Authorpreneur: How to Build a Business around Your Book (Book Review)


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

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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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  • Thank you for this thoughtful review. I’m inspired to read this book!

  • I think it is easier for non-fiction writers to come up with something like this than fiction writers, but it is possible. Maybe we should collaborate on a book similar to this for fiction writers. . .:) In our spare time, while our children are in bed. HA!

    I have read a couple of Nina’s books and she is a good writer, very encouraging and gives you a lot of ideas. Glad to hear this is another one!

    • Thanks for your comment, Margo!

      It is easier to do this for nonfiction writers. Their books and topics lend themselves to courses, teleseminars, coaching, and other teaching opportunities.

      However, novelists can and should do this! They just need to think outside the box. The information they have included about their themes, topics, characters, venues, etc., give them expertise. Often they also have expertise–they are a nurse, lawyer, mother, traveler. This gives them fodder for a nonfiction ebook that leads to talks, courses, etc…all related to a novel as well.

    • Yes Margo, all of our glorious free time. Bwahahaha! I can tell Nina would be a good coach based on the way she writes. Like you said, very encouraging and thought-provoking.

  • Thanks so much for the lovey review! I appreciate it.

    The book was meant to be short, which is why I did not include success stories. It’s already a bit long for a “short” ebook!

    However, you can find many examples of novelists who are authorpreneurs. Look at Joanna Penn for one. Or C.S. Lakin, who writes about how to write novels… Monica Ferris offers free needlework patters (she writes novels about needlework), but she could sell them for sure and speak about needlework or teach….and her books are carried in needlework shops.

    • It was a pleasure to have you on our Lit Ladies blog :) PS–I love Joanna Penn’s website and resources for writers.

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