Every writer loves and understands the business of publishing. Right?
Wrong! The fact is most writers embark on their writing journey because they want to, um, write, but along the way, realization hits. Successful writers have to promote, market, brand, and build a business around their writing because that is the product they are selling to consumers. More than that, a writer has the opportunity to earn multiple streams of income around their book(s).
Nina Amir’s book, Authorpreneur, delves into that very subject of incorporating a business plan into your writing aspirations. In this short and to-the-point read, she teaches you the essential steps in using your book to build a business around your area of writing expertise. The first chapter goes into the reasons why you should turn your book into a business in the first place. One important reason is that if you have spent the time writing a book, you are more than likely an expert in some area(s). Amir’s book applies more easily to nonfiction writers, but she mentions that novelists can become experts in areas relating to themes and subjects in their fiction, too.
As a novelist myself, I wish Amir would have given more examples for fiction writers in Authorpreneur. More real-life examples of success, in general, would have driven home her points, especially for people who do not have a background in business.
Amir breaks down the different products that authors can use to become entrepreneurs as well as being successful writers. She commits a chapter to each of these products including: courses, webinars/teleseminars, ebooks, speaking engagements, workshops, and podcasts. The book definitely gave good resources for how a person can actually achieve each of these pieces of a business plan. For instance, I appreciate her listing free software and online services to do things like record and edit audio/video or host free conference calls for online writing workshops.
Overall, I believe this book is a useful tool in helping authors develop a business plan, establish multiple income streams, and become writing entrepreneurs.
About the Book
You’re happiest when you’re writing. It’s what you’ve been put on this Earth to do, and you hope to one day make a living from your books. But you’ve probably realized how difficult it is to earn enough from book sales alone. In fact, most authors, even some New York Times bestsellers, end up having to take on outside work in order to make ends meet.
If you must do other work, why not have it be work that supports and relates to what you love—your books?
If you want to earn a living as an author, you have to think beyond your book. Not only that, think like someone who is more than an author. Think like an entrepreneur. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, just the fact that you’re writing books means you have what it takes to become an authorpreneur.
About the Author
Nina Amir, Inspiration-to-Creation Coach, inspires people to combine their purpose and passion so they Achieve More Inspired Results. She motivates writers and non-writers to create publishable and published products and careers as authors as well as to achieve their goals, fulfill their purpose and live inspired lives.
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