Meet The Girl Who Turned A $15 Article Into A 7-Figure Income

As a writer, with writer friends, I know that you don’t become a writer because you want money. Writing is in your soul, in your blood, and in your genes. It’s in the air you breathe and it nags at you until you get it down on paper.

But most of us would love to be the next big thing. To have that best-selling novel, to get the star byline, to sell their words to the world. But it almost never happens. That’s why I was fascinated by Amy Morin’s story.

In 2013 Amy wrote a story titled ’13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do’, and published it on LifeHack. She wasn’t a writer, in fact, she was a psychotherapist writing to get extra income after her husband passed away. But that article was viewed by millions of people, and when Forbes shared it, it got another 10 million views.

After that, most major news outlets shared her article and it was viewed over 30 million times. That’s when she knew she was going viral. And she panicked. She wasn’t a writer, remember. She had no professional website or blog, no social media presence, she had not planned for this.

1. She worked her ass off 

According to her article, every time she refreshed, her article had 10,000 more reads and she knew she couldn’t just sit down and do nothing. She invested in professional headshots, got a proper website and started going through those emails from interested and excited readers.

2. She expanded what she’d mentioned in the article 

Knowing how popular her article was, it was only smart that she capitalized on that and turned it into a book. If she hadn’t acted on it, she wouldn’t have been able to prolong the income. She also started giving talks, created courses and connected with the influencers that had shared her article in order to build her ‘brand’.

3. She knew when to say no 

When something goes viral and explodes like that, it’s easy to want to say yes to everything but Amy had to know when to say no when it didn’t align with her goals. She also knew that you can’t predict what’s going to go viral, so she had to act on it to sustain her success.

Read the full article here to find out what else Amy did to sustain that success.

 What would you do if something you created went viral?

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Managing Editor

Beth is the Managing Editor of CGD. She is a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy, has published a short story and loves to read creative writing manuals in her spare time.

  • Camille Beygui

    This is really inspiring

  • Jeanette Thomsen

    Amazing. Would be a dream for sure :)

  • Noise in Wonderland

    The girl has my dream life. How awesome for her! xx.


  • Emily Brooking

    Great article, very inspiring. Great tips, my favorite being when to say no. Very important one.



  • Dorothy

    Definitely inspiring, she did well to act on her success!

    Dorothy |

  • Emotional Addiction

    So inspiring. Stories like these keep my own dreams alive!


  • Katina Lindaa

    Oh wow this was really inspiriing! I think I would personally firstly freak out hahah! The most ‘viral’ I’ve gone is probably a couple k on a blog post and that really tripped me out! If I had something go truly viral I guess i’d start by taking a step back and really thinking how to plan things! But I would 100% try update my website and do everything to up my brand so what people see in that post draws them more into everything else! How exciting x

    Katina Lindaa |

  • Sanchari Das

    This so inspiring .. I never went viral ..

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