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Starting Small Can Still Pay Big!

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Analysis of the Medium Writers Challenge winners

Fellow writer Elizabeth Dawber made a quick analysis of the four official prompt finalists.

Here are her takeaways in a nutshell:

  1. Small follower base — All winners had a small follower base. At 8 p.m. on 12th October, CET, Randi Ragan had only (!)7 followers.
  2. Self-published essays — All of the winning essays were self-published, meaning Randi didn’t submit her entry to a big publication but simply self-published it.
  3. Low engagement — All winning essays had zero to 3 comments for each story and no more than a couple of hundred claps each.

This shows: Starting small can still pay big!

Do you think Randi is an overnight success?

  • Randi has been a freelance creative all her working life.
  • She’s an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and book author.

This means decades of working and improving.

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