News, Culture & Society

Meet the university dropout earning $50,000 a MONTH – and he still lives at home with his mum

Meet the university dropout earning $50,000 a MONTH – and he still lives at home with his mum

  • Matt Rogers from Melbourne dropped out of uni and writes novels for a living
  • The 20-year-old grew up as a ‘voracious reader’ enjoying thrillers and mysteries 
  • Things took an unexpected turn after he self-published his first book online
  • Considering this a full-time job, Mr Rogers hopes to keep fans happy with work

This is the university dropout who is making $50,000 a month while still living at home with his mother. 

Matt Rogers from Melbourne, dropped out of his law degree at Monash University, and is now making a living writing stories and selling them to the world.

The 20-year-old grew up as a ‘voracious reader’ enjoying thrillers and mysteries whenever he had the chance, and decided to give writing a go.

The 20-year-old grew up as a ‘voracious reader’ enjoying thrillers and mysteries whenever he had the chance, and decided to give writing a go

Things took an unexpected turn after he self-published his first novel, Jason King, back in August 2016 (pictured are Mr Rogers's books)

Things took an unexpected turn after he self-published his first novel, Jason King, back in August 2016 (pictured are Mr Rogers’s books)

Matt Rogers sales data

  • August 2016 – 379 sales, 13k page reads
  • September 2016 – 1530 sales, 214k page reads
  • October 2016 – 7100 sales, 1.5 million page reads
  • November 2016 (only 21 days in) – 5900 sales, 1.6 million page reads

Things took an unexpected turn after he self-published his first novel, Jason King, back in August 2016, and since then he’s sold 210,000 copies of his books through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, and has amassed an astonishing 90 million page reads on Kindle Unlimited.

‘It was all a bit mind-blowing to everyone — me included,’ Mr Rogers told news.com.au.

‘I’ve been writing since I was seven-years-old and one day my dad brought home a laptop from work and I just started typing away. 

‘For the last two years I’ve been pitching promotions and emailing people to get people interested in my ideas and it took about a month.’

After selling about 10,000 copies in a few months, Mr Rogers knew he had to keep on going and keep his fans happy with his work

After selling about 10,000 copies in a few months, Mr Rogers knew he had to keep on going and keep his fans happy with his work

After selling about 10,000 copies in a few months, Mr Rogers knew he had to keep on going and keep his fans happy with his work. 

‘I was just so motivated by people enjoying my work that I had the sequel out one-and-a-half months after putting the first one out.’ 

Mr Rogers is now working on focusing on other genres.

Advertisement

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk