I’m a Writer . . . and I made my own success.

Article published on September 14, 2016.


After working as a project manager in the advertising industry for ten years, I came to a point where I was tired of the profession. I had written a number of articles in my carrier but writing articles means limited number of words. I didn’t want a limit, I wanted to write as many words as I wanted.

I have always loved reading suspense so once I really thought about writing a book, there was never a question for me about what genre I would choose.

Since I still worked fulltime, I had to make time for writing at night. Every evening at 8pm  I sat down in front of my computer and wrote. I started in May and in September the very same year I held the first draft in my hand and I sent it to the biggest publishing houses in Sweden.

I waited three full months before I decided to call each one, and ask if they had had the opportunity to read my novel; I was told that they had not yet had the time. When I hung up the phone after each call, I was a little bit depressed. I had learned how difficult it is to get a publisher and what would I do if every publisher said no to me? Would I give up? No, never.

I knew there had to be some way to get my book published so I searched the internet and learned all about self-publishing. After six months I decided not to wait for the publishers any longer. I rang again and told them I was withdrawing my submission and would be publishing my novel on my own.

The most challenging aspect of self-publishing is to get people to take you seriously. Many critics say that self-published books aren’t as high quality as books published traditionally. But the readers don’t care whether a book is self-published or not. They are only looking for a good, entertaining story The big challenge though is marketing. You have to earn your place in the stores, and it applies to all writers, self-published or not.

I hired professionals such as an editor, a proofreader and a graphic designer. If you aim to be a bestseller it is vital to call for help. Once the book was printed I went out on a signing tour in Sweden, visiting as many retailers as I could in six months. I tried to convince as many as I could to buy my book and I think that meeting my readers face to face is a great way to market my books.

Today, I am the most successful self-published author in Sweden. My books have sold more than 500,000 copies in 29 countries around the world. I do hope that readers in the UK will enjoy MARKED FOR LIFE and the series about Jana Berzelius.

Emelie Schepp
October 2016


Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp is out now (MIRA, £12.99)marked-for-life-jacket




nb90 What’s in store?


The Killing Files by Nikki Owen

You may also like