main thrust of which is that if you're successful as an author, you've bought yourself a job. You can check it out here. Please share your thoughts on it in the comments.
Have a great weekend.