Before I continue, note, an Indie writer is self-published, self-agented, and self-publicized, whereas a conventional writer, for the purpose of this blog, has an agent and a publisher and, in the case of those very, very successful ones, like Clive Cussler, other personnel who take care of most of the chores a indie writer routinely handles.
Russell isn't the first indie writer's whose success has been written about in the WSJ, nor is Cussler the first best-selling conventional writer to show up there. What makes them unique is they have agreed to write a book together—that's a first.
In 1965, Cussler began writing at night to entertain himself. The kids were asleep and his wife had just started working nights for the local police department. Russell Blake began writing ten years ago, after retiring from the home development business. Clive Cussler doesn't report how many of his first books were unsalable. Russell threw away his first five books and only began looking for an agent for the sixth. No one wanted it.
Cussler is prolific. In his eighties now, he is the sole author or lead author of more than fifty books with two more scheduled for release this year. Blake too is prolific. In the past 30 months he has published 25 books. At this point in his writing career, he is completing one every month.
The men both write adventure/thriller books and thanks to their work ethic have produced a large numbers for their fans. If there has ever been a natural writing partnership, this is it. Their first co-authored work will be released in the fall under both their names. Watch for it.